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Dec 17, 2014 12:25 PM

Bed bug problem discovered at Somersworth's Preservation Park apartment complex


SOMERSWORTH - An elderly woman in Somersworth is looking to move out of her apartment after she discovered it was infested with bed bugs.

Kelly Haines's 73 year-old mother lives at the Preservation Park apartment complex on Main Street, which is elderly housing run by the Somersworth Housing Authority.

Haines says her mom had back surgery, and when she returned home she found bed bugs crawling all over her bed.

According to Haines, it took two weeks to get the apartment cleaned - during that time her mother had to sleep on a couch.

"When I called the office they said, ‘Well we're really sorry we have a lot of units that need to be treated.' Which, shame on them that it's gotten to be such an epidemic it seems. Is it just the elderly? I had to ask. Or is it any of the housing? And I really didn't get an answer," Haines said.

Even though the apartment has since been treated, Haines's mother still wants to move out.

Debbie Evans, Executive Director of the Somersworth Housing Authority released a statement that says, "We are proactive with our bed bug treatment protocol. We do quarterly K9 inspections that detect bed bugs. We rely on residents to report any indication of insects."


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