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Two-month-old suffers almost 20 bed bug bites at housing facility

Photo Credit: Kimberly Alcorn

It’s day Quincy resident Kimberly Alcorn will never forget.

"My child came home with 15 bed bug bites," Alcorn explained.

The bites didn't stop there.

"Then on Monday she came home with three more," Alcorn mentioned.

Her daughter spends the day at the Indian Hills Public Housing Facility.

This is where her child care provider lives.

Alcorn pointed out she's aware about the bed bug problem but didn't know how bad it actually was.

"I feel like it's disgusting to make people live like that," Alcorn explained.

Quincy Housing Authority Deputy Director Bruce Johnston said they've seen an increase in bed bugs in recent years.

"It's frustrating for us, but obviously it's more frustrating for the tenant," Johnston mentioned.

He said they've tried several treatable approaches with no perfect remedy.

"Heat treatment, chemical treatment, we've really kind of run the gamete on different ways to combat them," Johnston said.

The problem multiplies when they use heat treatment.

Johnston pointed out the bed bugs travel from one unit to the other which spreads the infestation.

They now use a three step process.

It includes a chemical, powder and fogger treatment to eliminate these pesky bugs.

A procedure which doesn't seem please everyone.

"Ultimately we want them to be pest free,” Johnston said. “There's no doubt about that".
"I wouldn't want to live with that,” Alcorn mentioned. “I'm sure they wouldn't want to live like that”.

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