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
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
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
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
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.