Nothing can drive you crazy like getting bitten by bugs every night while you sleep. Bed bugs are nocturnal pests that hide during the day, emerging only at night to feed on their favorite meal..you! While these tiny bugs do not cause disease, they deliver a bite that can itch for days. Lawmakers in Arizona have put laws in place to help tenants who have bed bug infestations. If you feel you may have bed bugs, it is important to be aware of how these laws can help you hire a pest control specialist to eliminate these pests.
Bed bugs are very difficult to control, partially because they can live up to one year without a blood meal. This means they can exist in vacant apartments and houses for extended periods of time without eating at all. Once you move in, they are ready to feast. Since over-the-counter treatments can make infestations worse, you should not attempt to treat them yourself. In addition, Arizona laws may not work in your favor if you self-treat. Here are some steps to take if you need help removing bed bugs: Hat Tip AZCentral
- Notify the apartment manager or landlord in writing
- Ask if they have a specific protocol in place for bed bugs
- Ask the manager what the policy is on cleaning your personal items
Arizona law requires your landlord or apartment manager to have your home inspected for bed bugs within 7 days of receiving your written notice. They must have the inspection conducted by a licensed pest control specialist. Since bed bugs spread rapidly, they will most likely inspect all units adjacent to yours. If an infestation is found, the manager must treat it at no cost to you. However, you must do your part to be in compliance with the law. If your manager requires you to clean your own items, you must comply. Be sure to follow any instructions to the letter. You may need to wash your clothes and bedding in hot water or remove items that are unable to be cleaned. If you fail to comply with these instructions, you may be held responsible for the price of extermination for your own apartment.
When it comes to bed bugs, time is of the essence. The law provides protection for tenants but you must do your part. Inform your landlord in writing as soon as you suspect an infestation of bed bugs. This is key to eliminating infestations so you can move forward in life and remain bite free.
If you have a case of the bed bugs or think you might have bed bugs and live in Arizona call our Bed Bug Experts at 480-932-8888