Housing complex says it's fighting bed bugs full force


If you've ever had bed bugs then you know they're a nasty nuisance that are hard to get rid of.

Well, a housing complex in Niles has to deal with them now.

“Nothing is being done for them, they are still living with them daily,” says one resident’s mom who wishes to remain anonymous.

She says one of her kids is living at Niles Housing Commission on Cass Street.

She says about six months after he moved in she found out her son was being bit by bed bugs.

About three weeks after that she says those bites turned into sores and she knew she had to take him to the doctor.

“I had taken him into the hospital because I became so concerned one evening because they were so red and they looked all raised, and the doctor there said, ‘oh mom is a smart lady she got you here in time’”. She says.

They aren't the only ones dealing with the pest problem.

Another resident said she doesn't have bed bugs currently, but constantly sprays outside of her door to make sure she doesn't get them.

She says her neighbors across the hall have them and they are so bad you can see them on the door.

Management has acknowledged the issue and has already held a few meetings to find a solution.

Interim Executive Director, Marva J. Leonard-Dent says it’s called IPM or Integrated Pest Management.

Dent says Griffin Pest Control is expected to sign an agreement by the end of this week.

They will then come into the complex, examine all of the rooms and decide which ones need treatment.

She says once they find out which rooms have an issue they will be treated using heat or chemicals.

Once that's done they will come back two weeks later to inspect again.


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