Complaints of bedbugs increase in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State health officials say bedbugs are on the rise in Alaska.

The state Department of Health and Social Services on Tuesday issued a bulletin announcing that Alaska has not been spared from the increase in the pests throughout the world.

The Anchorage Daily News (http://bit.ly/1fHEy7j) reports bedbugs can double in population every 16 days in a new home.

Health experts say bedbugs can arrive with people who have returned to Alaska from traveling and with immigrants.

Anchorage recorded 68 bed bug complaints in 2013, which was down from 84 in 2012. However, the city reported just one complaint in both 2007 and 2008.

Pied Piper Pest Control manager Ken Perry says he has taken on bedbugs in Anchorage since 1987 but only recently has dealt with high rates.

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Information from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.adn.com

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