Bed Bugs Forces Florida Man To Leave

Fort Myers, Florida  — Life for Carlos Ibanez is found in a series of bags.

It’s where he keeps the majority of his personal belongings – not because he wants to but because he’s been ordered to do so.

Ibanez, 68, moved into a unit at the Renaissance Preserve Senior Apartments in May. He considers himself quite lucky to have scored such a beautiful unit; the building was built in 2009, the first phase of Southwest Florida’s largest public housing development.

But days after he moved, Ibanez noticed that something was wrong: The unit had bed bugs.

“I was so happy because this place is so beautiful, it’s like a five-star hotel,” said Ibanez in Spanish, his native and predominant language. “It’s pretty, but it’s a problem. It’s full of those little animals.”