bed bug infestations have been driving property managers and owners up the
The difference between bed bugs and roaches are many. The roach is
classified as a structural insect, which means it can survive by obtaining
the needed food, water, and shelter from the structure.
conditions are eliminated and a comprehensive treatment is provided, the
problem is usually brought under control. Housing court decisions
regarding pest complaints tend to side with the tenant. Penalties can
include holding back rent or in the rare instance, provide temporary
shelter until the infestation has been eliminated.
The bed bugís life style differs
from roaches in that they are not structural pests. Bed bugs are
parasites; they feed on their host (victim) by biting and extracting
enough blood to sustain them until their next meal.
The feeding activity usually takes
place while the host is sleeping in close proximity to the bed bug (hence
the name bedbug).
Typically the host will awaken to
discover several bite marks on his/her body. Bed bugs cannot survive
without a host. Control must include inspections, clutter removal,
vacuuming and the treatment of all bedding and personal possessions.
Metro Pest Controlís position is
that bed bugs should not be the sole responsibility of the property owner
or manager. Tenants must be held accountable for the condition of their
apartment and provide their cooperation in the treatment of this pest.
In most instances bed bug
infestations are created by introducing infested items into the residence
such as used furniture, carpeting, clothing, mattresses, etc. All items
should be inspected prior to bringing them into the building.
It is important to keep detailed
documentation on all pest control treatments. Ask your pest control
company to provide you with a list of chemicals used and corresponding
material safety data sheets (MSDS).
It is a good idea to document
apartments that are kept in a condition that is conducive to pest
The better the documentation, the
better your chances are of providing a successful defense.
- Ben Weisel, President
- Metro Pest Control, Inc.
- 70-09 73rd Place
- Glendale, NY 11385