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N.S. family upset it wasn’t told rental apartment had bedbug problem

‘They basically lied to us with my newborn in my arms and it cost us a lot of money,’ says Krista Miller

Krista Miller with her five-month-old baby at her new apartment. (David Laughlin/CBC)

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A family is upset it rented a Halifax-area apartment without being told the building has a history of bedbug infestations.

“It bothers me the fact that they obviously saw me come in with my three-month-old looking for a place to live. They told me the unit we were moving into was the best that they had,” said Krista Miller.

She was a resident at 538 Herring Cove Rd. in Spryfield before moving to Clayton Park in December. Miller said she paid $809 a month to rent the three-bedroom apartment, which appeared to be renovated, so she thought she was getting a great deal.

“We went with it and they basically lied to us with my newborn in my arms and it cost us a lot of money,” said Miller.

CBC contacted MetCap Living, the company that owns the building, but it declined to comment.

The family started renting the place in July 2018 on a one-year lease.

Miller’s boyfriend was bitten by bedbugs within two months of living there. (Submitted by Krista Miller)

Miller said within a month of living at the building, pest-control work was being done and notices were provided to tenants.

She said the landlord never told them that the spraying was specifically for bedbugs, calling it a “preventive measure” instead.

After two months of living there, Miller noticed bedbugs on the floor. She said only her boyfriend was bitten by them.

‘You can see all their eggs’

Miller said she was told by a pest-control worker working at the building that the units have been infested with bedbugs for years.

Miller and her boyfriend, with the help of their families, spent over $2,000 to move and replace their furniture and mattresses.

“We got rid of our shower curtains and when we took our curtains down, there were bedbugs along our curtain rails and you can see all their eggs,” said Miller. “It looks like oil stains.”

What a landlord’s obligations are to tenants

Marla MacInnis, a spokesperson for Service Nova Scotia, said that under the Residential Tenancies Act, landlords aren’t required to notify tenants about things such as bedbugs.

“The act require landlords to provide units that are in a good state of repair, are fit for habitation and comply with all laws respecting standards of health, safety or housing,” MacInnis said in an email.

Miller received a notice about some pest-control spraying that was being done at the apartment building.(Submitted by Krista Miller)

Miller said she paid her January rent in advance, but won’t be getting her money back because she didn’t give proper notice.

“I feel like we shouldn’t have to give any notice if we were being eaten by bedbugs and we had no idea,” Miller said.

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Travellers warned over bed bug superstrain ‘epidemic’

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The bed bug threat to travellers is growing worse as the mites become increasingly resistant to insecticides.

Experts believe a new strain that can withstand DDT has developed over the last couple of decades and poses a threat to holidaymakers in the US and closer to home.

“They have been bad for some time here in the US,” said Michael Potter, a professor of entomology – the study of insects and their relationship to humans – at the University of Kentucky. “In Europe and the UK it has been getting progressively worse.”

“It is becoming more difficult to kill them. The bugs are becoming incredibly resistant and we don’t have the potent, long-lasting products that were so effective years ago.

“People have also become less vigilant than they used to be. Back in the day, they knew to check beds when travelling or after people paid them a visit. Folks are so busy these days, bed bug prevention often takes a back seat to other pressing issues.”

Bed bug bites can cause a rash
Bed bug bites can cause a rash CREDIT: ISTOCK

There remains some debate on how the superbugs have spread. One theory is that it is due to the vast increase in the number of people travelling. Not only are people on the move but so are the insects which can be carried, inadvertently, in travellers’ luggage.

Even airline passengers are not immune. In October 2017 British Airways apologised to a Canadian family bitten by bed bugs on a flight from Vancouver to London. Last January a BA flight from Heathrow to Ghana was grounded after the crew refused to fly on an infested aircraft.

There are precautions which can be taken by holidaymakers. On arriving at a hotel it is advisable to check the bed thoroughly, lifting up each corner of the mattress, inspecting seams and the bed frame itself. The bugs are red and brown and around the size of a pearl. Their eggs are white and about as big as a mustard seed.

Suitcases should not be thrown onto the bed or floor, because the bugs can climb inside and become unwelcome holiday souvenirs. The insects care not for how much a tourist has paid for a hotel room.

In 2016 North American database the Bed Bug Registry reported complaints of bugs in some of New York’s most prestigious hotels, including the Waldorf Astoria.

