The following NBC 10 video report from the Towers East 150-unit apartment complex in Pawtucket, Rhode Island is disturbing, yet all too typical.
It’s not disturbing for the reason so many bed bug news reports are — there is no footage of bed bugs scurrying up the wall or across someone’s skin.
But the story told by these two residents of life with bed bugs is difficult to take in.
The residents live on different floors. John Sullivan’s had four treatments by pest management professionals in six weeks, but still has bed bugs. The 78-year old man gets a few hours of sleep a night due to the bugs.
Linda Bouvier says bed bugs have infested her wheelchair. She’s done the prep and she’s still getting treatments too; particularly painful is her parting comment, “I don’t know if they’re going to get rid of them.”
(If the video is not embedded above, click here to view it on NBC 10’s website.)
You can get rid of bed bugs. However, in a building like this, the response must be aggressive.
If treatments are only done in response to complaints, when they occur, this is not going to be enough to get rid of bed bugs in the building, and prevent their spread.
Every tenant must play a role — all should have careful inspections, because many will not react to bed bug bites. All should be educated about how to avoid bringing the problem back into the building. And everyone with bed bugs needs coordinated treatment.
I hope the Towers East residents are able to get some relief soon.