Have you been waking up in the mornings with itchy red bumps? Are you finding mysterious spots on your bed and have no idea how they got there? It’s likely that you are the victim of those notorious night stalkers known as bed bugs. If you live in an apartment, you may be surprised to learn that it’s not always up to the landlord to treat your bed bug problem.
What should I do if I think I have bed bugs?
If you suspect that you might have bed bugs, your first course of action should be to call a pest control expert that specializes in bed bugs. A proper diagnosis is the first step to get rid of bed bugs. A reputable bed bug pest control service will quickly send someone to examine your home and may even use a bed bug detector dog to verify an infestation.
Once the bed bug problem has been properly diagnosed, treating bed bugs can be complicated, especially if you rent your living space. Many people mistakenly believe that bed bugs are a problem that ‘dirty’ people have and are embarrassed to report the issue to their landlord. This is in an incorrect assumption.
Rising levels of bed bug problems in Austin and throughout the country have shown that all classes of society suffer from bed bugs. Business travelers bring them home in their suitcases just as easily as someone purchasing second-hand furniture can introduce them to a new living space.
Is a landlord required to treat bed bugs in apartment?
Be sure to document when you reported bed bugs to your landlord. Also take pictures of any bugs you have found and the damage they have left behind, including soiled bed linens and bites. Laws vary in different states, but it is not uncommon for landlords to expect tenants to treat their own bed bug problems. If you encounter resistance or your landlord is refusing to treat bed bug problems, review your lease to see if you have any legal course of action.
Can I sue my landlord for bed bugs?
Lawsuits stemming from bed bug complaints are on the rise around the country. Hotel guests have sued large hotel chains, including the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, for bed bug incidents. Several people have won lawsuits against their landlords that include compensation for replacement of household belongings, pain and suffering and mental anguish associated with living in a bed bug infested apartment.
Filing a lawsuit is a long and tedious process. While the suit is ongoing you will continue to be subjected to bed bug bites while you sleep and the infestation will continue to get worse. The longer the problem is left untreated, the more damage the bed bugs will cause. As they reproduce they will invade more areas of your home.
Should I move if my landlord won’t treat my bed bug problem?
Moving will not remedy your bed bug problem. Bed bugs hide in seams of furniture, crevices of mattresses and in couch cushions. Taking your furniture to a new apartment will not provide relief, because that’s where many of the bed bugs live. Unless you plan to throw away all of your furniture and start fresh, you will likely experience the same problems in your new home. Effectively treating bed bugs is the best cure.
A specialized bed bug expert can use heat remediation to heat your entire home to a temperature sufficient to kill bed bugs, their nymphs and the eggs. If you’ve been suffering from bed bug bites you know that the peace of mind associated with knowing they are all dead and won’t come back is priceless.