Cases have been brought against the Hilton chain and Disneyland is being sued by a woman who said she was bitten by bugs at its hotel in Anaheim, California.

She is being represented by Brian Virag, a former criminal defence attorney, who has built up a flourishing practice in Encino, about 20 miles west of Los Angeles. His company, My Bed Bug Lawyer, works on a “no win no fee” basis, pocketing a share of the proceeds from successful litigation.

The business model has worked well for Virag and his clients for whom he has secured millions of dollars in damages. For example, in 2017 he persuaded a jury to award $3.5 million (£2.7m) to 16 current and former residents of one of Los Angeles’ largest apartment complexes.

Other clients include an underwear model who said her career was wrecked by the damage wrought by bed bugs after she stayed at a California hotel.

“Over the past eight years I have fixed my focus on bed bug exposure and it is getting worse – it is an epidemic,” he said. “Now one in five people have either been exposed to bed bugs or know somebody who has. Bed bugs are having a physical, emotional and financial impact.

“Physically it is manifesting itself in bites, itchiness and scratching. I have had countless cases of people have had an allergic reaction. Scratching has led to bleeding and then scarring.

“There has been some really really bad stuff, even bed bugs harbouring in people’s ears and laying eggs. Emotionally it has been nasty and in some cases humiliating. You have children going to school with marks all over their body and being ridiculed by other kids.

“They affect people who stay in the most expensive hotels and the cheapest hotels, in the most expensive apartments and the cheapest apartments. Bed bugs don’t discriminate.”

School tested for toxic pesticide as test case looms amid cancer fears

Construction near Bellarine secondary college's Drysdale campus (on right) as part of the neighboring St Ignatius Catolic College expansion.
Construction near Bellarine secondary college’s Drysdale campus (on right) as part of the neighboring St Ignatius Catolic College expansion.CREDIT:JOE ARMAO

Nonetheless, Gordon Legal, the firm launched by lawyer Peter Gordon – who has led some of Australia’s biggest class actions – is representing the widow of a former student at the school, who died in 2016 from a rare form of blood cancer.

The law firm would not comment, but confirmed it was in the early stages of assembling a case involving Scott Beyer, who grew up in Ocean Grove and attended Bellarine Secondary College until 2002.

Mr Beyer, a father of two, had angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma, a rare form of the blood cancer. He was first diagnosed in 2013 and had a stem cell transplant in 2015 after the cancer returned. He died in April 2016, aged 32.

Several fellow former Bellarine Secondary College students, who were in the same age group but grew up in the neighboring town of Barwon Heads, have died of  cancer in the past three years, one of Hodgkin lymphoma.

The family of Barwon Heads nurse Georgie Stephenson, who died in 2017 aged 26 after a second bout of leukaemia, have pushed for answers about what might have caused her cancer, and those of her peers. (Georgie did not attend Bellarine Secondary College).

They say they have heard of more than 20 young people in the area, many of whom attended the high school and are now in their late 20s and early 30s, who have been diagnosed with cancer, mainly blood disorders, in recent years.

In early 2017,  principal Alison Murphy wrote in the school newsletter in response to concerns over stage one of the sporting complex revamp over the road.

The Drysdale bypass is intended to divert traffic away from the town's main street.
The Drysdale bypass is intended to divert traffic away from the town’s main street.CREDIT:JOE ARMAO

“Some members of the Bellarine SC community have expressed concern over the earthworks taking place across from the Drysdale campus on Peninsula Drive,” Ms Murphy wrote.

“The concerns raised were around the potential chemical contamination of the soil … when the land was used for agricultural purposes and any potential health risk the dust from these earthworks might cause…”

Ms Murphy said she contacted the City of Greater Geelong, which provided a report and soil testing data conducted in November 2016 by a consulting geologist.

“The soils tested did not reveal indicators of contamination in respect to human health,” she said, quoting the report.

The samples, taken from soil stockpiles at the site, did contain some dieldrin but did not reveal indicators of contamination, according to the geologist’s report, supplied to The Age after a freedom of information request to the council.

The college's senior campus at Drysdale opened in 1996. It had been previously been used as farmland.
The college’s senior campus at Drysdale opened in 1996. It had been previously been used as farmland.CREDIT:JOE ARMAO

Soil tests have been carried out at the school by WorkSafe in recent months, at the direction of the Education Department, following complaints to the school and questions from Gordon Legal.

“The health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority,” a department spokeswoman said.

