Residents say a new Mishawaka senior living complex is having problems with bed bugs. We told you about Penelope 60 Apartments opening up back in November. It's a low-income senior living complex on Merrifield Avenue in Mishawaka.
WNDU spoke with management Thursday and they say they have had bed bugs before. After handling the problem, pest control tells them there is no indication that they have them anymore, but residents say they do.
Henry Carter has been living in the Penelope 60 Apartments for about seven months now and says he loves it.
“It’s a good place, it’s beautiful, the apartments are beautiful, but we got the bed bugs here. There is no need to be lying about it, no need. Everybody knows it, they moving some people’s furniture out and they tell me we don't have bugs, that was a preliminary deal spraying. We got bugs,” says Carter.
Henry says his neighbors were the ones with the bugs. He says his neighbor had marks on his back from the bugs and would even wake up with bloody sheets because they would bite him in the night.
Management admits that they have had bed bugs in one apartment before. One time was this past fall and the most recent time was this past month.
“Not only did we spray that apartment, we also sprayed the apartment next door, we sprayed the hall, we sprayed the corridor, we sprayed the common area furniture,” says Stephani Calderon, the Vice President of Ahepa Management Company.
Some residents believe it can't just be an apartment or a hall that gets sprayed.
“What about our mattresses and our furniture? They got to spray there too. When they come in they just spray around the wood board and stuff, you got to spray the furniture and the mattress too,” says resident, Sharon Hunt Doss.
“At least they are doing something about it. I mean some places don’t care and won’t even bother with it,” says another resident, Mary Nichols, “I mean, they have already sprayed, they are having a seminar on it on Friday, they are going to let everybody know how to take care of it, then they are going to have a dog in here to make sure that nobody else has them”.
Ultimately, residents just don't want to be lied to. They want management to acknowledge there is a problem and keep them updated on how they're going to solve it.
Management says they will continue to monitor. They say they have had pest control come in from the get-go as routine. They say the best thing residents can do is to tell them right away if they think they may have bed bugs.