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lorenarvela, Renter in Houston, TX

what can I do about bed bugs and my landlord?

Asked by lorenarvela, Houston, TX Thu Aug 1, 2013

So we are renting and in a 2 year contract, I started to notice the bites on my fingers and arms. My daughter also started having the same problem, I just thought mosquitoes were really bad. I ended up having a really bad allergic reaction on my face and neck. Well I just discovered that we have bed bugs, we have never had this issue before and Im not really sure what to do. In our contract it states we are responsible for "pest Control" but bed bugs is a totally different situation. I've had 2 staff infections due to scratching and have huge scars everywhere!! What can I do to have the landlord help with this issue

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Bed bug control definitely would be a part of pest control. It's never good to have something like this, and I'm sure that it really sucks to deal with, but if your lease says that you're in charge of pest control, you're going to need to take care of this. Calling a pest control company and getting the process started should be immediate concerns. The sooner you get rid of this problem, the better everything will be for you. Hopefully you're able to get it figured out quickly. This definitely wouldn't be fun to have to deal with.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 28, 2015
I agree with this answer. You will have to get a pest control company yourself, since your lease puts you in charge of it. You should definitely get someone quickly. Bed bugs can become a pretty serious issue. http://oldislandpestcontrol.com/pests/bed-bugs
Flag Thu May 14, 2015
Start pest control immediately! There are many places that specialize in bed bugs. You might be able to work out a compromise with your landlord, but you shouldn't delay getting the help you need. Bed bugs can be hard to get rid of, and the blow to your health is serious. Good luck with everything. http://goevergreenpest.com/bed-bugs/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 9, 2015
I know that a lot of the time pest control comes down to the landlord. There can be exceptions made in the contract however. I would start off by getting the pests taken care of and then talk to the landlord about reimbursement. That way, at least in the short term, you won't be itchy anymore. http://www.bestcontrol.ca/en/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 21, 2014
Thank you!!! I will definitely look into it:)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 1, 2013
I am sorry you are dealing with this problem. I didn't know the answer to your question so I googles "bed bugs, lease contract, texas" and there is tons of controverty over this issue. From what I read there is a "bed bug" clause that was developed wherein the landlord and tenant both disclose previous infestations or exposures to bed bugs and if relevant, that treatment was performed. I suppose this is intended to give the lease a clean start, assuming everyone tells the truth and no one in adjacent apartments exposes the entire building to bed bugs. There was some discussion about whether or not bed bug infestation rendered the property uninhabitable and grounds for terminating the lease. I would advise you contact a real estate attorney before making a decision on this so your are fully informed on your rights and obligations. You can also check out the link below for additional information. Good Luck!

0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 1, 2013
But I've never has this issue before until I moved into the property.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 1, 2013
I think your landlord will help pay for the cost of pest control. Truthfully, it's your fault for the bed bugs, so you should expect to pay most of the cost. It shouldn't be too hard to get a team out to your apartment and get rid of the bed bug problem. http://www.protermite.com/bed-bugs.html
Flag Tue Nov 18, 2014
Most often bed bugs move in with the furniture, Don't delay get pest control before you have pest control and doctor bills.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 1, 2013
I agree with Don, it sounds like the best thing to do is to call a pest control company. I would talk to your landlord and explain the situation. Chances are that it will say somewhere in your contract that he has to pay for pest control fees. You'll want to get those taken care of so you don't have any more health issues. http://www.huntingtonwvpestcontrol.com/Residential-Commercial-Pest-Control-Huntington-WV.html
Flag Thu Mar 19, 2015
Don, you are essentially right. Bed Bugs are travelers. They hitch a ride on people, furniture, boxes, clothing, and even new carpet and new furniture. There is some good news. Bed Bugs are highly treatable. Before you consider walking away from all your possessions, please note the high probability you will still bring some with you. Treatments seem to cost $70 to $400 and price is probably related to guaranty more than effectiveness. Good luck!
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