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SHELBYVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- Shelbyville city leaders say bed bugs are becoming a sporatic problem. And one city official thinks the problem warrants a public meeting to better educate landlords, tenants and the public about how to treat the pests.
By now you've at least seen pictures of video of them on the news - bed bugs floating in test tubes or pictures of them on mattresses - the brown critters that can bite and cause infection.
Code enforcement officer Darryl Willard has seen them too.
"We've had a lot of sporadic cases, most of them is in apartment complexes. Most of it has been contained," said Willard
Willard drives around Shelbyville at least once a week conducting building inspections. That's when he's seen bed bugs in certain properties.
"We started having problems with mattresses sitting on the side of the roads. We had couches, chairs sitting on the side of the road," he said.
It didn't take long for a WDRB News crew to find a discarded mattress in a dumpster. It's unclear why it was tossed out.
The owner of the apartment complex where we found the mattress did not want to be interviewed but admits his buildings have had bed bugs. But he added so do lots of other places. Willard agrees.
"If you walk into a house and they are crawling down the walls, you have a problem," Willard said.
But knowing how to treat that problem can be costly and many people try to do it themselves.
"It has to be a professional pesticide company that comes in and does it. It just can't be an individual," he said.
A meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Stratton Center in Shelbyville will attempt to address these concerns.
"That's become a problem so we decided that we needed to get together and our office offer something to the land lord's to the apartment and the community," Willard said. "We feel like education is the best method."