KGNS EXCLUSIVE: Residents Complain About Bed Bugs
Tenants of a local apartment complex say they've tried to resolve an out of control bed bug problem.
They've contacted the complex's landlord as well as the health department, but haven't gotten the help they needed.
They've now turned to KGNS for help.
Our Lauren Kendrick joins us with more in our top story at five.
Imagine not being able to sleep because you're worried about the bed bugs in your bed.
Then, imagine your children waking up in the morning with bites all over their body.
We heard from one woman who is going through that in her life.
Rose Garcia and six other tenants in her apartment complex are dealing with a bed bug infestation that she says has been going on for months now.
"You don't see them. You just wake up with bites, but they do tend to come out at night."
She says she and the other adults can handle it, but she hates seeing the children suffer.
"We have several children in another apartment that are full of bites or getting allergic reactions to them where the school is now getting involved. We have to take them to the doctor."
She shows us pictures of her nine year old son and the other childrens bites as a result of the bed bugs. Garcia says her son's allergic reaction to the insects are much worse than just a bite.
"Not it's turning his skin purple."
She and another tenant hold up plastic bags of the bed bugs they have caught at night. Garcia says that's when they see them come out of the box spring or the crease of the mattress. The only way she can get rid of them is with bleach and clorox, which naturally doesn't make it easy to go to sleep at night.
"We have to spray everything down before we go to sleep. Let the fumes go out and then go to sleep."
All she and the other residents of the apartment building is to be able to live in their homes comfortably.
"She talked to the landlord to try and get fumigation or something going on. He doesn't want to do anything."