Two 911 dispatch centers in Jackson, Mississippi have been infested with bed bugs, according to Mississippi News Now: (If a video does not load above, you can watch it on the MS News Now site.) According to MS News Now, The insects are in two dispatch locations and the city is trying to track down the source. “Our 911 operators shouldn’t have to work in this type of environment,” said Mississippi Alliance of State Employees President Brenda Scott.
Jackson city officials confirm that bedbugs have infested the temporary 911 center located at the EOC basement [in the Eudora Welty Library] on State Street and the 911 center on Tombigbee Street, which is under renovation. Pictures of the insects were taken by a city employee inside in the Tombigbee Street location. The article mentions that some employees are refusing to go to work until the problem is solved.
That’s proving very tricky, however. According to WJTV 12 in Jackson: “We sprayed at the EOC location. They went away. Then they came back,” Chief Vance said. He added that by the end of this week, they plan to move the workers from the EOC location, “We’re going to have to move the personnel back to the communication center. But prior to doing that, we’re going to spray the communication center before we move them back.
And then we’re going to go back down and spray the EOC again once they’ve left.” If employees have taken bed bugs home from work, they could be bringing them back in, so it’s important that any such problems are also identified and treated. Employees have been offered free home inspections by Terminex. WJTV 12 also notes that one employee with bed bug bites has been home from work for three weeks and is on four different antibiotics.
It’s not clear what the treatment is for. It’s possible for bed bug bites to become infected, but four different antibiotics seems unusual to me. However, I am not a medical professional! It would be good to know more about what the treatment is for. I hope the city gets to the bottom of this problem soon. Workers in 911 dispatch centers do an important job and deserve to be comfortable and safe while at work.
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Summary Bed bugs treatment can be done either by a professional or as a do-it-yourself project if the infestation is small and not inside any walls. We recommend seriously considering an exterminator since even professionals find these insects difficult to eliminate. Bed bugs can hide in spaces the width of a credit card, making the insects difficult to find and kill. The downside of a professional exterminator is the high cost which could be $1000 or more plus an on-site inspection fee.
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