'I can't dwell like this' – Mattress bug battle in Ipswich tower block – East Anglian Each day Instances


An Ipswich girl has spoken of her five-month battle with mattress bug infestations in her tower block.

Elaine Frost, 65, has lived in Cumberland Towers for the previous two years.

Since June, she says the sheltered housing in Norwich Highway has been “swarming with mattress bugs,” with infestations affecting a number of flats within the block.

“I’m actually going out of my thoughts with stress,” mentioned Ms Frost.

“I stroll the streets till 4 within the morning so I haven’t got to sleep in my own residence. I can not take any extra, my well being is at breaking level.”

Ms Frost works at Greggs and added that she “cannot dwell like this” as she has to rise up for work at 4:30am with little to no sleep each morning.

Over the past 5 months, the flat has been handled 5 instances by Ipswich Borough Council however Ms Frost maintains that the problem persists.

“The traps do not work,” she mentioned.

“I am in an limitless cycle of spraying my mattress and washing my sheets at sizzling temperatures on a regular basis.

“I’ve even purchased a picket mattress, however nothing appears to be working in any respect.”

The predominant web site of the chew marks on her physique are her arms, abdomen, again and legs, however she says they’ve appeared “throughout at one level or one other”.

Ms Frost added: “My bedding is ruined and the blood simply does not absolutely come out within the wash.”

In a determined state, Ms Frost says she has doubts as as to whether the Council are taking her considerations critically.

An Ipswich Borough Council consultant mentioned: “Following the preliminary report, an investigation into the matter was launched and therapy was rolled out. 

“Nonetheless, when the infestation returned, the Council, alongside pest management, administered therapy not solely to the entire affected flats but additionally these situated immediately round them.”

“This included the set up of mattress bug traps for each flat in addition to common spray remedies. The Council, its pest management contractor and the residents actively labored collectively to stop the unfold and eradicate any infestation.

“The Council will proceed to watch the state of affairs and take applicable motion whether it is recognized sooner or later that the issue has reoccurred.”


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