On Thursday, a rider got to work and said he found some bedbugs on his leg after getting on a train at 19th Street in Oakland, said BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost. The train was a San Francisco International Airport-bound train.
The train the man had been on was taken out of service for a thorough cleaning.
The resident in this case has had a bed bug issue for a year, and reports that the problem started in a neighboring unit and spread to several others. The building’s exterminator has not succeeded in eliminating the bed bugs thus far and the family is considering thermal treatment, while also enquiring about legal routes for getting someone else to cover the cost of bed bug treatment.
The Times consulted experts on real estate and bed bugs. Elliott Meisel, a local real estate lawyer, urges the coop owners to get rid of bed bugs before trying to fight a legal battle.
Local bed bug experts Gil Bloom and Lou Sorkin (himself well known to users of this site), in turn, warn against thermal treatment of one unit in a situation like this, and suggest other units be inspected to determine the full scope of the problem so it can be fully addressed.
And there were very useful suggestions from Ask Real Estate’s Ronda Kaysen on how to get building management to address an issue properly:
Enlist other affected neighbors to sign a letter to building management urging them to solve the problem. Tell them that they must take the lead and employ an exterminator experienced in handling infestations in multifamily buildings. If management doesn’t respond adequately, file a claim in housing court to compel them to employ more effective methods. Raising the issue at a shareholder meeting might shame the board into responding and help you gather allies whose homes might also be at risk. But be aware that the approach could also backfire: No one likes the bearer of bad news.
The Washington Post published Jessica Goldstein’s story of dealing with bed bugs yesterday. The article (“An army of bedbugs was partying in her mattress. What else could go wrong?”) does a good job of conveying what it’s like to deal with the hassle involved with having bed bugs, and reminds us how the stress of bed bugs may come at the same time as other crises (Goldstein unfortunately also loses her job the same time).
It would of course be worth checking out this article solely for Andrew Rae’s fantastic graphic of cartoon bed bugs partying in the author’s bed. The story, too, is one many users will relate to: a saga including an all-night laundromat trip, a Packtite, the prep, the prep, the prep…
As is often the case, Goldstein’s Pest Control Operator tells her to double bag, wash, dry on hot, and then again double bag every fabric item in her home. Goldstein writes, [click to continue…]
Sorry for the short notice, but regular readers will be familiar with the wonderful Lou Sorkin, of the American Museum of Natural History.
We’re pleased to share an invitation to an exciting event this week:
Forensic Entomology and Bed Bugs: Illustrated Lecture and Live Show and Tell with Louis Sorkin, Entomologist at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Tuesday, March 11
Time: 8:00 PM
Place: Observatory Room, 543 Union St., Brooklyn, NY (Directions)
Presented by Morbid Anatomy
(Also: Facebook invitation.)
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