FILE - In this Wednesday, March 30, 2011 file photo, a bed bug is displayed at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in
FILE - In this Wednesday, March 30, 2011 file photo, a bed bug is displayed at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington. (Carolyn Kaster)

AUG. 6 UDPATE:

York County's nursing home will reinstate visitation as of noon Wednesday, Aug. 6, according to a news release from county spokesman Carl Lindquist.

Visits to Pleasant Acres Nursing & Rehabilitation Center were temporarily stopped on July 29 as a precautionary measure after bed bugs were found in two residents' rooms, according to the news release.

Pleasant Acres staff believe visitors brought in the bed bugs on their clothing, the release states.

No additional bed bugs were found other than those found on July 29, and no residents showed symptoms of bed-bug bites, the release states.

-- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo


REPORTED EARLIER:

Visitation at the York County owned and operated Pleasant Acres Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has been halted after bed bugs were found in two residential rooms.

The pests were first discovered on July 20 and again on Tuesday, according to the county.

Following the first discovery, the resident's room in which the bugs were found - as well as an adjacent room and a visitors lounge - was closed off and treated by a pest control company, said Carl Lindquist, spokesman for the county.

Despite the treatment, more bed bugs were found in a second resident's room, prompting officials to seal the room and cancel all visitations as a precautionary measure.


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Residents have been restricted to the floors on which they live in the five-floor facility, Lindquist said.

"By their very nature, bedbugs are a very difficult pest to manage," Lindquist said. "Our primary focus now is to aggressively address the issue."

Remediation: County officials said they believe the bugs got to the 118 Pleasant Acres Road facility via clothing visitors had brought for a resident.

Bed bugs have not been found in other parts of the facility and appear to be contained to the areas where they were found.

A pest control company will now treat the second room and will assess the situation in a week to 10 days, Lindquist said.

Movement and visitor restrictions could be lifted at that point, he said.

Since the discovery, nursing staff have also checked residents of the 375-bed Pleasant Acres for bed bug bites but have not found any.

Bed bugs are not known to spread disease, but their bites can cause an allergic reaction, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

They can be found anywhere that people sleep, including five-star hotels, and their presence is not a reflection of the cleanliness where they are found, the CDC says.

"We regret the inconvenience of this restriction on our residents and their visitors and ask for their patience as we take steps to ensure we've eliminated these pests from our facility," said Marlin Peck, Pleasant Acres administrator.

-- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.