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Biting bedbugs noted in S.D.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Pest control experts and health officials say South Dakota appears to be experiencing a resurgence of bedbugs.

Justin Bosma, division owner of P&K Pest Control in Sioux Falls, says he has seen a "huge increase" in the quarter-inch long reddish-brown bugs that bite and leave welts.

Clark Hepper of the state Health Department says bedbug infestations have risen in the past five years in South Dakota. His agency deals with bedbug issues in the hotels and other facilities it regulates.

Bosma says bedbugs might be the hardest insect he's encountered. He says they sometimes hide from insecticide and wait it out.

A Sioux Falls Health Department official says the bedbugs are a nuisance but are not known to carry any diseases.


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