my name is adri and i have a bb prob...(8 posts)
so when i 1st moved in, july 2011, we saw TONS of little black dots on the walls by the carpet stupid me i thought nothing of it On the first night here my husband saw one. We googled it, it indeed was a bb we started searching and found a few more... We told the apt ppl they said they'll take care of it. We came to the house 4 spray bombs in the bedroom only. I could seriously write a novel on how much i dislike how the ll took care of this. Oh and worst part THEY KNEW!!!!!!!!!! My mother in law called came and asked about getting an apt. She asked if there were bb they told her "um no.... well some units do". It all comes down they took advantage of young ppl me being 21 and 1st time apt renter.
Now we're just gonna take it upon ourselves and need a lot of help. So please help. I also would like literally step by step. I'm 1 of those ppl that need to disect every little thing so please help in any way that you can...
This may not be the answer you want to hear, but if the LL didn't tell you, and he's being irresponsible, it may always be an issue for you when you live there. Because even when you get rid of yours, they could crawl in from the next apt. over, which if they haven't treated yours properly, chances are they have them and they aren't treating them properly there either.
If he knew and didn't take care of it, I would research precautions and load all my stuff into a moving truck and get the truck Vikane gassed and move someplace else, making him pay for the Vikane because he knew. You would have to be super careful about this, and have to do it quickly because I think the daytime outside temp needs to be >40 degrees to gas the truck.
Ask about all the many precautions you would have to take here, because taking them to a new place would be beyond horrible.
I think that's what we'll have to do. We might get in touch with the city and make them get a professional come and do it.
You may also want to research your local tenant union, who may be able to assist you with legally breaking your lease and any other legal issues you may encounter. Best
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Make sure you document everything going forward. Photograph the spots, the bugs, date & time & result of communications with anyone associated with the apartment complex you live in.
As for getting them to pay for Vikaning, it's possible you might be able to negotiate that, but not particularly likely upfront. (Especially since your MIL was likely warned about the problem before you rented.) You'll need to sue the landlord to recoup the losses and whether that's possible under local law will vary. You need to speak with an attorney to figure it out. If you can't afford an attorney, look into the local bar association, they will know who provides low or no cost legal advice in your area.
Vikaning the items in my studio (and I was only taking a small portion of furniture and around 20 boxes) would have cost me about 2500, including moving costs. Renting a truck and going to the facility would have been ~1000 - 1250 less, but raised the question of the containmenated truck.* Depending on the cost of your stuff, it may not be worth it from a financial perspective. You should really consider what you can afford. For me, I ditched a lot of my belongings because they were older anyway and would have been replaced when I moved from my studio. While the cost of replacing them was more than Vikaning, the value of the items was not greater than the cost.
*If your belongings come from an infested apartment, the truck may be infested. Likewise, the truck you pick up to pick up your treated furniture may have beenn contaminated by a different move. Both are variable that complicate bringing it to a facility where it's treated in a cube.
I second Ashamed's recommendations.
But if you are Vikaning the whole truck, a contaminated truck is not a problem, because it will be taken care of along with your belongings.
People just have to be ABSOLUTELY sure that all clothes, shoes, carseats, etc. that don't get Vikaned are clear. So the clothes need to come straight from a dryer, shoes too. or use flip flops or crocs that can be doused in rubbing alcohol. Your purse needs to be in the truck, just keep out checks (that you examine) and/or credit cards. I'm not sure how to be sure the carseats are clear, it may be a good idea to just purchase cheap new ones to use while the truck is being gassed. If you aren't VERY< VERY careful you'll just take the problem to your next place.
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