Bed Bugs & Your Legal Rights | Pest Control

My name is Jeff White and I’m the research
entomologist for Bed Bug Central and the host of Bedbug TV. I have no idea how I got into bugs and bed
bugs. And here I am six years later and having a
lot of fun working with bedbugs. And I’ll be talking to you about pest control. You’ve just dealt with a bedbug infestation
in your apartment and received a thousand dollar bill from your landlord saying that
you have to pay for this bedbug infestation. What are your legal rights? Is that how things are supposed to work? What’s going on with this situation? All common questions that I hear all the time,
and people ask me, well you know, isn’t my landlord responsible? And they’re all fair questions and what I
can say about legal rights when it comes to suffering through a bedbug infestation is
that you have to check with your local government, your city and state. Because every city and every state can have
different laws associated with bedbug infestations. Some of the things that are starting to pop
up out there are is the landlord responsible? In a rental situation, many cities and states
are finding that yes, the landlord is responsible for at least some, if not all of bedbug elimination
services. But again, that may differ by different governments
and there are some cities and states that don’t have any laws out there about this.Because
bedbugs are a recent problem, have just started to make a comeback in the past five to ten
years, and there aren’t laws to address these things yet because the court systems are just
starting to deal with this. And so you may not get a straight answer. Some of the other laws that are out there
now, some cities are requiring you to wrap items up in different types of disposal bags
before you throw things out if you have a bedbug infestation in your house. So you want to check with those things if
you’re dealing with an infestation. Also you know, how is the landlord supposed
to handle it? What actions are they supposed to take? Is there a right course of action? And again, check with your local government,
your city and state officials and they should be able to provide you with more insight about
what is out there in terms of your legal rights as a bedbug sufferer.

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