Bed Bugs Invade, Overwhelm Phoenix Home
Thursday, May 26, 2011
PHOENIX -- A Valley exterminator is calling a bed
bug infestation in a carpenter's home the worst he's ever seen.
Carpenter Roger Neal invited
CBS 5 News into his Phoenix house, where thousands of bed bugs are
"I need psychological help," said Neal. "I'm about to go crazy
dealing with bed bugs every day.
Neal said he has bed bug bites all over his body.
"They're in the carpet, all of our clothes, in all the
furniture," said Neal. "I've got an antique desk and antique table
that are full of bed bugs."
AJ Richards, with K-9 Bed Bug Inspectors, calls it a bed bug
All Richards had to do was pull up a corner of the sofa and he
could see bed bugs crawling everywhere. They are even in the walls
"I've been into 100 homes this year and its the very worst I've
been in so far," said Richards. "They're everywhere."
The bedroom was so bad that CBS 5 News photographer Mike
Williams did not go past the doorway.
The mattress and pillows were covered in bugs and blood
Neal said that the first bed bugs arrived about a year ago,
after he rented a mattress and bought some furniture from a
Rent-A-Center store in Phoenix.
"I never had the bed bugs until we got the furniture," Neal
said."If Rent-A-Center doesn't step up and help us, they will just
have to take a match and torch the place and we're out on the
Rent-A-Center has offered Neal $7,000 to pay for exterminating
costs and other expenses.
However, Neal said that it will cost a lot more to replace the
furniture, clothes and carpeting.
Richards said the bugs won't stop there.
"They'll get inside the electronics, in the computer and in the
keyboard," said Richards. "That's why a chemical doesn't work at
this stage, because they are in everything."
Richards suggested that some of the furniture be thrown out and
the entire home tented and fumigated.
"There is no product on the market that will prevent bed bugs,"
said Richards. "Early detection is the only way to keep it from
getting to this point."
"No one should have to live like this," said Neal.
A spokeperson for Rent-A-Center said they want to help Neal, but
there is no way to know for sure where the bed bugs originally came