Quincy Housing Authority gets aggressive with bedbugs

The Quincy Housing Authority on Monday moved residents from 22 units at O’Brien Towers, a Germantown apartment building, to local hotels after a canine inspection earlier this month found bedbugs inside those apartments. For years, bedbugs have plagued the low-income property on Bicknell Street that houses elderly and disabled residents.

Quincy Housing Authority gets aggressive with bedbugs

The Problem

  1. The bedbug problem had been treated casually for a long time until in recent years, when the agency started investing more money towards fumigation and dispatching canine bug detectors.
  2. Some tenants exacerbate the problem by hoarding items from off the streets that contain bedbugs. The authority recently has started to become more aggressive evicting tenants who repeatedly violate their leases by hoarding.
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The Solution

The displaced tenants are expected to return to O’Brien Towers in four days

  • crews fumigate the infested apartments
  • clean the furniture and laundry
  • dig into the walls to try to eradicate lingering pests

The housing authority is spending about $40,000 to temporarily relocate tenants and treat the units.

Tenants moved out while crews worked from A1 Exterminators, the fumigation company, and 24 Restore, a disaster-restoration company.

Marathas said the routine inspections, aggressive fumigation projects and evictions are all necessary in order to make bedbugs a problem of the past.

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