What can you do if you can't afford a PCO?(2 posts)
I've been trying to get rid of these bed bugs for nearly three months and have not talked to my landlord because I think they'll make me pay for it and I simply can't afford it. I have no idea how they got into my apartment at all and I haven't been able to sleep soundly for a very long time.
I spend my weekends vacuumming, laundering, and inspecting my apartment and despite my efforts the infestation seems to be getting worse. I purchased mattress encasements after I found the first few bed bugs which were nearly $100 and clearly haven't done anything. And today I I just disovered that they have infested my futon which was nearly $600 and I can't throw it out because it's one of the few pieces of furniture I have and I bought it only two months before the bed bugs.
I'm in college and I can't afford to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a PCO. I can't justify paying that kind of money when I don't know how they got in. For all I know it's from someone else's apartment and the liklihood that they'll just come back seems like a waste of money. I simply dont' have this kind of money.
Is there anything I can do besides call a PCO? All of the resources I've looked at say to call one but I just can't afford it. I'm moving in the summer and really don't want to bring them with me when I move because I don't want to throw away my futon. I'm trying to save up to buy a new mattress and bed frame for that move but I can't afford to buy another futon.
In most states it is the landlords responsibility to get rid of the problem . Talk to your land lord and if they don't want to help seek legal advice . In CT the LL doesn't have the choice and has to comply with in 15 days of written notice . You might want to start looking up the statutes in your state .
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