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Bed Bug Prevention and Treatment

The bed bug eradication program involved the destroying of hundreds of beds in three dozen infested houses. The houses were completely renovated to include insecticide spraying, new wooden furniture, new beds encased is a thick leather material to prevent bug infiltration along with new bed frames, repainting and cement work on many of the walls. A large public health lesson on how to get rid of bed bugs was presented in front of some 600 children and residents.


After examining the children’s houses, we discovered that not only were virtually every one of the beds infested with bed bugs, but they had also created homes and breading grounds through small holes in the walls. Just when I thought that I'd exhausted all possibilities for prevention programs at the orphanage, another one presents itself.


The purpose of this project is to sufficiently diminish, and hopefully eradicate, the massive bed bug infestation in the children’s houses. Bed bugs are well worth eradicating because their bites cause anemia and anaphalactic shock, and can transmit diseases such as Hepatitis B and Chagas, a blood disease caused by a parasite that leads to dehydration, organ failure, and anorexia. Bed bugs lay 200-500 eggs in a single batch, and can survive up to 140 days without feeding. They only come out at night, and when they do, they can bite up to 500 times without waking their victim.


The discovery of the bed bugs came at a perfect time. The goals of this project largely overlap with those of Houses to Homes (another grant project that is currently in progress at the orphanage)—plans to provide new beds, furniture, and paint are essential in addressing the bed bug problem, and are already in motion. This project proposes an added focus on clearing each house of infestation before moving new beds and furniture back into the houses.


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Weber, spraying one of the children's houses with insecticide. He helps out around the clinic and wants to be a doctor.

Caulking to prevent infestations