Are we invaded by bedbugs?
By Jose S. Garcia
August 12, 2010
When I came home today, I was surprised that a two-page letter
was hung on every door of the Tongass Towers Condominium which
gave notice to report any infestation of bedbugs in the area.
Well, I am not scared but I feel worried about the seniors living
on the top floors of said condo unit.
The note published that Marine View condo has the same bedbug
infestation, so serious that for the first time they have contracted
services of Ketchikan Pest Control.
The notice further said that visiting friends can have bedbugs
with them. It is the conviction of the Tongass Towers Condominium
to serve notice for renters and owners of the units; nevertheless,
a two bedroom unit at least can occupy 4 to five people, whatever
the rule is. But because of recession and the need to pay the
rent, some occupants have filled their two bedroom occupancy
to 6 to 7 persons, otherwise placing them along the living rooms
with a sheet for separation or privacy. I do not know if the
Tongass Towers has units filled up to the neck; but I know the
Marine View does have two-bedrooms filled with occupants wherein
the mass of people occupying it can and will surely bring about
bedbugs specially people working from fish processing companies
having intermingled with employees with unsanitary bunk houses.
It should therefore be the job of the condo offices to inspect
all units that have overfilled their occupancy and have more
people sleeping even outside their rooms.
Ketchikan should oversee the operators of condominium units and
shall either impose a fine or jail time for occupants that violate
the law as imposed by the Ketchikan elected officials.
Jose S. Garcia
Received August 11, 2010 -
Published August 12, 2010
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