Bed Bugs Found at Ingham Regional Medical Center

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Blood-sucking bed bugs crawled into Ingham Regional Medical Center this past weekend.

"I can't believe we had them here," said Deb Goodman, a registered nurse at the hospital.

"I think a lot of it has to do with cleanliness," said Kathy Broschi, an East Lansing resident. "I move my beds. I vaccuum under my beds. Move your furniture."

Health experts say vaccuum all you want. Sometimes bed bugs make you their home anyway.

It doesn't make you a dirty or a filthy person," said Rudy Rodgers. "It's just that you were somewhere, and you picked it up."

Ingham nurses first noticed a small bug on a patient. The hospital then took steps to sanitize the two rooms she stayed in.

The good news is bed bugs don't carry disease. The bad news -- they're annoying and hard to get rid of.

Health experts say more people are complaining about bedbugs than usual. Thursday they and other state officials met to brainstorm solutions.

One idea: banning the sale of used mattresses in michigan.

"Used mattresses can be infested with bed bugs," said James McCurtis of the Michigan Department of Community Health. "If people have that and bring it into their homes or their apartments or something like that, then they can be sleeping on infested mattresses."

If you have to buy a used mattress "make sure you check your mattresses thoroughly, check your headboards thoroughly, and make sure you check your skin too," he said.

And if the bed bugs bite, the best thing to do is call the exterminator.


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