Whirlpool responds to bed bugs in Greenville plant

Bed bugs
This 2008 file photo provided by Virginia Tech Department of Entomology shows mother and child bed bugs. (AP Photo/Virginia Tech Department of Entomology, Tim McCoy)

GREENVILLE, Ohio – (WDTN) – Bed bugs were found at the Whirlpool location in Greenville.

2 NEWS obtained a notice to employees that read in part, “We want to let you know that we had an isolated incident in the health center on Monday, June 9. There have been no other reports from any other areas since that time. A few bed bugs were found. There is no need to panic and this can be eliminated with minimal disruption.”

The notice goes on to say they’ve had an exterminator in twice and would like employees to remove all their belongings from the lockers so they can be sprayed.

2 NEWS contacted Whirlpool Corporation and were given this statement:

“Whirlpool Corporation addressed an isolated bed bug incident in its Greenville, Ohio health center earlier this week. Employees were notified and exterminators treated the affected area, and no other incidents have been reported within the company.”

The Darke County Health Department has been notified. The health commissioner tells 2 NEWS they have inspectors on-site Friday.

The Greenville Whirlpool Corporation location is a small appliance manufacturing operation that produces products like KitchenAid.

10 things you should know about bed bugs:

1.) Bed bugs feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep

2.) The U.S. is experiencing a resurgence in bed bugs

3.) Bed bugs are not known to spread disease

4.) The biggest indicator you have bed bugs are the bite marks they leave. They frequently appear on the face, neck, arm or hand

5.) Bed bugs like to hide. Look for them in the fold of mattresses and sheets

6.) Bed bugs are usually transported from place to place as people travel.

7.) Bed bug infestations usually occur around or near the areas where people sleep. These areas include apartments, shelters, rooming houses, hotels, cruise ships, buses, trains, and dorm rooms.

8.) Bed bugs are reddish-brown in color, wingless, and range from 1mm to 7mm

9.) Bed bugs can live several months without a blood meal.

10.) Contact an exterminator to get rid of bed bugs. To prevent them, vacuum frequently, seal cracks in building and move your bed away from the wall.

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