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Hospital’s Next Big Problem: Bed Bugs

Pest control companies report a growing need for treatment


Bed BugsHospitals around the country are dealing with an increasing amount of bed bugs.

The need for treatment — shown by the increasing number of pest control companies working at hospitals and nursing homes — grew more than 6% in hospitals from 2010 to 2012, MarketWatch reports.

Nursing homes are worse. During the two years studied, the number of companies going after the insects in nursing homes doubled to 46%. There are even reports of ambulances with infestations.

Hospitals have a harder time killing bed bugs than infections. Procedures are in place to deal with germs and fungal infections while bed bugs are more persistent and require treatments of more than 36 hours to deal with the bugs and their eggs.

Bed bugs aren’t known to transmit infection, but the bloody bites they cause place patients at risk for opportunistic infections.

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