Alton Housing Authority invaded by bed bugs

8:11 PM, May 15, 2013   |    comments
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By Elizabeth Matthews

ALTON, Ill. (KSDK) - It's enough to make your skin crawl. The Alton Housing Authority is dealing with a bumper crop of bed bugs.

Officials with the authority say the problem started about two months ago and the bed bugs have found their way into three complexes, including Oakwood Estates, Alton Manor and Alton Acres.

So far, by the end of this week, the Alton Housing Authority will have spent $45,000 on the pests, really hurting their overall budget.

About 30 units have had pest control come in and exterminate and that's out of 246 units total.

The executive director says they've had meetings with staff and residents just to warn those around the buildings of what to look for.

They are urging residents to report any sightings of the pests so they can send pest control as quickly as possible.

Folks at Oakwood Estates say they don't know who had the bed bugs or if it really is an issue at their complex, but they are thankful the housing authority made it a point to check each unit.

"They were just keeping us all safe and making sure that nothing was out here, as far as bed bug thing go, they just went around checking everybody," said Derrick Eldridge. "They brought out little beagle little pretty beagle dogs and they brought them out here and they worked pretty fine."

As for when the problem of bed bugs will be solved, those at the housing authority say they are hoping to have the issue under control in the next two to three weeks.


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