Bed Bugs Cases Rise in Valdosta

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

"Even here I'm itching."

Bite after bite after bite this Valdosta resident is being tortured night after night by bed bugs.

She didn't want to be identified but says these insects make sleeping a nightmare.

"It's very miserable you can't sleep at night. It's very miserable especially for my son to actually sit and watch him toss and turn. I don't know if he's going to be infected, if I'm going to get infected from it."

Exterminating businesses in Valdosta say this year they've seen the largest increase of bed bug cases in more than 20 years.

"For new homeowners, exterminators recommend checking where the carpet meets the wall for signs of the critters."

Pest Control recommends: if you buy used clothes put it in the dryer first to kill any insect eggs.

If you stay in a hotel check the bed for fecal matter and dead skin.

And check all crevices in furniture.

Exterminators say those steps can help to keep the bed bugs away.

Officials say one of the best ways to deal with bed bugs is by sealing your mattress and pillows with a plastic zipped cover.

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