WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- A West Des Moines woman, who is home bound because of several health conditions, says she is being eaten alive by bedbugs. And she says her apartment complex is doing nothing to help.
"The night before last I had 15 bites. Last night I got eight new ones. Upper torso. Upper arms," Shirley Winslow says, "It's pathetic. I'm sleeping with the lights on. What little sleep I'm able to get."
Winslow knows her days are numbered. She has an inoperable brain tumor, diabetes, and a long list of other ailments. She wants her remaining time to be comfortable. But it isn't, she believes, because her place at Warren House Apartments is infested with bedbugs. And she says, management is doing nothing to help.
"I have diabetes and I can't scratch them because if I open them they'll never heal. And run the risk of losing my extremities and I don't want to do that," she says "and I just want this to stop. and for me to call and say I got bitten so many times and what are you guys gonna do."
Management at Warren House Apartments refused to answer our questions. Winslow says she would like to move, but she believes her clothes and furniture are infested too, and she can’t afford to replace them.