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Parents Claim Bedbugs In Kentucky High School

5 Nov

11/5/2011 Parents Claim Bedbugs In Kentucky High School: Iroquois School/Jefferson County School Officials Say No

Concerned parents of Iroquois High School students said bedbugs surfaced earlier this week in class.But Jefferson County Public Schools officials said it was never confirmed.Multiple parents turned to Facebook to voice their opinions about the bedbug situation. Some even contacted WLKY News directly.

According to a statement from JCPS, a teacher found something she thought was a bedbug Monday.The Iroquois students were moved and the room was inspected immediately. JCPS said nothing was found.”Initially what we ask the principal, the teacher to do is to get the live bedbug with a piece of tape,” said Chuck Fleischer with JCPS environmental safety.On Tuesday, a squashed bug was found in a different Iroquois classroom.Teachers couldn’t identify the bug, but to be safe, JCPS said a second check was done. Again, no problem was found.”Bedbugs do not want to be at school. They’re like our kids. They want to be at home in the bed,” said Fleischer.
The Jefferson County Health Department said that’s because bedbugs feed at night.Since April 2010, Fleischer said JCPS have had around two dozen cases where bed bugs were found at their schools.Of those cases, inspectors found additional bugs in the room in question only six times. In each of those times it was only one more bug.”We are finding them, but they’re very sporadic and usually a loner,” said Fleischer.No bedbugs were found at Iroquois High School this week.The parents who initially contacted WLKY News did not return phone calls Friday.Fleischer described how JCPS initially gets rid of the pests.”Mainly, we vacuum, and then we’ll use steam. Steam clean the carpet or upholstery, whatever the case may be,” said Fleischer.Fleischer said officials haven’t had to yet, but JCPS would treat the area more aggressively if it needs to.He said all the paranoia about these insects may be thanks to a classic saying many hear as a child.”Night night, don’t let the bed bugs bite,” said Fleischer.
The Jefferson County Health Department said bedbugs are typically site specific, and it’s very unlikely a student would carry them home.Both the Health Department and JCPS officials said bedbugs found in school typically come from a student’s home.The Health Department said the bugs aren’t likely to multiply very quickly at school.

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Bedbugs Hit University Of Kentucky

25 Jul

7/25/2011 Bedbugs Hit University Of Kentucky: Student Center Will Be Treated With Heat

The University of Kentucky has found bedbugs in part of the UK Student Center.

Student center director John Herbst said a UK public health graduate student said Monday that he had found “a couple of bedbugs” in a second-floor lounge that contains upholstered chairs and loveseats.

Herbst said he saw one bedbug in the area “and what appeared to be the possibility of eggs.”

The area was closed, as was a nearby lounge. No bedbugs had been spotted in the nearby lounge, and UK officials said it was closed only as a precaution.

The affected area will be treated Friday by the university’s contractor, OPC Pest Control.

Donnie Blake, president of the pest control firm, said a heat treatment will be used on the affected area. The treatment involves machines that heat the area to 135 degrees, which kills the bedbugs and their eggs.

Bedbugs have an appearance similar to that of ticks, Blake said, and generally like to stay in cracks and crevices during the day. They are transmitted when humans with bedbugs on their clothing or bodies or in their belongings leave them behind. They are not considered a sign of poor hygiene or economic status, Blake said. He did say they are becoming more prevalent in this area.

Their bite resembles that of a mosquito, he said.

Before 2003, he said, his company had done one bedbug treatment; this year, Blake said, it will perform 5,000 bedbug treatments and inspections.

One way to avoid bedbugs is to be careful about where you place carried belongings such as suitcases, Blake said; always use the hotel room luggage rack, rather than the bed, and remove clothes from suitcases only as you need them.

He also recommended that people buying used clothing or furniture inspect, and when possible, wash the material to guard against bedbugs.

Herbst said he was sure the infested lounge would be bedbug-free when the contractor completed his heat treatment.

“We have the utmost confidence in these fellows as professionals,” he said.

The student center is lightly populated during the summer. Although classes for the fall semester begin Aug. 24, large numbers of students will begin arriving on campus for registration and other programs beginning in early August.

In late June, officials at the Lexington Public Library discovered two bedbugs at the downtown library. The library brought in a bedbug-sniffing dog, removed affected furniture and put in place a new cleaning regimen.

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NASCAR Fans Race From Hotel BedBugs

7 Jul

7/7/2011 NASCAR Fans Race From Hotel Bedbugs: Louisville Kentucky LaQuinta Inn Infested

It has been a travel nightmare for an Alabama couple in town for this weekend’s NASCAR race. They told us they found bed bugs crawling around in their bed at their Louisville hotel. 

