Lambs Farm, an organization in Illinois that provides housing for men and women with developmental disabilities and vocational, residential, recreational and social programs, has been responding to a bedbug problem.
In September, Bedbugs were discovered in one of the group homes on the Green Oaks complex near the Tri-State Tollway. Now the bugs have resurfaced in several group homes. Authorities from the Illinois Department of Public Health were made aware of the situation at Lambs Farm and inspected the facilities
“We found the facility indeed was responding to it appropriately,” said Melaney Arnold, a spokeswoman for the agency. According to spokeswoman Leslie Piotrowski, the Lake County Health Department does not have any “regulatory control” over bedbugs because they do not transmit disease. “The health department tries to assist by providing information and resources to help anyone who wants to eliminate or control bedbugs.” Piotrowski added that, “complaints received by the health department typically concern apartment buildings, hotels or motels.”
Bedbugs are not a medical or public health hazard, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are not known to spread disease. Bedbugs are parasitic insects of the cimicid family. They feed on blood. It is referred to as a bed bug because it prefers to feed on humans while they sleep. Some negative health effects may result from bed bug bites. This can include skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic reactions. Certain signs and symptoms often suggest the presence of bed bugs, but finding the actual insects is the only way to confirm the diagnosis.
Adult bed bugs are light to reddish-brown in color. They are a flattened, oval-shape and have no hind wings. Their front wings are vestigial and reduced to pad-like structures. Bed bugs have segmented abdomens with microscopic hairs. Adults grow from 0.16–0.20 inches long and 0.059–0.118 inches wide.