Residents at an apartment complex in Springfield Ohio are fed up with bed bugs and have formed meetings to help deal with the issue.
The bugs have been infesting Cole Manor Apartments since the summer. The Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority has tried to eradicate them but the bedbugs are winning the war.
Now residents are getting involved in the fight. They have been meeting to discuss how they can help. One of the ways they have come up with is to educate their neighbors on how to help prevent the bedbugs from spreading.
This is a great idea and something I wish we would see more of. Many residents rest the sole burden of bed bugs on the landlord, which can often leads to a losing battle against bed bugs and more often than not frustrated tenants.
What can tenants do?
- Treat clothing in the dryer or by using of a packtite personal heating device
- Bag all treated belongings into sealed garbage bags or hefty big bags
- Remove clutter that could be used as hiding places for bed bugs
- If removing infested furniture through the building, items should be marked “bed bugs” and bagged if possible to reduce the odds of infesting other parts of the building
- Report bed bugs early before they become a major issue
- Encase mattresses and box springs
- Reduce bites by installing climbup interceptors (some landlords may even pay for this).
These are a few things that tenants can do to help their landlords win the battle against bed bugs.
Landlords should take immediate steps once they hear of a bed bug infestation to begin responsible treatments of infested areas before they spread creating potentiallly large infestations.