Saratoga Springs Taking Charge of Bed Bug Problem
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Saratoga Springs - In Saratoga Springs Tuesday night the topic
of bed bugs took over city hall. Residents living at Stonequist
Apartments, a public housing building had a chance to bring the
issue to the Saratoga Springs Housing Authority Board. Some
residents claim Ed Spychalski, Director of the Housing Authority
has dropped the ball on the problem.
"I got a reinfestation because the bugs were on the floor and
they latched on" says Stonequist resident Teresa
"I do not believe we ever had an infestation of bed bugs" says
Michelle Deyette, another resident in the building.
Deyette says, morale is low at the building and residents are
being stigmatized at area stores.
"CVS they call out your address then everybody knows you're at
Stonequist and then you hear the mumblings in the line that they
should bomb the building."
People on both sides of the issue packed into city hall Tuesday
night to hear what city officials have to say. They learned that
City Health Officer Dr. Paul Okosky recently took a tour of the
"Of the 176 apartments in the complex 50 have been inspected and
12 were found to be inspected and appropriately treated without the
use of pesticides" says Okosky.
The units have been treated with diatomaceous earth, also known
as silicone dioxide.
Kenneth Watkins a Queensbury exterminator from Orkin was at the
After inspecting one resident's apartment this summer Watkins
says he reached out to Spychalski. On more than one occasion
Watkins says he offered a free inspection of the building but never
At the meeting Tuesday night Watkins threw out a ball park
figure of $25,000 for
a proactive treatment of each apartment four times a year.
"If you treat just the infected room it can drive them into
other rooms" says Watkins.
Even if the city brings an exterminator in getting all residents
on board may be an issue.
"There are some tenants that clearly don't want anybody to come
into their apartments to treat or inspect anything" adds
Residents CBS 6 spoke to at the meeting say they hope to find
out where the bugs are coming from so the problem can be resolved
once and for all.