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Tenants Rights and Bed Bugs


Summary: Tenants rights and bed bugs are forcing landlords to revisit the rules that require that landlords to maintain their properties as fit to inhabit. Who is responsible for bring bed bugs inside the apartment. Is it the tenant or the landlord?

Dear Rick:

We just rented a large expensive home two weeks ago and haven't fully moved in yet. The day we got the keys the living room, master bedroom and master bathroom were alive with carpenter ants and ghost ants. The landlord just laughed about it. The ants were everywhere.

My husband found a hole the size of a nickel at the base of the french doors and fixed it, but still just as many ants. Finally we got the management company to send out an exterminator after we filled the jetted tub with water, turned it on and out shot thousands of carpenter ants and eggs. The exterminator isn't authorized to go into the walls or attic and the management company just wants their money. I'm afraid to move in and are we currently living elsewhere and paying rent on two properties. How do I get rid of the ants? Please help! Karen; Orlando, FL writes:

Dear Karen:

The presence of carpenter ants indicates a moisture problem in the house. Often, it’s backed up gutters, but it might be a roof leak or plumbing leak, as well. Carpenter ants only attack dead or dying trees so those palms you mentioned are a red flag. The exterminator should have explained why the carpenter ants were present.
 
By the way. Tell your landlord to stop laughing. Tenants have a right to a pest free environment. By law! You have grounds to sue if he keeps messing with you. According to one Renter’s Rights site:

If your apartment is unfit or uninhabitable, you may use a legal procedure called "repair and deduct."

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In most states the law says that if the landlord has failed to fix what can be deemed a truly significant problem, you may, without the landlord's permission and without filing a lawsuit, have defects or other problems repaired. They, you may subtract the cost of the repairs from the next month's rent. That will get your landlord's attention, for sure.

Just remember, you can only resort to the repair-and-deduct remedy if the problem is more than simply annoying. The problem has to be a threat to your health or safety. You cannot make a deduction for discovering a cockroach or two, but you can make the deduction if you are fully infested with cockroaches and the problem can be documented that it has been ongoing.

Before calling in an exterminator you are required to give the landlord notice of the problem and provide access to your apartment. Be sure to put your complaint in writing and clearly explain to your landlord that if the problem is not resolved within two weeks time, that you will schedule to have the work performed and the cost of said service will be deducted from the following month's rent. Be certain to get dated and signed receipts from the service contractor showing exactly what work was performed in case you have to prove it in court. 

The law says that landlords must keep their properties sound. That includes floors, stairways and roofs. Electrical service, plumbing and heating must operate safely. He must supply a reasonable amount of hot and cold water and he must keep pest infestations in check.

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Here's the catch. If it turns out that he can prove that you are the cause of the pest infestation, you're on the hook for the service bill. If your home is not clean and he says the cockroach problem is caused by your unsanitary living conditions, and he presents pictures of your messy kitchen, the repair bill will become your responsibility. If you refuse to pay, your landlord has the right to take the payment out of your security deposit.

Tenant rights are "inalienable." This means most of the rights covered in tenant laws cannot be signed away. Your landlord cannot have you sign a lease document that denies you these rights. When renting, these rights are usually referred to as a "warranty of habitability." Should landlord fail to maintain a dwelling as fit to inhabit, the lease can be broken, and the tenant is no longer obligated to pay rent.

There are lots of good online resources on this topic such as the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's website. Nearly every state in the U.S. also has a tenant's rights website online. Plus, there are plenty of books on the topic, too.

That said, do you really want to deal with the type of landlord you are facing? My advice would be to look for a different place.

