2011-09-09 / Letters

Bedbugs and Surfside

 Dear Editor,

After reading your August 12 article in The Wave titled, “Residents: Surfside Infested With Bed Bugs,” I feel compelled to respond to several inaccuracies in the aforementioned article.

While bed bug infestations are troubling, they can be treated by an exterminator and require proper sanitation and cleaning vigilance on the residents’ part.

When I inspected the “single mother’s apartment,” I was unable to look at her living room furniture because she had already thrown it all out. The only furniture I inspected was that in the bedroom. Bed bugs were found in three beds and an appropriate treatment was provided. The “single mother” was advised to wash all bedding and clothing and dry at a high temperature to rid them of any bed bugs.

It should be noted that I never stated that many apartments had bed bugs and I was busy treating a couple a month. Additionally, I never exterminated three apartments on her floor, and, to my knowledge, no requests were made to inspect three apartments on her floor for bed bug infestations.

Obviously, someone is not forthcoming with their facts and information. If said “single mother” has an issue with the management company, she needs to address said issue with the management company and not involve the exterminator.

It has been my experience that Alma Management encourages all tenants to report bed bug infestations immediately in an effort to eradicate the problem. It is in the best interest of tenants and management companies to report infestations as soon as possible so the problem can be rectified and an infestation can be prevented from spreading.

Early treatment is very cost-effective for management companies.

DANIEL J. McGUINNESS

The letter writer is the president of the pest control company that services Surfside. 

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