Dayton drug raid discovers bed bugs

by nobugsonme on February 27, 2010 · 3 comments

in bed bugs

Dayton detectives raided an apartment for drugs Friday night, and found the home infested with bed bugs, WDTN news reports.

But, the worst part for detectives was having to collect the evidence from a bed bug infested apartment.

Lieutenant Brian Johns of The Dayton Police Department said, “I’ve been itching ever since, but I’ll be okay.  If you just saw all the bite marks all over her body. I know they are juveniles, but I can’t understand why you would want to lay your head in a place like that.”

Three people were arrested.

Officers say they will follow up with apartment management for help cleaning up the drug and bug problem.

It makes sense that someone with signs of illegal activity in their home would not seek help for bed bugs.  It is especially sad that children are living under these conditions.  However, the officers would probably be surprised to learn how many people were seeking treatment for bed bugs and still living with the problem.

I don’t envy the officers picking through bugs to find the evidence they were after.  I hope they took precautions to avoid spreading bed bugs to their cars, precinct, and homes.

You’ll remember that police officers in New Rochelle, New York had to have their patrol cars and cell block treated for bed bugs. And, closer to Dayton, bed bugs were enough of a problem for Cincinnati police and firefighters that the City Council considered paying to help with their home bed bug treatment if they brought them home from work.

I also hope the building management not only deals with this home’s infestation but also inspects units attached on all sides, since bed bugs spread easily from one apartment to another.

And is it just me, or when someone brings up the police and bed bugs, do you get this guy in your head, all over again?

1 Cilecto February 27, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I see two scenarios growing out of incidents like this.
A. People (and their government servants) develop greater awareness of how serious this problem is and mobilize to solve it.

B. People (and their government servants) develop greater awareness of how serious this problem is and those who can do everything in their power to avoid interacting with people and places they believe are susceptible to bed bugs.

2 nobugsonme February 28, 2010 at 1:56 am

Well put, Cilecto. Let’s hope it’s the first option that sticks.

3 Winston O. Buggy February 28, 2010 at 6:10 am

Inaccessible bed bug reservoirs are an issue in many areas and certainly here in NY. There are many illegal activities that result in lack of access. Just one more problem for those trying to improve the quality of life and one more safe haven for bed bugs.

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