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Bed Bug Outbreak at Retirement Center for Seniors in Spokane – Legal Action Next

By Grace Ditzler | Oct 02 2015  

SPOKANE, Wash. – They’re creepy and crawly and the last thing you’d want to find in your home.  Some residents in a Spokane senior housing complex say their building is infested with bed bugs, and that their property managers aren’t handling the situation correctly.  The residents at Clare View South believe the property managers should be doing more to check and treat for bed bugs, but the property manager explains they are doing what they can.

“After I started having problems four months ago with active bites and welts, I found out it was introduced into the complex about a year ago,” said resident Marty Hicks.

“I started getting bit up,” said resident Toni Mastronarde. “My whole left arm was covered in bites.”

Clare View South property manager Patricia Webster said there has been an increase of bed bugs at the complex.

“To date, we’ve treated seven units for bed bugs here at Clare House,” she explained.

But Webster says they are doing what they can to pro-actively and responsibly address the situation.

“When we first started to receive the complaints, we sent those out to a professional pest control extermination company, and since then, we’ve purchased about $10,000 worth of heat treating equipment,” she said.

Webster said if they find bed bugs in an apartment, Clare View maintenance staff will use the heating equipment to treat the apartment.

“They don’t have official training in exterminating, but they do have training in the heat treat equipment,” she said.

If there is still a problem, property managers will bring in a professional exterminator, but the residents believe the problem won’t go away until Clare View brings in professional exterminators to treat the entire building, not just individual rooms.

“[Maintenance staff doesn’t] look for them in a proper way,” Mastronarde said. “They don’t know what they’re doing, and everybody is inconvenienced and miserable.”

Pointe Pest Control says trying to get rid of these bugs on your own can be very difficult.

“In an apartment complex you have common walls, common plumbing, common electricity,” said Raymond Vanderlouw with Pointe Pest Control. “So if you do a treatment in one apartment there’s a chance you can get them in other apartments.”

These residents hope the bed bugs will move out soon, so they can stop feeling like they have to.

Some of the residents are now considering legal action against Clare View because of the bed bug problem. They also say Clare View has charged residents for the bed bug treatments, but property manager Patricia Webster says to date, only one person has been charged.

Clare View management explained it will have professional exterminators come assess the bed bug situation on Monday, October 5.

WE MUST STOP SAYING THAT BED BUGS ARE NOT DANGEROUS WHEN IN FACT, BED BUGS CAUSE DEADLY DISEASES

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Your Roommate In The Nursing Home Might Be A Bedbug

Hospitals seem to be doing a better job than nursing homes of keeping bedbugs at bay.

Hospitals seem to be doing a better job than nursing homes of keeping bedbugs at bay.

If you’re in the hospital or a nursing home, the last thing you want to be dealing with is bedbugs. But exterminators saying they’re getting more and more calls for bedbug infestations in nursing homes, hospitals and doctor’s offices.

Nearly 60 percent of pest control professionals have found bedbugs in nursing homes in the past year, according to an industry survey, up from 46 percent in 2013. Bedbug reports in other medical facilities have gone up slightly. Thirty-six percent of exterminators reported seeing them in hospitals, up from 33 percent. Infestations seen in doctors’ offices rose from 26 percent to 33 percent in the past two years.

“Nursing homes would be difficult to treat for the simple reason you don’t use any pesticides there,” says Billy Swan, an exterminator who runs a pest-control company in New York City. That and the fact that there’s a lot more stuff. “Somebody’s gotta wash and dry all the linens, you know, and all their personal artifacts and picture frames.”

Those personal belongings might help account for the big disparity in infestations between nursing homes and hospitals, according to Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, an epidemiologist at the Medical College of Wisconsin who studies infection control in health care facilities. “The more things you bring with you, the more likely you’re bringing bedbugs, if you have a bedbug problem… and you live in a nursing home, so all your things are there.”

