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Bed Bug Bite Scars

Can bed bug bites leave scars on humans? The answer might be yes.  A woman is suing a hotel located in Orlando for the permanent scars she has on her legs and torso that she claims were caused by the nasty bed bugs that attacked her at the hotel. She claims the hotel did not prevent “the  entrance and the breeding on the premises.” She is seeking a minimum of $15,000 in damages. She needed medical treatment for the bites.

Her lawyer claims the bed bug bites developed infections which created over thirty scars. Bed bug victims might want consult their physician and closely monitor their bite marks for infections. 

We often hear about the unattractive red marks, the itching and sometimes emotional trauma. I wonder if unfortunately, other bed bug victims have scars due to bacterial infections and keep quite about it due to the embarrassment. Bed bugs don’t carry disease but scarring is a serious issue. 

I feel sorry for the bed bug victims but I also feel sorry for hotel owners who are actually having the property inspected and fumigated, yet they still are vulnerable to bed bugs and lawsuits.

Call a professional bed bug exterminator if you have them in your home.

Bed Bugs, New York and Selling Houses

In my last post, I discussed the laws for selling a co-op or a condo in New York. Let’s take a look at the laws for selling a home in New York.

Sellers are obligated to fill out a disclosure statement and provide it to the buyer. The disclosure statement asks if the house has ever had a pest infestation. Some homeowners that had a bed bug infestation simply avoid the issue and do not offer the form to the buyer.

Does the city toss them in jail or insist on community service work? No they just fine them $500. Some owners will gladly pay the fine to avoid informing the buyer of the dreaded bed bug infestation and avoid the loss of the sale. Morals and real estate don’t always go together.

The buyer needs to be aware of the obligatory disclosure statement. Don’t sign the contract without it. If the seller says his ferret ate it, be suspicious.

Since a seller could lie on the form or maybe not even be aware of an early stage bed bug infestation, perhaps bringing a bed bug sniffing beagle with you or a professional bed bug exterminator would be appropriate while touring homes for sale. 

Bed Bugs and New York Real Estate Rules

According to one expert if your selling a co-op or a condo that had a bed bug problem you don’t have to mention it to prospective buyers since a Property Condition Disclosure Act is not required to be filled out for these types of properties.

Apartment owners get to hide behind the “Doctrine of caveat emptor” which essentially says, let the buyer beware. But it gets silly. If a potential buyer were to ask  specifically if the apartment had been infested with bed bugs the owner is obligated to give an honest answer. So perhaps sellers should pass out martinis to prospective buyers in order to cause them to forget about asking the dreaded bed bug question. 

Buyers of New York City condos and co-ops should walk into the residence and after a firm handshake say “hello,  have you ever had bed bugs?” Of course a sly property owner could tell the judge “I said no because I thought he asked about red slugs.”

If the real estate broker knows there is a bed bug problem he is obliged to tell potential buyers. However, the owner does not have to tell the broker and thus can avoid having the truth come out.  

For bed bug control call a professional. 

Bed Bug Laws – New Jersey Style

Some people claim that the laws effecting bed bug removal in New Jersey actually help spread the bed bugs to more locations. Landlords are required under New Jersey law to get rid of bed bugs from their properties that contain three or more rental units. However the law does not prevent them from passing on the cost to the renters.

An apartment complex in New Jersey decided to charge only the renters that are known to have bed bugs in their apartments for the exterminator service and that’s good news for bed bugs.

Renters often don’t want to pay the fee, so they simply don’t mention their bed bug problem. This gives the critters the opportunity to travel to other apartments in the building and make meals from other human victims. They are not five feet tall and they typically don’t dab on some delightful perfume, thus people don’t notice them when they travel to other apartments by crawling or by attaching themselves to humans. 

Is it fair for the landlord to charge a renter for bed bug eradication services when they might have entered from another renter’s enjoining apartment who is not charged a fee because he didn’t complain of bed bugs?

Perhaps the laws need to be reexamined. 

Bed bug exterminators can get rid of your bed bugs.