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Bed Bugs Taking Over Petersburg Housing Complex

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Bed bugs have taken over some apartments at a high rise in Petersburg. Bed bugs have taken over some apartments at a high rise in Petersburg.
PETERSBURG (WRIC) - Bed bugs have taken over some apartments at a high rise in Petersburg.

The Sycamore Towers Complex is operated by the Housing Authority in Petersburg. Leaders there acknowledge there are bedbugs and say it's an issue they are desperately trying to fix.

A woman who asked to be unidentified called ABC 8News complaining about the bed bug infestation at Sycamore Towers. Her brother lives in the building and took photos as proof that the bedbugs are crawling all over.

"He's paying rent to live with bedbugs," she says. "He's not able to sleep and he complains about being bitten constantly at night when the lights go out. We don't want to be around him because of the bedbugs and it makes me feel bad."

The executive director of the housing authority says they've been working on this issue since 2012.

"I know they are a nuisance and acknowledge that quickly," says Nathaniel Pride, Executive Director for PRHA.

They've put together a plan, had meetings with residents and even brought in five different exterminators. But residents also have a responsibility to keep the bugs out.

"They have to be receptive to following the plan that we have provided," Pride says. "Not allowing any exterior furniture or anything that would transfer the bedbugs into the building."

Pride says they finally have a treatment that seems to be working. 13 units have been treated recently. Five more will be treated by April and another 45 will be done after that.

But for this woman and her brother, that day can't come soon enough.

"Why is it taking them so long?" she says. "Why the promises they will get to it, when? You don't know, when are you going to know?

The Executive Director says more people need to speak up as well. They can't fix a problem if they don't know where it is.


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