The commission board decided on the course of action today, voting 4-0 to pursue a recommendation from Executive Director Mary Ann Bush for a heat-chemical treatment process that will be implemented throughout the building.
had informed her
only that it would "consider'' allowing the commission to use capital funds to cover startup of the pest control program.
Residents have a term in their leases that requires them to cover pest infestation costs, but Bush
said it wouldn't be fair to enforce it because it was evident some, if not most, weren't personally responsible.
"I could show you five apartments and you'd say, 'No way,' '' could they have bedbugs, she
said, indicating the units appeared clean and in order.
While there's no way of knowing for certain how the pests were introduced, Bush
said they perhaps had moved from one unit to another through heating ducts that have since been sealed.
said, too, that some tenants have tried to treat the problem themselves instead of reporting it, apparently because they couldn't afford extermination costs.
When the Hi Rise received its first report of bedbugs, chemical treatment alone was administered and was ineffective, Bush
Heat treatment requires the units to be heated to 120 to 145 degrees over a four- to eight-hour period and that, coupled with the chemical treatments, seems to work best, she