I found bed bugs the night that I moved in to Portland Towers. We had just finished moving all of my stuff in and were relaxing on the bed when I saw bugs coming from a sealed door in the wall. I had never seen a bed bug before, though I had heard of the epidemic on the east coast. I immediately did an internet search and found out they were bed bugs. They were all sizes and there were many of them. We looked at the walls and there was telltale streaks of dried liquid on the
walls around the sealed door - Portland Towers had obviously used pesticides in this room before I moved in.
THE WORST part is that we talked to the manager the next day and he pretended like he had no idea. But he kept changing his story and it was obvious he was lying. They moved me into an infested room and I had to wait another week until another apartment was available. In the meantime, I stayed with my boyfriend, and he found a bedbug in his house from my stuff that had been in the apartment for only twelve hours! (fortunately he killed it and that's the only one he ever found). This was the worst move in experience ever. It was very expensive for me personally (I bought pesticides, powder, mattress covers) and I was lied to and they weren't even going to let me move into a different unit until I pretty much freaked out. It was embarrassing and time consuming. I can't wait to get out of here because I've read the reports below and obviously this is a building-wide problem. Pesticides do not work on bed bugs.
The lies from the manager were really really off-putting. I would recommend asking tenants in the building you're moving into or checking this site, because building managers will lie to you to take your money.
I had almost eradicated an infestation just by staying up all night killing them (they like to come out late at night to feed). Initially I was killing about 20 bed bugs per night and was down to just seeing 2 or 3 per night. Then some joker left a bunch of wood furniture (bed bugs love wood, especially natural wood) out in the hallway on the second floor and within 2 days the infestation in my apartment was worse than it had been when I first noticed it about six weeks earlier. People on that f
loor were moving out every week and there were box springs and mattresses near the dumpster almost constantly.
I was aware of apt 704 being infested in 2009 since they tried to do a heat treatment several times and kept failing because they couldn't run enough power to the apartment to get it remotely hot enough. Not long later, I found a dead bedbug in our apartment (708) on the bathroom sink. The manager arranged for an exterminator to do a heat treatment while we were away for the weekend. However, without our knowledge/consent, they switched to a chemical/poison based treatment (making us worry ab
out the safety of our cats!), and we had to vacate the apartment 3 times over the following 3 weeks. We talked to the manager about how to reduce the spread within the complex and he claimed that he was told by the exterminator that they "couldn't move from apartment to apartment." We asked the manager to at least inform the nearby tenants so that they could be on the lookout. Months later, we talked to people in neighboring units and they had never been informed.
When we left, we had to abandon most of our furniture to reduce the risk of taking them with us! There's no question that this apartment building has bedbugs.
Portland Towers Apartments. I used to live here. Mattresses and box springs were being abandoned at a rate of at least one per week. I asked one tenant at random if he had bed bugs and he stated that he picked up a blanket from the "giveaway table" in the building and it was infested. He had heat treatment done in his apartment. My apartment was also severely infested. This means at least three units in the building were infested in December 2009: my apartment, the tenant I spoke to, and whoever
left the blanket on the giveaway table. I suspect many more units were infested based on the number of abandoned mattresses and box springs left near the dumpster. The manager Ken Kowalski never indicated to anyone that the building was/is infested. This property is owned by HARSCH Investments (the Schnitzer family).