Bed bugs take over local apartment complex

Bed bugs take over local apartment complex

Amarillo, TX - Residents of the Kensington Apartment Complex said they are battling a bed bug infestation.

The sign in front of the apartment complex off Bell Street says 'Welcome Home,' but one building is full of some unwelcome guests. The unwanted critters first moved in about a month ago, according to one resident who asked to remain anonymous.

"The carpet is full of bed bugs and I'm supposed to pay to replace it. And that's just stupid, so I don't know what to do," said the resident.

She told NewsChannel 10 this is the second bed bug invasion since she moved in a little over a year ago. Although the complex fumigated parts of the building, she said the bugs are far from being taken care of. She also tried to fight the bugs herself by laying diatomaceous earth along all the floor boards, but that isn't working either. She said it's gotten so bad she now sleeps on her wooden table. "That's where I've been sleeping is on my table so I don't get bit. I had to go to the emergency room because I have a tendency to have severe allergic reactions to insect bites so that really sucks."

Even with the bug problem, she said Kensington Apartments won't let her out of her lease without paying a re-letting fee. "Apparently I have to pay another month's rent and that sucks because I've lost a lot more then that month's rent and I'm not done paying for it yet because I have to replace so much stuff. I can't stay here. If I'm going to have to get rid of everything and buy all new stuff, I'm going to take all that new stuff somewhere else."

We reached out to the property manager of the complex on Monday, but he was unavailable for comment.

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10