A woman in Virginia was recently stuck with a $450 bed bug extermination bill. These cases are all too common, and not just in situations involving bed bugs. With situations like pest control most homeowners try shift extermination costs to their tenants, unless they can prove that they didn't bring them into the building. In this case Ezekia from Virginia had to foot the bill for this extermination.
"Ezekia Afari's landlord blames her and added a $450 extermination charge, plus other fees, to her account because she opened her door to another tenant who was moving upstairs and stored his sofa in her apartment.'
How do I avoid bed bugs?
Although residents don't usually pay for regular pest control services, they can find themselves footing the bill if they were the ones that brought the problem in. Avoiding bed bugs entirely would allow you to avoid these unessecary bed bug charges.
One of the most common ways of getting bed bugs is bringing random furniture into your home. While it seemed like a nice gesture at the time for Ezekia, it ended up biting her in the future. Because of this you should avoid bringing home used or strange furniture into your home.
Another way to avoid bed bugs is to wash your bed sheets and clothing on a regular basis. Putting your in the washer & dryer on high for 30 minutes should be enough to kill any bed bugs you have on your things. Bed bugs can't survive in high heat temperatures so while hygiene doesn't affect future bed bug issues; it can alleviate current unknown ones.
For more information check out the Bed Bug Survival Guide by Jeff Eisenberg
Call us at Pest Away Exterminating at 212-721-2521.