Public housing complex Rolling Hills is having major problems with roaches and bed bugs. The problem is so bad that one visit made to a unit by Fox8 news found roaches crawling freely. Winston Salem housing authority director Larry Woods stated that housekeeping was a major issue and that they will try to get tenants to take better care of their units.
Tenants can clean all day long, which may help them with the roach problem, but will do nothing to help their bed bugs issue. Bed bugs do not feed on leftover dinner or trash. Bed bugs feed on people. It’s a shame to see public housing complexes continue to be infested with bed bugs. There appears to be a breakdown in communication between the housing authority and the tenants leading to large infestations that may have been avoided through quicker action.
One of the top misconception we hear in regards to bed bugs is how bad the infestation is. I find it hard to believe sometimes that people do not report a bed bug infestation until its grown to epic size. Not reporting a bed bug issue not only creates more bites, but also extends the treatment and work involved to destroy an outbreak exponentially.
Any bed bugs should be treated like many bed bugs. We often hear:
“we only have a few bed bugs so we just need a small treatment.”
Any treatment should be as thorough as if bed bugs were crawling freely across the floor. Responsible pest management in conjunction with tenant participation is the key. For years people have left it up to the pest control professional to take care of bugs, but with bed bugs everyone need to lend a hand.
In order to achieve this, landlord and housing authorities need to spend more time and money educating their tenants about bed bugs and how they spread. This time spent on educating tenants is much cheaper than trying to defeat a major infestation brought on by a tenant that let the problem grow without reporting the issue.
In apartment complexes and public housing communities its up to everyone to get involved as did the Springfield Ohio residents by forming community meetings to deal with their bed bugs.