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Lincoln Manor services still on hold amid bed bug infestation

News Photo by Crystal Nelson Lincoln Manor resident Nancy Neumann lies in her bed on Friday at the senior living facility in Lincoln.

LINCOLN — Residents at Lincoln Manor are still waiting for services from the Alcona County Commission on Aging nearly two months after the commission was notified the senior living facility is infested with bed bugs.

Commission Executive Director Lenny Avery said the agency’s policy is to suspend services until notified by Prime Properties Management, owners of the Lincoln facility, that the infestation has been treated. Avery said the agency is delivering meals but cannot continue in-home services.

He said his agency has sent several requests to Lincoln Manor management to receive the documentation that would allow services to resume.

“Until we get that all-clear, we’re just in a holding pattern,” he said.

The Shelby Township-based manager of the Lincoln senior living facility did not return calls from The News seeking comment for this story.

Adult bed bugs are small, about the size of an apple seed, and leave itchy bites after feeding on blood, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Bed bugs multiply quickly, and, in just six months, a few can turn into a full-on infestation of 13,000 or more, according to the extermination company Orkin.

Lincoln Manor resident Nancy Neumann is frustrated she no longer receives services. She uses a walker and relies on the commission to help care for her apartment.

But she said she hasn’t received those services in two months.

The Lincoln-based senior apartment building accepts federal low-income housing subsidies. The apartments were built in 1985.

A bed bug infestation has grown at Lincoln Manor for more than a year, The News reported a month ago, with several residents and their neighbors reporting bugs to management. A pest control service treats an apartment once an infestation is reported, but management has never simultaneously treated all the apartments where bugs have been reported, which residents say needs to be done because the bugs simply move from one apartment to another after a treatment.

Residents believe the company should do more to eradicate the bed bugs.

Residents at Lincoln Manor told The News on Friday they were unaware of any new cases of bed bugs, but many residents remain afraid the bugs could make their way into their apartments.

Those residents are concerned about bed bugs spreading from one apartment to adjacent apartments when exterminators come in to spray. They are also afraid bed bugs are being spread in common areas, particularly the laundry room.

“People with bed bugs use the laundry room,” Neumann said.

Neumann said her dog picked up a bed bug from the laundry room, but she was able to catch it and put it in a plastic bag to show management.

Crystal Nelson can be reached at 989-358-5687 or cnelson@thealpenanews.com.

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