Bed bug problem is back at local apartment complex - WNEM TV 5

Bed bug problem is back at local apartment complex

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It was late last year when TV5 first introduced the plight of some local residents, who said their apartment building was infested with bed bugs.

Now, more than six months later, several residents claim the pests are still there, and not enough is being done to get rid of them.

"They be red and you're itching all the time," Geraldine Green said.

She lives at Maplewood Manor. Residents at the Saginaw apartment community told TV5 last November bed bugs were over-running the place. Six months later, Green said the pest problem isn't as bad, but it's still an issue.

"I've been bit a couple of times in the laundry room. And then in my apartment I found two more," she said.

Other tenants, like Nora Turner, said they're fed up. She said management isn't doing enough to prevent people with dirty habits from living at Maplewood.

"Some of the people that are moving in here, the stuff they are bringing in here they should've left it wherever they moved from," Turner said.

The Maplewood Manor Community President Tom Kennedy thinks those in charge need to do a better job of cleaning.

"If they could get the whole building sprayed at the same time I think it would be alright," Kennedy said.

The Saginaw Housing Commission run the apartment complex. TV5 was told no one was available for comment.

In TV5's previous reports Executive Director Lesley Simms has said the housing commission is actively treating all types of pest problems in the structure. On Tuesday there was furniture outside the building that had been removed because of bed bugs.

Most of the furniture in the lobby is gone. Meanwhile Green, who went out and bought her own bed bug spray, said treating some apartments and tossing out furniture isn't good enough. She believes management can do better.

"They need to get on their job. Do what they're supposed to do. They're not doing it. They're not handling it the right way," Green said.

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