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Bed bug infestation plagues Montreal family living in social housing complex

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WATCH ABOVE: Ewa Lewandowska, who lives in social housing, claims her neighbour infested her home with bed bugs. As Global's Tim Sargeant reports, she said she called the city and was told it would take 10 business days until an exterminator would be sent.

The Lewandowska family says they’ve been battling a bed bug problem for more than a month, but nothing is being done to help them.

The three-generational family – mother, daughter and granddaughter – is living under the same roof in a social housing complex on Saint-Antoine Street.

They’ve had to move a lot of their clothes onto the balcony and have thrown away a mattress, along with a couch because of the insect infestation.

Eight-year-old Dalia is sleeping in her mother’s room.

“I would like to have a good home with no bed bugs, no bugs and problems,” Dalia told Global News.

Bed bugs aren’t the only the problem the family is dealing with: throughout the five-and-a-half unit home there are holes in the floors, chipped paint and cracks in the ceiling.

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The issues have been raised with the social housing board, but little has been done.

“It’s enough. It’s eight-and-a-half years of them playing around with us and empty promises,” Kamila Lewandowska told Global News.

A spokesperson for the social housing complex told Global News it is trying to work out a solution, but no mutual agreement with the family has been reached.

The family is now threatening to sue the Montreal social housing board.