What should we do?(5 posts)
Okay so my mom bought a house in May. We live in an apartment presently and there were people renting the house out when we bought it because they were apparently having "a new one built". We bought the house at the start of May and their lease expired at the end of May around the 24th or so. The family renting the house said that their new house still wasn't done yet so my mom agreed to let them stay until July 31st. We would then move in the whole first week of August. Well my mom had the house inspected before buying and she hired a property manager to take care of things that needed fixing. Well not one word was said until last night (July 31 it is presently August 1) when they were supposed to move out and I guess some the furniture store they were renting from came to get the furniture and left it because they found bedbugs. So now we don't know what to do to get rid of the bed bugs because we have never encountered them before. What are the best options? Cost aside who is the best at getting rid of them. Luckily they caught it before we actually moved in! We are not due out of our apartment until the end of August and right now we just don't know what to do.
This is a complex one and you will need to seek professional legal advice on some aspects of this. In terms of the responsibility for the costs you need to clarify if the seller is responsible for the costs and if they are willing to stay in place till the issue is resolved even if that means incurring your extra costs such as the over stay at the current location. If they are responsible and will incur the costs then a lot of the stress is relieved as you can stay away from the property until it is resolved. The only people who can help you get that information is the lawyers or legal team processing the house sale.
If you then read through the FAQ's on treatment options and then research what options are available within your budget and location. There are thermal and gas fumigation options that if available are expensive but generally one treatment solutions if done correctly, by timing things so they move out and the home is treated before you move in you again avoid exposure to yourselves.
It also depends on what options you have locally as true bedbug specialists with experience can also eradicate light infestations quickly and efficiently but most commonly require occupation of the property to enhance treatment efficiency. Again this depends on where you are and who is available to you.
I would also suggest that you co-ordinate with the furniture company and work them into the plan, its great that they have helped you dodge a bullet on this occasion and they deserve a big thanks and whatever help you can give them. They are also likley to have encountered this type of situation before since they knew to look and detect.
Hope that gives you a little more structure to work through.
Bed Bugs Limited
As far as anyone living there the family that was previously living in the house has already found alternative living arrangements until their house is finished. So the big problem is we have a house empty of people but full of furniture. We live in the Indy area and I've been looking at heat treatments(big Infested watcher!) and her realtor and her property manager both recommended doing a freezing treatment first which has a window of 90 days guarantee and then getting a heating treatment also. We just don't know what the best is. Also my mom's realtor advised her to speak to the insurance company first and see what they are willing to do about this problem and if they give her any gripe he said to go and hire an attorney. Also if we do get treatments done how long will it be before we can tell if there were some little pesky survivors?
Structural heat should be a one-shot treatment but we do hear of some survivors. Getting the most reputable, most experienced company you can is a good idea. (Note that good PCOs don't seem to cost more than lousy ones.).
Vikane gas fumigation is a one-shot treatment (the whole structure is tented so it has to be a free-standing house) and while it can be done incorrectly, we don't seem to hear of failed treatments very often. It's worth looking into this also.
Please tell her realtor and her property manager to stick to advising people on houses and not pest control as their knowledge is laughable.
Even if cryonite (the freezing method) worked which it does not very well using it before heat or Vikane fumigation would be akin to shampoo'ing the carpets before you throw them out. If heat or fumigation is done correctly there would be no need for the cryonite.
The checking with the legal team is good advise as I suggested earlier but for the best overview on your other questions the FAQ is the best thing to read.
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