More Bed Bug Cases Turning Up In Waco

KXXV.com (Waco, TX)
Thursday, March 15, 2012

WACO- There are now more warnings about the rise in bed bug cases. On Thursday night the Heart of Texas Apartment Association held a special meeting to alert apartment managers and tenants about the problem.

Until three years ago the saying "Goodnight, don't let the bed bugs bight," was taken lightly in Waco. Now this warning is being taken serious.

It's a real concern for me, it's a real concern that we are going to have a pretty bad infestation brewing here under our noses and we don't even realize it," said Bob Howard.

Howard is President of Bugsdotcom. It's a pest extermination company that specializes in getting rid of these nasty critters.

Howard says in 2010 his company got bed bug complaints four times a year. In 2011, complaints would come in once a month. Now every week his band of exterminators are sent into homes to get rid of these blood-sucking nightmares.

Now the problem has gotten the attention of the Heart of Texas Apartment Association. They asked Howard to be a guest speaker tonight at their meeting to warn apartment managers about the rise of the bed bug boom.

"So we just want to make sure the residents are aware of it, and they show us how we can check for them when we go and do our regular inspections," said HTAA President Elizabeth Bryant.

At tonight's meeting Howard told an audience full of disgusted tenants and managers that bed bugs come from people traveling overseas. These bugs will often hitch hike a ride back to the states.

Buying furniture from garage sales and used furniture stores can also be a source, so examine the furniture before you buy. Howard also warned apartment managers the dangers in neglecting to exterminate bed bugs. The tenants will leave, but the bed bugs will stay.

Tenants and homeowners should check for red bruises or welts that bed bugs leave on body parts, and should examine sheets, pillows and mattresses for blood spots, or the critters themselves.