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Bed bugs leave some without public transit

Posted by Spencer Brown on

Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013 3:00 am

The superintendent of the city’s transportation department said Friday that the city will not pick up people from the Liberty House due to a bed bug outbreak.

“We are no longer transporting [from Liberty House] because we have an obligation to the public to keep our buses clean,” said Transportation Superintendent Marilee Hyde.

 Hyde said she was informed of the problem on Oct. 22 and discontinued transportation from there immediately.

Liberty House Administrator Virginia Olson said staff members did find bed bugs in several rooms, and the facility is working with an extermination company.

“We do have a bed bug problem, but it is under control,” Olson said Friday. “We’ve had Orkin in and they are managing the problem. We are getting it solved. It’s not an infestation. It’s confined to a couple rooms.”

Olson said she believes the bed bugs came from a resident who moved into the building after the closure of the Pawnee Assisted Living Facility at the end of August.

This is the second time this year Liberty House has dealt with a bed bug outbreak.

A licensure inspection of the facility on April 29 by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services found an infestation of beg bugs and ants in five resident rooms that were inspected, according to a report filed by Eve Lewis, the program manager for the licensure unit of the Division of Public Health at DHHS.

According to documents submitted by the Liberty House to DHHS, J&M Exterminating in North Platte conducted an extermination and determined the facility to be bed bug free on May 13.

DHHS confirmed that bed bugs had been removed from the facility on June 16.

A follow-up inspection by DHHS in July showed dead insects inside the facility, specifically in light fixtures. However, none of those insects were bed bugs, according to the report.

Because of that violation, along with several other minor violations, the facility was fined $10 per day until the violations were corrected.

NP buses won't stop at Liberty House until pests are gone

http://www.nptelegraph.com/news/bed-bugs-leave-some-without-public-transit/article_3e01d3f7-578e-56a1-b597-3a821819af84.html


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