Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

Local News

February 17, 2011

Bed Bugs found in Cave City

GLASGOW — Bed bugs have been found in one Cave City hotel.

Robert Smith, code enforcement officer for the city of Cave City, told city council members earlier in the week that he had received a report of bed bugs at Countryside Inn on North Dixie Highway and that the matter had been turned over to the Barren River District Health Department.

Chip Kraus, a spokesperson for BRDHD, said he could not comment on the case.

“Right now the case you’re talking about is still being investigated and because of that we are not able to comment on it since it is an open and active case,” he said. “I can say that in a situation like this we will have the hotel sprayed for bugs by a certified pest control company and after that’s been done we will go in and do a follow up inspection to make sure that has been completed and that there appears to be no bed bugs.”

Kraus could not say whether the hotel had been sprayed or not.

According to Kraus, Tom Buchanan, an environmental supervisor with BRDHD, said, there is no real reason to be alarmed about the report of bed bugs.

“Bed bugs are not considered a public health hazard, but they are considered to be a public health nuisance,” Kraus said.

As for other reported cases of bed bugs in the area, Kraus said, “I know that our area has not had the same difficulties that other parts of the nation have had. Last year the state sent some guidance to hotel/motel owners and operators as a way to mitigate the nuisance.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states on its website that bed bugs have been found in five-star hotels and resorts around the world and that their presence is not determined by how clean or unclean the living conditions of the hotels and resorts were when they were found.

Bed bug infestations usually occur near areas where people sleep and the pests have been known to travel over 100 feet in a night, but tend to live within 8 feet of where people sleep, the website said.

Bed bugs do bite, but they are not known to spread disease. Their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep.

One way to tell if bed bugs exist is through bite marks on the body while sleeping. It may take as long as 14 days for the bed bug bites to develop so it is important for people to look for other clues when trying to determine if there a bed bug infestation, the CDC said on its website.

Some of the signs include: bed bugs’ exoskeletons after molting; bed bugs in the fold of mattresses and sheets; rusty-colored blood spots due to the insects’ blood-filled fecal material; and a sweet, musty odor.

Bed bugs are transported from place to place as people travel. They are transported in the seams and folds of luggage, folded clothes, bedding, furniture and other places where they can hide.

Infestations of bed bugs are commonly treated by insecticide spraying, and the best way to prevent bed bugs is regular inspection for the signs of an infestation, the CDC said on its website.

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