“It’s been so infested,” she said. “I’ve had probably three hatches in here since they came in. The whole complex needs to be sprayed.”
The consensus between Graham and her neighbor on the first floor is that the bugs originated from the now vacant apartment to the right on Graham’s and directly above the anonymous neighbor. Graham said it was within a couple of weeks after that resident moved out that she began getting bitten.
“That guy that used to live up there was just really nasty,” the anonymous neighbor said. “But (the exterminator) should have done the whole (complex) instead of just a few apartments. (The bugs) just move away and go to another apartment.”
Berry said, although the apartment complex is not responsible for bugs in the lease, they are doing everything they possibly can to eliminate the problem. Graham’s apartment was first sprayed two weeks ago as of Monday, because that was the soonest the exterminator could possibly be sent after the previous two-week spray period. Berry added this is the first time that any of Texas Longhorn Equity’s 600 properties have ever complained of bedbugs.
“We’re doing everything we can do,” she said. “Bedbugs are difficult to get rid of, so there’s a regimen. We’re sorry she has this, but as soon as we know, we’re taking care of it. We’ll continually treat until they’re gone.
“We are treating the bed bugs in her unit but we are not required to do so. We’re treating because it’s the right thing to do.”
Although the Longhorn Equity is doing its very best to combat the problem, Graham – as anyone might be in her situation – is still upset.
She said after throwing away her old bed, she had to pay $22 for a new one as well as $30 to wash all of her cloth belongings, which she said was compounded by all of the time she had to spend away from work and the “pain and suffering” she had to endure. She added that currently half of her belongings are all bagged up in a boiler room to try to ensure that any bedbugs within die.