Raleigh Senior Housing Infested With Bed Bugs: 3 Tips to Spot Bed Bugs

north carolina bed bug problemA Raleigh senior living center is infested with bedbugs on multiple floors. Our Raleigh injury law firm wrote about other North Carolina senior centers that experienced roach invasions, mold problems and rodent infestations – read about them here and here. (Although always a problem, cockroaches are one of bed bugs’ natural enemies.) There are many sanitary senior living options in North Carolina, however, negligence still happens. Understaffed facilities, poor training, and inadequate records can result in missed medications, poor care and unsanitary conditions.

Capital Towers, a Raleigh senior living center, is experiencing a bed bug outbreak that allegedly started with a donated couch. Bed bugs are typically issues in hotels where transients can carry the bugs in through their luggage—and the next guest can acquire them and transport the bugs home on their own luggage. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), bed bugs are increasingly resistant to pesticides. This makes it difficult to eradicate a bed bug infestation, especially safe chemical-free options around the elderly who have vulnerable immune systems.

Our Raleigh nursing home abuse lawyers drafted a list of warning signs to help you choose a clean and safe home for your elderly loved ones. Here are some tips to help you identify if a nursing home has bed bugs:

  1. Look for spots on beds. The EPA recommends this as one of the earliest indicators of a bed bug problem. Bed bugs’ excrement shows up as dark spots slightly larger than the tip of a pencil. Reddish stains may indicate crushed bed bugs.
  2. Check mattress seams and edges of the bed frame. Bed bugs hide near feeding areas. There may also be skins left behind from the shedding process bed bugs go through as they mature.
  3. Notice any strange odors. Bed bugs are known to emit odors that smell like “rotting raspberries.”
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