The county needs to implement a pest control plan at that property that not only involves spraying for bugs, but a K9 inspection after the treatment to measure how successful the treatment was, and re-treat as necessary. Once they get on top of the problem, they need to establish a prevantive maintenance schedule where they have a K9 team inspect a percentage of apartments each month/quarter and treat the problems that are found, and recheck and retreat as necessary.
If they are aggressive about solving this problem, if they use a K9 team to locate bugs, and if they follow a preventative maintenance program to continually check and recheck for bugs, they can get handle on this problem so the residents can enjoy their homes. If they do not do that, they will never get the problem under control, no matter how many times they simply “spray” the property.
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STOCKTON (CBS13) – A low-income senior housing complex in Stockton is overrun by bedbugs, and some residents say this isn’t the first time it’s happened in their homes.
“They’ve had this problem for years,” one tenant said.
The Franco Apartments on El Dorado Street, which is run by the San Joaquin County Housing Authority, provides low-income housing for struggling seniors and the poor.
James Lee Johnson is one of the many tenants complaining about the infestation. He even showed CBS13 on his body where he’s riddled with bite marks. Johnson says some of the seniors have been forced to throw out their furniture just to get rid of the bugs.
“Why make an older person have to constantly replace their furniture?” said Johnson.
Many say they’ve been complaining to the housing authority for months.
“That’s some sad stuff; that’s really sad,” one woman said.
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