You really have to feel bad for Clyde Burton, a resident at a public housing unit in Halifax, NS, because for the last three months he has been waking up with an burning sensation in his arms and sometimes with red welts all over his body. Burton, 59, has been living with bed bugs in his apartment unit for over three months now.
On more than one occasion he has reported the infestation to Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority. They tried three different times to send a pest control company to take care of the problem, however Burton couldn’t handle the chemicals due to the fact that he has had brain surgery 30 years ago. After treatment for the bed bugs is applied Burton is supposed to avoid cleaning and was advised to leave his apartment for about four hours while it was being sprayed.
Because of Burton’s disability it is vital that he gets a good night sleep which he hasn’t been able to do for the past three months or so. Burton claims that his apartment building is infested from the top floor down. Other tenants in his building agree with him, but didn’t want to say anything in fear of their apartment building being closed down. Burton desperately wants to move but unfortunately many of other public housing apartments in the area also have bed bug issues.
A spokeswoman from the Community Services Department, Kristen Tynes, says that it’s not just public housing units but it’s a problem that is happening all over Halifax. Ms. Tynes says that one of the biggest cause from the infestations is buying second hand furniture which often times has bed bugs already. Then when you bring the furniture to your home and apartment they spread throughout the entire place. Currently, the biggest challenge they face is trying to prevent another infestation.