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Pest Control – Multi-family Dwellings and Rental Properties

Commercial Pest Control | March 1, 2019

Pest Control – Multi-family Dwellings and Rental Properties

On the rise nationally are legal cases between landlords and tenants over pest control issues, such as bed bugs. It is not surprising that housing relationships have come to this. The bedbug pandemic is so large on even a world-level that bedbug infestations have become common., especially in buildings where populations have a higher turnover rate. That means places like college dorms, multi-family dwellings, hotels, hostels, and even that beautiful Airbnb.

The Big To-Do About Bedbugs

The very nature of bedbugs makes them a difficult pest to get rid of once they are in your home. For a renter who moves into an apartment or rental that has bedbugs has just taken on a large financial hit. For them, it can mean having to discard beds, carpets, and other items that are difficult to clean. You cannot use pesticides on beds. It is also expensive for landlords to have a home tented and treated for bedbugs.

Unless a landlord has a pest control inspection that says your rental property is free of bed bugs landlords can and are taken to court for damages. The key here is that bed bugs are transported by humans. If your rental is free of bedbugs and a family moves in and now there are bedbugs, then it is reasonable to assume that the family brought bedbugs into the home. They may not have had bedbugs when they moved in, but as mentioned bedbugs migrate through the movement of humans.

What this means is that a business traveler can pick up bedbugs at many hotels, motels, and other temporary rental places and bring those bedbugs back home. A kid can go to summer camp and come home with more than lice, they can bring back bedbugs. Guests of the family may bring bedbugs with them and leave them behind when they depart. Each of these scenarios involves the movement of humans. If the family goes on vacation and stays in the posh rental that has bedbugs, they will likely bring those bedbugs back home with them. All of this is without intention, but that is the very nature of bedbugs.

All that a landlord can do is show physical proof that the property was free of bedbugs when the tenant moved into the unit. The crux of most of these lawsuits claims that the landlord did not do anything nor disclose that bedbugs were present. In a multi-family dwelling the chore of proving that a unit is free of bedbugs is even more important because apartment turn-over can be higher. If bed bugs are in a unit that is recently vacant, they can and do simply move to another unit.

For more information about bedbug pest inspections, reach out to our professional team. We are happy to answer questions about bedbug infestations in residential, multi-family dwellings, and commercial establishments. We provide a long list of quality pest control services throughout the Greater Austin area and we offer affordable and comprehensive monthly service, one-time service, and commercial services.

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