bed bugs and the elderly

“I don’t know if they’re going to get rid of them.”

July 16, 2011

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 […]

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Bed bugs halt mail service to Detroit public housing building

September 2, 2010

A Detroit mail carrier stopped delivering to a 143-unit Warren West Apartments due to the building’s bed bug problem. Unfortunately, it happened at the time in the month when many of the building’s residents were supposed to get their social security checks. According to the Detroit News: Ed Moore, spokesman for U.S. Postal Service Detroit […]

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Denver Public Library Book Return infested with bed bugs

September 23, 2009

The Denver Public Library’s book return drop box was infested with bed bugs, apparently by a single heavy user of the library’s services.  CBS4 in Denver reported that Library workers handling the books left in the drop box noticed the bugs first. “When we were returning those materials back in to get them off of […]

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Towels under the door: when cities abandon tenants with bed bugs

May 21, 2009

This is what happens when local authorities cannot help low-income tenants get help and treatment for bed bugs.  WLWT in Cincinnati reports that the Hillrise Apartments for Seniors in College Hill still has a serious bed bug problem. Cincinnati, you’ll remember, did not fund its Health Department’s bed bug inspection program in their last budget, […]

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Horrific story from Ottawa: bed bug sufferer overdoses

December 4, 2008

This story first made me want to cry. And then it made me want to smash my hand into the wall. The Ottawa Citizen reported today on the story of a local woman named Jadwiga Dziedziczak, aged 60. For ten years, she’s lived in an Ottawa public housing unit on Wurtemburg Street. She had bed […]

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Toronto Bed Bug Project Update coming Monday, forecast looking good

November 16, 2008

There’s an article in today’s Toronto Sun updating us on Toronto’s Bed Bug Project. Toronto Public Health reported yesterday that it has recorded a near 1,000% increase in bed bug infestation calls and they aren’t just from flophouses. The blood-sucking bugs have prompted 1,444 calls to public health officials for help — up from 147 […]

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More bed bug treatments in Lexington’s Ballard Griffith senior apartments

November 10, 2008

More on the bed bug situation in the Ballard Griffith senior complex in Lexington, Kentucky, where the 55-and-older residents have been suffering from bed bug bites for 2 years now. Two years! According to this news report from Lex18, 86 of over 300 units are infested. Today, two pest control firms are going door to […]

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Stamford Manor residents have had bed bugs for three years!

October 31, 2008

Here’s The Stamford Advocate with another story that makes me mad. Residents of a building for senior citizens like Adelaida Ramos have been dealing with bed bugs for three years: Ramos is one of more than 50 people at Stamford Manor, a public housing residence for seniors, who have reported bedbugs to the housing authority […]

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Bella Vista residents in New Haven are getting bed bug k9 inspections

September 17, 2008

Remember the Bella Vista in New Haven? That was the complex where low-income, elderly and disabled residents found out their building had bed bugs by watching the news. Now Radar of Advanced K-9 Detectives is searching for bed bugs with his beagle nose. Watch this clip from News 8 in New Haven. Carl Massicott of […]

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Bed bugs infest Lexington, Kentucky public housing complex

September 10, 2008

Bed bugs are taking over a Lexington, Kentucky public housing apartment complex.  According to, residents of the Connie Griffith and Ballard apartment complexes on Tower Plaza Road are suffering from bed bug bites. The buildings are run by the Lexington Housing Authority for residents aged 55 and older. WKYT claims more than a hundred […]

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Residents at the Bella Vista apartments learn their building has bed bugs by watching the news

September 4, 2008

News Channel 8 in New Haven claims that after they aired a story on bed bugs in the Bella Vista apartments in Elm City, lots of people came forward to tell management they had the problem too: News Channel 8 showed you the critters up close, then management was flooded with complaints. Bella Vista is […]

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Piecemeal inspections and treatment: no way to rid an apartment building of bed bugs

August 29, 2008

Annie Rourke reported for News Channel 8 in New Haven on Thursday that residents of the Bella Vista complex in Elm City feel their management is not treating bed bugs aggressively enough. New Haven (WTNH) — People living in one Elm City apartment complex say they have unwanted guests: bed bugs. And, they’re saying there’s […]

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