Eviction leaves pile of bedbug-infested belongings on NW side street

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Residents on Grand Rapids' west side are on edge after learning the belongings inside a nearby home were infested with bed bugs, and now those belongings are out on the street.

"All of us neighbors are mad because they threw this out here the whole area looks like trash," nearby resident Toni Clayton said.

It all started Tuesday morning when the people who lived in the home in the 1000 block of Davis Avenue NW were evicted for not paying rent.  Everything the three renters owned is now outside the home on the lawn.

"It’s a sad story really," neighbor, Jeff Chilton said. "Hopefully the city or whoever, the landlord, will come and clean it up and get it out of my way, because it’s starting to flood around my yard, so I don’t really like it."

Some of the belongings are infested with bed bugs and neighbors tell us that despite warnings, people have been taking some of the stuff to their own homes.

"This is a good way for them to keep spreading them bed bugs in Grand Rapids, because here on the West side a lot of people got them," Clayton said.

Experts say that the bed bugs will likely stay with the belongings, so neighbors shouldn't worry, but they say they are sick of seeing the junk.

FOX 17 has been told that there will be a dumpster in place Thursday morning, and the mess will begin to be cleaned up.

We spoke with the Kent County Health Department; they don't consider bed bugs a public health threat.

As for the bed bugs themselves, exterminators tell FOX 17 the only way to treat bed bugs is with extreme heat. They suggest placing infested items in a hot dryer for around half an hour.


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  • CommomSense

    This is what happens when,the City ignores one side of town over others. Not easy to get anyone over here for code violations. Time for GR to take out the trash! Guess since tax papers are funding golf course renovations, bedbugs will be an easy removal!

    • xan175

      The landlord is paying for everything, legally it has to sit there for 24 hours till he can haul it away. According to city records this house was owner occupied for 20 years till about 3 months ago. If you want to be mad at someone be mad at the renter or the city for forcing the landlord to do this.

      • CommomSense

        Funny, people blame landlords but should be blaming the trash that moved in. Kind of makes one wonder what over bugs they moved out with. On second thought, don’t want to know!

  • jerry

    QUILTCATLADY why is it the land lords fault, when worthless renters make the house into what they did. the courts should make them clean it up. but when you have worthless monkeys that live with bugs thats what the welfair sucking people are p o s

    • Grammar Junkie

      If you’re going to be a Grammar-Nazi, make sure your Grammar is correct.

      It’s “Who” not “Whom” as you are referring to the subject of the clause not the object of the clause.

      You’re welcome.

  • Ernie

    These people were my neighbors back in 2008 they were very dirty very messy they invited me over I went. Inside and couldn’t …didn’t want to sit down.it reaked of marijuana and liquor , trash, and just plane nasty

  • Sam

    I have a great idea for improving the neighborhood: Put up a Popeye’s! It has done wonders for Burton Heights, it’ll do the same for the Alpine corridor.

    Trust me, eviction is doing whoever lived in that rathole a favor.

  • Dahai Dong

    Most bed bug control methods are obsolete. Google “bed sized bed bug trap” to convert entire bed into a trap with sleeper as inaccessible bait. People believe that sleeping in bathtub stops bites. Since the bed sized trap functions much better than bathtub, it is a common sense that bed bugs can’t bite when a sleeper is at the trap canter no matter how many bed bugs migrate from other apartments. Most people disregard the common sense and wait for easy elimination examples which were not available before the invention. Bed bugs should have been extinct if people were not misled. With right method, anyone can easily solve bedbug problem today due to no more bite and little daily effort without dumping any furniture.