Landlord Being A Stubborn Pain In The ...(1 post)
I live in NYC and am in the midst of a bed bug infestation. We've taken care of all of our clothes and linens (washing/drying on high heat and sending things to the dry cleaners) and we're living out of Ziploc Big Bags. We also identified the main culprit as an old sofa bed and got rid of it immediately after our first extermination spray visit. My landlord has responded less than promptly to this situation, although initially we thought it was a mosquito infestation because we'd been experiencing a ton of mosquito bites and sightings, but then mosquitoes turned to bed bugs and it's getting unbearable.
I've been looking for a break anywhere I can find one, and so far my landlord hasn't budged one bit. In the past, the management company had used a PCO that used bed bug dogs. Now they don't, so I'm stuck with some schmuck with sausage fingers manhandling my mattress and looking for fecal matter. Meanwhile, my legs are more crowded [with bites] than a mall parking lot on Black Friday.
As mentioned above, despite repeated attempts to get a dog in here to pinpoint where the infestation is coming from, they decided to send a PCO company. I'd been doing some research, and it seemed like the company they're now using is not very adept at handling BB, so I asked them to either find another company with a better reputation, or they could let me choose a replacement. They chose to supply their own, and we had our first spray treatment a week ago. As you know, the law prohibits them from spraying poison less than two weeks from the time of the first spray visit.
Now that I have fresh bites one week after the initial treatment AND disposing of what I thought was the offending infected item, I am going to ask for a dog to see exactly where these suckers are hiding. It seems as though the current batch are nymphs, as the new bites aren't horrible as my leg bites which are huge and quite frankly fucking awful to look at. I'm also proposing that we now look into alternative extermination techniques (whatever those may be, suggestions very much welcome!), because unless I'm wrong, NYC has laws in place that require the landlord to exterminate bed bugs.
We have an $800 dry cleaning bill, and it just feels like an invasion and of course incredibly embarrassing. I was hoping they would be kind to us, as I am a tenant of more than five years, and though that's not a ton of time, it's not like we're new. I love the building, and it would be a shame to have to leave. Eventually, we may have to move. I heard they have moving trucks now that use Cimex technology to heat the contents of the truck to bed bug-murdering temperatures or maybe they do the gas. Either way, that's an option down the road, yes?
I'd love to hear anyone's suggestions and similar experiences. What a wonderful place this is.
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