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Senior residents complain of bed bug infestation

5:45 AM, Jun 5, 2012   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida - Lloyd Crossman thought he'd live his golden years in paradise. Instead he says his living situation at the MLF Towers in downtown St. Petersburg have become a nightmare.

"They get in the corners near the creases and this is where I found mine," says Crossman showing us his bed mattress.

Late last week, tiny bites appeared all over Lloyd's legs and feet. Then he heard from the neighbors.

PHOTOS: MLF bed bugs

"They said Ahhh, you've got bed bug bites ... look at mine!
There were 10, 12 people ... they were all bitten up."

Crossman says some other residents at the MLF Towers are even worse off, confined to wheelchairs and unable to scratch their backs covered in bites.

"It's just human compassion. You just don't allow that to happen," said Crossman.

While some have been told to get rid of their bedding and clothing, for many living on fixed incomes, that is not an option.

"There's no empathy here," says Crossman. "MLF, they say we've been trying to educate people on what bed bugs look like ... That's not the point! The point is a comprehensive plan to eliminate them."

We were unable to reach anyone at MLF's corporate office, and while an exterminator has been out to treat the carpets and bedding, Crossman worries he'll have to find a new paradise to retire.

"I never wanted to leave this place, but I'm not going to live my last few years living in fear of being bitten alive by those bed bugs."


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