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Belpre Residents Complain of Bed Bugs, Roaches

By: Hayley Skene Email
By: Hayley Skene Email
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Bed bugs moved into a Belpre woman's apartment and now she feels helpless to do anything about it.

Bed bugs can be very common, from college campuses to apartments, to the most expensive homes.

They're tough to get rid of, too.

According to the City of Belpre bed bugs are a growing problem and it's been getting worse in the past few years.

But the question is, whose responsibility is it to take care of the problem?

A mother and daughter who live in Belpre say they're afraid to go into their own home and they say the landlord is to blame.

"I don't like coming home. I hate it here. They sprayed for roaches last month but I could probably lift a trash can up and there's more roaches there now than when they sprayed probably," says Debbie Chips.

City sanitarians say their goal is to protect public health.

Renters have a right to a certain standard of living, but property owners say it'll be a $25,000 clean up.

The city agrees there's no quick and easy fix to this problem.

The city says they're doing what they can to help, not just for the tenants of Elm Street, but to protect the entire city from this health issue.


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