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andrea
04 Jan 2012, 00:50
i have bird mites my new apts have pigeons all over i have poor health so i have felt them since moving in i believe their in bloodstream not to mention im a single mom of a one year old my hairs being eatn out & i believe they came from dead bird out daughters window or bird nest in vent with mold landlods been lying and wont help what can i do lifes ruinned
LA
04 Jan 2012, 01:30
In reply to Andrea, about Bird Mites. Have you called the Health dept. yet?? Call them. That sounds like a health hazard and they will hold your landlord accountable if necessary.They have people who deal with those issues and should be able to guide you.I feel for you. I wish you well.
Shai
08 Feb 2012, 20:19
Hola,
i just moved into this apartmet two weeks ago. the first night i notice my body was itchy and i found some red bumps on my arms. i thought it was an allergic reaction so i didnt pay mind to it. 5 days later i saw something (BEB BUG) crawling on my bed. thats when i notice i had bed bugs. i checked my entired apartment and the bathroom, the room, the living and dinning room, even the balcony are full of bed bugs. i notified my landlord because that night i had to sleep in my car (i was afraid), my landlord said he will take care of it. he sent the maintanence guy to pour some powder. i have not stayed in that apartpartment for almost a week. and he still wants me to pay rent. he offered another unit but it will be ready in a week, meanwhile i have been sleeping on the floor of a friend house and my car. the guy will not compensate me. he knew that unit had bedbugs and he never informed me. just when i told him, he said "i thought the bed bugs were controlled".i had to get rid of my matress. there is eggs everywhere. i dont know what to do. if that unit is infested i believe the entire building is.. please i need help.
Ask the Exterminator
09 Feb 2012, 10:08
From what you are describing regarding the "eggs everywhere", I would say that the bed bug population had to be visible when you first looked at the apartment. Bed bugs don't instantly "swarm" a mattress and they don't suddenly lay massive amounts of eggs in a week unless you put your mattress right over where hundreds of pregnant female bed bugs were hiding. Either way, some of the responsibility is yours. No one forces you to rent a bug infested apartment. The landlord can show from service receipts that he has made a good faith effort to control the problem.
Natasha
26 Feb 2012, 19:21
when i moved into my apartment september 8th 2010 i had only ever seen articles in the papers about these bugs, the first night i got here my landlord have left the previous tenants mess for us to clean up...i could not imagine why anyone would just up and leave and take absolutely nothing...but after seeing a bed bug and immediately remembering the picture from the paper i started to read up alot of information on these bugs...i have learned so much during many sleepless nights ..one thing being good damn luck getting them out...and now i realize why they had left EVERYTHING behind because these bugs do not stay only in beds despite the name they can live everywhere ...i have three children and a fiance whom i spent many nights awake with all my lights on...just standing over them continuously flipping the blankets up trying to stop the bugs from eating them...i even became so numb to it that i was killing them between my nails and when i see them on furniture i use a lighter to kill each one i see...i have an apartment full of wooden stuff and i am about to move ...im am so very concerned with burdening another renter with these pests and i feel so anti social i am embarrassed of this problem and would never run the risk of putting any family through this which meens no visitors ..my children cant even stay with their grandparents i would hate to see them infest the home they own. im almost debating staying here its not like if i move and take everything i wont still have them i am betting that its a 100 percent chance i will transfer them to my next residence not only could i not live with myself i could be held accountable for helping the spread :( and i dont want them anymore ...i cant live with these for the rest of my life and if not treated or dealt with responsibly i may end up having them forever... we have packed everything into garbage bags 2 times and bin fumigated , each piece of furniture including the beds were treated and still no luck...when i mentioned to my landlord i would consider suing him if this wasnt dealt with he blatantly laughed in my face an asked " well how would i know you didnt bring them in?" i know he knows that he didnt disclose this information to me upon my arrival in the new city i was a desperate and easy target...most people say if you cant prove that didnt you bring them in ...then you have no chance of winning against the landlord...but as i mentioned before when i moved in the old tenants had left everything and as i cleaned i stumbled across the ex tenants fumigation pink slip thats states it was from my apartment 10 months prior to my rental there it is dated, says the name, address and what the place was being treated for and to the best of my knowledge the tenant had paid for himself....even though i know the landlord here has no problem fumigating ...it never ever works... i would like to hold him responsible for my furniture reimbursement or small claims so that i actually have a chance to escape! what do you think?? i mean i cant sleep on my beds i cant sit on my couches i have baggies with the bugs inside pictures of the bugs and blood and waste and photos of the bites i was careful to document and keep every piece of proof i could i have ripped open each mattress and added a new baggie to my collection each is dated...i have the receipt from the ex tenant ...i have pictures taken today that are dated by my camera ... tell me i can do something!!! please!!
Ask the Exterminator
27 Feb 2012, 11:39
Proving your landlord's responsibility for the bed bugs is, indeed, tough. The old pest control receipt is good evidence, but he simply needs to say that he did, in fact, inform you of their prior bed bug problems before you signed the lease. Your word against his.

