Salt Lake City woman say bed bugs forced her out of her home

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Salt Lake City woman say bed bugs forced her out of her home (Photo courtesy Cami White)

A Salt Lake City woman claims bed bugs have forced her from her home.

Cami White lived at an affordable housing complex in downtown Salt Lake for about five years. It’s located at 120 S. 200 West.

She said she’s never had any problems until quite recently.

"Never would I ever think I'd have a problem," White said.

Back in August, she said she found bed bugs in her apartment, and proceeded to gather some samples. She had those tested at the Utah State University Extension in Salt Lake, and the horticultural diagnosticians there confirmed they found bed bugs and sawtooth beetles in the samples White sent.

The Utah Non-Profit Housing Corporation — which owns the building — says it has inspected White‘s apartment three times and found nothing.

The organization is responsible for close to 2,000 apartments in Utah, from Logan to South Jordan, each of which is inspected quarterly for a multitude of things, including bugs.

Housing corporation staff say the still plan to treat White's apartment for bugs, despite their inspections turning up no sign of the creatures. They want White to feel comfortable returning to her apartment.

The treatment costs anywhere from $500 to $800, depending on whether chemicals or heat is used.