“Given the seriousness of these concerns, the department and WorkSafe both conducted soil tests in September which confirmed pesticides, including dieldrin, are below levels harmful to human health.

“Tests carried out prior to and around the time of construction of the school found that the land was suitable for school use.

“The department would like to reassure staff, students and the school community that the school is operating safely.”

The land was owned by the council before it was transferred to the Education Department to build the school, which opened in 1996. The school’s theatre is called the Potato Shed, a nod to the site’s former use.

St Thomas Catholic Primary School and St Ignatius Catholic Secondary College have since opened on the same road, and share the theatre. St Ignatius is building a new year 9 wing and gymnasium on neighboring land it bought from the council.

In 2004, 51 Victorian farmers whose properties were contaminated by dieldrin, many of them from the Bellarine Peninsula, shared in $1.75 million in state government compensation.

Work on the Drysdale bypass near Bellarine Secondary College.
Work on the Drysdale bypass near Bellarine Secondary College.CREDIT:JOE ARMAO

They had used the pesticide on the advice of the state agriculture department, even though authorities were aware of related health risks since dieldrin was banned in the US in the 1970s. It was banned in Australia in 1987 after a contamination scare involving exported beef.

Dieldrin was widely used by the region’s potato farmers to control worms and weevils. It is a form of synthetic organochlorine and can persist in the soil for decades.

“They are extremely persistent in the environment and in humans and animals. Dieldrin … was classified as probably carcinogenic to humans,” a 2016 review for the International Agency for Research on Cancer into compounds including dieldrin found.

There was limited or insufficient evidence of an association with breast cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the scientists said. However, they found “sufficient evidence” of a link between dieldrin and cancer in some animals.

In response to an independent inquiry into the EPA, the state government pledged in early 2017 to develop a statewide database of sites that pose a risk to the community due to their past use.

Bellarine MP Lisa Neville said she inquired into the matter with the ministers for education and finance (responsible for WorkSafe) and received assurances that after soil tests undertaken in recent months “there is absolutely no risk to the health of local families”.

WorkSafe tested 65 soil samples, four of which contained traces of dieldrin, but well below guidelines for human health, findings that were consistent with previous tests as far back as the 1980s, Ms Neville said.

The Major Road Projects Authority tested soil outside the schools and at 19 other sites along the bypass route for pesticides including dieldrin and found no risk to human health.

The Australian health investigation level in a residential setting for dieldrin is 6 milligrams per kilogram. In the US, the soil screening value for dieldrin in a residential setting is 0.034mg/kg.

A national program that monitors contamination of farms from organochlorines – forms of pesticide including dieldrin – observes 138 properties in the greater Geelong region, according to Agriculture Victoria.

Much of the farmland in the area has been developed in recent decades, mainly subdivided for housing.

Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority does not maintain a register of all contaminated sites, only those that are the subject of a clean-up notice or environmental audit and are considered a priority, an EPA spokesman said.

When land is rezoned from farming to residential, it is considered a more sensitive use and triggers an investigation.

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Debbie Cuthbertson is a senior writer and Saturday chief of staff at The Age.

Yonkers YMCA sued over bedbugs

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Bedbugs have pestered us for centuries. These begbug fossils were recently recovered from Paisley Caves, Oregon, the site of the oldest dated archaeological human remains in North America, and are approximately 9,400 years old. Bedbugs nearly vanished in the United States during the 1940s and ’50s due to improved hygiene and the use of the pesticide DDT but are on the rise again due to global travel and a increasing resistance to common pesticides.A new study finds that bedbugs — just like flies and other insects — have favorite colors. They really like dark red and black, and they shun dazzling white and bright yellow. These apple seed-sized insects probably instinctively prefer black and red shelters over white and yellow ones because they offer better protection from predators such as ants and spiders, Pereira said. Wochit

 

YONKERS – A former resident at the YMCA is suing the agency because he had bedbugs in his room.

In a lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court, Daniel Merlo claims that he lived at the Y at 17 Riverdale Ave. from Jan. 30 until May 1 and, during that time, suffered from bedbug bites in his fourth-floor apartment.

According to Merlo’s Dec. 10 court papers, when he told staff at the YMCA about the bedbugs, an exterminator responded on several occasions. However, Merlo accused the exterminators of failing to do a proper job, leading to recurring bedbug outbreaks.

Merlo claimed that he was subsequently forced to remove and destroy all his possessions. He is asking the court to award him unspecified monetary damages.

