• Bed bugs beleaguer Orlando fire stations


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando city and fire officials are trying to figure out a pest problem.

    Bed bugs are still crawling around Orlando fire stations.

    Bed bug-infested mattresses were dumped outside of Fire Station 6 late last month.

    Yesterday, Skywitness 9 spotted pest control crews at it again.

    Officials confirmed that the bed bugs biting Orlando firefighters are still alive and thriving.

    "We thought it was taken care of properly," Deputy Chief Roderick Williams said.

    But the bugs came back, not just to Station 6, but to Station 2 and Station 14.

    Some firefighters have been sleeping in their cars to avoid unwanted visitors.

    It's the first time the fire department has had to deal with a bed bug infestation.

    Department officials are meeting with pest control to come up with a plan of attack.

    The city has ordered new mattresses and bug-resistant bed covers, and said treatment will begin right away.

    No one said how much it's costing taxpayers, but one expert said the final bill could reach between $5,000 and $10,000 just for the chemical treatment.

    If the bugs decide to catch a ride home with a firefighter, it'll be up to the city to take care of that problem as well.

    "If it takes us going their homes, inspecting their homes as well as treating their homes, we are willing to do whatever it takes," Williams said.

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