Reports of bedbugs at Holland’s Pine Creek Apartments surface

Multiple residents confirmed there are bed bugs present at the apartment complex.

Reports of bedbugs have surfaced at Holland’s Pine Creek Apartments, according to a multiple residents.

Jerry Wilson, who has lived at the Pine Creek Apartments complex for about six years, said there are a couple apartment buildings near the front of the complex that have been infested with bedbugs.

Three other residents confirmed the presence of bedbugs, but declined to give their names or talk further about the subject.

Representatives from Pine Creek Apartments declined to comment on the subject matter.

Representatives from Medallion Management Inc., which owns the apartment complex, could not be reached for comment.

Wilson said exterminators are coming out to the apartment complex on Thursday, Oct. 19, to exterminate the bedbugs.

Wilson also said he had plans to move out of the apartment complex before bedbugs became an issue and luckily all of his stuff has been checked and is bedbugs free.

“But anybody else it’s just a guessing game,” Wilson said. “People are in limbo wondering if they have bedbugs or not. They are just waiting for them to come Thursday and do a treatment on them to try and wipe them out.”

Katie Bach, communications director for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, said the last time her department did an inspection at Pine Creek Apartments was in February and there were no bedbugs present.

“That doesn’t mean there aren’t any,” Bach said. “It’s just that we didn’t note any when we were there for our most recent inspection and they haven’t reported any to us.”

Bach said a lot of times, properties will reach out to the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to ask about best practices for getting rid of bedbugs, but Pine Creek Apartments would not be required to report a bedbugs problem to her department.

Kristina Wieghmink, a communications specialist for the Ottawa County Department of Public Health, said the county also does not require landlords to report bedbug issues.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the only bedbugs-related law Michigan has on the books requires “county infirmaries” to prevent and treat bedbug infestations.

Wieghmink said there are several area groups that help those in need afford bedbug treatment including Good Samaritan Ministries, His Harvest Stand and the Salvaton Army.

She also said the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is the best resource for information on bedbugs.

According to the CDC, Bedbugs are small, flat, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep.

Bedbugs are not known to spread disease, but can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep.

One of the easiest ways to identify a bedbug infestation is by the tell-tale bite marks on the face, neck, arms, hands or any other body parts while sleeping, according to the CDC.

Other signs of an infestation can include the presence of bedbug exoskeletons, bedbugs present in the folds of mattresses and sheets, rusty-colored blood spots and a sweet musty odor.

The slim, flat bodies of bedbugs allows them to fit into the smallest of spaces and stay there for long periods of time, even without a blood meal. Bedbugs are usually transported from place to place as people travel, according to the CDC.

Pine Creek Apartments is not the first Holland-area apartment complex to battle a bedbug problem.

In 2014, Holland’s GreenBriar Apartments struggled for months to eradicate a bed bug problem.

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