On Thursday, Shawyn Patterson-Howard, the Yonkers Y’s executive director, said she had not seen the lawsuit. She said the 75-unit building is exterminated twice a month.

“We don’t have any type of infestation at all,” she said. “Have we had people who’ve had bedbugs? Yes, like any other organization.”

She explained that the Y has a protocol for new residents to prevent bedbugs hitching rides into the building. The protocol includes requiring new tenants to put their clothes and bedding through a dryer so that the high heat kills bedbugs and their eggs.

Other anti-bedbug precautions include mandatory exterminations of every apartment, metal bed frames and a ban on new tenants bringing their own mattresses into the Y. If bedbugs are discovered in a resident’s room, tenants are allowed to use the Y’s washing machines and dryers for free.

Patterson-Howard said past outbreaks in the residences above the Y’s fitness and public areas have not affected visitors.

“I go to work every day and I haven’t come home with any. I haven’t had members complain of anything,” she said. “We have child care and all types of programs there. No issues and no problems.”

While Merlo alleged that he lived at the YMCA for about three months, Patterson-Howard said that most of the residents have lived in the affordable housing for more than a year and some for more than 25 years.

About 65 percent of the male residents are employed, with another 25 percent retired or disabled, she said.

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Harlem woman’s battle with bedbugs: Meds for anxiety and insomnia, newsletter for fellow tenants

Harlem woman's battle with bedbugs: Meds for anxiety and insomnia, newsletter for fellow tenants
Tiffany Fogle (pictured) and her husband, Curtis, live in one of 10 buildings on W. 135th St. called the Rose Communities. City Housing, Preservation and Development Department records show that five of the buildings have had bedbug violations since 2010. (Courtesy of Tiffany Fogle)

Itchy and overwhelmed by an infestation that may have spread across several buildings, a Harlem woman has begun producing a “tenant bedbug newsletter.”

The latest edition of Tiffany Fogle’s bulletin opens with a friendly “Happy Holidays” to neighbors — but the Christmas cheer quickly gives way to an urgent plea.

“Neighbors, We’re begging you to speak up if you have bedbugs or had them and didn’t report it. It’s not just going to help you but others around you. DON’T BE EMBARRASSED !!!” the newsletter reads.

 

Fogle, 33, and her husband, Curtis Fogle, 54, live in one of 10 buildings on W. 135th St. called the Rose Communities. City Housing Preservation and Development Department records show that five of the buildings have had bedbug violations since 2010. That year, neighbors of the Fogles reported bedbugs on another floor, and the case wasn’t closed until 2014.

Bites from bedbugs on Fogle's skin.
Bites from bedbugs on Fogle’s skin. (Obtained by Daily News)

“We can’t have company. They crawl across the floor, they’re in the shower,” Tiffany said. “So we had to isolate ourselves. I’m in therapy because of this, I had to go to a part-time schedule because of this, I’m taking psych meds because of this. It’s a lot.”

The hospital technician has developed several coping mechanisms — in addition to pills to treat anxiety and insomnia. Her newsletter is an effort to organize and inform her fellow neighbors. It features sections like “Is it a Bedbug, Cockroach or Carpet Beetle?” a photo series of bedbugs spotted in her apartment and links to various city agencies.

“With me suffering, I decided not to just notify (neighbors) about the bedbug issue but to educate them,” Fogle said.

 

She’s also posted 18 creepy videos to YouTube. Some show bedbugs she captured — others she filmed crawling on the floor. One video shows three mattresses thrown away in front of her building, which Fogle suspects were infested. Some videos show itchy welts and rashes she says developed from bedbug bites.

“She’s crying every night.” Curtis Fogle said, holding a small plastic jar containing some eight bedbugs.

Fogle's latest bedbug newsletter.
Fogle’s latest bedbug newsletter. (Handout)

Infuriated by an alleged lack of response by her landlord, Jonathan Rose Cos., Fogle sued on Halloween.

“When the landlord just responds to a single tenant’s complaint without responding to the bigger picture, they’re never going to resolve the problem,” Fogle’s attorney Marc Miner said.

“This landlord has been especially nonresponsive in taking the situation seriously. This is not a buildingwide problem but a complexwide problem.”

Other residents of the Rose Communities told the Daily News that they, too, were struggling with a bedbug invasion.

