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Employee says a Brunswick County nursing home is infested with bed bugs

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WINNABOW, NC (WWAY) – One nursing home employee says the facility in Brunswick County is not doing enough to fix a bed bug problem.

"They pulled the sheet back and you could see them crawling all over there fat ones, small ones,” said the employee that wishes to remain anonymous.

Bed bugs, probably one of the nastiest infestations you could have. One employee at Brunswick Cove Living Center says the facility has a big problem with the critters.

"I started taking insecticide to work hoping that if it keeps mosquitoes off, maybe it will help keep them off too,” she said.

Having to resort to those measures has her worried about the residents, especially for those living in the rest-home section of the building.

“They would not live like that if they were able. They should not have to live like that because they are not able,” she said.

Not able to get away from the bed bugs as easily as she can.

"You have people well I'm itchy or you see the red spots on them,” she said.

Brunswick Cove staff refused to go on camera with us but they did issue this statement in response to the allegations.

The statement reads: “We at Brunswick Cove have had a few isolated incidents with bed bugs over the last couple of years affecting four different rooms. This is a problem that is becoming common in nursing homes, adult care homes, hospitals, and hotels. We are a business that has many people coming in and out to visit and as a result are vulnerable to these types of issues. We have a protocol for dealing with these issues aggressively as they arise. This includes a contract with a reputable professional exterminating company that treats any room with confirmed bedbugs twice. As part of our treatment we also treat the adjacent rooms. This protocol has proven to be effective. We are committed to the safety and welfare of our residents and will continue to monitor this process closely.”

"I really thought what they were doing was working,” the employee said.

But judging by what she sees every day, she says it’s not.

The nursing home says they had an exterminator come out today to treat one infested room.

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