When we called the LaQuinta Inn and Suites on Alliant Avenue off Blankenbaker Parkway, the front desk confirmed bed bugs in one room. A corporate spokeswoman didn’t return our call and e-mail, but the guests in that room had plenty to say. 

James and Joanna Nicholas say they checked in at the LaQuinta Inn and Suites Tuesday night. Joanna woke up Wednesday morning with a blood thirsty biter on her arm. 

“On the top side of the bed you didn’t see anything, but when we took off all the sheets and pushed the mattress off that’s where we found them underneath the mattress,” James Nicholas said. 

James says right away he called the corporate office in Texas but was referred back to the front desk in Louisville. 

“It was back and forth arguing. We want to go to the different hotel. In the back of your mind, if the bugs are in one room, probably in others,” he said. 

In the end, they got their first night free, moved to another room and Thursday morning will check in to the LaQuinta by the airport. 

This hotel is not alone in Louisville. The Bedbug Registry lists 25 hotels in the metro with bed bugs.

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BedBugs Discovered In Kentucky Jail

21 Dec

12/21/10 Bedbugs Discovered In Kentucky Jail: Daviess County Detention Center Officials Say Matter Is Under Control

Bed bugs have invaded the Daviess County Detention Center.

The bed bug pests just recently showed up at the detention center but officials say they’ve got it under control.

Health officials say bed bugs have made a national comeback over the past year. Green River Environmental Health Department Director Clay Horton explains what they are.

“The short way to put is they’re pests. They’re an insect that were pretty common at one time. They were eradicated and now they’ve made a comeback.”

Experts say the age old nighttime creatures do bite, and they like to feed on humans. Bed bugs are normally found in people’s bedrooms, or any type of institution where you have a lot of people staying.

The Daviess County Detention Center has dozens of inmates, and it was an inmate who pointed the bed bugs out to officials.

Jailer David Osborne says they’re not sure where the bugs came from, but says he and his staff took action quickly.

“We immediately contacted a professional exterminator. They have treated the infected areas and they’re coming back two more times to treat those areas. We removed all the bedding either destroyed or sealed it all off. The bedbugs haven’t been seen since.”

Officials say only three inmates have been affected, but they are not in danger since the bugs don’t transmit diseases.

Osborne tells 14 News they’re keeping an eye out for more bugs in the future.

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Bedbugs Creeping Into Ohio

15 Nov

11/15/10 Bedbugs Creeping Into Ohio: Cincinnati and Louisville Considered “Epicenters”

FINDLAY, OH (FINDLAY THE COURIER) – Bedbugs are no longer a problem somewhere else. The tiny, reddish-brown bugs, whose bites cause itching, are on the rise in Hancock and neighboring counties.

Bedbugs have been here for three or four years. But infestations have increased dramatically in recent months, said Corey Mauger, service technician for Mauger Exterminating Co.

“We have done three or four times as many cases just this season than in the last two combined,” Mauger said.

He estimated he has seen 50 to 60 cases since April. Mauger said the bugs are being brought here by people who travel frequently, college and foreign students, and migrant workers. The bugs “piggyback very well,” he said.

He said Cincinnati and Louisville, Ky., are an “epicenter” for bedbugs.

Once they get into a home, the insects are difficult to get rid of without help from an exterminator, Mauger said.

The easier course is to prevent them from getting in your home. Mauger’s recommendations for when you travel:

• Check out the hotel room before you bring in your belongings.

• First look at the headboard, a favorite bedbug spot, during the daylight hours. It typically can be lifted from the wall and the frame by two people. Place the headboard on the mattress, especially inspecting the back of the headboard for bugs or dark red fecal stains.

• With a flashlight, check out the folds, or seams, of the bed mattress. Look for the bugs themselves or dark red stains. Don’t just check the bed sheets; they get changed every day, he said.

• Other places to look include couches, dressers, nightstands and luggage areas.

• Even if you find no signs of bedbugs, Mauger recommends you not use the dressers. Instead, keep belongings in trash bags and seal them with twisty ties. Bedbugs cannot penetrate plastic, he said.

“The average person doesn’t have the trained eye to know what they are looking for,” he said. “Take precautions even if you don’t find any evidence of (bedbugs).”

• As soon as you return home from a trip, launder the clothing, and Mauger means immediately. Do not even leave clothes on the floor temporarily to do other things.

While the infestation risk is lower when you are not traveling, there are other things to avoid. Used mattresses, used furniture and used clothing can be carriers of bedbugs, Mauger said.

Bugs can even make it into your home via a visitor’s pocket, purse or other belongings.

“It’s just one of those things. You can’t absolutely protect yourself,” he said. “All you can do is act fast and get professional help.”

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