ONLY ON 3: Some New Hanover Co. fire stations infested with bedbugs

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- Some New Hanover County Fire Departments are struggling with a creepy crawly problem and want something done.

According to one firefighter who did not want to be named, the bed bugs have been an issue for over a year and the firefighters have had enough. We've been told that multiple stations are infested, including Station 18 in Myrtle Grove, Station 12 on Highway 421 and at Station 11 on Market Street.

Apparently, the stations have tried to kill the pests but have not been able to while still operating from the buildings. The firefighters have had to move where they sleep in order to avoid the bugs, but some are worried the issue will only get worse if something is not done soon.

County Manager Chris Coudriet says the county has made multiple efforts to get rid of the bugs and are still working on solving the problems. He says a bed bug sniffing dog is even being brought in to determine exactly where the bugs are nesting.

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Another huge concern should be how easy bed bugs can be transferred from one person to another and the frequency of which these firefighters and EMTs enter people's homes. There is a very high likelihood that when they are making these house calls they are unknowingly spreading the pests with every visit. Not to mention bringing them back to their own homes. In which case it is no longer a "contained" infestation but one that is being rapidly spread throughout their community. The fact that this has been a known problem for over a year is deplorable and it is obvious that appropriate steps to eradicate the problem have not been taken.

These guys works shifts that many don't like to work. They provide a service that is life saving by nature and dangerous to them personally.
I would hope that Mr. Coudriet has made this a priority to eradicate these pests once and for all.
To have our heroic firefighters have to deal with this type of problem is an embarrassment to everyone - but particularly to New Hanover County government.

Vog

I found a site on the internet that showed that 91 percent alcohol (sold at drug stores) will kill bedbugs. One will need to treat the areas more than once but it will kill the bedbugs on contact. It must be 91 percent alcohol. The stuff you buy in stores do not work but alcohol will kill them. If its really bad take everything out of the room and check the seams of the mattresses or you will not get them. Hope this helps.