Woman says bedbugs ruining her life

Woman says bedbugs ruining her life

There are 11 comments on the WQAD story from Sep 1, 2010, titled Woman says bedbugs ruining her life. In it, WQAD reports that:

"That's not safe and that's a health hazard," are the first thoughts that came to Kimmerly McDonald's mind when she found bedbugs in her son's room.

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Well

Sterling, IL

#1 Sep 2, 2010
Wait. Who's forcing her to stay there? I bet taxpayers are the ones who've been 'looking over her kids'.
sue

Racine, WI

#2 Sep 2, 2010
And why is this news? I really get tired of WQAD and all their sob stories. Lady, take care of the problem instead of feeling sorry for yourself and putting it all over the news.
msdeadbug

Geneseo, IL

#3 Sep 2, 2010
There area repututable pest control companies in the Quad City area that can do the job for less than $2,000 for one apartment. It just takes a few phone calls to find one.
Judy Cook

Reno, NV

#4 Sep 2, 2010
I'm not so sure it would be the property manager's responsibility. In Nevada, as in many other states, the manager's responsibility is to assure the unit is "pest free" at the time of move in. Pest control after move in is generally the tenant's responsibility. Either way, a little feedback from the manager might be good damage control, at this point.
Melinda

Machesney Park, IL

#6 Sep 2, 2010
Kimmerly...I am so sorry that you are living through this hell, and there is no other way to describe it. I am shocked at the first 3 comments, because they are from fellow Quad Cities people, who I might add, have no hearts. YOU DO HAVE A CASE!! It's called personal injury, and I know this because I have contacted several attorneys about the same issue. One of my children got a bad allergy to them, and was almost hospitalized, all of the money you've spent, and lost, and mental anguish. We are also living through the exact same thing. We have them at an East Moline complex right now, and have lost everything, our beds, dressers, couch, got 3 kids crying, and sleeping on the floor. Oh, and I do work, 40 hours a week, but, will probably be fired for missing so much work over this. THIS IS HUGE NEWS!!! PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING!! The emotional part is the worst, and bedbugs do not discriminate, unlike you. We also cannot get out, and neither can our neighbors as no one wants to rent to someone with bbs. And as we found out word does get out that your a bedbug family, we've been turned down by 4 different apt. complexes. Our neibors have also. You have to clean every peice of clothing in your apt., i've just thrown a lot away. I saw a baby crib at our dump the other day covered in blood splatters, oh, but it's no big deal, huh? WOW!! I hope every one of you that left a rude comment for this poor woman gets them, it's hell. We are considering a class action suit, here. Good Luck, Kimmerly, praying for you and yours, know how you feel..hang in there....These nasty people might think a little differently if their children were sleeping on the floor crying, awful. I hope none of you go to church, comment people, cause you do not belong there....Well, off to wash my over 40 bags of laundry tied into bags. Kimmerly, try spraying rubbing alcohol, as it does kill them, also try a steamer, you can get them for low cost. As awful as it has to be to throw out your furniture, it's a good idea, get rid of anywhere they can be hiding. I know in our case management knew about the problem, but, failed to tell ANYONE!! We got them several months after they broke out in our next door apartment. The scariest part is they come out at night, 3, 4, in the morning...you will not see them during the day, unless maybe you first discovered them, as we found them in clusters on our beds, then, our couch 5 months later. As I said, praying for you...
Melinda

Machesney Park, IL

#7 Sep 2, 2010
I would also like to say that we have had 2 different pest control companies here, from the Q.C. area, still getting bitten...
Well

Sterling, IL

#9 Sep 2, 2010
Oh brother, Melinda. Your comment re: you hope we all "get them" pegs YOU as every bit as nasty as you say we are. Silly woman. Life is full of hardship. Deal with it.

You're going to try to take someone to court over infestations? Good luck, hun. Unless they planted them there(and you can prove it), you've not a snowball's chance in heck of milking your 'misery' for money.

