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Bed Bug Infestations On The Rise In Delaware County

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UPTON, Pa (CBS) — Constance Bennett and her neighbor Rosalyn DeMiranda of Upland, Delaware County have been trying to get rid of a bedbug infestation for a year now.

The insects have been pretty annoying, but this spring both women say the problem is a lot worse and they are not alone.

“I burn all over and all of my grandchildren have been bitten.” DeMiranda laments.

She’s even taken her issue to the office of public health. Officials contacted her landlord and together they have been working to end the infestation.

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Bennett owns the home she lives in, but says the cost of eradicating the bedbugs is cutting into money she should be using to pay her bills.

The two women are dealing with a problem many will be tackling this season.

Officials are warning, as the weather warms up bedbugs will be making a comeback. Missy Henriksen of the National Pest Management Association warns ” bedbugs are hitchhikers”  and as we travel during the summer holiday season we run the risk of picking up the tiny blood suckers and transporting then back home with us.

Henriksen feels education is the key. She says learning to identify the insects may help you spot a small infestation before it gets out of control.

Reported by Anne-Marie Green, CBS 3

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