WARR ACRES, Okla. (KFOR) – A family in Warr Acres are over the moon on Monday as a bed bug problem they’ve been battling for nearly a year begins to come to an end, thanks to a free extermination offer from a local specialist pest control.
Last week, KFOR received a call about a family suffering from a bedbug infestation.
Autumn Rain Morgan, one of the family members living in the house, said it had been an ongoing problem since November, but they were “officially” diagnosed in April.
“They’re on fabric, surfaces, beds, sofas, loveseats, blinds, curtains, pretty much any surface,” Autumn added.
Autumn worried that the infestation would impact her grandmother’s breast cancer treatment, as hospital staff spend a lot of time cleaning her waiting room and operating room.
“For someone going through chemotherapy, their immune system is already weakened,” she continued. “It could go further. That might make it even harder. So she may have to stop the chemo, wait for it to heal, and then start again. It could take weeks. It could take months. And it’s not something that has to wait. It must be something that needs to be dealt with so that she can live a full and happy life.
Autumn asked for help, saying they couldn’t afford to hire a professional to kill bedbugs because it could cost thousands of dollars.
Autumn said it had improved since News 4 last came out, but she was still covered in stings and itching like crazy.
“It’s a constant battle to scratch, not scratch, scratch. Screw it. I can not stop. I have to scratch because it’s annoying,” she said.
The family does not know where the bed bugs came from, but say they have speculation ranging from picking them up at a restaurant to a stranger bringing them.
Since the story broke on August 11 and cries for help from the Morgan family, several pest control specialists have contacted News 4 to say they want to help.
One such specialist being the owner of Killin’ It Termite and Pest, Rainey Land.
“I saw an article online while reading my daily news on Saturday and told my wife about it,” Land said. “Knowing how much, you know, it seemed the problem was and how much it was affecting this family and their medical treatments, we just wanted to help.”
Land offered to exterminate the Morgan family home for free.
“I will be doing a number of probably at least, definitely two, if not three or four, specific heavy bed bug treatments that will involve liquid treatment for walls and non-fabric furniture, dust treatment, but in wall voids like behind electrical outlets. And anywhere I can access wall voids and then spray treatments for all fabrics, furniture and carpets,” he explained.
Land said within three to four bed bug treatments, the family should see a significant decrease in the parasites.
In total, Land explained how it would save the Morgans between $1,000 and $1,500.
Going forward, Land also told KFOR that he will put the family on a “general plan plus,” which will cover all of Oklahoma’s pests except termites.
Land said he and his wife are willing to pay for the treatments out of pocket, but he is now making phone calls to see if any of his vendors will donate the products he needs to do so.
“I have other feelers and hopefully more donations will come in. Just Oklahomans stepping up to help this family,” he added.
News 4 showed up at Morgan’s doorstep just before noon to deliver the good news to Land that he was offering his services for free.
Autumn and her grandmother, Janice, were in a state of shock and surprise.
“For a while, I thought I was a punk. Honestly, I didn’t expect the respect and affection from the community for being willing and willing to help. It was very surprising,” Autumn said.
Janice was in tears saying she was still trying to figure out what was going on.
“I am completely impressed that the community is not just aware of me, but of my family. And I can’t tell you enough about how that makes me feel, which is absolutely shocking. I didn’t expect that, so thank you very much,” Janice said.
The first treatment will be scheduled once the preparation work has been completed.
Land said it was the first time he had done something like this and was thrilled to help the Morgans.
If you would like to donate to Land’s efforts to help the Morgans, you can call his office at (405) 930-7067.
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