CHICAGO (CBS) — Experts say bed bugs can be found almost anywhere; from homes and businesses to hotels, shelters, and hospitals. Now, an organization for the developmentally disabled in the Chicago area is fighting them.
Lamb’s Farm president and CEO Dianne Yaconetti said it’s been “frustrating” that her residential setting for the developmentally disabled has been dealing with an outbreak of bed bugs since September, but she believes Lamb’s Farm finally is getting a handle on the problem.
She said bed bugs were first found in one room of one of the nine group homes Lamb’s Farm has in the Libertyville area. An exterminator was called, the room sprayed, kept vacant for a couple days, and then sprayed again.
Days later, bed bugs were found in another room of that group home and the process was repeated, Yaconetti said.
Eventually, an exterminator recommended the whole house get a heat treatment to rid it of the bed bugs once and for all. Yaconetti said that was recently done, and the bugs are gone from that house.
During the two nights of the treatment, the 12 residents slept in the gymnasium, “which they thought was wonderful,” Yaconetti said.
“Just in the last week or so, bed bugs were discovered in another house,” she said.