Bed Bugs Causing Headaches for Urbandale Firefighters

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URBANDALE, Iowa – Urbandale firefighters are dealing with another hazard that comes with the job.

After responding to a call last week Fire Chief Jerry Holt said firefighters brought bed bugs back to the station at 7100 Douglas Ave. A firefighter complained about a bite and a closer look at his bed revealed the presence of a “few bugs”.

“We go to a lot of places that aren’t necessarily the cleanest places that may have bed bugs on them and I’m sure one of them hitched a ride back to the station and made itself at home at the station,” said Holt.

The fire department called a pest control company and are in the process of treating the bedrooms, hallways, locker room and other areas at the fire station.

An inspection of the bitten firefighter’s home determined that the pests were there as well. The city is paying to get rid of the bugs at the firefighter’s house and inspectors are checking the homes of other firefighters.

“We take this very seriously. Just as we would in your home, nobody wants to have bed bugs in your house so we’re doing everything we can to make sure they don’t go anywhere else,” said Holt.

Another round of chemical treatment will take place at the fire station Wednesday.

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