Anon2015 on 07/23/2015
July 2015. An elderly, very vulnerable and fragile friend of ours, who has lived there for a long time, has a bad infestation of bedbugs. The owner of the very old multi-unit apartment building has sent our friend a letter stating a) the building's infestation started in his suite and b) threatened possible eviction for non-compliance to prepare his suite for bedbug spraying.
a) Talking to other residents, bedbug infestations have occurred many times before. They have used
heat and spray treatments but, for some reason, they return. Our friend's apartment was previously heat treated, but the they returned. Furthermore, infestations have occurred in suites not attached to nor near his suite. From research, we also know that bedbugs can get into places as thin as a credit card, can spread through cracks in walls to other places/suites, and can spread from clothing/shoes in hallways/carpets to other places in the building. There are many cracks in the walls of this old building. It, as well as some other apartments are, in our opinion, in much disrepair. Some of the carpets are worn out being over two decades old, as are some of the appliances, cabinets, etc. These conditions can enable the spread of bedbugs. Therefore, we believe our friend is not responsible for the building's infestation. We also believe they could be using this vulnerable man as an 'escape goat' for it--as he does not have the capacity nor the resources to stand up for himself.
b) Our elderly friend is fragile, has some minor episodes of diagnosed dementia, a loner, and has no living close family members nor close friends. As such, our friend is not capable of moving furniture away from walls on his own, nor moving heavy boxes, or other items. We are this person's only support. With time, it will get done. We are also working to get additional supports in place and found transitional housing for our friend to stay where the bedbugs are not a barrier. As of this writing date, he has decided to give his notice to vacate in preparation to get on a wait list for an assisted living placement.
Yet, with his choice to vacate, we have concerns that bedbug infestations will continue. We applaud the building owner for taking action using heat and insecticide treatments to eliminate the problem but, somehow they persist. We do, however, are quite concerned about placing blame for one infestation on a vulnerable elderly man--when there is clear evidence to the contrary.
anonymous on 09/15/2012
Just adding a supplement to the 2 preceeding messages. Nothing much has changed. Numerous suites have suffered bed bugs since those 2 from 2010. Our suite may be next. Have been 'lucky' so far, but they are closer now than ever. The management still gives this the silent treatment and some who have the infestation are embarrassed to mention it to anyone. This place may be on the verge of losing a lot of tenants! it just won't go away!
Anonymous on 08/25/2010
after leaving this building ...after all the hell we went through ..they held back part of my damage deposit because I didn't clean the the old carpet that needed to be replaced ...that I am sure hides 1000's...good luck new tenants...
Creeped Out on 02/23/2010
Apparently bedbugs arrived in our building 4-6 months ago but we were not notified.
When I was bitten and reported it to our property caretaker - I was reluctantly informed of the infestation but not all the apartments - I was furious that this is something that is even recommended by the exterminator I spoke to who said it causes panic in the building - panic??? are they crazy - I just would have been vigilant and made sure I was careful in the laundry room etc!
I asked to have the bug
dogs brought in and they checked adjoining apartments as well as mine - I have thrown out bed and dressers had the exterminators in. Excluding cost of treatment I will have spent over $1000.00 over this mess!
They have been on apartments on 2nd and 3rd floors south wing.