bb in philadelphia(2 posts)
i recently discovered that i have bb. i am a tenant in a small (6 unit) apartment building. anyone reading this and has experienced bb then you know what i am going through and how i feel. for those who are just discovering this well hold on because you are in for one heck of a ride. first and foremost i have to say that i am extremely clean, i do not travel nor do i ever have company. i am a young professional that works for a very well known attorney. with that being said, it happens to the best of us. for weeks i have been miserable, stressed, and so on. i feel completely violated and overall disgusted. i confronted my landlord about the issue which he was adamant that i brought the problem there when i moved in (7 months ago) and thus he was not covering the expenses relating to pest control. which is extremely expensive. im not sure if the problem priests as i have been sleeping on my couch for the past month. i will keep you all updated throughout the process. any advice would be greatly appreciated and also should my landlord in fact be responsible for the expenses? i could consult with my boss or other attorneys in my office im just to ashamed and embarrassed. i have also been informed that i can file a complaint. thanks.
Welcome DMC. If your landlord were faced with a burst pipe or a fire, would your landlord deny it or point fingers, or would he focus on protecting his long-term investment? Just asking.
Have you searched bedbugregistry.com to make sure your place is not already listed, which puts the lie to your landlord's claims of innocence?
As for you, now you know. It's overwhelming. Hit us with your fears and questions. You'll find wisdom, compassion and camaraderie here.
Strategize some immediate goals. I suggest:
- itch relief
- preventing spread in your home
- protecting your visitors and protecting the places you visit
- preparing for treatment
- what not to buy, what not to throw out.
FAQ, guides on the Resources page and searching the forum will be helpful.
Running to the couch is common. This, however puts you at risk of infesting the couch, as the bugs roam in search of a meal and find you. Unfortunately, word is that too many PCOs don't know how to or refuse to treat couches.
You do have rights and obligations, they vary by circumstance and locale.
I would hold off telling work until you feel less helpless, you have a protocol in place to protect the office, and even then, I'm not sure. As they say, anything you say can be used against you. Not enough people understand bed bugs, but too many will be spooked, not supportive. A Tom Hanks movie comes to mind. It was about a lawyer faced with a situation that threatened his life, but posed no danger to his firm. They fired him, anyway (the movie is "Philadelphia"). And do not do bed bug related web activity in the office.
Welcome and hang in there.
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