Man Lives In Car Because Complex Is Infested With Bedbugs
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- An
Albuquerque man said he's been living in his car because his
apartment complex is infested with bedbugs.
Bedbugs have been spotted in the Uptown Park Apartments near San
Pedro and Indian School and the problem has been going on for
Mike Hawes is keeping almost everything he owns inside his car
in the complex's parking lot.
"I got to take my clothes up there, and take them back down. I
just got a pillow and blanket there pretty much, Hawes said.
Hawes moved his belongings out several weeks ago, after learning
18 units at the complex were infested with bedbugs.
"I'm worried about the creepy little things munching on me when
I'm sleeping. That's disgusting, not to mention disease," Hawes
Even though his place isn't affected, Hawes said he didn't want
to take any chances.
"So I live out of my car; (it's) pretty much all I can do,"
The manager of the apartment complex said workers have been
treating the rooms for bedbugs during the last few weeks and
they're doing whatever they can to fix the problem. However she
told Action 7 News that residents might not be safe until the end
of the month.
"The fact they're in there with the disease and the blood
sucking, it's just a nasty mess," Hawes said.
It's a mess that takes time to clean up.
Management said they found the bedbugs during an inspection.
The complex is working with the city of Albuquerque to take care
of the problem.