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L.A. too feeling bedbugs' bite

December 5, 2010 |  4:00 pm

Bedbug fears in Los Angeles area

New Yorkers aren't the only ones coping with creepy, crawly bloodsuckers.

Bedbugs have turned up in the Golden Triangle retail district of Beverly Hills and inside homes and apartments in more than two dozen local communities.

"It's really all over the county," said Angelo J. Bellomo, director of environmental health for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

After noticing an increase in reports from tenants, property owners and businesses, public health officials last spring began tracking reports of bedbugs and later posted public notices about how to prevent and treat infestations. They're confirming as many as 55 reports of the lentil-size, brown critters each month.

Across the United States, bedbugs have turned up in posh hotels, movie theaters, churches, hospitals, dormitories and high-end clothing stores. Fears of hotel infestations, particularly in New York, have thrown the travel industry into a tizzy, and national "bedbug summits" have drawn standing-room-only crowds.

Read more: "L.A.'s slow trickle of bedbugs may turn into a flood."


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Photo: Erik Alden of Isotech Pest Management and his coonhound, Maddie, are on the hunt for bedbugs in a Santa Clarita apartment building. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times