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Raleigh apartment building invaded by bedbugs

Posted December 18, 2012
Updated December 19, 2012

— Bedbugs invaded units on three floors of a north Raleigh high-rise apartment building for seniors, so the property manager is educating residents about the creepy critters, how they spread and how to recognize an infestation.

A resident of Capital Towers on Six Forks Road who didn't want to be identified said she's embarrassed by the tiny bugs that have overtaken her home.

"Everybody is just disgusted by the whole thing," she said. 

She moved into the apartment building about one year ago and said the bugs have been a problem since day one.

"It's a constant battle," she said.

Bedbugs feed on blood, so they gravitate toward places where people spend long periods of time – beds and couches, for example. Triangle Pest Control said the majority of infestations come from people who pick them up at hotels, but used furniture is also a common culprit.

The outbreak at Capital Towers has been blamed on a donated couch.

Triangle Pest Control is on the front lines of the bedbug battle at the apartment building and is using extreme heat to kill the pests. Each apartment's rooms, walls and everything inside gets baked at 150 degrees for at least four hours to kill any bugs.

Company spokesman Mike Dinatale said he sees a lot of bedbug infestations in multi-unit housing.

"Unfortunately, you're having to worry about not only what you are doing, but what your neighbors are doing as well," he said.

Dinatale said the only way to get rid of bedbugs is to forget embarrassment and call in professionals right away. Capital Towers Raleigh apartment building invaded by bedbugs

"A lot of people will not report that they have an issue for fear of a stigma," he said. "But there is no stigma. It's not a dirty pest, so to speak. If you have blood, you are on the menu."

Capital Towers property manager Rita Blackmon said they're being proactive to tackle the bedbug problem. In addition to educating residents, they began inspecting units quarterly for bugs and are doing chemical and heat treatments whenever a problem is found.

"It's hard on our residents, whether they have them or not," she said.


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  • oleguy Dec 28, 2012

    If you move out ,, you just gonna take them with you,,,

  • Krimson Dec 19, 2012

    Here is a link to a Bed Bug Oven... Looks like a good investment if you travel a lot...


    You can find similar products, just do a google search for "Bed Bug Oven"

  • james27613 Dec 19, 2012

    My folks moved into a complex in NJ years ago and
    all their furniture and bedding had to be treated
    by licensed pest control company, with written proof,
    before they were permitted to move the furniture inside.

  • Bartmeister Dec 19, 2012

    Each apartment's rooms, walls and everything inside get baked at 150 degrees for at least four hours to kill any bugs.


    Probably best to remove any candles prior to this. I'd love to see what is used to create that amount of heat for that long.

  • lisaclark2 Dec 19, 2012

    Some of the more common dispersal mechanisms include overnight stays in bed bug infested quarters, the purchase of infested furniture (rental furniture, used/second hand furniture, reconditioned mattresses etc.), the acquisition of discarded items that are infested, and migration of bed bugs from one infested dwelling to another in multi-occupancy settings (apartments, college housing, medical facilities, senior communities etc.)

  • chowell888 Dec 19, 2012

    They should have been on a contract with a "bug" company for prevention. With a property were people come and go, this i recomend highly. Terminx even has a "Bed Bug DOG"!! Her name is Rue and she is awesome.

  • DaddysAngel27 Dec 19, 2012

    Owners of any apartments should invest and have the buildings exterminated at least every 3 months.

  • Wheelman Dec 19, 2012

    People bring these in to their apartments from somewhere else. Usually it is when they go for a stay at a home or motel/hotel that has an infestation. They will get in your suitcase in your clothes and then come home with you. they usually do not travel on the person. I have a brother-in-law that travels a lot for business. He actually bought this "ove like" device that he keeps in the garage. When he come home, he puts his un-opened suitcase in this thing that heats it up and keeps it hot for long enough to kill any if they are in it. He doesn't even bring it in the house or open it until this has been done. They are expensive and very difficult to get rid of once you get them.

  • LetsGetHigh Dec 19, 2012

    Holy smokes.....I don't care what you say.....I am moving out.....bed bugs? Move out !!!!!!

  • marciamal1 Dec 19, 2012

    I think the apartments around here need to seriously take control of their problems and call the pest control.