Clueless landlord(3 posts)
When I got bedbugs 3 years ago, I had to get an exterminator and pay for it myself. My landlord would not help, and the city said he didn't have to (Hagerstown, MD). The exterminator he recommended 3 years ago turned out to have been unlicensed. I got a different professional. I got rid of them, about $1,000 later. Since then, I have found out some of the other apartments have had them. For a time he was sending around an exterminator to spray for "roaches and bedbugs" in each apartment as if the same spray would get rid of both. One neighbor said that someone on her floor had 4 treatments and six months to get rid of them. Plenty of time for them to infest the rest of the building. If I get a pro this time, it's just a matter of time before they come over from another apartment. I can't pay for the whole building, and I can't make the other tenants do what they need to do. BTW, if I wash clothes on hot, why do I have to dry them for 2 hours? That's a LOT of money, and the landlord locked the laundromat after it was vandalized.
You don't have to wash clothing on hot AND dry for two hours.
Drying already-dried clothing is the most efficient method if items are already clean.
However, I would not start washing or drying everything if you have no evidence of bed bugs. If units attached to you don't have bed bugs, you should be at less risk of getting them from the others with problems.
You might consider implementing a passive monitoring system as an inexpensive way of quickly detecting a problem if it arises. You can read about the BBAlert Passive monitors from FAQs linked from the Useful Stuff page: http://bedbugger.com/usefulstuff
Sorry, I should have been clear. I know I have them. The apartment across the hall had them. There is no one living there now. I think I will try to arrange a meeting of the other tenants. They need to know how to protect themselves. I also want to know who might have them, and what they are doing about it.
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