APACHE JUNCTION, AZ - A Valley health and wellness center is apparently battling a bad bed bug infestation.
An anonymous tip received by ABC15 alleged employees at the Mountain Health and Wellness Center in Apache Junction were being forced to treat the infestation in several patient rooms.
ABC15's Pete Suratos went out to the center, located near Idaho Road and Superstition Boulevard, to see if officials could confirm the infestation.
Wellness Center officials said they could not confirm nor deny the report out of respect for patients' privacy.
Full garbage bags could be seen sitting outside of several units at the Wellness Center on Monday, and the parent of one of the center’s clients confirmed to ABC15 the presence of bed bugs inside that particular client’s room.
"I've seen them. I've seen them in his apartment," the parent of one of the patients said, who did not want to be identified. "He's told me he's seen them. He says they're like a mosquito."
This parent even said the facility has been sprayed up to eight times in the last six months.
According to the center's website, Mountain Health and Wellness offer a variety of services including primary care, inpatient and outpatient care.
Bed bugs are small, approximately 1/4 of an inch, brown, flat and oval-shaped that feed on the blood of people, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services website.
They often feed at night and hide during the day. They are often found in tight spaces, such as bed frames, box springs, mattress seams, behind headboards and along the edge of the carpet, according to the ADHS.
Visit the ADHA website for more information, as well as how to treat a bed bug infestation.
Watch ABC15 News at 5 p.m. where the mother of one of the patient's is speaking out.
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