Southampton mum experiences mattress bug infestation in Albion Towers – Southern Day by day Echo


A MUM-of-four says she noticed mattress bugs “crawling” in her child’s Moses basket as she is battling an infestation in her tower block flat.

Albion Towers resident Mary Cove says she has “tried the whole lot” to do away with the pests from her first-floor flat.

She has additionally noticed a small mark on child Chelsie’s cheek which will have been a bug chew.


The 37-year-old advised the Echo: “I’ve obtained little blister bites on me. I’ve a 15-week previous child who was born very untimely weighing 900g, and located them crawling inside her Moses basket.

“My companion is being bitten fairly badly so he has gone to stick with his mates. 

“I have never been sleeping in my very own mattress. They’re extra in my room I believe. I’ve been sleeping on the couch with my child in a Moses basket, however my companion was getting bitten on the couch as properly.

“They’re most likely unfold across the flat.”

She added that she has been having to throw her issues away due to the problem, and she will’t all the time afford to interchange them.

“It is a joke,” she stated.

She stated that the block of flats, a council-owned tower block in St Mary’s, is “infested” with the pests.

Mary added: “If (the council) does not fumigate the entire block, they’re by no means going to do away with them.

“I’ve tried the whole lot. I’ve sprayed the room with mattress bug spray, however forgot to spray the curtains so that they did not go.”

She stated she is grateful that her different kids, aged 4, 5 and 6, haven’t been bitten.

Mary says the council have been involved to say that they are going to be popping out to repair the problem, however she doesn’t know when that shall be.

This isn’t the primary tower block flat within the metropolis to have seen a mattress bug infestation.

In April this yr, residents in Rotterdam Towers reported being blighted by the bugs, as reported by the Echo.

A block in Swaythling additionally reported the identical problem in August final yr.

Southampton Metropolis Council stated it’s working with pest management to handle the problem.

A spokesperson for the council stated: “Housing Administration is conscious of points with a few properties in Albion Towers the place mattress bugs have been detected.

“We’re working collectively with colleagues in Pest Management and are enterprise surveys and coverings to help residents.”

Residents are inspired to report any points to Central Native Housing.

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