Exterminators are keeping close watch for signs of bed bugs at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital after two cases of the parasitic insects were discovered last week.
“Orkin and West Kootenay Pest Control have both been involved,” confirmed Mandy Lowery, acute health services director. “And will continue to visit the site weekly to assess and treat the area if needed for the next seven weeks, (which is) the life cycle of bed bugs.”
She says there has not been a bed bug sighting at KBRH since Saturday, Dec. 8.
“This was in the same isolated area of the hospital and we have had no bugs beyond the isolated areas originally identified,” Lowery explained.
“Because this was the first instance of bed bugs at our hospital, we will be reviewing how our response worked – what went well and any challenges that came up,” she said. “We’ve already had a few discussions about this, which has included looking at how other hospitals and other health authorities have dealt with bed bugs. We have had no grievances.”