Seoul city to beef up inspection in bedbug-prone residential areas

The entire facility will go under inspection if a bedbug or bedbug molt is found there. - PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/ANN): To tackle the hike in bedbug infestations in single-room residences, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said on Dec 1 that it would increase inspections of such homes, where nearly half of all bedbug reports came from.

The plan comes after 39 reports out of 89 came from “goshiwon,” a type of budget accommodation consisting of one small studio room with no separate kitchen or bathroom.

The city government will assign personnel dedicated to overseeing these types of accommodations in each autonomous district, as they are considered to be “highly vulnerable” residential facilities.

It also plans to inspect 4,852 goshiwons registered with the city to check for any bedbugs.

The inspection will be conducted on one or two goshiwon rooms per building upon receiving the consent of the residents and the manager, according to the city government.

Authorities will then inspect all cracks and crevices around beds, mattresses and floors.

The entire facility will go under inspection if a bedbug or bedbug molt is found there.

In cases where bedbugs are not found, the personnel will educate residents on steps to take when they spot a bed bug, and how to report bedbugs to the city government’s report centre and the 120 Dasan Call Center.

In addition, Seoul City will inspect those residing in single-room villages known as “jjokbangchon,” another area prone to bedbugs.

Although such areas have only seen three cases of bedbugs, the city government said it would carry out an examination, explaining that bedbugs can spread easily in such housing conditions.

In light of bedbug dispersal, the city government said it would also inject some 200 million won (S$205,990) to manage and support vulnerable residential facilities.

In November, the municipality allocated a budget of 500 million won to tackle the problem.

Additionally, the city government will provide pest control services up to three times if bedbugs are found in such rooms and conduct two additional inspection sessions at 10-day intervals to ensure that the bedbug treatment is successful. - THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

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