SPOKANE,WA- Christmas is arriving early this year for one Spokane family fighting a long battle with bed bugs inside their home. On Tuesday, Dec. 15th, Prime Pest Control donated its time and expertise to make sure the Johnson family have a bed bug -free holiday.
"What a gift," said Lorna Johnson. Johnson took in her five adopted nieces and nephews. Along with her new additions came an un-welcomed guest in the form of bedbugs. They have been living with them for months.
"I've done everything I can to get rid of them and they won't go away. It's devastating and emotionally draining. My children are getting bit. No one should have to deal with that. It looks like they have chickenpox," said Johnson.
When Toby Fossati, from Prime Pest Control, learned about the Johnson's situation he knew he needed to help.
"We love our community and feel honored to make this holiday season brighter for the Johnson family," said Lance Freeman, general manager of Prime Pest Control.
According to Freeman, calls for bed bug treatments doubled for Prime Pest Control this past year.
"We've tripled our equipment this year to heat treat bed bugs. We also added, in addition to "Alley" our bedbug sniffing K9, another bed bug sniffing K9 dog named "Donny" to keep up with the demand," he said.
To keep the bed bugs away for good at the Johnson home, Prime Pest Control used a combination of heat and chemical treatments.
Johnson said she is looking forward to Christmas morning without the unwanted guests.
" A bed bug free home is really the gift of a better quality of life," said Johnson.
*The donation is part of a national event, Take a Bite out of the Holidays through Bed Bug Central.
Also note, Prime Pest Control will be donating another bedbug heat treatment this Thursday Dec. 17th to another family infested with bedbugs this holiday season.