By contrast, “When bedbugs are located in a hospital, they’re usually confined to a couple of hospital rooms,” Munoz-Price says.

And it may be easier for hospital staff to spot bedbugs.

“Hospital cleaning staff, nurses, doctors are extremely vigilant,” says Jim Fredericks, chief entomologist for the National Pest Management Association, which conducted the survey along with the University of Kentucky. “[Bedbugs] don’t go unnoticed for long.”

And hospitals are typically brightly lit, routinely cleaned places. It’s just much easier to find pests in this setting than in a dark movie theater, where only 16 percent of pest professionals report seeing bedbugs, according to the survey.

Fredericks says the recent multiplication of bedbug reports in medical facilities is just a part of a larger trend. Exterminators have been finding more of the bugs everywhere the parasites are most commonly found like hotels, offices, and homes, where virtually 100 percent of pest control professionals have treated bedbugs in the past year. And they’ve been popping up in a few unexpected places, too, like a prosthetic leg and in an occupied casket.

“There are a lot of theories as to why they’ve made a comeback,” Fredericks says. It could be differences in pest management practices, insecticide resistance, or just increased travel. “Bottom line is nobody knows what caused it, but bedbugs are back.” He falters for a moment. “And they’re most likely here to stay.”

The good news is bedbugs aren’t known to transmit any diseases, and a quick inspection under mattresses or in the odd nook or cranny while traveling can lower the risk of picking the hitchhiking bugs up. Swan says a simple wash or freezing will kill any bedbug. “If you came home, took off all your clothes, put ’em in a bag – you’d never bring a bedbug home,” he says. “But who does that?”

At least one reporter might start.

May 22, 2015 | Angus Chen

Bed Bugs in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities — A Serious Problem

Bed bugs are a growing problem in nursing homes and elderly care – assisted living centers across the Country.

Why Bed Bugs in Nursing Homes are Dangerous

Nursing Home Elderly Neglect InformationWhen a nursing home patient gets bed bugs they are more likely to suffer from a subsequent infection. Infections can rapidly spread at nursing homes if left improperly treated. Bed bug bites can develop into rashes and chaff causing bleeding and swelling, which can become infected. These infections can develop into serious issues if not properly cared for.

Nursing homes are required to properly inspect and treat for bed bugs found at a facility which they own or operate. Since a number of patients can come in and out of their facilities, it is not uncommon for bed bugs to be found on the property. However, some nursing homes are negligent in the care of their patients and fail to properly safeguard against these conditions. When a nursing homes fail to put into place safeguards and safety measures to correct or remedy these issues they will be considered liable for injuries sustained as a result.

Liability for Injuries – Can I sue Nursing Home for Bed Bug Bite Infestations

Who is liable for injuries when bed bugs are contracted at a nursing home? A nursing home will be liable when bed bugs are contracted by a patient. Courts will determine whether they had knowledge and whether they took proper precautions when dealing with the issue. “Many facilities will ignore the problem”, says Farid Yaghoubtil attorney with Downtown L.A. Law Group. “They rely on lack of knowledge as a tool. Since many people may not know that the swelling is a bed bug bite, it is easy to get around the issue. In other cases we have seen facilities flat out deny or lie about having any knowledge only to find out they did.”

In many cases nursing homes know of this issue since patients are regularly checked on by trained staff, particularly at skilled nursing facilities. These issues are reported by nurses to management, who either abruptly discharges the patient or fails to do anything to correct the issue. In such cases the nursing home will be considered liable for the injuries caused by their negligence.

Steps to Take if Your Loved One has Suffered Bed Bug Bites in a Nursing Home or Elderly Assisted Living Center

If you or your loved one were bit by bed bugs in a nursing home you need to take the following steps to secure your case.

1. Take photos of your body and where the bites took place;
2. Do not make any statements to the insurance company representing the nursing home;
3. Document all of your losses;
4. Seek immediate medical attention to prevent the spread of infection;
5. Speak to a qualified personal injury attorney to discuss your case.

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