Bed Bugs Force Shutdown of Kansas City Senior Center
Monday, July 23, 2012
KANSAS CITY, MO - Tenants of a senior center will have to leave
their homes in the heat Monday so the building can be sprayed for
The creepy little bed bugs can sneak in anywhere, like into
blankets, mattresses and pillows. But in the case of Paraclete
Manor in Kansas City, MO, they can push people out. The
situation has angered a lot of families.
"We have to be out of here for at least 24 to 48 hours," Paraclete
Manor resident Frank Berry said.
Berry said the residents are having to pay to take all their stuff
out of the building while management treats for bed bugs in the
income-based retirement home.
"This being a senior citizen building, a lot of people don't have
no place to go," Berry said.
Management handed out letters to residents, suggesting nearby
hotels and listing prices. Since just about everyone is on a
fixed income, the letters also lists a number for a local homeless
"I don't feel like I need to go to a shelter when I pay my rent,"
According to another resident, John Neal, every floor is infested
with bed bugs and the residents are upset that they have been
driven out by the creepy crawlers.
"They got places to go, but I don't have any money to pay," Neal
Neal is planning to sleep outside somewhere on the grounds.
"I don't have anywhere else to go," he said. "It is a pain."
The renters say they started reporting bed bugs months ago, and
they are glad there is finally some action coming.
"But the bottom line is it should have been done a long ago," Berry
Residents, like Berry and Neal, feel they shouldn't have to foot
the bill while they are scared to sleep under their own