Bedbug infestation is causing misery for Northampton housing block residents

A bedbug infestation in one of the St Barnabas House flats.
A bedbug infestation in one of the St Barnabas House flats.

A warning has been issued to residents of a council-owned Northampton housing block following reports of a spreading bedbug infestation.

At least five flats at the Northampton Partnership Homes-run St Barnabas House in Spring Boroughs have been hit by the outbreak, the Chron understands.

One woman, who did not wish to be named, has hundreds of bites over her body.

One woman, who did not wish to be named, has hundreds of bites over her body.

However, some of the residents hit so far say they are not happy with the response from NPH, which manages social housing on behalf of the borough council.

One woman, who did not wish to be named, claimed to have first reported the outbreak five weeks ago, but has still not received a visit from a pest control firm.

"I am bitten to bits," she said.

"I've had to spend the last two days sleeping on the chair in my living room.

Bedbugs feed exclusively on warm-blooded animals.

Bedbugs feed exclusively on warm-blooded animals.

"My cleaner the other day caught two crawling up my wall.

"I'm fed up of them (NPH) not doing anything."

A spokeswoman for NPH said it was aware of the bed bug reports and has contracted a pest controller to visit any affected premises.

Bedbugs feed exclusively on the blood of warm-blooded animals and should be treated by a specialist if the problem persists.

But one man the Chron spoke to at St Barnabas House said that, even after he was visited by pest controllers, the bugs did not go away.

Signs of a bedbug infestation can include seeing white eggs in the crevices and joints of a mattress, bites on skin and black spots on mattresses. The bites can also cause itchy red bumps.

The NPH spokeswoman said: "We are aware of the issues with bedbugs at St Barnabas House. We know that bedbugs are really unpleasant to live with and have therefore instructed pest control contractors to deal with the problem."