Atlanta Hospital Treated for Bed BugsJanay Rickwalder
Friday, December 28, 2012
A unit of Georgia Regional Hospital/Atlanta has been treated for
bed bugs, the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today. A patient
complained of bug bites to the staff, which then notified a pest
control company to treat the whole unit as a precaution.
Bed bugs are being found just about everywhere including medical
facilities. In fact, a 2011
survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association
(NPMA) and the University of Kentucky, found that 31 percent
of pest control companies have treated bed bugs in hospitals.
To avoid new
introductions of this bloodsucking pest, the NPMA recommends
regularly vacuuming common areas and reducing clutter. In addition,
carts should be kept in hallways during room service and good
laundry practices should be implemented.