The bed bug problem reportedly has been on the rise nationwide. In Richmond, the high volume of calls coming into exterminators might indicate a similar trend.
For Premier Termite and Pest Control in Richmond, there's no doubt bed bugs are on the rise. Owner Rodney Cain says he gets two to 15 calls a day regarding bed bugs.
The Madison County Health Department acknowledges the numbers of calls regarding bed bugs have increased in the last couple of years.
Health officials say the facilities they regulate are limited to public facilities like hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, and even movie theatres. However, exterminators say it's clear the problem is widespread, and these insects aren't going away easily.
"When you're doing a treatment they are difficult to find so you've got to be on your toes as to where these bugs are hiding," says Cain.
So far this year, health officials with the Madison County Health Department say there has only been one confirmed case of bed bugs out of ten at one of its regulated facilities. It was found at the EconoLodge in Berea, where health officials say the problem has been eradicated.