ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Housing Authority is going to be using specially trained dogs to help determine if there is a bed bug problem at the Depot Square Apartments in St. Johnsbury.
Depot Square resident William Heath, who contacted the authority with concerns about what he claimed was an on-going problem with bed bugs in the apartment, said he received a letter from the authority saying the inspection will take place on Feb. 28.
‘‘In order to evaluate the current status of bed bugs at Depot Square Apartments, Vermont State Housing Authority has contracted with a licensed K-9 bed bug detection company to perform a comprehensive professional inspection, using bed bug sniffing dogs,’’ the Feb. 12 letter said.
Authority Field Services Director Cliff Bergh confirmed to the Caledonian Record (http://bit.ly/1e77BAi) ) the bed bug inspection letter was sent, but he would not comment further.
Heath and his wife moved into the Depot Square Apartments in the fall of 2011. They have a lawsuit pending against landlord Hebert G. Berezin claiming he rented them the apartment knowing it was infested with bed bugs.
Berezin did not immediately return a call Wednesday seeking comment.
Bed bug problems were reported in a number of St. Johnsbury locations last year.
Information from: The Caledonian-Record, http://www.caledonianrecord.com