Bed Bugs Invade Southside Apartment
Saturday, June 9, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, FL - A Jacksonville mother said her apartment
complex doesn't seem willing to do anything to get rid of a bed bug
infestation plaguing her family.
"You can see right here by his eye where he's been bitten," Misty
Tressler said she moved into the Matthews Crossings Apartment
complex off Atlantic Boulevard last month and immediately started
asking for help against the bed bugs. When she noticed that her
children, specifically her newborn, had bites she started pushing
even further for the complex to clean up the bugs.
"I have been asking for a month for them to clear the bed bugs,"
said Tressler. "Then they said they'd send someone out in two to
three weeks to spray, I said 'I can't wait that long.'"
Apartment complex manager Willie Conn said the problem was dealt
"The issue is being addressed and has been addressed, I can't
comment more than that because of tenant confidentiality," Conn
Exterminator David Higgins said the bed bugs are a huge problem and
getting worse across Jacksonville. When Channel 4 told him about
Tressler's problems with the bugs he said, "that doesn't mean they
brought them. It means they were probably already there."
A local attorney said when a renter has a problem with bed bugs it
is the landlord's burden to exterminate. But the problem is
becoming so pervasive, the lawyer said some apartments are now
writing addendums into their leases so that tenants will have to
assume the responsibility for bed bugs.