Aug 12, 2015 4:29 PM

Bedbugs invading Concord apartment complex, residents say management isn't helping

CONCORD - A bedbug infestation has many residents at Mennino Place looking for help.

Tenants, like Maureen Fallavollita, have taken matters into their own hands because they claim management is not.

“It’s a problem all over the building, "Fallavollita said. "We keep tape on our doors and we check it every day to see if there is bugs.”

PHOTO GALLERY: See the letter from management and bedbugs trapped in bags by residents

Fallavollita also put salt on her floors in an attempt to keep the bedbugs from spreading.

Alliance Asset Management, who is responsible for the maintenance for low income residents, gave tenants a piece of paper detailing ways to handle the bugs.

According to the tenants, when Alliance did help - it made matters worse.

“Last night I was in the emergency room because they treated areas and didn’t tell us, and I had an allergic reaction to what they treated,” Fallavollita said.

Jessica Taylor has lived in the building for a year.

“None of us here have the money to do all the things that need to be done for this situation,” Taylor said.

In the letter to residents, the company encouraged them to pay for dry cleaning in order to exterminate the bugs, something most of the people affected can’t afford.

Taylor has started collecting the bugs as proof to the company that exterminators haven't fixed the problem - and for some tenants it could be too late.

One woman who lives in the building works at a clothing store and said it is only a matter of time before she gets fired because she cannot touch the clothing.

“I's just frustrating," Taylor said. "It's one or two people that are the source, and they say the take care of it but they never do."

“As of today, 14 apartments have been inspected by a professional company and activity was found in one unit and the same unit in 2012,” President and CEO Rosemary Heard told NH1 News.

When confronted about the list of expensive suggestions for the tenants Heard replied, “As president and CEO, I do not see every piece of paper that goes out of my company.”

Alliance Asset Management still claims to be working with tenants on the issue.


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