Bedbug Cases on Rise in Kodiak

Bedbugs have returned to Alaska, and they're a growing problem in Kodiak, along with other parts of the state.

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by Associated Press

KODIAK- Bedbugs have returned to Alaska, and they're a growing problem in Kodiak, along with other parts of the state.
Robert "B.J." Johnson, the island's only licensed pest control expert, reports bedbugs started showing up locally about five years ago.
Until this year, he had one or two cases annually. This summer alone, he's dealt with about eight bedbug jobs in town. All have been in homes.
Mariah Ervin with the state Department of Environmental Conservation says the agency gets bedbug reports from all over the state. She says the number has increased in Alaska just like it has everywhere else.
The state does not count instances of bedbugs and businesses are reluctant to disclose an infestation, so firm numbers are hard to come by.