Alcoa apartment complex residents complain about bed bugs

Alcoa apartment complex residents complain of bed bug infestation

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Tihisha showed us 34 dead bugs she collected in a Coke bottle. Tihisha showed us 34 dead bugs she collected in a Coke bottle.
Many residents have started collecting the critters in containers as proof of the infestation. Many residents have started collecting the critters in containers as proof of the infestation.
Two months after moving in, Tihisha Jones and her son have bug bite scabs all over their legs. Two months after moving in, Tihisha Jones and her son have bug bite scabs all over their legs.
Residents at Grayson Apartments in Alcoa say they have a severe infestation of bed bugs and aren't having much luck getting the problem resolved through management or city codes enforcement. Residents at Grayson Apartments in Alcoa say they have a severe infestation of bed bugs and aren't having much luck getting the problem resolved through management or city codes enforcement.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) – Residents at Grayson Apartments in Alcoa say they are afraid to go to bed at night.

They have a severe infestation of bed bugs and aren't having much luck getting the problem resolved through management or city codes enforcement.

"It looked really clean when we moved in," explained Tihisha Jones, who lives in one apartment with her family. Two months after moving in, she showed us bug bite scabs all over her and her son's legs.

"I thought they were having a picnic, millions of them," said resident Alan Bowdish, describing the infestation.

Many have started collecting the critters in containers in their frustration. Tihisha showed 34 dead bugs she collected in a Coke bottle.

"Just to have proof that we have them. That they are here," she said.

Residents say apartment managers are not doing enough. 6 News was unable to reach anyone for comment.

We contacted Alcoa Codes Enforcement, who says staff have been there three times in the last year because of complaints.

"The complex staff are required to have documentation that shows they've contacted an exterminator. And they produced documentation," said Gary Holloway, senior codes enforcement officer with the city.

"They aren't killing the bugs, they are just moving them from one place to the other," said Bowdish, about the how the extermination efforts aren't working.

So Jones says she's moving out.

"You can't sleep at night. You are afraid something will crawl on you. Everything you feel is something that is going to bite you," Jones said.

She says when she moves, she won't be able to take a lot of her furniture with her because she believes they are infested with bugs.

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