This MyFox Colorado article claims that this beleaguered building in Denver at 25 Grant Street has had ongoing bed bug problems for two years.
Denver’s Environmental Health Department says they have had complaints about bugs there for more than two years.
The property is owned by Shockor Management and is telling tenants they will spray once again this week. But the bugs don’t seem to be going away.
That has prompted many to move out, leaving many of their couches and bedding in the garbage.
Former tenant Jackie Howe moved in two months ago not knowing there was an ongoing bed bug problem. She’s now had to flee.
Renting units in bed bug infested buildings without notifying prospective tenants should be illegal.
The City says they know about the history of complaints and says that every time the owners are citied (sic), they comply and spray as they will again this week.
What is unanswered is why the spraying isn’t killing the bed bugs.
It isn’t clear what kind of bed bug treatment follows these citations, however, if treatments are not aggressive enough (approximately every two weeks, in every unit with bed bugs, until every last bed bug is gone) it would begin to explain why bed bug problems persist.
Tenants discarding possessions as they flee the building, some of which are surely being reclaimed by other tenants, are probably another contributing factor.
While pesticide resistance may be a factor, these other two considerations are even more obvious problems, and should not be discounted.
I hope Denver’s Environmental Health Department will work on more comprehensive solutions to fighting bed bugs in Denver (which we know are not just a problem in this one building). They should consider what actions are required by landlords and tenants once infestations are detected, ways of collecting bed bug-infested refuse to keep it from infesting other homes, and a public education campaign to help educate all of Denver on how to recognize, avoid, and fight bed bugs (once detected).
The same types of considerations should be undertaken by cities and counties and other authorities elsewhere.
Ordering landlords to treat once bed bugs are detected is too vague and simply not enough to get rid of bed bugs permanently.