By Ross Toback
A Bronx woman is bugging out, claiming her building’s exterminators told her to stay in her apartment as bedbug “bait” after her apartment was sprayed for the pests, according to a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.
Dana Alonzo filed a suit against her building and its management company Thursday on behalf of herself and her infant son, alleging that the building told her “that they should not vacate the apartment after the eradication attempt because [Alonzo’s] presence in the apartment was necessary to bait the bedbugs into the apartment,” the court papers state.
Alonzo’s spouse stayed as bait but it was to no avail. She claims the bedbugs remained in the apartment after the treatment using chemical spray.
She initially discovered the pests by examining her infant son, who had red marks as a result of the infestations, according to the court papers. Alonzo alleges her son now has “permanent scars.”
The court filing argues that using chemical spray on bedbugs is not effective.
“[Alonzo] suffered substantial financial cost, including but not limited [to] medical bills, laundry and cleaning bills, moving bills and the cost of replacing furniture that was infected with bedbugs and could not be brought to the new apartment without transferring the infestation,” papers state.
Alonzo is suing for unspecific damages. She and her attorney declined to comment.
“We stand by our long track record of resolving resident inquiries made by our residents quickly and professionally, and the issue that is the subject of this baseless lawsuit is no exception,” a spokesperson for the building’s owner said.