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Home News Monroe Countys bedbug problem is far from over, experts and survey agree February 8, 2012 Bloomington, Indiana --

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By Christy Mullins

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On the southwest side of Bloomington is a house that is so infested with bedbugs, the 85-year-old woman who lives there is anemic from their bites, people assisting her say.

Black streaks of bedbug feces descend like mold from every wall and dot every newspaper she has collected inside. Even the mail outside has bedbugs crawling on it. So does the front door. Her furniture and counter tops are encrusted with black stains. Bedbugs jump from the couch to her coat, and she brushes them off like flies, if she has any reaction at all.

The woman would not be interviewed for this story, but bedbug professionals across Monroe County have visited the house and they all say the same thing. It is the worst case of infestation theyve seen in the area, maybe ever.

It is tragically bad, said Carol Cobine, whose professional bedbug sniffing dog has detected millions of bugs and eggs in the womans house in Broadview.

I cant overstate how bad it is. ... Wall to wall, floor to ceiling, every item in this womans house has evidence of bedbug feces. I am just, literally, not kidding. In the kitchen. On the curtains. The sad part is, this woman has no money for remediation.

It will cost $8,300 for a pest control company out of Evansville to fumigate the house, which requires pitching a tent over the entire property for two days and gassing the bugs out.

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