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Bedbug problem in Wis. county not going away

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - Ongoing complaints about bedbugs in Outagamie County suggest the problem may not be going away any time soon.

A Post-Crescent Media report says the county doesn't require public reporting, so it's not exactly clear how bad the issue is. But pest-control experts say business has been growing more brisk in recent years, and their call volume indicates the situation is spreading.

Bedbugs are tiny insects that feast on human blood while their host sleeps. Appleton city health officer Kurt Eggebrecht says the city has received 19 bedbug complaints since 2008, with infestations reported in hotels, motels and even single-family homes.

Jason Freels is with Batzner Pest Management. He says based on the number of calls he's getting, he predicts an increase in cases over the next few years.

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