Problems with pests: Eaton Rapids residents face bed bugs


(UPDATE) – Scott Beltz, the C.E.O. of “Medallion Management” who oversees “Riverview Village Apartments” tells 6 News that a pest inspection company inspected 6 units for bed bugs on Thursday.

Beltz says 5 units had absolutely no activity of bed bugs.

However, the inspection did find that one apartment did in fact have one bed bug in a garbage bag. That apartment is Joan Coolman’s unit, the resident 6 News spoke to on Wednesday.

EATON RAPIDS, Mich. (WLNS) – Tenants at “Riverview Village Apartments” in Eaton Rapids say some creepy crawlers are taking over their apartment building.

“They have got to be in all the walls in this building now. This is going to take some time to get these out of here,” said Joan Coolman; Resident.

Joan Coolman moved into her apartment in March and she says it was one month ago when she found bed bugs scattered in her carpet, mattress and other areas throughout her home.

“I immediately went to the management,” Coolman stated.

That’s when she claims management denied the issue was bed bugs, but to be sure they brought in experts to do an inspection. However, Coolman says the inspection was mediocre so she decided to treat the issue herself.

But the pest problem didn’t crawl away that easily.

“Last Sunday night my granddaughter was here for the night and I tucked her in in my bed and right after I did that I saw a bed bug run across on top of her,” said Coolman.

Disgusted, Coolman hung a sign on the bulletin of her building that said:

“Be aware: Live bed bugs in this building as of 8/20 & 8/21. Management will not inspect until 8/23.”

That’s when she learned the bed bug infestation isn’t a new ordeal.

“The situation has been going on since before last December,” said Coolman.

6 News spoke to Scott Beltz, the C.E.O. of “Medallion Management” who oversees “Riverview Village Apartments.”

Beltz says quote “they’re doing what they can to keep the apartments pest free and a preventative pest inspection will be happening tomorrow.”

However, Coolman and other tenants in the building say they’ve waited long enough and are fed up with how management is handling the situation.

“We do not deserve to live with these bugs biting us,” Coolman stated.

Stay with 6 News for developments.

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