“It’s a vicious cycle,” she said. “(Treating the whole building) is expensive, but it needs to be done. When I’m 70 or 80, I don’t want to have to worry about sharing my space with bedbugs. They shouldn’t have to either.”
Linda Neblitt, a resident of Sandstone Foothills, said she has had bedbugs in her apartment since April of last year. She said it’s the second time since she first lived in the complex that she has shared a room with the insects.
“I’ve been getting a lot of bites,” she said. “I’ve had a lot of itching going on. I can’t sleep at night. I dread getting into my bed.”
This has been the second reported large-scale bedbug infection in Mineral Wells this year, as the Index reported on another bedbug epidemic in an apartment complex on the southeast side of town. National Church Residences is hopeful that with a full-scale assault, they can nip their problem in the bud and put it in their past.
A Spokesperson for the Texas Department of State Health Services, Carrie Williams, told the Index that bedbugs, while a nuisance, are “not considered a threat to public health because they have not been shown to transmit disease.”
However, she added that anyone in Mineral Wells who is concerned about them should be on the lookout.
“Bedbugs obviously are a nuisance and you want to make sure you look for them if there is a concern,” she sad. “They like to hide in places like crevices in furniture and along seams of bedding.
“They are visible to the human eye: small, brown and about the size and shape of an apple seed.”
Williams said that anyone concerned about a bite, whether from a bedbug or any other insect, should check with their local healthcare provider.