Landlord/ Tenant Rights in Philadelphia(3 posts)
We've recently found out that we have a slight infestation of bed bugs, which is super frightening since I have always had a paranoia about them. We called one exterminator who sprayed around the edges of our apartment and helped us wrap the bed in plastic, which has since been discarded along with all other furniture around the apartment. Now the landlord has hired another exterminator, who is more thorough, and we are undergoing the process of bagging everything we own, they are bringing in dogs, etc. I have 2 questions.
1. Who is responsible for paying for the exterminator in Philadelphia, PA? I have contacted the Dept of Public Health and the Tenants' Rights association and left meesages, but have heard nothing.
2. Does my boyfriend's house have to be completely exterminated too? We sleep back and forth between places, and he was the one showing symptoms of bites, but only at my house. I paid for the first exterminator to go through his place and he's found nothing. The boyfriend was getting serious welts from my bed and still none from his. What do you think?
I've recently battled with an infestation with bb. Its been about a month since I've last seen them. I also live in an apartment building (in South Philadelphia). Its small, 6 apartments. however when i confronted my landlord about the issue he denied any responsibility in covering the expense to exterminate. Therefore I hired an exterminator myself. The cost was just about $600.00 just for the exterminator. I have also hired a professional stem cleaner to have my carpets, mattress/box spring, couch and love seat stemmed cleaned which cost me $225.00 (after the extermination process). I disposed of all bedding, sheets and pillows. It has been a nightmare. But as I mentioned it's been one month since i have seen or been bit by anything (fingers crossed). If interested I can forward youthe contact information of who I have used. Good luck
also I think it is a good idea for you and your boyfriend to exterminate together to avoid the passing. the whole process is dreadful and takes alot of patience. I literally cried for days and felt everything from embarrassed and ashamed to dirty and violated. start preparing for extermination by emptying your dresser clothes and closets by putting everything in bags. I emptied one drawer at a time by dumping everything in a trash bag (directly from drawer to bag), then everything in the bag right into the drier (for about an hour), from the drier right back into a NEW bag. I've lived like that for 2 months. Prior to doing so i thought that i was wasting my time (it sounds crazy to me that bed bugs would be in my dresser). well 2 months later when i decided to put my clothes away, there were dead bugs in the drawers.
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