The Elkhart Housing Authority is working to get rid of bedbugs in more than a dozen apartments at the Waterfall High Rise, a complex for low-income families, but officials say tenets need to do their part.
People living there are now required to move furniture away from walls when exterminators arrive. They also have to follow other guidelines for cleaning clothes, sheets, and blankets.
Housing Authority Director Kim Sindle says some people aren't doing their part to get rid of the bugs. He says tenants could be evicted if they don't follow the rules.
Karen Aberli found bedbugs in her apartment.
“I think some people are really not acknowledging that they have them,” said Aberli. “I mean, they don't want to go through what I've just gone through this week, and what I've got to go through the next three weeks.”
Aberli says one woman had an allergic reaction to the bites. She slept in her car while still paying rent to escape the bugs.