As for the bed bugs, control is very possible, but you need to educate yourself about their habits and the actual control process. It requires you knowing how to identify all the instar stages of the bug. (If you don't know what an "instar stage" is, then you have not learned enough.) You also need to know which pesticides should be used and how and where to use them.

It takes work to get rid of bed bugs, but it can be done.
Clemence
30 Apr 2012, 10:35
I have a tenant that insist she still saw a bed bug or two even after 14 treatments and a dog sniffer in the end that declared no more bed bugs.
This tenant sent me a video showing a live one, I sent it to my exterminator and he saiys how do we know itis from the apartment? Also she claims to have gone twice to emergency for bed bug bites, yet we have had an exterminator going there since last August to do the whole building not justthat one.
Each time the exterminator goes they still have not complied with what they needed to do for it to work, like no bed cover zippered mattress, clothing in closets floors making it imposible for exterminators to do the job as they should,each time it has been an issue. Different people moving in, old furniture brought in even though they were told not to do that.
I am at my witts end. Tenant request us to get heat treatment which is very costly.But renter not willing ot follow the rule when exterminator has been tehre and has pople in and out. so That owuld be useless.HELP.We now will ask her to move, so we can get the place rechecked again.
HELP
Pest pro
30 Apr 2012, 10:42
As a professional pest controller, I do not agree with your assesment of shai's situation. You said she should share fault for moving into an infested apartment. The infestation should have been visable? To you a professional perhaps. How many times have you shown homeowners or landlords "obvious" pest issues they were unaware of? It's very common for me to do so.

Its probably been a while since you've had to live in an apartment. Having family in property management and myself being a pco. I will explain how shai might not have seen what would be "obvious" to you. Frequently, for various reasons, apartments are shown before being prepped and cleaned for the next tenant. A tenant walks into an apartment, see's the mess and rather than inspect every grain of rice, grease splatter, mildew or BEDBUG feces. They're focus is conceptualizing after the place is cleaned, whether or not is has enough space, picturing where their belongings will be place etc. Futhermore, for places which have been cleaned. Bedbug fecal matter, skin castings, and carcasses from baseboards, walls, trim and other surfaces have been cleaned up. In addition, you know many landlords self treat which in turns repels pests deeper into hiding. There is no "Obvious" evidence to the normal tenant and even to a lot of pco's. Are tenants to blame for not removing trim, switchplates, smoke alarms and knowing what this evidence looks like ? I say it is not a tenants fault for not knowing what they're moving into. In fact, if tenant never had a previous infestation, do not bring home used furniture, and other common sources. Stop blaming them. People can carry bed bugs on their personal items but was the source? The previous landlord, tenant, shelter, hotel/motels, employer offices who deny to avoid paying for treatments and liability. Where was the source of their infestations and prior to theirs? The same and so on until we get to the earlier in 2000's when the only infestations we pro's saw were High end Hotels, corporate housing, and business executive's homes. Is it their fault shai and these other tenants have bedbugs?
Ask the Exterminator
30 Apr 2012, 15:01
Please note that Shai said "i checked my entired apartment and the bathroom, the room, the living and dinning room, even the balcony are full of bed bugs." I'm not saying that non-professionals are responsible for knowing how to identify bed bugs, but the apartment was visible "full of bed bugs". Her words, not mine.
Pest pro
01 May 2012, 00:27
She checked the apartment after she moved into the place. She is not to blame. The slum lord is!
Shai
01 May 2012, 08:12
Hello,
It has been over 2 months this situation happened. I'll have to say i was angry at the response the exterminator gave me but hey everyone have their own opinion.

