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.