Bedbugs Spotted in Two Timberville Apartments

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

TIMBERVILLE, Va. (WHSV)-- In one area, bedbugs are more than just a nightmare. Bedbugs are reddish brown, wingless, and about the size of Lincoln's head on a penny.

Two apartment complexes in Timberville just had problems with bed bugs at the end of July. It's a problem property managers say they fixed quickly.

Some residents are still upset.

"Company there all the time. One group would move out, one group would move in, and then the first thing you knew, they'd posted a bed bug sign," said Frances Barb, who is concerned for her friends with bedbugs.

Barb used to live at the Plains, an apartment complex in Timberville.
She blames visitors for bedbugs there.

"Now they got them again. So how do you treat them if you only treat one place," said Barb.

Barb still has friends at the Plains and Timber Hills complexes. She says bedbugs keep coming back.

People currently living there would not speak with WHSV on camera.

"Is it any wonder they got them?," said Barb.

The property manager at the Plains and Timber Hills complexes confirmed bedbugs were taken care of by a pest company.

A statement from Knopp Enterprises, the company that manages this subsidized housing, reads in part; "We follow the treatment advice from our professional treatment provider."

Paul Riner, with Riner Rentals in Harrisonburg, manages separate properties in the Valley. His properties do not have bedbugs, but, as a property manager, he's aware of the issue.

"Once they're there, they're only going to get worse," said Riner.

He recommends shaking off any sheets and checking clothing before moving in. Another way to get rid of bedbugs is by killing them with heat, which can involve a clothes dryer.

"Check all of your garments whether it's clothing that's been packed or boxed up, if you've kept anything in a storage unit," said Riner.

As people pull into complexes in Timberville, they say they're concerned that bedbugs could come back.

Property managers say the bed bugs are isolated incidents. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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