Bedbugs infest the airport


The authorities have identified the species of a bug which has been causing quite a bother for staff at VC Bird International Airport.

Chief Health Inspector Lionel Michael confirmed yesterday that the pest is in fact bugs, scientifically referred to as Cimex lectularius.

He said, in a brief interview, measures such as the moving of furniture and extensive cleaning are being taken to get rid of the insect.

Bedbugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bedbugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed.

Bedbugs may enter homes undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card.

The issue came to light after staff at the airport complained of bites and itches from what was believed to be bedbugs.

Chief Immigration Officer Annette Mark said on Wednesday that a meeting was held with the management of the airport to investigate the infestation problem and identify the type of insect.

She said her department was made aware of the situation about a week ago and vector control was called in to address the problem.

The new VC Bird Airport terminal was opened last August and was constructed at a cost of US $100 million.

(Theresa Gordon)