Bed bugs reported at Asheboro senior apartments

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ASHEBORO, N.C. -- The Asheboro Housing Authority is investigating what officials there are calling a "severe case" of bed bugs at Caspn Homes, a senior apartment complex managed by the city's housing authority.

Robert Lawler, executive director of the Asheboro Housing Authority said, in total, there have been four reported units with bed bugs out of the 50 total apartments at Caspn Homes.

The first case was reported in late March, Lawler said, and the most recent was reported on Friday.

Lawler said the first three reported apartments have been treated and the fourth should be treated sometime this week.

Betty Burrow, who has lived in Caspn Homes for four years, said she thinks the Asheboro Housing Authority should bring an exterminator in to all of the building's units, not just the ones already affected.

"I'm scared of bed bugs," she said. "I'm scared of them biting me. I wish they'd come out and get rid of them."

Lawler said that they suspect the cause of the bed bugs is residents bringing in items from the street or dumpsters, or buying secondhand furniture.

No residents have been evacuated or re-located because of the bed bugs.