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Residents Say Hermitage Apartment Complex Infested With Bed Bugs

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Residents Say Hermitage Apartment Complex Infested With Bed Bugs

CREATED Jun 4, 2014
by Shannon Royster

HERMITAGE, Tenn. – Residents in one apartment complex in Hermitage said they're being eaten alive by bed bugs and claimed they can't get management to clean up the on-going problem.

Inez Kinlaw's arms and legs are covered with bed bug bites.

"It's agony and itching all the time," she said. "I'm constantly having sores."

She said the problem is so out of control, she's had to bag up bedding and clothing. She even had to trash her bed.

"This is my second bed I've had to get rid of, so now I have to buy my third bed," said Kinlaw.

And she's not alone. NewsChannel 5 found at least two dumpsters at the Pine Brook Apartments piled with mattress after mattress and furniture. Kinlaw said she got fed up in the middle of the night.

"I woke up to being bit, and I saw the big bug it was sitting right here on my chest and I jumped up and picked up my bed and threw it in the hallway as bugs fell out of my bed," said Kinlaw.

Kinlaw said they did seek treatment.

"We've actually had somebody to come out to spray before and it hasn’t helped; there's just too many of them."

She went to management for help who also had her apartment sprayed, but not her neighbors, so the pesky little insects came back.

Brian Todd with the Metro health department said now they're getting involved.

"Bed bugs can live in the sheets, bedding, carpet, small cracks around walls and under draperies," said Todd. "It's really a hidden kind of bug."

Todd said the health department will start with an inspection of the place, then talk to management.

"First we'd make sure they do have a licensed pest management company under contract, then we'd let them know that there is a problem," he said.

However, if management has an exterminator spray the building for bugs, they don't have to pick up the tab. They could pass the bill to tenants and that doesn't sit well with Kinlaw.

"I don't feel we should have to pay anything right now," she said. "I think they should have to put us up some place and get us out of here until they can take care of the problem."

The manager of the place is apparently out of town this week, but an acting manager said they weren't aware of the problem. Now that they know, the place is supposed to be cleaned up.

The health department will perform its inspection on Thursday.

If you have a bed bug problem in your home, the best thing to do is wash all of your clothing and bedding and dry them on a high heat setting to kill the bugs.

Then have your place treated and retreated to kill any eggs that may not have hatched, yet.

Email: sroyster@newschannel5.com