Our NBC 12 investigation uncovered a rodent infestation at properties managed by the Richmond Redevelopment Housing Authority earlier this year. We are now learning RRHA is now tackling a bed bug issue.
The authority says it is all part of a national epidemic that is hitting Public Housing Authorities across the country especially hard.
RRHA officials seemed reluctant to speak Thursday afternoon.
"Do you know how pervasive the issue is?" we asked Osita Iroegbu in public relations.
"I'll follow up with you with more information," said Iroegbu. "As information comes along."
The authority has spent $901,650 on bed bug prevention and treatment throughout all of the public housing units.
RRHA complied a list of dos and don'ts for residents. Some of the suggestions include checking backpacks, shoes, and clothing after using public transportation or visiting theaters or other public venues.
RRHA advises residents not to pick up used items such as furniture or mattresses that may have been discarded by others.
The authority says they have had approximately 400 positive bed bug findings in the last year. This comes several weeks after we exposed an apparent mice infestation.
Our cameras were rolling as a group of concerned neighbors walked across Chamberlayne Parkway to the redevelopment and housing authority. Officials promised to tackle their concerns.
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