Jacksonville, Florida story: fighting bed bugs without a PCO

by nobugsonme on November 18, 2008 · 2 comments

in bed bug treatment, bed bugs, florida, landlords and tenants, money

In some places, landlords don’t have to provide bed bug treatment.

According to this site, Florida isn’t one of them. The site notes,

General Landlord Duties

Landlords are required to deliver possession of the rental property to the renter when the lease period begins. Failure to do so may entitle the renter to sue for damages. A landlord must ensure that residential property is habitable. This includes complying with all building, housing and health codes … Certain pests (e.g., rats, mice, roaches, ants, bedbugs) must be exterminated. … If a landlord fails to keep up with required repairs, a tenant should give the landlord written notice of the noncompliance. If the landlord fails to make the repairs within seven days of receiving notice, the tenant has the right to terminate the lease.

I’m not sure of the situation here (if there are exceptions, as in some places), but this Jacksonville tenant is tossing out her furniture and trying to self-treat because she can’t afford a pest control professional. Click here for the video, or here for the article.

Update 11/26:  The Jacksonville woman, Nicole Fenton, has now had Turner Pest Control bring their bed bug dog Abby in and treat her home free of charge.  Thank goodness!

I hope her bed bugs are completely gone very soon.

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1 nobugsonme December 1, 2008 at 2:08 am

Added update with follow-up on this story, and video.

2 BigWes July 10, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Turner Pest Control is an outstanding company when it comes to bed bug control. My regular PCO does not handle bed bug infestations, but reffered me to Turner, and a few hours after I notified them of my mild infestation a certified technician brought abbey to my home and went to work. They are a very impressive, professional service and they’re highly experienced technician will put you at ease. Bed bugs definately carry a “psychosis” factor. For weeks you will walk around your home inspecting each and every dust particle for signs of that most dreaded scourge. The pro’s at Turner are always available by phone and are always ready to respond… Please, dont waste time and money trying to tread through this horrid ordeal in a D.I.Y manner. Break down and call in a PCO, a trusted and well reviewed PCO… If you live in Jacksonville, FL, Turner Pest Control is the way to go .

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