Bed Bugs Infesting the Department of Social Services in Winston Salem

Bed bugs were found infesting the Department of Social Services in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Anyone that came into contact with bed bugs should take proactive steps to protect themselves before an infestation can start. Allergy Technologies recommends an active mattress liner that kills bed bugs.

The Department of Social Services (DSS) office in Winston-Salem was forced to close due to the detection of bed bugs. Forsyth County officials called for the closure of the building after evidence of bed bugs was found in a number of locations within the building. Bed bugs have been known to “hitchhike” from offices and retail stores into people’s homes. In order to stop an infestation in the homes of people who work or use the DSS office, Allergy Technologies recommends the use of an active liner like the ActiveGuard® Mattress Liner. This liner kills bed bugs on contact, offering proactive protection against bed bugs to homeowners for two years.

Bed bugs are a parasite that feed exclusively on blood. They are rust-colored wingless insects that are relatively flat and oval in shape. The average adult bed bug is a quarter of an inch long and the width of a credit card. A newly hatched nymph can be the size of a pinhead. Both the nymphs and the eggs of a bed bug are so small it is hard to see them without the use of a magnifying glass. Bed bugs do not live on humans; instead they only feed on humans (similar to a mosquito). Bed bugs are commonly found in the seams of mattresses or hidden within a box spring as these locations allow them a safe place to lay eggs while gorging on human blood at night. The most prudent way to stop this parasitic pest is to kill it before it is able to bite and reproduce. 

The interim Director of the DSS, Nigel Alston, closed the office at the end of the business day on Friday, October 10th. Ryan Harrison, an official with the Forsyth County Department of Public Health, supported Director Alston’s temporary closing of the building stating “They (bedbugs) can get out of control so quickly; it can be a difficult task to get rid of them.”

The DSS was proactive in closing the building and mitigating the situation before it transitioned into an infestation. However, if there were bed bugs in the building, any person who worked in or visited the office while there were bed bugs present may have unknowingly brought bed bugs from the building into their homes. According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, people who work in or visit locations with bed bugs, are at higher risk for exposure. Since bed bugs are very small, in many cases smaller than an apple seed, it can be difficult to see them. Allergy Technologies recommends the use of the ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners for anyone who may have been exposed to bed bugs because the mattress liner will kill bed bugs before they are able to fully infest a home.

ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners may be used on both the box spring as well as the mattress. They kill bed bugs on contact, before they can bite, before they can reproduce, and before they can spread. ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners safeguard a family from the parasitic threat of bed bugs. To learn more visit

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