From Blackfoot to Boise, Idaho Bit By Bedbugs - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

From Blackfoot to Boise, Idaho Bit By Bedbugs

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - They suck your blood, can leave an itchy rash and send shivers up the spines of clean freaks. And they're apparently in Idaho. Bedbugs, that is.

The Idaho Statesman reports pest control agencies in Boise and beyond say their calls to eradicate the bugs from homes in southwestern Idaho have been on the rise.

One company, Sprague Pest Solutions, says its bedbug calls are up 400 to 500 percent this year.

Pest-control giant Orkin says it's getting three to five calls monthly at its Boise affiliate. Why the spike? Widespread travel, maybe.

Other cities are also reporting bedbug bedlam, including a senior center in Blackfoot, Idaho.

In New York City, bedbugs have bolted their beds and infested landmarks like the Empire State Building, Bloomingdale's and Lincoln Center.
     
      
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