Bed Bug Problem Invades WNY

October 15, 2010 Updated Oct 15, 2010 at 8:47 PM EDT

By WKBW News

October 15, 2010 Updated Oct 15, 2010 at 8:47 PM EDT


Bed bugs are popping up in more places around western New York, including one of the most popular hotels in Buffalo. The problem is keeping local pest management companies busy performing hundreds of exterminations across the area.

One of the most recent reports comes from several Buffalo State College students staying at the Adam's Mark Hotel. Managers of the hotel say the problem was only found in three rooms, which they report have all been properly quarantined and treated. The Erie County Health Department says they received a complaint of bed bugs at the same location in March.
The county has received more than 50 reported cases of the problem in public facilities. They say that is a dramatic increase over past years.

"To fix the problem, we can't fix it here in Buffalo it has to be fixed worldwide because we can eradicate the entire county, not that we can do that but if we eradicate the entire county of bed bugs next week when people come back from vacation we're going to have them right back again," said Dr. Anthony Billittier, the Erie County Health Commissioner.

Bed bugs do not transmit disease, but the bites can cause skin problems, and spotting the insects can be tough since they are only about the size of a sesame seed.

The first ever Western New York Bed Bug Summit is being sponsored by Buffalo Exterminating. The educational event will include speakers from the New York State Department of Health and nationally recognized bed bug expert, Jeffrey White, Research Entomologist, M.S. The event costs $39 and will be held on November 16, 2010 from 8am to 12pm at the Hilton Garden Inn Buffalo Airport.