How to get everyone in your building to stop worrying about bed bugs…

by nobugsonme on August 17, 2011 · 4 comments

in bed bugs

The bed bug epidemic is hard on landlords.

It’s especially true in this case.  In Framingham, Massachusetts, a landlord’s request to inspect a tenant’s home for bed bugs led to a threat:

The MetroWest Daily News reports,

Richard Cullity, 48, became enraged when his landlord asked for permission to inspect his 93 Grant St. apartment, police spokesman Lt. Ron Brandolini said.

Cullity told the landlord he was going to grab his gun and shoot him and his mother and brother, Brandolini said.

Officers arrived at the apartment complex at 4:40 p.m. as tenants were spilling out to the street. They were leaving the building because they had overheard Cullity’s threat and were scared, according to a police report filed yesterday in Framingham District Court.

Sheesh.

If this is his response to an inspection request, I’d hate to think what happens when you have to ask this fellow to dry all his clothing on hot.

Cullity later told police he did not have any weapons, but he was arrested anyway.

And the upshot is:

At Cullity’s Framingham District Court arraignment yesterday, Judge Robert Greco released him on $500 bail. He ordered Cullity to stay away from his landlord. The judge also ordered Cullity to mail his rent.

It sounds like once the threats of violence began, everyone forgot all about needing to inspect the unit for bed bugs.

That’s a shame.  I hope the landlord will be able to proceed with bed bug inspections, without incident.

After all, there was probably a good reason he wanted to carry out an inspection.

 

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1 Koebner August 17, 2011 at 7:29 am

Judge Greco seems to have rather missed the point. Inspection for BBs is an important part of ensuring a decent standard of accommodation for all occupants of the building. It’s a maintenance issue. The forums on this site see steady traffic from desperate tenants trying to get landlords to take BBs seriously. Here we have a landlord trying to act responsibly, & to go by the report, Judge Greco has allowed Mr Collity to get his way & refuse reasonable access for inspection by using threats of violence.

A very poor show.

2 nobugsonme August 17, 2011 at 10:27 am

Hi Koebner,

This may be so, and the wording in the article made me concerned about this possible outcome.

On the other hand, laws concerning rental housing may permit the landlord to enter to inspect. I hope so.

3 unknowing September 2, 2011 at 5:11 pm

i was unaware of this bed bug problem till i got bit (72 times) while away for the weekend, i stayed two nights did not change clothes and the clothes i brought were kept in a plastic bag (open) the whole time, i came and left in the afternoon, bites are still not fully healed over a month later and i’m on predisone wich the doctor prescribed, no new bites in the last 31 days but i’m not sure if i should get an exterminator in or what to do next as i live in apt building and i don’t want this to become an infestation problem, did much research and one question i find that is never addressed specifically is bite frequency, i know they feed every 3 to 7 days but i read in the forums some people only get one or two bites every few months then go a month or more with no bites, from what i’ve read an early stage infestation is very hard to prove (the situation i may be in) and bites are the easiest way to know i may have brought bugs back with me, is it possible for me to have brought bed bugs back with me and to not get bit for over a month or longer, please help as i can’t seem to find an answer to this other then the 60 day bite free statement wich contradicts some experiences i have read on the forums, i think bites are the best early detection tool for those who react as i do, so how soon after bringing a bed bug home should one experience bites or a low level infestation.

4 nobugsonme September 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Unknowing,

Not getting any bites since you returned home from your trip (after a whole month) is a really good sign. You are probably in the clear.

From what experts tell us, bed bugs won’t hang out for a month not biting you. TheY should each be biting about once a week, unless physically prevented from doing so (for example, they are sealed in an airtight bag).

That said, I am not sure that bites are 100% reliable indicator in your case. While I do not think bed bugs are hanging out there and not biting you, I suspect in some cases people who react to a large number of bites may not react as obviously to one or two. For peace of mind, you might employ some bed bug monitors like the BBAlert passive (you can read about these and other monitors on the Useful Stuff page). I do think it’s very likely you’re already in the clear. I suggest posting in the forums if you want more feedback.

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