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?