I left that place after i found out those things were bedbugs, and i was still paying rent and not living there. Just because i left all my stuff in the apartment.. (oh well), I had to get rid of all my furniture. (everything) Even some photo frames i had on the wall. All the guy did was give me the security deposit. I lived there for less than two weeks. And all my stuff had bedbugs all over the place.

The landlord knew there were bedbugs before in that unit, but he thought he killed them all. So he said. This situation was painful because i had to seemy doc because i had bites all over my body and i had an allergic reaction. Those bites looked like bumps all over body and face. I called the citty so they can come and inspect the apartment and they never came. I waited and i kept on calling but no answer.

Right now i found an okey place, the best thing is that is bedbug free! Thanks have a great day..:)
Concerned Landlord
05 Jun 2012, 11:05
Overview:
There was a problem about two years ago with bed bugs in an apartment. We brought in an exterminator (which was expensive). He removed the bed bugs and the tenant has not had an issue since. About a month and a half ago a couple and their child moved into another aparment in our building. That apartment had never had bed bugs (or at the very least had never complained about bed bugs- and we had to evict them, so I am sure that they would have complained if it was a problem). At the month and a half mark the tenant came in and said that they believed that they had bed bugs (with signs of bites of somesort, but no actual bed bug). She said it started out on her matress, so they went to sleep on the couch. We decided to supply the tenant with the bed bug dust (which is an organic solution that is safe for children and pregnant women- as this tenant is pregnant). She did not get back to us for over a week (her father came in yelling at us saying that we did not do anything- she also owed us one month's rent and was not able to pay). We offered to go in and apply it properly- using the directions and steam cleaning the carpets as well. We also suggested that she get rid of the matress (seeing as how she said that was the initial problem area). She refused to do that and said she wants us to take care of the problem (she also cursed us out and said to evict her, so we are in the messy process).
Questions:
1.In your opinion, did we not perform due diligence in this matter to a satisfactory degree?

2.After she is evicted, we are going to steam clean the carpets, throw away any remaining furinture, and spread the bed bug dust. Will this method work?

Your thoughts are greatly appreciated as this is a new issue for us (as far as a tenant that would not cooperate with our attempts to remove the pest).

Thank You for your time and assistance,
Concerned Landlord
Ask the Exterminator
06 Jun 2012, 16:18
Landlord,

You are breaking the law. Your tenant could sue you for applying a pesticide without a license. To apply a pesticide in a place, other than your personal home, requires you to have a pesticide applicator's license. So, let the tenant go quietly into the night and hope there is no backlash. Then, call in a pro to do the job right and legally.
Concerned Landlord
06 Jun 2012, 16:49
Thank you for your assistance. We did not apply it (we provided it to her based off of an online website bed-bugs.net). Yesterday we scheduled a pest control inspection for tomorrow, so we will be paying for the treatment again.
How/why do these companies exit if you cannot apply the organic compound yourself (just wondering, not attempting to argue)? They say that it is a cheap, do-it-yourself method.

Thank you again for your assistance.
Concerned Landlord
Ask the Exterminator
06 Jun 2012, 16:59
Like I said in the previous post, you can apply the stuff in your private home, but you can't apply it in someone else's home or business without a license to do so.
Patrick
24 Jul 2012, 13:32
Hello, I am a landlord i rented out a apartmen that was clean and up to date, everything was in good condition before my current tenant moved in, She leaves the front door open all the time and one time her uncle left the door open for a half a day, now she is complaining about ants and bugs, i told her that it was her fault and she needs to keep the door closed, the windows have screens, Can i hold her responcible for the pest being in the apartment ?
Ask the Exterminator
25 Jul 2012, 12:22
You can hold her responsible if you have documentation that you notified her in writing about leaving the door open. If not, you are responsible for providing pest control.
Michelle Jones
22 Aug 2012, 19:16
We have a unique situation in that the tenant notified us of the presence of silverfish in our condo (she states has noticed 2-3/day). We immediately met with her and an exterminator to evaluate the problem and begin extermination. We even found an organic solution that is more expensive and agreed to pay for that. Now she is saying it would be easier for her to just move out and is threatening to break the lease as well as asking for compensation for the fact that she may need to get her belongings inspected to make sure there is no silverfish brought into a new place.

