My home is infested with bed bugs. What should I do?

My home/apartment is infested with bed bugs. What should I do?

All too often landlords and property managers rent homes and apartments without disclosing the past or present existence of bed bugs in the residence prior to new tenants taking occupancy. Unfortunately, thousands of families are injured and displaced on an annual basis as a direct result of landlords and property managers’ negligence and fraudulent concealment in reference to bed bugs. In the below video, a bed bug lawyer provides recommendations for individuals that reside in a home or apartment infested with bed bugs.

Our bed bug attorneys recommend that you take the following steps in the event your rental home or apartment is infested with bed bugs:

1. Notify your property manager or landlord immediately about the bed bugs. Demand the property manager or landlord retains an experienced extermination provider to treat and inspect your property.

2. Maintain a detailed note book of the names, dates and subject matter of all communications with any person in reference to the bed bugs. Also, keep track of all medical visits and diagnoses.

3. Make sure to document injuries throughout the entire process. The best way to do this is to take photos or videos of the bites and seek medical treatment with a doctor, not a pharmacist.

4. Take photos of any and all bed bug evidence. For example, the bed bugs themselves, bed bug skins, fecal spots and blood spots.

5. Seek medical attention at an emergency room, walk in clinic, primary care doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, mental health counselor and most importantly a dermatologist.

6. Contact an exterminator to conduct an inspection in your home. Make sure to get a copy of the report, an estimate and the exterminator’s business card.

7. If you live in an apartment building, duplex or townhouse, it is a good idea to speak with neighbors above, below and on each side of your home to see if they have encountered bed bugs in the past or are currently experiencing issues. Additionally, try to find out if the person who lived in the same apartment before you had any problems with bed bugs.

8. Do not sign a release, waiver or any document until it has been reviewed by an attorney.

9. If your landlord or property manager is not responding to any of your complaints within a timely manner, contact the local department of health or department of business and professional regulations.

Contact us today at 855-533-5552 for a free consultation with one of our bed bug lawyers.  We welcome you to post your comments below and to share your story.

4 thoughts on “My home is infested with bed bugs. What should I do?”

  1. After moving into my duplex, two months later my son started complaining of bumps and itching. Initially I thought it was allergies and started giving him medication. Two weeks later he said he saw bugs on or in his mattress. I simply did not, could not believe this was true and said he was probably dreaming. He then refused to sleep in his room and started sleeping on the couch. Two weeks later a friend came over and was laying on his bed and noticed the bugs. That’s when I knew, they we’re there. I take allergy medicine prescribed on a regular basis and though the same. It’s just my allergies, until one night out of the corner of my eye, I saw one in my air mattress. Totally perplexed, because it was an air mattress but I use a solid wood platform underneath. Reported it to the landlord he said I just have been them in on my pre-owned furniture I had stored in the basement. He held me liable for the damage and said he was going to sue. I live in a duplex and both units we’re empty prior to me moving in. I discarded my sons bed set and had an exterminator cone out, he inspected the sofa in the basement and found nothing. I believe they we’re there prior and the landlord knew or It was never reported.

  2. Hi, My name is Wayne I had just moved into a new apartment mini condo.I have been here for less than a week. I have been bitten so bad I had to go to the emergency room today and get two prescriptions and medications at the emergency room. What can I do if my landlord does not do nothing about this I had notified her today. The landlord told me to get rid of the couch because that’s where I sleep. I really just would like to know my legal rights thank you

  3. Wayne

    All property owners and landlords have a duty to provide a habitable dwelling. Failure to do so, such as providing a bed bug free home, access to heat and essentially a safe premises, could be legal justification or defense for a tenant to terminate the lease early, pay a pro rata share of the rent, withhold rental payments until the problem is fixed or possibly making necessary repairs on their own and deduct it from the rent owed. Before you take any steps forward, we strongly encourage you to speak with an attorney well versed in the landlord tenant laws of the state where your apartment is located.

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