Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A bed bug training seminar was held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Wednesday.
The seminar, hosted by The Myrtle Beach Hospitality Association and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), covered a range of topics from prevention tips and methods to bed bug control strategies and techniques.
"It's been in the news all over the country and it's a problem anyone is prone to have," explained Vicki Blair with DHEC. "There have been some incidents and reports of bed bugs here in the Grand Strand and I'm very pleased to report that our hoteliers were proactive and responsive to when they've been notified and verified that they might have a problem."
However Dr. Chris Evans, an entomologist with DHEC, says the bed bug problem is spreading to homes too. Dr. Evans says the most common ways bed bugs are transported from one place to another are by travel items like luggage and items bought second hand.
Mike Coffey, a manager with Lanes Professional Pest Elimination, says his company has been busy this summer making both house calls and hotel calls.
"It's not specific to an area or neighborhood or hygiene, they hitchhike and wherever they can feed they'll stay, they'll harbor, start a family, and become a problem," said Coffey.
DHEC officials estimate there have been less than fifty cases of bed bugs in Horry County.