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Don't let the bedbugs bite

August 27, 2009
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SPRINGFIELD, OH — Residents of the Cole Manor Apartments picketed outside of the complex yesterday over their dissatisfaction with the way the Springfield Metropolitan Housing Authority (SMHA) has addressed a bedbug infestation, according to the Springfield News-Sun.

Clark County Combined Health District officials were called to the complex August 15 on a report of an infestation and found a male resident covered with bedbugs, even finding some in his shoes, the story stated.

According to the story, the Clark County Combined Health District doesn’t have jurisdiction over the problem because bedbugs don’t spread disease and therefore pose no public health threat.

Though nothing is official, building management''s plan of attack is to send in a pest specialist to treat each unit that reports a problem, something residents say will only treat the problem instead of properly fixing it, the story noted.

Cole Manor resident Patricia Clay said: "They’re everywhere. I haven’t seen my grandchildren in 12 weeks ... I’m afraid of bringing bedbugs to them. They need to give us more solutions. I don’t know what else to do."

A similar bedbug situation is playing out in nearby Dayton, Ohio, where building owners are paying for the fumigation, the story added.

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