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Old 04-11-2007, 08:27 AM
 
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Hai,
I live in suburb of Philadephia. We have been in the appt. for about an year. Now from few months, we found that we have bedbugs in the appt. and informed the management. They are saying that we brought them in and we have to pay for them. They are billing almost $800. It seems very problematic for me. I don't love bedbugs niether do I have a relationship with them... why would I bring them knowingly. The management says it will cleanup but it is asking us to pay. They are infact supposed to cleanup bugs but he says they just take care spiders, bugs and donot cover bedbugs
What should I do? What are my options?
Thank you.
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Old 06-14-2007, 03:14 AM
 
Location: NE Philly
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Arrow write a letter

Bedbugs live in the environment (room, building, etc) and travel to sleeping victims to feed (bite.)

It is not essential to bring them in via a bed, per se.

I think you should write a strongly worded letter and ask for a written response.

Maybe you should mention that you want to survey your neighbors to ask if any of them have unexplained bites or marks on their bodies. Surely you are not the only one.

Often people will try to bully you verbally, but are reluctant to do so in writing.

If all else fails consult a lawyer. $800 also seems excessive.

Good luck.
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Old 08-09-2007, 08:15 AM
 
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My mother and aunt are having the same problem only they dont have to pay. Their treatment was $500 to treat a 3 room apt.

My aunt called 311 to report the building because its a violation and the building had to pay and had to give my aunt and mom another Apt.

So what is the update on your situation? Did you ever have to pay the money?
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:17 PM
 
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Was this ever resolved?
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Old 01-15-2008, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Just west of the Missouri River
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Bedbugs seem to make themselves known when the weather gets really cold. They sometimes spread through moving vans--so it's hard to know if they came with you or were there before--or they can hide in the woodwork of a building or be spread from squirrels--so don't let your landlord bully you.

Bedbugs are awful and hard to eliminate. But there is an easy solution to make your life more comfortable.

Get one or two of the small electromagnetic pest repellent devices. These can range from about $15 to $99, depending. Plug it in next to your bed. This worked great for me. (And also takes care of mice.) CVS sells them, or you can google and get a better one (may be more quiet).

Good luck!
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Old 01-16-2008, 02:17 PM
 
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I work for an exterminator and I can tell you that with bed bugs each situation is different. They are very hard to eliminate thats for sure. It has been my experience that the repellent devices only work in a small area. It can work with a small amount of bugs and if they have somewhere to run to. They have to go somewhere. Looks like you got lucky. There is no silver bullet when it comes to bed bugs. Pesticides dont work cause they dont effect the eggs. When the eggs hatch, the bugs avoid the pesticide. thats why you will see them in higher places. We use a freeze system that completely freezes them with dry ice. It works the best we have found. If you have any more questions, you can PM me. I can always take a look at it for nothing and see whats best for ya.
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Old 01-16-2008, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes + some
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A friend of mine had bedbugs recently and the exterminator told him that they can come from anywhere. One example is a locker if you work out. He also said it's very unusual to have them return to once exterminated. They usually stay by the bed. You have to dry clean (not wash) every piece of clothing before the exterminator comes and keep it somewhere or totally in plastic. My friend actually threw out his couch.
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Old 01-17-2008, 07:40 AM
 
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A friend of mine had bedbugs recently and the exterminator told him that they can come from anywhere. One example is a locker if you work out. He also said it's very unusual to have them return to once exterminated. They usually stay by the bed. You have to dry clean (not wash) every piece of clothing before the exterminator comes and keep it somewhere or totally in plastic. My friend actually threw out his couch.
Lilletta. Wanted to tell you a few things. First off, the exterminator is wrong. The rate of return for a bed bug is one of the highest in the pest control industry. The reason for this is the eggs. Yes it is good to keep everything in plastic but you do not need to dry clean everything. You can wash articles in water that is over 130 degrees or simply dry them in a very hot dryer for the longest time there is. Usually an hour will do the trick. Your friend didnt have to throw out his couch. For us thats a last ditch effort. yeah if his couch is super old then you might as well throw it away and avoid the cost of treatment But if it is a newer couch we can treat it and save it.
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Old 01-17-2008, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes + some
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All I know is that he has been bedbug-free for 3 years and this guy was highly recommended. I recall he said something about the eggs and what has to be done but whatever he did worked.
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Old 01-18-2008, 06:58 AM
 
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All I know is that he has been bedbug-free for 3 years and this guy was highly recommended. I recall he said something about the eggs and what has to be done but whatever he did worked.

Thats great. if she is free for that long she is in the clear. Every case is different and sometimes you can catch them before the eggs become a problem. Good for her.
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