SAN FRANCISCO, (KCBS) – The number of bedbug complaints in San Francisco has doubled in the past five years, and the violation notices have increased threefold.

The statistics were reported at a hearing on the bed bug problem at the Supervisors Neighborhood Services Committee. Chief Housing Inspector Rosemary Bosque said she’s never seen it so bad.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

“Occupants, particularly of residential hotels, call me on the phone because the infestation has not been properly eradicated,” she said.

Last year about 300 bedbug complaints were lodged with the health department, twice as many as in 2005. Jeff Buckley of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic said people get different responses from different agencies about what to do, and he thinks more inspectors, more enforcement and more coordination is needed.

Bed bugs do not carry disease, but they are considered a problem pest. They are spread by people and their belongings and are generally eradicated by pesticides.

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