My questions are:
1. Are we responsible for compensating for the inconvenience of having to pack her cupboards, empty drawers, etc (as exterminator has said this will lead to most effective extermination)?
2. If she claims respiratory issues demand it, are we required to use the organic solution? (which exterminator said is likely less effective and respiratory issues can be offset by vacating premises for longer period of time)
3. Is this a legitimate reason to break the lease if we have shown ourselves responsive to the issue?

We are in CA and I have been unable to find a similar situation since it appears usually the landlord refuses to exterminate.
tena
15 Oct 2012, 16:29
i was just wondering, we live in a complex where 1 person had bed bugs and we all got sprayed, then in 2 weeks they were doing a( FOLLOW UP ), the follow up didnt mention any new treatment , we assumed the follow up was the dog that they bring in often, so i was not ready for the seconD treatment which was the powder under the rads, can my landlord evict me for this?
Ask the Exterminator
15 Oct 2012, 16:37
You'll only be evicted if you make a habit of ignoring the landlord's requests.
sam
14 Dec 2012, 04:18
Hi my boyfriend lives in a private owned apartment building in ca. An we've found so many cockroaches an tried to get rid of them are self.but when he first moved in they left a bottle of roach killer under the sink its getting so bad its more than just 6 . Does he have to pay full rent if this is a huge issue? We haven't complained to the landlord yet. But is that illegal?
Susan
19 Dec 2012, 20:04
If a tenant refuses to have the landlord use a harmful bug spray and produces a doctor's note requesting that this harmful pesticide not be used -- can he then be evicted? And, if so, can the the apartment manager then hold his belongings and furniture as hostage for more rent money and also order him to pay the 'cure' of the apartment when the furniture is removed and also order him to pay for wrapping his furniture in wrapping foils prior to allowing his movers to move the furniture?
Ask the Exterminator
20 Dec 2012, 10:15
If you refuse a necessary treatment you could be evicted. The pest control company that is providing the treatment should give you printed information about each of the materials they intend to use. If there is a problem with one, they should be able to substitute with another more acceptable product.
Monique
21 Feb 2013, 23:03
Hello, I moved from California to Florida in October 2012 and since i moved in i have been getting bit constantly. At first i thought oh its just the mosquito's but then i kept getting bit even more and more without going outside or opening any window, so i went to the hospital and doctors to get treatment and every treatment has failed the doctors concluded that there is some kind of pest in my carpet that is biting me and they have written letters for the management to clean the carpets. [ which they refused to do so and told me it is my responsibility. My neighbor next door told me the people who lived here before me were really dirty ] I got tired of them saying no so i wrote an email to the property management and they sent an exterminator to find out what the problem was [took 4 months for them to finally do something] the exterminators found out it was bedbugs. Everything in my apartment is brand new so i didn't bring them with me from California because i have never experienced bed bugs before until i moved into this apartment in Florida. So my main question is, is it all right for the management to charge me for the treatment if i have been getting bit since i moved into the apartment and is there anything i can do about them taking so long for not doing what my doctors have asked them to do? My body is now badly scared from the 4 months of constantly getting bitten.
CRYSTAL
28 Feb 2013, 21:45
i just rented a house yesterday an found black mold, two big mouse holes an some bugs an a lot of spiders i wanted to know if i can break my lease i am afraid to move in the house with my four children
Tony D
06 Mar 2013, 13:43
My family and I recently (3 weeks ago) moved into a rental property (Duplex) in Indianapolis and we have discovered bed bugs in my daughter's bedroom. We called an exterminator to come out for a free inspection and he says that it is a bad infestation that has very likely been there for a long time but there is no way to really prove that. I informed my property manager prior to calling the exterminator but, when I informed them of what the exterminator said, they simply told me, "That information is not accurate." In my rental agreement, I signed to accept the dwelling "as-is" and I fear that this may cause me to be responsible for paying the $1000+ cost to rid the house of the bugs. The family in the other half of the duplex is calling the same exterminator to inspect their half and, if they have an infestation also, I read in the county health code that "When infestation exists in the shared or public parts or in two or more of the
