bed bugs in low-income housing

Bed bugs in Memphis HUD housing

May 31, 2015

Residents of a housing complex in Memphis for elderly and disabled people are dealing with what sounds like a serious bed bug problem, as LocalMemphis.com reports: (You can also view the video on the Local Memphis website if it doesn’t load here.) First, this sounds like a bed bug problem which has been growing for […]

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Bed bugs in Easton, PA Department of Public Welfare office and public housing complexes

September 17, 2010

The Department of Public Welfare office in Easton, Pennsylvania is the latest location in the town to become infested with bed bugs. WFMZ Allentown reports that the State of Pennsylvania has reopened the office today, after closing it for bed bug treatment on Thursday: The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare office in Easton reopened to […]

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Iraq vet battling bed bugs in Brooklyn; the HPD problem

September 14, 2010

While bed bugs can strike any location, tenants in low-income housing are particularly susceptible, because their landlords may be especially prone to postponing treatment or cutting corners on it. I am not discounting the problem of landlords being unable to pay for proper treatment in some cases, though this is not universally the cause of […]

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Once more around the “bed bugs are not a health problem” maypole

January 7, 2010

Providers of affordable housing in Kingston, Ontario are pleading with the city to help them fund efforts to get rid of bed bugs in their rental units. Frontenac EMC news reports, “I think we have a major problem,” said Coun. Joyce MacLeod-Kane, who serves on the committee of non-profit Town Homes Kingston, one of the […]

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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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Frankfort, Kentucky Public Housing Authority plays the “bed bug blame game”

August 2, 2008

WKYT in Kentucky reports that residents of low-income housing units run by the Public Housing Authority in Frankfort, Kentucky, have to pay for their own bed bug treatment, at a cost of $500-600. This seems to be fairly unusual for public housing. And it is not a great idea. New Jersey residents are discussing whether […]

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New Jersey’s laws designed to spread bed bugs in rental housing

July 2, 2008

Many local laws make it easier for bed bugs to spread, and New Jersey’s laws are among them. As noted on our FAQ about who pays for treatment, the New Jersey Warranty of Habitability says landlords have to keep rental apartments pest-free. However, things can be a bit more complicated than that. Although the law […]

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Surrey, B.C. public housing infested with bed bugs

March 25, 2008

Canada’s CTV reports that a BC Housing complex is infested with bed bugs. The article mentions Kuehn Tower, but the BC Housing site lists Ted Kuhn Tower I and II in Surrey, so this appears to be a typo. (Incidentally, I wonder if they found a new manager yet?) Bill McLeod’s body is covered with […]

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Toronto’s Bug and Scrub: shelter guests being trained as pest control techs

March 12, 2008

The article from Joe Fiorito yesterday (and my post on that article) mentioned an initiative being tried out at Seaton House, a City of Toronto-run shelter for men that has been operating since 1959. Men who live in the shelter are being given paid training as “pesticide technicians.” They’re being paid a good wage ($12-15/hour) […]

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Bowling Green Towers: residents organize to demand proper bed bug treatment in low-income building

March 1, 2008

Three weeks ago, building management of Bowling Green Towers — a low-income housing building in Bowling Green, Kentucky that houses elderly and disabled tenants whose rent is subsidized by the government (via HUD) — claimed the building had only “four” units infested with bed bugs. You can read an earlier story we did on this […]

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More bed bugs in Nashua, NH: rooming-house tenant goes to court

February 27, 2008

More on the Nashua rooming-house mentioned in this story. Richard Jebb of Nashua, New Hampshire, is suing his rooming-house, having had nine treatments in his room and still suffering from bed bugs, according to the Nashua Telegraph.  On Tuesday, Jebb took his bug problem to Nashua District Court, suing his landlord, Mark Flint, and the […]

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Bowling Green Towers: another infestation in elderly and disabled housing

February 5, 2008

Jim Gaines Reports for the Bowling Green Daily News (Bowling Green, Kentucky) that A few of the roughly 200 residents in Bowling Green Towers at 1149 College St. have had restless nights due to a pesky problem. Several apartment-dwellers have reported an infestation of bedbugs – but health officials say trouble is being squashed before […]

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