Portland’s public housing and bed bugs

by nobugsonme on September 26, 2007 · 1 comment

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According to WCSH6.com, Bed bugs are spreading in Greater Portland (Maine).

The brief article describes how Raymond Leavitt sees “dozens of bed bugs” at night in his Portland apartment.

Officials with the Portland Housing Authority, who oversee Franklin Towers where Raymond lives, say bed bugs are a problem in most of their properties.

They say they aggressively attack the bugs, but they can only hope to manage the problem, not get rid of it.

Ron Keeler of Modern Pest Services says intensive professional treatment combined with a follow up program can be successful. Experts say it doesn’t matter how clean or dirty your home is. Once bed bugs get in, an infestation can happen quickly.

If bed bugs are a problem in most of the public housing buildings in Portland, you can guess this is probably even more true in cities with more widespread infestations. Public housing officials in some other cities are a bit more reticent about admitting it, which is a shame. Because having bed bugs in your building doesn’t mean you’re a bad building manager. It’s what you do once you discover them that makes all the difference.

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1 parakeets September 26, 2007 at 3:33 pm

I don’t understand this wording: “They say they aggressively attack the bugs, but they can only hope to manage the problem, not get rid of it.”

If they don’t get rid of the problem, are they really managing it? Would any of the officials of the Portland Housing Authority themselves want to stay one night in a building where the bedbug problem was not eliminated but instead simply “managed”?

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