Seniors Battle Bed Bugs at NE Atlanta High Rise
Thursday, June 21, 2012
ATLANTA, GA - Residents at a senior citizens high rise in
northeast Atlanta say bed bugs have overtaken their homes.
Those who live at the Wheat Street Towers say they first noticed
the apple seed-sized insects a month ago.
"How they got in, how they got started, I don't know - but it is
epidemic right here at Wheat Street Towers, and it's awful," said
Experts say it doesn't matter if your house is clean or dirty,
anywhere they can get access to you - and your blood - they'll turn
"They've been in the couch - and they've been in the bed, too. And
they're in the carpet, too," said Herbert Barron.
The pests are persistent, still biting even though property
managers say they've spent a lot of money and effort trying to
Managers say part of the problem is that residents are re-infesting
the building by bringing old things in.
"I don't know where they come from, but every night they're there,"
said Clarence Thorpe.
The bugs are affecting the seniors' sleep and their sanity.
"I just sleep in daytime since I can't sleep at night. I feel
like if I sleep at night they're going to attack me," said
"I'd like to move, but moving is expensive and I don't have the
money," said Thorpe.
Property managers say they plan on going unit to unit and cleaning
each one before bug treatment. They say maintenance workers are
even breaking furniture taken outside to prevent infested pieces
from returning to the building.