By CLINT FOSTER
Most people are familiar with the old bedtime rhyme: “Goodnight. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.”
Like many nursery rhymes, it’s a bit of a freaky proposition when you really think about it.
And for one Mineral Wells apartment complex, the concept of bedbugs biting is one that has become all too real.
During the latter half of 2013, apartments in the 2500 block of SE 6th Street have been fighting a seemingly never-ending battle with the little brown insects.
According to one resident who wished to remain anonymous, it all began a few months before Thanksgiving.
He said the apartment management sent an exterminator out to the complex right away. Property Manager Renee Berry of Texas Longhorn Equity said the exterminator, who was recommended by the housing authority, sprayed for the bugs in the infected apartment – as well as the spaces directly above and next door – twice in a two-week period and got rid of them.
“I’m just lucky not to have them,” the resident said. “After he sprayed the second time, I took plastic and wrapped my baseboards up.
“That way if eggs did live, they wouldn’t have anywhere to go and they’d just die.”
But unfortunately, the infestation did not end there. Connie Graham, a resident of the complex who lives diagonally above the originally affected home, is the bugs’ most recent victim and is searching for answers. Graham began finding bites on her arms and back as well as on her pet cats in early November.
At first, Graham said she was not sure what the bites were, thinking they might be welts because she was anxious about her finances.
But a co-worker told her they were bedbug bites, citing pictures on the internet, and it was not long before Graham started finding the little creatures all over her home.