 

Lateasha Easter, 32, said she has had an open bedbugs case with the Housing Preservation and Development Department since April, when she stashed clothes, towels and sheets in plastic bags stacked on shelves in a linen closet.

“If I see one, it’s like OK, I can’t sleep. I go in a frenzy, I need to clean up,” Easter said.

She said building management had canceled two scheduled bedbug treatments. Adding to her frustration, she said, was that she had dealt with bedbugs in 2010 while living in another Rose building.

“They need to treat the whole building,” Easter said. “They’re living in the walls.”

Jonathan Rose Cos. did not respond to a request for comment.

This Woman Says Bed Bugs Are Tearing Her Family Apart—and Now Her Story Is Going Viral

We go head to head with our parents about plenty of things: money, career, and even bed bugs. Say what? Yep, one Reddit user recently took to the platform to vent about how bed bugs are ruining her relationship with her dad. And she might not be the only one—especially with so many people traveling for the holidays and possibly visiting a bed bug–infested home.

User cupsandmugs555 explained that she lives about four hours by car away from her dad, meaning she only sees him a few times a year. But when she does visit, she always leaves covered in painful little red bites. And if he visits her, he brings the bugs with him, spreading them to her home. It’s been a problem ever since she was a child, and it’s tearing them apart.

Over the years, cupsandmugs555 has unfortunately had to cut back on seeing her dad, she said. The last visit occurred three years ago, and she and her partner “stayed in a hotel and didn’t even go into his house. We washed all our clothes when we got back and STILL got a massive infestation at home. That one took almost a year of steam cleaning the carpet and bed and washing all my clothes over and over.”

This year, both her mom and grandma passed away, and her dad is one of her few family members left. “I saw dad a couple of weeks ago, he came around mine for a cup of tea before going out to a concert. He was only over for half an hour, but me and my partner have been getting bitten again since then,” she wrote.

Wait, but how does her dad deal with constantly getting bitten? Well, it turns out some people can be entirely immune to bed bug bites. That doesn’t mean the little pests don’t think her dad is tasty. He likely still ends up with bites, but he doesn’t have a reaction to them or any discomfort.

“Dad is completely immune to them somehow, he never gets bitten,” cupsandmugs555 said. “He got married a few years ago and his wife is also miraculously immune to it. Their house isn’t a show home or anything, but it’s not filthy.”

Of course, she’s considered asking him to hire an exterminator, but she’s not even sure it would make a difference. “I don’t know if it’s worth asking Dad to get his house fumigated. It’s clearly a massive infestation that’s in all his clothes and cars and pets and anything that a bug could be in. He wouldn’t even know if it worked either, because they don’t get bitten,” she wrote.

Bed bugs are a real problem, and cupsandmugs555 knows that better than anyone. If you’re traveling this holiday season and aren’t sure if the place you’ll be staying is bed bug–free, there are things you can do to avoid being a meal.

First, park your luggage in the bathroom, where bed bugs are least likely to be found. Then, start looking for the pesky critters. 

Inspect the bed by pulling back the linens and checking all the way around and under the mattress as well as behind the headboard. Look for small reddish-brown fecal spots (gross, we know), white eggs or empty eggshells, and bed bug skin casings. Check for live bugs themselves, which are flat, reddish-brown, and about the size of an apple seed.

After you’ve checked the bed, examine the rest of the room, including behind picture frames, under decorations, and even in books. Check in the cushions and seams of any couches or soft chairs, as well as in the closet before putting your clothes away. Bed bugs are sneaky and can hide in unexpected places.

Throughout your stay, try to keep your suitcase off the floor or bed and on a desk or dresser. Make sure not to leave any clothes lying around. You can also buy a plastic cover for your suitcase for extra protection. Don’t have time to order one? Use a trash bag instead.

If you do start noticing itchy red bumps on your body, wash them with soap and water to prevent the bites from getting infected, and then find a new place to sleep. If you’re staying in a hotel, ask for a room at least two floors away from the one you’re in now.

To treat the bites, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends applying an over-the-counter corticosteroid cream if they’re unbearably itchy. Your skin should heal within one to two weeks, but see a dermatologist if the bites ooze (a sign of infection), or you develop blisters, swelling, or hives.

Bed bugs are guests you certainly don’t want at your holiday festivities. Though they’re persistent, being smart about where you sleep will help keep them away.