dwelling units of a multi-unit dwelling, extermination is the responsibility of the
owner." Does this mean that I have legal rights to force the owner to pay for extermination if they find an infestation in the other half of the duplex? And, if so, how should I go about presenting this information tactfully to my property manager so I don't draw an eviction over it since I've tried to be civil about not being the one who brought this infestation to the house? The exterminator inspected EVERYTHING. He was very thorough and did not find any evidence that we moved the bugs into the house with us and we have never had any problems with any kind of infestation in any of the rental places we have lived over the past 8 years. Any help with this issue would be appreciated.
ang
04 Aug 2013, 01:42
I moved into an apartment and started noticing roaches so I told the manager they did nothing I called health department they came she sprayed once the roaches never left so we called again we been having an open case with the health department for over 7 months I have a son who is now 1 years old the health department came out three times and that's the only timey manager sprayed what do I do from here I want to move but she refuses to let me break the lease with recieving my deposit. And bad credit its almost a year in oct since we been living in an invested home other tendents had cases open with the health department before us for bed bugs and roaches nothing has been done where do I ho from here its not safe wife a moving infant
Kiki
15 Aug 2013, 15:10
Hello,
I just moved from my family's home into an apartment complex. I was unable to see any unit except for the model,but I was assured that the unit had just been painted and carpets replaced. I moved in on Tuesday evening (Aug 6) and had new couches and a mattress delivered the same evening. The following morning i noticed about 12-20 roaches scattering from the bathroom and kitchen, and as i was sitting on the couch, I thought I saw a flea jump off my hand! I let the management company know, they sent a general exterminator over and told me the flea was impossible since they just had the carpets replaced. I thought it was a random thing until I started waking up with bites. Now I'm scared that there are bed bugs and/or fleas and I have only been in this apt for 9 days! Let me also state that I have used boric acid, combat traps, I've bombed the house with flea foggers and used carpet flea spray. The management will not cover bed bugs if I have them, but I've only been there 9 days (getting bit for 4)...Please tell me what my rights are.
Ask the Exterminator
16 Aug 2013, 15:56
A landlord must provide a pest-free living environment. Of course, if the tenant is responsible for creating the problem, the tenant can be evicted if uncooperative.
chereese
08 Dec 2013, 01:35
I never knew a bed bug until I moved here. About 6 months in My kids started getting marks in there face arms legs. So we all slept together I woke up had same issue. So I started noticing bugs crawling around. Mind u my kids had bunk beds new my bed new got new things when we moved. So noticed there beds was same issue. Okay I fussed about kids maybe eating in room and sitting on beds after outside play. Found out what they were online. Got some spray stripped rooms and bleached. Washed everything hot water. Things were better. 6 months later same issue. Now i notice lots on beds in group s. Got rid of all beds. Bleached sprayed. Now they are back. Called landlord i live in public housing they sent pest control they came i stripped room and they did there job came follow up things were fine. Now they are back this night im up cause bedbug s got my bed and my daughter again. I called left a message to landlord i have to throw beds away again. New things just a waste but it's strange they only spread in room.we sleep fine on sofa. Any suggestion?
Girl1979
09 Dec 2013, 22:52
Hi, I just moved into a new building with many studio apt. I did not have bed bugs in my old apt, and I have never see them. As soon as I moved in I started getting bites, after 4 weeks, I started getting about 2-3 bites per night, I eventually caught a bed bug. I checked my mattress it is clean. In other words I think it is very mild infestation at the moment. However, Landlord told me that my whole floor had bed bugs before, but they were eliminated. Now , they want to send an exterminator, but I want the adjacent apt to be treated as well, because, I think my bed bug came through the cracks in the walls, and I think they travel from apt to apt. I also read that in many apt buildings it is important to treat other apt.

