Pearl apartment residents complain about bedbug infestation

PEARL, MS (Mississippi News Now) - This is video of apartment 49 at the Colonial Terrace Apartments in Pearl. Kelly Lancaster lived there with her husband and children for several months, but moved out Thursday.

"We have a one year old, she's gotten bitten up really bad in her face, all over her back. Lancaster says the apartment is full of bed bugs and her family is covered with bites," said Kelly Lancaster, bitten by bedbugs.

I mean this is awful. I had to buy scar cream," Lancaster added.

"I had to put tape up where they were coming in at, said Pamela Freeman.

Freeman lives directly upstairs. Freeman has sealed off her home with tape and she sprays her bed every night, but she says the bed bugs still get in.

"Each time they feed they shed. They grow," added Freeman.

"My neighbor, she's got 'em all over her," Freeman said.

Lancaster and Freeman say they've complained to management about it and efforts have been made to treat the problem.

"They came in, heated our apartment to 140 degrees twice, sprayed some type of kerosene. It did nothing. We've thrown out our beds, everything," added Landcaster.

"We do have problems. We have had a problem with bed bugs that were brought in with people in their furniture. When we are notified of this, we treat those with heat, said complex owner Albert Moore.

Moore disputes Lancaster and Freeman's claims. He says Lancaster lived here illegally until she was kicked out this week. He says Freeman and her boyfriend owe hundreds of dollars in rent. And he's evicting them.

Moore says aside from speaking to Freeman earlier this week, he denies getting any complaints about bed bugs from either one of them.

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