Staff of Henrico nursing home worry about seniors after bedbugs found

Henrico County

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Bedbugs spread at a Henrico nursing home, concerning employees and residents 

Some of Central Virginia’s most vulnerable seniors are living with bedbugs. 

Employees that spoke with 8News said they do not like working in such conditions and that they go to work for their patients. 

Concerned and frustrated staff at the Elizabeth House Nursing home sent 8News videos of bedbugs spreading around the facility.

Ty Green, a Pest Control servicemen, spoke about the little bedbugs that are plaguing residents of the nursery home.

“It’s all about travel,” Green said. “They’re considered a hitchhiker bug so they’re gonna hop with you to other locations.”  

Staff at the home, who have complained about being affected by bedbugs already, are worried about families coming to visit and taking bedbugs home with them

“Stigma is really bad, is almost comparable to lice,” Green explained. 

A facility representative confirmed to 8News that they found bedbugs in the nursing home. He said a pest control company has treated the facility and continues to do so. 

“The biggest thing that we’re seeing now is the fact that all the chemicals that companies and places are using just aren’t working,” Green said. 

Employees at the nursing home told 8News that the pest control has come out, but only treats one room at a time. 

According to bed bug specialists, doing it that way will only help so much. 

“A cycle to where they’re just going in and spraying it every once in a while or every couple of weeks, however bad it can be, but that’s not doing anything except fester them in the walls and keeping them away for a while and once that goes, they’re come back out.” 

A facility representative says they are monitoring the situation closely and are confident that is under control. 

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