Residents of the John Sevier Apartments in Johnson City, Tennessee, formerly the John Sevier Hotel, live in a building historically associated with Al Capone. More recently they have had something else in common with people who stayed in the same building during Prohibition, when the town was known as “Little Chicago”: bed bug bites.
Their battle with bed bugs has been going on for a year and a half, according to this article from News Channel 11.
And yesterday, between 40-50 residents whose mattresses had been thrown out have had new ones delivered, bought by the Salvation Army with donations.
Another story six weeks ago from WJHL said Terminex was beginning treatment in the building, with freezing and pesticides.
I assume that the mattresses are being replaced because the bed bugs have completely disappeared.
A few questions spring to mind:
- Were all tenants educated about detecting and avoiding bed bug infestations in the future?
- Are the bed bugs 100% gone? (If yes, how do we know this?)
- Were tenants issued with bed bug proof encasements? Because it’s probably inevitable in the current climate that someone will reintroduce bed bugs at some point.
And if there are still bed bugs in the building — which is difficult to determine with any certainty, frankly — good encasements, used properly, will at least keep them from harboring on or in the mattresses.
Happy Thanksgiving to our readers in the US, and may all your bites today involve turkey (or Tofurkey)!