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Meeting held in Shelbyville to address bedbugs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Bedbugs are something that none of us would ever want to find in our homes, but it's an issue more and more people and communities across the state are dealing with.

"Across all of the counties in the state of Kentucky in the last two years," says Aneta Vance, Executive Director of the Shelbyville Housing Authority.

Aneta Vance was among a packed room on Thursday evening, consisting mainly of landlords.

They met to discuss with officials the growing concern of bedbugs, and how to respond to the problem.

"It does not matter if you are black, white, young, old, a millionaire, if you make $10,000. If you are there, if there is a live human body presence..you could have bedbugs. You could get them," says Jennifer Gordon, a UK Entomologist.

In the Shelbyville area, Don Partin with OPC Pest Control says he responded to more calls of bedbugs last year than the year before. He expects the same this year.

"Twice as many. We probably did close to 3,000 last year, and I would anticipate a double again this year," says Don Partin.

It's why the issue is being addressed to the people at Thursday's meeting.

Officials say educating everyone about the issue is key.

Bedbugs aren't easy to get rid of, and many times people panic and  immediate throw out infested furniture. Officials say that won't take care of the problem because bedbugs are great at hiding and surviving.

They say bedbugs can also be transported into your home.

Many times the issue falls to home owners or landlords, who are now trying to educate more and more of their tenants.

"If they have any suspicion we want them to tell us so that we can have it checked out," says Aneta Vance.

If you do find a bedbug in your home, you're encouraged to immediately contact pest control so the issue doesn't get out of hand!

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