Bedbugs found at Wake County elder-care homes

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Bedbug infestations have been discovered in
at least four Wake County long-term care homes for the elderly.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the homes must come up
with a plan to get rid of the infestations or face fines.

Bedbugs are a growing problem for group homes and nursing homes,
as well as apartments and motels.

Wake County Director of Adult Services Gail Holden says the
pests are especially hard to detect and get rid of in facilities
where residents lack mobility or have difficulty with
communication.

Bedbugs can live six months without food. They don't inflict
serious diseases, but the bites cause irritation and itching that
can lead to infection.

Health officials say people should be extremely careful bringing
used bedding or furniture into their homes.

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