Bed Bugs Infest Newlyweds' Rental Home
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
ACWORTH, GA - Michelle and Lee Dowdy were married on Feb. 13,
and they moved into a new home in Acworth. But they weren't
They were moving into a home filled with nearly 1,000 creepy,
crawly, blood sucking bed bugs.
"That infestation has been there for months and months before they
moved in," sad Garey Clark, the owner of Clark Pest Remedy.
"The landlord should do something about it, it is a heavy
"It's horrible, it's horrible," said Michelle Dowdy. "I don't wish
this on anyone. It is like devastation, complete
The Dowdys said they just bought a new king bed and new furniture.
All of that furniture is now infested with bed bug eggs and the
"We've lost everything," said Lee Dowdy. "What I do want out of
this is all the money back that I have lost, that is the only
right. It's only fair."
We asked the property manager, Patricia Spry, who works with
Augsburg Investment, what they are doing to help.
"We already called someone out to spray and they sprayed," said
"They sprayed, but the couple and Garey Clark with Clark Pest
Remedy said the problem is still there and it is going to cost
$1,800 to get rid of the bugs," CBS Atlanta's Mike Paluska
"I'll call my boss and see what he says, but you need to quit
filming me and get off the property," said Spry.
The Dowdys said they called Clark after the spraying the landlord
paid for failed.
Spry said she didn't know there were bed bugs inside the home at
the time the Dowdys moved in.
Neighbors told Paluska that the previous tenant complained about
having a lot of bug bites and possibly fleas.
"This is a heavy infestation that has been in that apartment before
the Dowdys moved in," said Clark.
Michelle Dowdy has numerous bug bites on her arms and body from
where the bed bugs were biting her.
"They just suck your blood," said Michelle Dowdy. "I can't live
like this, and we can't move because we have no money."
"I don't even know who I am anymore, I walk around with a
flashlight looking for bugs," said Michelle Dowdy.
Clark recommends anyone who thinks they might have come into
contact with bed bugs to put all of their clothes in the dryer on
high for 20 minutes. The heat will kill the bugs and their
"Something needs to be done to help this couple," said Clark. "This
isn't right what is happening to them."
"Why are you still staying here?" asked Spry to the Dowdys. "Why
don't you just leave?"
Michelle Dowdy responded, "We have been staying in and out of
motels. We want you to fix the problem that was here when we moved
CBS Atlanta News will continue to follow up with the landlord to
see if he is going to take any further action.