Atlanta Hospital Treated for Bed Bugs

FAIRFAX, Va. (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.