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Can Your Apartment Building Charge You For A Bed Bug Infestation?

Is It The Landlord or the Tenant's Fault for Bed Bugs?
Is It The Landlord or the Tenant’s Fault for Bed Bugs?

Your New York City bed bug control experts get this question a lot: Is it possible for your landlord to charge you if you get a bed bug infestation? The short answer to this question is yes, but it’s only possible if they find that the problem happened because you were negligent in some way. The chances of them proving that are very slim. Let’s go into this in more detail.

Proving Negligence After a Bed Bug Infestation

You probably have no idea how bed bugs came to live in your apartment, and truth be told, the same is true for your landlord. The burden of proof is theirs in this situation, and they have to prove that you were negligent. There are a few ways they can do this, such as:

• Indicating instances where you brought in infested furniture.

• Identifying and proving hoarding behaviors.

• Identifying hygiene problems within the apartment.

Proving your negligence would involve inspecting every apartment and finding them bed bug-free. If your landlord hasn’t done that, they can’t prove anything and should be made to foot the bill for the cleanup.

Hiring New York City Bed Bug Control Experts

If your apartment has a bed bug problem, you can trust the pros at Stern Environmental to help. We offer only the best in bed bug treatments, including using Cryonite, which has proven to be highly effective. Please contact us.

NYC’s Top Hotels Are Outed for Bed Bug Problems

NYC's Top Hotels Are Outed for Bed Bug Problems
NYC’s Top Hotels Are Outed for Bed Bug Problems

New York City hotels are fighting a tiny menace that makes life miserable for guests. Bed bugs have packed their bags and moved in to some of the top hotels in the city.

The tiny bloodsuckers infiltrate bedding, walls, drawers, curtains, suitcases, tote bags, clothing, or anything else they can attach themselves to for a free ride to a new destination. Upon arrival the bed bugs set up housekeeping, then wait for the food buffet – which is the guests – to arrive.

Bed bugs can bite multiple times leaving red, itchy welts. While not disease carriers, some people do have an allergic reaction.

According to a report from the Bedbug Registry, New York has experienced an increase in bed bug complaints of over 44 percent in two years. This is alarming as the hotels used for the report are members of the Hotel Association of New York City.

Out of 272 association members, a whopping 65 percent had received at least one bed bug complaint. Another 18 hotels had a total of 363 bug complaints which equals 42 percent.

NYC bed bug control is at the top of the list for members of the association and to fight the insects, they have implemented anti-bedbug programs.

Whether you have a rental property, home, or business, consider NYC bed bug control for your property. Contact Stern Environmental Group for an inspection and treatment by our experienced staff.

How to Prepare Your Room for Bed Bug Treatment

Hearing the words “bed bug” is one thing, finding them in your home can ruin a perfectly good day. For such tiny pests, bed bugs can dig in their heels and pack a big wallop in upsetting your cozy home environment.

Bed Bug Issues

An infestation of bed bugs is tantamount to having an army running rampant through your home. These wingless pests are night predators and prefer the taste of human blood as their main course.

Bed bugs are found in many places in the home, office, restaurants, summer camps, theaters, schools, and hotels, just to name a few. The infiltration of these biting/itching pests requires treatment using extermination techniques and specialized products.

Early detection is key in addressing these gargantuan – only in aggravation – bugs. Using the services of the Stern Environmental Group puts you, your home, and your family in qualified hands to eradicate these tiny home wreckers.

Signs of Bed Bugs

  • Sheets, quilts, sofa throws and chair covers may show evidence of bed bugs due to rusty spots left by bugs.
  • White clusters with anywhere of 200 to 500 eggs the size of a pea may also be found on material and linens.
  • Bed bugs give off a distinct odor.
  • If you wake up with red itching welts or sores, have your home inspected.

Contact us by phone, send us an email, or use our convenient online form if you need help with a residential bed bug issue.

What to Do When Bed Bugs Come Home from School

The start of every school year brings a rash of reports that bed bugs have been found crawling on students’ backpacks or across classroom floors. Teachers trained to be on the lookout for these blood-sucking insects and fast action by school districts when bed bugs are discovered often prevents full-blown infestations at school. But it’s a different story when children inadvertently bring bed bugs home in their backpacks.

Bed bugs are rampant in the New York City and northern New Jersey area. Should bed bugs ride home with their child’s homework, parents can minimize the risk of home infestation by following these tips:

  • Educate yourself about bed bugs and their behavior. Know what to look for. You’ll find helpful information and photos of bed bugs and their bites on the Stern Environmental website.
  • Inspect your child’s backpack, lunch box and coat when he gets home.
  • Do not let your children take items that travel back and forth to school to their bedrooms.
  • Purchase a large plastic tub with a tight-fitting lid for each child and keep it near the door for storing book bags, coats and other school items.
  • Keep an eye out for bed bug signs.
  • If you suspect bed bugs, call Stern Environmental immediately for professional bed bug extermination.

Have a college student? Read our bed bug tips for college students.

 

Are Bed Bugs Coming Home with Your Child’s Homework?

Teachers are excited to welcome children back to school in the fall, but the pests that sometimes hitch a ride to school on students or their backpacks have cast an unpleasant pall on the start of the school year. Teachers and students have gotten used to the weekly head lice checks and lectures about hat sharing. But the resurgence of bed bugs has added an unwelcome tension to the start of the school year and made teachers — and students — hyper aware of creepy crawlies in their classrooms.

Because bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, they are classified as nuisance pests. But these tiny insects invoke a huge creep factor. Largely nocturnal, bed bugs creep into their human victims’ beds at night to feed on their blood. Unlike head lice, bed bugs do not live on the human body. Between meals they crawl away to hide in nearby cracks and crevices.

Bed bugs are adept hitchhikers and frequently arrive in schools hidden in the backpacks or clothing of children who live in infested homes. A bed bug sighting can induce panic as it did at Newark High School in Ohio recently when bed bugs were spotted crawling on a student’s backpack. Students were phoning their parents in panic and more than 100 worried parents pulled their children from classes.

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