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ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- No bedbug outbreak here, but still a lot of interest.
KMOX Health Editor, Fred Bodimer reports on a special bedbug conference taking place at University of Missouri-St. Louis Wednesday morning.
More than forty local social service agencies will be at UMSL attending a special conference titled “Bed Bugs Are Here: Are You Prepared?”
The director of UMSL’s Public Policy Research Center, Mark Tranel says this E.P.A. funded workshop is mainly meant for social service agencies here, giving them a chance to learn more about bedbugs in general and in the St. Louis area.
“Although, at the present time we don’t have the kind of outbreak that other cities have, it is enough of a problem that we have over forty people that are signed up to come to this workshop,” Tranel says.
Tranel says one of the most important things to learn about bedbugs is if they are found in the mattress, be careful when getting rid of them so they don’t spread elsewhere in the house.
So, how bad is the bedbug problem in the St. Louis area?
“If people pay attention and know the warning signs of when there are bedbugs present, we won’t reach the level of infestation that’s in other places,” Tranel says.
Tranel says the key is what to do once bedbugs are found.
“If there are bedbugs present, or if there’s a mattress that’s infested, don’t bounce it down the steps on the way out of the house because you’ll knock the bedbugs off and they’ll spread around,” Tranel says. “You cause a further problem rather than just getting rid of the problem.”