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Resident struggles with cockroach infestation

A resident and the Redpoint West Lafayette apartments says she isn't getting enough help dealing with a cockroach infestation in her apartment. She says she has been seeking help for half a year, but the bugs are still there.

Posted: Feb 12, 2021 12:05 AM
Updated: Feb 12, 2021 5:40 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A resident at the Redpoint West Lafayette apartments says she isn't getting enough help with a cockroach infestation in her apartment. Miesha Owens, a Purdue University senior, has been putting in requests to management since July of last year seeking help.

"We didn't know what they were, and the maintenance guy didn't know what they were," Owens said.

"So we were just kinda like oh, maybe they're like summer bugs."

The bugs were cockroaches. Maintenance crews had been using sprays that kill the bugs on contact but do not kill the nest, according to Owens. She also says she began trying to kill the bugs herself with over the counter bug spray.

A proper extermination finally happened in January after Owens found cockroaches in meat she was cooking for tacos.

"I called them and I was like there's bugs in my food, you guys need to finally do something this is getting ridiculous," Owens said.

When asked about the infestation, the Redpoint West Lafayette management sent this statement:

"We were made aware of a pest issue in this particular apartment in early January, and we responded promptly. We provided the residents a separate apartment within the community while their original apartment was treated by our pest control company, and also offered the residents financial compensation for their inconvenience. We believe this issue has been fully resolved."

On February 10th, News 18 recorded footage of a cockroach still alive in the apartment, as well as dozens of dead ones in various places around the apartment. 

"We're just frustrated. We just want to resolve the situation now because we're in hopes the poeple who move in after us won't have to deal with the same problems for like half of their lease, because we've been dealing with this for the last six or seven months now," said Owens.

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