Tenants Say Rats, Bedbugs Rampant In Complex
Friday, July 1, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tenants of an apartment complex on
Indianapolis' north side said problem pests, including rats and
bedbugs, are forcing them out of their homes.
Residents said management staff hasn't listened to them, so they
turned to 6News to tell their story.
Latoria McMichel said she and her three children have had enough
of dealing with rampant pests in her apartment at Laco Towne Club,
in the 3300 block of North Meridian Street.
"Just because we are low income doesn't mean that we've got to
be treated like this. We have rights, too," McMichel said. "I had
human feces. I had bugs that destroyed my bed. They had to put me
in a hotel for a whole week. They had told me they (were) going to
fix my apartment, but they didn't."
The Marion County Board of Health confirmed Friday that they
visited the complex on Thursday and issued five citations for rat
and mice infestation. One of the citations involved an abandoned
"I don't know what they are. They said they weren't bedbugs,
but these little things bite and they sting," said resident Monica
Woods. "You don't see them until they bit you a bunch of times, and
then they grow."
Residents who have lived at the apartments for many years said
the complex used to be one of the nicest ones around but went
downhill in recent years after a sale.
Angela Bollen, who said she has lived at the apartment complex
for 35 years, said a mouse problem got worse about two months
"Twelve the other day; first I didn't see any," she said. "Then,
I saw one or two, and then I looked up and they were
Tenants said they've tried to reach management repeatedly
without success. 6News also tried contacting apartment managers and