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Old 09-20-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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Default Pest Control--Tenant or Landlord?

This is a corollary to our wonderful flea infestation--see other thread.

At this point, we're not sure what to do. Our attempts to take care of it ourselves are not working and I still haven't heard back from our landlord. We covered every surface (except for the bed) with diatomaceous earth, vacuumed it up, and then mopped everything with an orange oil solution. After we cleaned it all up last night (3 hours of hard work!) we only saw one or two. This morning we woke up itching (they've found our bed oh Lord) and my husband is home and says they are all over the front room again.

It's probably time to get an exterminator involved, but who covers the costs for:

A. The actual treatment (this is complicated by my pregnancy and our fear of using toxic chemicals that could hurt our baby)

B. Getting rid of the host?

We have no pets, but the most likely culprits are:

1. My parents dog. With our landlords permission, we watched him for three days over a month ago. He has been treated for fleas and my parents are not having any issues at their home. So I don't think this is likely.

2. A birds nest in the fireplace. It's sealed, but debris still falls down and our neighbor had a petrified baby bird on her side.

3. The feral cats/other animals that wander around outside. They've never been in the house, though.

4. Something in the attic. I took down fall decorations shortly before the fleas appeared. However we haven't heard any noises and the appearance of the fleas also coincided with the first rainstorm. The fleas also seem to be concentrated in the front room, especially near the fireplace.

This is the only thing our lease says about pest control: (under Tenant's General Responsibilities)

Quote:
(9) pay any periodic, preventive, or additional extermination costs desired by Tenant;
That's pretty vague.

ALSO--Anyone have a pest control company they can recommend? If our landlord doesn't get back to us soon, we're going to have to go ahead and do something before he gets back.
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Old 09-20-2011, 12:17 PM
 
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You are responsable.
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Go to a health food store and get Brewer's Yeast tablets. Start taking them, and give them to any pets in the house. After a week or so, the fleas will find you inedible and they will leave.
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:16 PM
 
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Thanks for the tip--I'm going tomorrow anyway

Finally got ahold of landlord and turns out he has a quarterly contract with terminix that allows us to to request extra spraying free of charge. That was a very nice surprise!
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Old 09-21-2011, 07:26 AM
 
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Thanks for the tip--I'm going tomorrow anyway

Finally got ahold of landlord and turns out he has a quarterly contract with terminix that allows us to to request extra spraying free of charge. That was a very nice surprise!
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