How can I get it done? Is there a law that will make my landlord treat also areas around? I read many articles that if bed bugs live in the wall, and they treat only my pat then they will go to neighbor and eventually come back to me!

This is my first time dealing with bed bugs and I am afraid they won't eradicate them!
anchi
18 Dec 2013, 14:49
My husband and I recently moved into an apartment and realized almost immediately within a day or two that the apartment was infested with bed bugs. It seemed that only the bedroom is as I noticed a lot of black dots near sockets and baseboards. Apartment complex management immediately called the pest which sprayed and convinced me that this should have solved the problem. As I was reading a lot about the bed bug infestations I decided I will move out and not deal with this which was ok with the property manager. They did understand that apartment was infested before we moved in since we notified them in less than 24hrs. We moved out within a week and moved into a different apartment which is owned by a different management. This was last week. I am out of country for business and my husband haven't noticed any in the new place. We did make sure to wash all of our clothes, disassemble the furniture and treat everything with rubbing alcohol before taking it into the new apt. But I am scared to death we brought them with us which only time will show. I am ready to pay for the heat treatment taking that this time it would be my fault. Do I need the landlords permission? I refuse using any chemicals since we know they don't kill eggs and it will be just a waste of time. I want to be bed bug free which heat guarantees. I would like to schedule an appointment if it comes to that but want to make sure I follow the rules. Will I need to inform my landlord of my suspicions? thank you!
kailee
12 Jan 2014, 15:00
ok, so i moved into my apartment complex in April in may i had noticed a bug on my sweatshirt in my closet while hanging. i put the bug in a bag then the next.day i found another bug red in color same as the first i had found. i again then placed bug in the bag. i started Googling the bug all signs pointed to a bed bug i then took the bag to my apartment office. one of the office ladies Googled as well and she said it was a tick. at first i was thinking, a tick? i haven't been nor have my kids or fiance been in any heavy wooded areas or around trees period actually. how would have two ticks have gotten into my home. the lady in the office had convinced me it was a tick seeing how i have never seen a bed bug before in my life i felt a since of relief. a few weeks go by i notice marks on my children then a few months go by and i start noticing more little red marks all over my 5 year old daughters arm covered!!! then i started spotting a few more "ticks" as the lady stated they were!! how the Hell am i getting ticks i thought my fiance became obsessed with the bugs after researching and learning about where beg bugs hide he then went to my daughters room and lifted up their sheets from their beds and the cresses of their mattress where BEYOND COVERED with bed bugs and beg bug pooh!! all sheets ruined pillows ruined stuffed animals ruined clothes ruined mattress ruined couches ruined chairs ruined... i then went back to my landlord and then had a bag full of about 60 bed bugs. the landlord agreed to come in and do a investigation, this time but not when i was ibm with the same proof of bug in May!! it was now November!! they came in and did a treatment and came back two weeks later for a follow up. after the first extermination i had spoken with the landlord and he stated i had done a great job preparing for the extermination i then asked if the apartment building had had an investigation of bed bugs before i moved him. he then admitted to me there had been no investigation before moving in. throw follow up day had came and they were still there they exterminated a second time. now the landlord is charging me $400 for the extermination, and they are still in my apartment. i have swept my house.from top to bottom over 30 time in every corner ever vent when doing so i noticed the corners of the carpet are not stretched all the way to every corner leaving huge open spots in multiple corners of my home.. i lifted w corner a there was beg bug poop all over the hardwood flooring under the carpet.. i believe the bed bugs were here before i moved.into this place.. i do not feel responsible for the cost of something that did not help this bed bug problem at all!!! i have to lose everything i bought all brand new beds when moving in here and.sheets.and.comforter sets when.moving in!! now they will all be gone and i will get nothing back for the money spent