Tough luck, darlin'. If you live in an apartment house, you are at the mercy of your neighbors. Just the way it is. Try to save some money and get a house for your children.

You'll have much better luck keeping your family 'bed-bug' free.
Melinda

Machesney Park, IL

#10 Sep 2, 2010
Well...You make me laugh, I realize that life is full of hardships, have dealt with many of them...I also have dealt with people like you, who, stigmatize people based on things you know nothing about. What part of the article gave you the impression that this woman is " living off taxpayer's money? " Her race? Or, is it where she lives? In fact, we are currently trying to find a house to buy, but, that still doesn't make it right. LANDLORDS ARE RESPONSIBLE!!! A group of about 10 of us are filing a class action suit, 10 seperate units, and have been told by a very reputable lawyer that we actually have a great chance at winning. Do a little research, class actions suits over bedbugs are winning all over the place, google it. I thought our landlords were terrible, but, at least I can say they are trying to get a grip on the problem. This poor woman has no one at all helping her, only someone with no heart at all would say the things you have said. You are right about one thing, I should have never said that I hope anyone else gets them. That was wrong of me, just angry at the cruelties that come out of people's mouths like yours. No, I do not wish bedbugs upon anyone, not even you, Well...Also, how foolish on the landlord of that complex, THEY SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE!!! It won't just be her, but, everyone around her soon....
HadEm

Pompano Beach, FL

#11 Sep 2, 2010
I live in one of the high rises in the area and we had them in the building. They suck, but they can be gotten rid of. Iowa-Illinois Pest Control got rid of ours. It took frequent, repeated fogging of my apartment to do so. They can live for up to a year without feeding and the babies are so microscopic in size they're nearly possible to detect.
Hang in there and get some pest control people in there and then deduct that from your rent. The management is responsible.
Melinda

Machesney Park, IL

#12 Sep 2, 2010
Thank you so much HadEm, at least for that little sliver of hope...We also are in the process of having all of the units fogged, was so worried that it wouldn't work....I think I know the highrise your speaking of, and we are using the same pest control company....
bug free

Rock Island, IL

#13 Sep 7, 2010
Bed bugs are turning into an epidemic!!!!
But.....
I've heard success stories from people who live in apt complexes. Call a reputable exterminator, may be needed several times, the bugs are becoming immune to pest products.
After that, to prevent re-infestation.......
Seal baseboards and any cracks and openings such as plumbing openings that lead to the neighbors, they use these as bug hi-ways. This can be tedious but its the only way if you don't want your neighbors bugs.
Dusting with poison for bed bugs, bed frames, dressers, furniture and electrical outlets. Get an allergen cover for your bed they can't get in or out. Very important!!!!
If you can seal any furniture in large plastic bag and set in hot sun for a couple of days, heat kills!!!! But it must get hot!!!
Some websites say to put the beds feet in cans or jars with water or something like Vaseline. The bedbugs can't cross it without getting stuck, reason is that bed bugs can't fly. They have to crawl up the bed legs or get to the bed from wall, or even drop from ceiling (less likely).
Some people can't move. Its an increasing problem due to travel, not a cleanliness issue.
They are excellent hitchhikers. Chicago is getting to be heavily infected, Subways in New York, schools, and upscale clothing store are even infected.
Even furniture shipped!!!! Moving companies too!!!! Maps show they are traveling just like us along major interstates and tourist destinations. Very clever little bugs!!!
The fact is that they are prolific little bugs!!!! 1 Bug can lay 300 eggs that hatch in 10 days. They can live for 1 year without feeding!!!!
When you travel, keep clothing in a plastic bag, don't unpack or set near wall outlets, bathroom ect. If possible hang plastic bag from clothing rack. Put clothing that you have worn into another plastic bag for washing in hot water!!!!
Do you research, lots of helpful sites.
There are travel sites that let you enter a name of where you are staying, and if hey have had a problem.
Best Wishes this is a major problem!!!!!!!

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