Update 10/22: Chief Julian Williamson says remnants of bed bugs have been found at two additional stations during a follow-up check. Williamson is working to confirm the which two stations.
Williamson said the two stations won't require the same dire measures as stations one or 13 because, 'there's not an active infestation.'
NORFOLK -- Two Norfolk fire stations are battling a bed bug infestation, and it could cost up to $20,000 to overhaul the sleeping quarters, officials said Thursday.
According to the CDC, bed bugs are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep and can live several months without a blood meal.
Chief Julian Williamson, a spokesman for the department, confirmed that there have been infestations reported at stations one and thirteen, and said the department is actively working to get rid of the bed bugs.
Williamson said the sleeping quarters at station one in downtown Norfolk were being treated for bed bugs.
Cots were also set up in the apparatus bay at station thirteen in Ocean View Wednesday night.
Williamson said the problem is something that occasionally pops up at fire stations around the country.
The CDC says that bed bugs should not be considered a medical or public health hazard and they aren't known to spread disease, but they can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep.