CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Pest control companies and the Hamilton County Department of Health say they haven't found a more than normal occupancy of bed bugs.
But, one Chattanooga woman says she's tired of being bitten by them.
"They look like roach bugs. They're so huge. I mean their really really big and you go to mash them and blood squirts everywhere," says Lenora Millarney.
We've all heard the term before, "don't let the bed bugs bite," but Millarney can attest, now the bed bugs seem to be biting more than ever at her apartment.
"I had to take everything. It cost me over a $100 to take all of our blankets, strip everything down take and wash it. Then somebody told me to buy head lice spray and spray," says Millarney.
Millarney and her brother have all been viciously attacked by the critters. Experts say they don't carry disease. But the numerous bites can be very painful. The View Apartments sent an exterminator this morning to Millarney's apartment but she doesn't think that will help.
"I don't know if that's going to get rid of them or like I said they sprayed my son's apartment three times. They had to get rid of every piece of furniture they had," says Millarney.
Millarney lives on a fixed income and says she can't afford to get rid of all her furniture. Bonnie Deakins from the Hamilton Co. Dept. of Health, says it's important to realize it's not a cleanliness issue.
"Usually people are just traveling and they are carrying them one place to another so a lot of times that's how it gets started," says Deakins.
You can take steps to prevent these bugs from crawling into your home.
1. Wash all bedding routinely including comforters and bedspreads.
2. Vacuum your home often, including bedding and upholstered furniture.
3. Don't buy secondhand beds, bedding and upholstered furniture.
4. Use insecticides on walls.
5. Put your bedding outside on sunny days for several hours.
"They're really difficult to eradicate once they establish in a room or in a building but there are way to get rid of them," says Deakins.