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Raleigh woman fights losing battle against bedbugs

Posted January 25, 2010
Updated August 4, 2010

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— Yolanda Young feels surrounded by creatures out for blood. She is so fearful that she sleeps with her lights on.

“I am frustrated. I am frantic,” Young said. She knew something was biting her, but wasn’t sure what.

Recently, Young took her 10-month old son Nathan to the pediatrician because he had several red marks on him.

Raleigh woman fights losing battle against bed bugs Bedbugs attack Raleigh apartment

Dr. Selam Bullock told Young the problem was bedbugs crawling around the dark corners of her home.

Bullock says judging by her waiting room, bedbugs are spreading in the Triangle.

“I kept seeing these kids coming in with these red welts on their bodies,” Bullock said.

Getting rid of the pests can be difficult. Young said her apartment has been sprayed twice for bedbugs but they are still around. She has also thrown out nearly all of her furniture.

“I ended up having to throw my couch away and I have to throw his (Nathan’s) bed away,” Young said.

But the bedbugs are still around and they are leaving tracks on her walls.

Entomologist Dr. Mike Wladvogel urges that people with bed-bug infestations turn to professionals to get rid of the pests. Bed bugs are resistant to certain pesticides, a problem that N.C. State is researching, he said.

Getting rid of an infestation doesn't come cheap. Most companies charge from $300 to $1,000 to treat the area.

Experts say complaints of bed bugs rose 50 percent in the Triangle last year.

“There is a significant problem,” Bullock said.

Bedbugs do not transmit infection, Bullock said, but people who scratch too much from the bites can cause an infection.

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  • bstovall Aug 4, 2010

    It is not necessarily the landlords responsibility. She may have brought them in herself, her child may have gotten them from a daycare or a guest brought them in. How would that be the landlords resposibility? New lease agreements do have several clauses in them that spell out who is responsible for an infestation of Bed Bugs. Read them carefully before signing a new lease agreement.

    You do not have to get rid of everthing. It would be cheaper to treat what you have properly and the Apt properly than moving. Moving is expensive!

    A regular extermination service will not work either. There are only two companies in all of NC that actually uses the proper methods for eradicating the Bed Bug problem. One is in Greensboro the other is here in Raleigh. All the other companies only spray which does nothing but move them to another unit and the chemical barly affects them. Next thing you know the unit on either side is infested.

    If anyone needs help with a Bed Bug problem you can email m

  • busylady Jan 26, 2010

    To WRAL: How you could put a woman's bedbug problem right under the serious headlines such as a man's 1 year anniversary surviving a serious car accident and Fayetteville's sexual assault policies is unbelievable. This belongs under the 5 on your side topics. I don't believe that bedbugs should be headline news! Unbelievable!!!!

  • Dale Jan 26, 2010

    She lives in an apartment. It's not her responsibility. It's the landlords! I would try to get out my lease and get rid of everything I own (if possible) and start over. I wish her the best.

  • pallen Jan 26, 2010

    Poor thing her apartment was exterminated twice and that didn't work. Some people are so insensitive. Hope this never happens to you.

  • rescuefan Jan 26, 2010

    "Duh.....call an exterminator!!
    littleriver69"

    Duh, not everyone can afford an exterminator. Sheesh!

  • Dolphan Jan 26, 2010

    Duh..some people don't have 300 500 $1000 to spend on an exterminator. It isn't cheap to treat an infested house.

  • littleriver69 Jan 26, 2010

    Duh.....call an exterminator!!