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Fighting bedbugs from homeless shelters to posh hotels

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

They don't discriminate when it comes to sucking blood.

Bedbugs are just as happy in a homeless shelter as they are a posh hotel or movie theater on the Country Club Plaza.

Those tiny creatures can cause big problems and make you want to claw your skin off.

Getting rid of them is no easy task.

"It's definitely something that we've developed a plan for over time," said Jeremiah Timlick, facility director at City Union Mission.

That's because it's a frequent problem because of the transient nature of shelter occupants.

The mission has hired additional staff to deal with bed bugs and sent employees to training sessions on infestations. Sheets from 300 beds are washed and sanitized every day.

The mission purchased heating equipment to eradicate bedbugs, believing that's safer than pesticides. With temperatures soaring to nearly 900 degrees, the heating equipment zaps the blood thirsty suckers within seconds, Timlick said.

The Kansas City Health Department said bedbugs don't care about someone's income level.

"They've been found anywhere from five-star hotels to homeless shelters," said Mike Swoyer of the Kansas City Health Department.

A report was made recently about bed bugs at the Cinemark Palace at the Plaza.

Swoyer said bedbugs like to hide in crevices and feast at night.

"They are little hitch hikers that find places to get into," Swoyer said. "They can get into a purse if it's sitting on the floor."

Bed bug bombs will make the situation worse. If you suspect bed bugs, wash your clothes in hot water and dry them on a high heat, put your mattress in an encasement and call a professional exterminator to assist you.

For more information, including on products to help deal with bed bugs, click here.

Here is Cinemark's entire statement:

Cinemark identified the presence of a small number of insects in our Palace theatre. At Cinemark, the comfort of our guests is always our number one focus. Therefore, we did not reopen the theatre to our valued guests until we were certain that the inspection and removal process had been completed by a qualified extermination service and the problem had been fully remediated.

 Afterwards, Cinemark took an extra step and refurbished the seats in our auditoriums to further ensure that the issue had been resolved. The auditoriums at the Plaza theatre reopened last week.

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