Found one of the suckers + Laundromat?(2 posts)
I moved into an apartment around September of 2011. Started getting a couple of bites but thought nothing of it as I'm active in the summer and mosquitoes find me to be delicious. However as the weather cooled and winter came, the bites persisted. I didn't really start having a problem until I used the complex's on-site laundromat which is not exactly clean (but that has no effect on bedbug presence anyway).
Anyway, all I could do was speculate for a while. None of my furniture is second hand, I don't go anywhere besides college and the grocery store. I found no skins around my baseboards/heaters, no blood stains, no little eggs or deposits in the creases of my mattress. Finally last night I started itching - like breaking out in hives on my chest and side. I reached down to scratch and felt a sort of 'tab' stuck to my skin. I ripped it out and used my phone's light to see what it was.
Looked like a reddish-brown louse for lack of a better term, about as long as an index fingernail. It was ailve, its little legs were kicking at me and it was writhing. Very similar to an adult bed bug that has fed but is not fully engorged. I have it saved to show a PCO or my landlord if necessary.
I have no idea where they came from but because I'm in an apartment I'm deathly afraid of what to do next. I have NJ law on my side as a tenant IIRC and I have to double-check my lease but I do not remember a pest-control clause stating I have to pay.
If you post a photo someone here can identify it for you.
As for where you got them, it could have been from school, or a library, or the laundry room of you don't have your own washer/dryer, or another apartment in your building.
My understanding (but I'm not 100% sure this is correct) is that a landlord is responsible for treating the apartment but may pass on the cost to you. Again, I am not 100% on this, and I don't have the time right now to look it up for you. I'm sorry.
What to do next, if you have bedbugs, is tell your landlord. I know it will be difficult, but you must. Remember that this is not your fault; these things happen, and if the landlord is angry with you, it will be unpleasant, but far more unpleasant than trying to fight them yourself or spreading them even further through the building. Express to him that you have been cautious and for that reason, you want the other apartments surrounding you checked. Express to him that unchecked, this will prove to be very expensive for both of you.
Then hang up the phone and watch a move that will make you laugh.
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