Family of five “run out of their home” by bed bugs in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia

by nobugsonme on November 11, 2006

in bed bug treatment, bed bugs, history, usa

This from TV News 9 in Nashville, Tennessee. A family in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, believes they got bed bugs from used furniture. No big news there. So what’s strange about this article?

First, the building manager and exterminator say this is the building’s first bed bugs case in six years. Six years?!? What were they doing with them six years ago? Isn’t that before the current bed bug epidemic? If so, it seems to contradict the theory that this bug came back to the US a few years ago and via international travel through NYC, SF, Boston.

Second, the building manager and exterminator are claiming the bed bugs can’t be treated until the family moves out. He finally appears to have agreed to treat if they left for a weekend. Maybe they are concerned the family simply won’t follow the standard treatment protocols (including all that bagging and washing). Or maybe they’re doing bomb fumigations, which are not effective against bed bugs, and in fact spread them around buildings. I hope not!


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