when moving in... please help me!! i need to know who is responsible!!!! :( my little girls are the ones who.have.suffered.because.of this:(
beth denithorne
13 Jan 2014, 15:08
After 4 months of compaing to lanlord about bed bugs n winning ruling why we didnt pay tent n living out of bags n bit everywhere she has exterminator come out sprayed in 10 min said we could be in unit when he sprayed n still have bedbugs n exterminator told lanlord he only saw a few dead ones never sprayed unit next store who had them first.What to do my life n my family are
beth denithorne
13 Jan 2014, 15:10
After 4 months of compaing to lanlord about bed bugs n winning ruling why we didnt pay tent n living out of bags n bit everywhere she has exterminator come out sprayed in 10 min said we could be in unit when he sprayed n still have bedbugs n exterminator told lanlord he only saw a few dead ones never csprayed unit next store who had them first.What to do my life n my family are
Ginny
06 Feb 2014, 22:37
Before moving into the apartment I was aware that the apartment had bed bugs, but I was assured that the apartment had been treated 3 times. Even before movingly I was a little skeptical but since I was on a waiting list once I received the letter I had 3 days to move if not my rent would be raised to market rent. Now it's been less than 2 weeks and I found 3 bed bugs in the coat closet....I'm freaking out cause I'm scared of bugs, I will call management tomorrow to report the problem since I just found out tonight....my question is can the landlord be sued for carelessness?? And for the stress that I'm going through?? I keep going into my kids room every few minutes just to check they don't have bed bugs on them! I haven't seen any in the rooms yet and I hope is not a big infection but I'm not sure what to do.
Lorey
17 Feb 2014, 03:19
Hi! We moved into an apartment building with approx. 16 2bdrm apartments per building. We moved in the beginning of August (2013) and in December we found the bedbugs. I have called the office and reported it over and over again, and although they always promise something will be done, our apartment has never been sprayed. It's now February (2014) and I am honestly a wreck. I rarely sleep, and i am constantly searching for the little beasts. I have 3 children (the youngest born just a couple weeks after we moved in, so 6 months old and my oldest is 6) and it breaks my heart to see them so covered in bites. The same bites that are driving me crazy. We can't go anywhere, nor can we have visitors. I finally went online to leave a review of the service here and saw that someone else had beat me to it! Only in their review they mentioned their apartment had in fact been sprayed once a couple of months ago, but the bugs were back. (Btw we were informed when we moved in the apartment would be sprayed every 2 months for everything as a precaution, it hasn't been sprayed once.)
We're very clean people and we came here with out any furniture (a storm had caused horrible water damage in our storage compartment), so everything was new (just a futon in the living room, kitchen table, and beds were all bought after moving in.)
I've washed everything in hot water and in a hot dryer-at an off site laundry just in case (costing around $80, I've thrown out my brand new box springs, bought zippered hypo - allergenic bedbug mattress covers, washed everything with hot, bleach water, I vacuum constantly... I'm at my wits end! We have a year lease with 6 months left, but it seems obvious the bugs are going to keep coming back and the landlord isn't going to spray every apartment in the building, let alone mine. I really justwant to move and pay an exterminator to spray my moving truck, or a storage unit, something?! What should I do? Can I legally break my lease? Please help us....
maria
02 Mar 2014, 09:07
hi, I have been renting an apartment since August of2013 it is now March. I found a bed bug every once in a while they started to appear in the bathroom. I found maybe 2 in the bathroom in three months a month later I found one in the bedroom soI searched everwhere I sent my landlord an email and explained everythin I also have roaches beyond control and now mice. my landlord said she would take care of it and sent the super who obviously did nothing because all these rodents are still here. when I moved in I asked about all this because I had a new born who is now 7 months old I woke up this morning to my son having a bed bug bite on his cheek and I know what they look like because I was bitten by one a few days ago and it looks exactly the same. I am trying to do my part by setting up traps and bait but I am furious my son has been bitten what can I do at this point
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