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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Many residents of the Elm Towers say parts of the apartment building are infested with bed bugs and it has been going on for two years.

"They are in between the floors," said resident Norman Stewart, just one of six residents outside the building that confirmed the problem exist. "When they come in and do these pre-treatment for bed bugs, the bed bugs go down in the floors and come back out."

The building is mostly home to elderly and disabled residents who live below the poverty line.

Several residents said they've dealt with burning bug bites for months.

"They bite you and when you complain about it, it takes a month or two for them to get to you," said Stewart.

Most residents ask to remain anonymous in fear of being kicked out of the 150-room apartment building run by the City of High Point Housing Authority. Several request for comment from the property manager and an official with the housing authority were not answered as of 8 p.m. Monday night.

FOX8 observed pest control arrive just before noon Monday. Residents say it's a daily call for pest control to come but instead of exterminating an entire floor infested they are only dealing with one apartment at a time.

"They need to evacuate this building," said Stewart. "Move people out and go through the building getting rid of all the bugs."