The top 4 pest trends of 2018

(BPT) – As the calendar flips to December each year, the country reflects on the trends and moments that defined the last 12 months. From viral moments to unwanted home visitors, the experts at Terminix break down four statistics that defined the year for pests.

Most-searched pest

Americans took to the web in search of information about pests, and bed bugs took the top spot! This itch-inducing pest was searched for more than 6.7 million times in 2018, and it’s no wonder why. According to Terminix, there’s been a steady increase in reports of bed bug infestations since the 1990s, and it can be difficult to get rid of them without professional help.

Pest-iest states

While people across the country were curious about pests, some states searched for pests more than others. The District of Columbia took the crown for most internet searches per capita, followed by North Carolina, Massachusetts, Ohio and Washington.

Top states by pest

When it came to social media, some states couldn’t stop tweeting about pests. Per capita, California tweeted about ants more than any other state, while Arizona took the crown for wasps. And while the District of Columbia was tweeting the most about rats, Texas couldn’t stop talking about mosquitoes.

Most viral pests

Pests took off on social media, and no pest was tweeted about more than spiders, garnering more than 21 million tweets in 2018. Also making the top five were rats, mice, squirrels and ants. Pop culture pest moments helped give these pests a boost, as well as users tweeting about unwanted sightings.

If you find yourself encountering these pests outside of your computer screen, be sure to consult a professional pest management provider to help you take back control of your home. Terminix’s trained technicians can help you get rid of these unwanted visitors and start 2019 on the right foot.

Where The Bedbugs Bite: Mapping Reports Of Bedbugs In The U.S.

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It seems like only a few years ago that the phrase “don’t let the bedbugs bite” was a cute little thing said before sleep, devoid of any real threat. Because of a few pesticide-resistant strains of the critters, though, there’s been an explosive epidemic of bedbug infestations across the U.S. We’ve created a U.S. bedbug infestation map to show how many reports have been submitted to The Bedbug Registry and BedbugReports.com by state as well as the hot spots for popular pest-control companies Orkin and Terminix. The results of our bedbug report are pretty gross.

What Are The Worst Cities For Bedbugs?

If you analyze our bedbug outbreak map, there’s not as much consensus as one would think. That said, the top bedbug cities tend to be repeat offenders on the East Coast such as New York City, Baltimore, Chicago, and Cleveland. New York City alone has more than 4,000 reports in the registry.

Which State Has The Most Bedbugs?

The worst states for bedbugs are consistently New York and California. Florida, Ohio, New Jersey, and Maryland also have crawled up the ranks.

Will Bedbugs Spread To Me?

Look at this data on bedbugs by state, map out the cities that are closest to you, and figure that there is a fair chance that your local metropolis has a few infested hotels. But don’t worry too much; there are many small things you can do to prevent bedbugs from coming home with you.

How Do You Get Bedbugs In The First Place?

It may seem like they show up out of nowhere, but that’s not the case. How do bedbugs spread? They tend to hitch a ride on clothing, luggage, used furniture, and laundry. Hotels, hospitals, office buildings, and nursing homes are their favorite spots. If you look at our bedbug map, you can see that the worst areas tend to have many hotels.

If You Find Yourself Wondering, “Do I Have Bedbugs?,” Here’s What You Can Do:

  • Look at some pictures of the critters themselves.
  • See what bedbug bites look like.
  • Learn how to get rid of bedbugs. Remember that simply tossing your mattress out on the street will make the overall problem worse. (And in some states, it’s against the law.)
  • If you read up on bedbug facts, you’ll know there’s no saving your mattress. You’ll need a new one; our mattress reviews can help.
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Bed bug complaints at senior apartments under investigation

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) — A woman who lives in a senior apartment tower run by the City of Milwaukee says the building has a serious problem.

“The area’s nice. The building is nice. They keep it up except for the bed bugs,” said one female resident.

She lives at Arlington Court near Brady Street on the east side. She says other residents have been moving out because of the bed bug problem.

We asked the woman, who did not want to be identified, if her apartment has bed bugs.

“Yeah, I mean…and they say that bed bugs don’t affect you, I believe they do, I believe that anything that’s biting you and sucking your blood affects you. I can’t see how it wouldn’t.”

The woman says she has seen an exterminator at the building but the problem has not gone away. We reached out to the Milwaukee Housing Authority and received the following statement,

“Bed bug control is an ongoing process and we have strategies in place to address any issues at our developments. We take all claims seriously and respond to resident service orders in a timely fashion.”

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