WHEELING - Randall Geese, executive director of the Wheeling Housing Authority, responded to residents' concerns voiced Thursday about a bedbug infestation in several apartments in Luau Manor.
"Bedbugs nationally have been an issue now for several years. Everybody's trying to deal with it as best they can," Geese said. "We do take this seriously. We have a treatment plan. When people let us know we have a problem, we try to address it as quickly as we can."
Geese said the Wheeling Housing Authority has been communicating with residents for four years about the issue and that they have been given articles and handouts on what signs to look for to find bed bugs.
"We do newsletters, specific handouts we provide to every apartment," Geese said. "I think it's pretty obvious that it's a national problem not just a local problem. People should know that they are in the community."
According to Geese, residents must contact the manager of Luau Manor if a resident has bedbugs so that the manager can call the exterminator directly and schedule that process. He said the manager is not required to notify Wheeling Housing Authority if bedbugs are identified, but that his office is typically informed.