Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections houses former inmates in bed bug-infested motel

by nobugsonme on June 11, 2009 · 3 comments

in bed bug treatment, bed bugs

WKOW in Madison reports that the Wisconsin Department of Corrections helps newly-released prisoners get back on their feet by putting them up in motel rooms known to have bed bugs.

Some of the ex-prisoners had been to local hospitals with evidence of bed bug bites.   WKOW notes,

We found out former prisoners have been complaining about bed bugs at the Capitol Motel to the Corrections Dept. since December 2008.

Corrections Dept. spokesman John Dipko says the agency knew about the infestation in some rooms and has been working with motel staff to spray and disinfect rooms.

Unfortunately, piecemeal treatment of individual rooms, in a property with multiple infestations, doesn’t work well.  As WKOW notes,

It’s kind of like a game of musical chairs.

“We’ve moved offenders out of the rooms where we know there are bed bugs,” said Dipko. “There are additional inspections occurring.”

The state’s health department has also inspected the motel. Its inspector found bed bugs — alive.

Dipko says the Corrections Dept. is still paying for former prisoners to stay at the motel and has no plans to cancel its relationship with Capitol Motel.

Bed bugs can happen anywhere.  The key is that once they’re discovered, management must take drastic steps to deal with the problem.

I have a hard time believing that — as paying customers — the Corrections Dept. cannot do more than shift former prisoners from one room to another in a motel that is not getting sufficient treatment for bed bugs.

In cases like this, entire properties often must be treated.

Note to bedbuggers: this story broke after some of the former prisoners’ relatives visited the WKOW television studio with a bag of bed bugs collected in the Capitol Motel.

If you’re having trouble getting your bed bug story heard, that’s one way to get journalists’ attention.

See WKOW’s  Call for Action: Bed Bugs at Madison motel for the rest of the story.

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1 wayne June 16, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I THINK SINCE THAT MOTEL HAS BED BUGS THAT THE MOTEL SHOULD BE CLOSED UNTIL THE PROBLEM IS FIX AND REPAIRED SO THAT THE CUSTOMERS AND THE EX- INMATES DON’T BE BITTEN BY THE BED BUGS AND THE DEPARTMNET OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE SHOULD ALSO DO SOMTHING ABOUT THIS AS WELL

2 JD Lee October 27, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Bedbugs are not easy to treat. Bedbugs must been brought from gests to the room(s). We cannot condemn the motel management for the bedbugs. But as mentioned earlier, they need to be treated correctly once they found. Here are the tips to treat them.
1. Quarantine the room
2. Treat with proper insecticide other methods until there is not bedbug activity found. Learn where they are
a. Remove spring box and mattress if they are too many and breading on or around the bed usually in gaps or cracks.
b. Hand picking is necessary in some cases using masking tape
c. If they are hiding in spring box or frame use Clorox.
e. Spray effective insecticide – I use Suspend SC from Bayer (you cannot find these kind from local stores)

3 nobugsonme October 28, 2009 at 12:52 am

JD Lee,

Bed bugs do travel with people, though not just with hotel guests.

Are you suggesting that every single guest who visited the motel brought his/her bed bugs in? Of course this is unlikely. You can’t simply blame the guests as a population. If that’s going to be the attitude, why try and rent out rooms at all?

Someone may bring bed bugs at any time, but the motel does have some responsibility here, especially when complaints have gone on for six months.

And owners, staff and maintenance people may also bring bed bugs in.

I would strongly suggest readers do not attempt to do their own treatment for bed bugs. Experienced professionals should be applying pesticides and will have a better shot of getting rid of the problem.

I am not sure what you mean by “use Clorox,” but I can imagine people doing dangerous things to a bed with lots of bleach.

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