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DES MOINES, Iowa — Residents of a low income apartment complex in Des Moines who have filed a lawsuit against the city aren’t the only ones in the area dealing with bed bugs.

On Wednesday, 55 residents of the Royal View Manor apartment complex filed a class action lawsuit against the City of Des Moines claiming the city isn’t doing enough to combat a bed bug infestation.

At Springer Home Professional Services in Des Moines, managers say over the past five years killing bed bugs has become a major part of their business. The company has dealt with them at schools, health care facilities, and an increasing amount of private residences.

Managers say the bugs are most common in early winter when people are traveling for the holidays and late spring as kids come home for college.

Bed bugs are often spread at low income housing units due to the use of second hand furniture and clothing. A good eye test to see if a mattress or couch has been infested is to look for brown stains.

“In their digestion process, they leave a lot of stains on things like bed linens,” said Eddie Holman, General Manager at Springer Home Solution Services.

Getting rid of the bugs completely is virtually impossible according to Holman.

The bugs can reproduce in just a couple of weeks, lay dozens of eggs each week, and can live for up to 300 days.

“The bed bug is a hitchhiker. They can attach to clothing. They can get inside automobiles. People are becoming more mobile and it’s just a process of bed bugs getting into a home, reproducing, and they reproduce quite fast,” said Holman.

Holman adds that controlling bed bugs requires more than one visit. Springer will often visit a home or building regularly for up to a year to control the pests.

1 Comment

  • Dahai Dong

    Bed bugs should have been extinct if people knew right method. Google “bed sized bed bug trap” to convert entire bed into a trap and you sleep on top of the trap as inaccessible CO2 bait. It easily kills 100% bed bugs when bed bugs seek people instead of people seek bed bugs. You can only apply common sense to confirm how easy it is because few people know the right method.
    Here is a list of belief vs. common sense. More than 99% bed bug feeding is at night and people feel difficult to starve them. Common sense feels easy to starve if you sleep inside bathtub with uncomfortable or on top of bed sized trap without any uncomfortable. People feel very difficult to eliminate the remaining 1% feeding at day time. Common sense ranks it as easy as exterminators don’t carry bed bugs home. People believe bed bugs’ falling from ceiling to bed. Common sense excludes possibility if you build Scotch slippery barrier on the ceiling. People believe bed bugs’ one year life without meals. Common sense expects quick starve after bed bugs detect CO2 and crawl every night for food without dormant and suspects the one year record being generated by catching bed bugs into a refrigerator. People rank mattress encasement as useful. Common sense ranks it as nonsense as a camper sleeps outside tent and uses the tent to seal a bush for reducing mosquito bites because sleeping on top of bed sized trap is as efficient as sleeping inside tent, and bush or mattress does not need any protection after sleeper is protected. People don’t believe that DIY can easily solve bed bug problem. Common sense does because it is not important how many bed bugs are trapped or when the last bug starves after you have achieved goal “no bed bug bites forever” today.

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