Bedbug Infestation Costs Honolulu $17,300

Sara Lin/Civil Beat

When bedbugs infect a building, who's responsible for cleaning up the problem?

The city of Honolulu has paid an exterminator $17,372 to eradicate bedbug infestations at two city-owned affordable housing complexes.

Residents at Pauahi Hale and Winston Hale in Chinatown are glad that the problem has been treated, but they say poor building management allowed the infestation to develop in the first place — and that the city should make the property manager foot the bill.

Lynn Ditchens, 60, has lived in Pauahi Hale since December 2010. "I found out about bedbugs from the first week that I moved in," Ditchens said.

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