Bedbugs bite tenants more ways than one

  • Article by: JAMES ELI SHIFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 31, 2010 - 8:06 AM

A tense question in apartment buildings: Who pays the exterminator?

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wwallace67Oct. 30, 1011:49 PM

She makes good money writing pro-utopian propaganda.

wwallace67Oct. 30, 1011:50 PM

ROTFLMAO at the met council.

sanborn40Oct. 31, 10 1:29 AM

"sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite" Brings new meaning to the phrase now.

nichole1957Oct. 31, 10 3:10 AM

Why is it that the renters always expect someone else to pay and when they have to pay they always get some inspector to come around?

armi0020Oct. 31, 10 6:41 AM

Alternately, you just watched your rent get raised to cover the cost. Which do you prefer?

raymarshOct. 31, 10 7:05 AM

I was at the Gopher thumping by the Ohio State Buckeyes last night and during one of the many moments when we didn't want to watch, the subject of bedbugs came up. The knowledgeable rabid fan (she refused to watch the performance of OSU's wonderful marching band) said that she had read that bedbugs are in the materials of the new clothing we purchase. She said that the thing to do is to take new clothing and put in in your dryer, on high temp, for 20 minutes or so. That will kill the eggs. It is OK to do that for clothes that are "dry clean only" as long as they are not wet. She just found out about this and did it to some socks she purchased just last week.

dmay88Oct. 31, 10 7:57 AM

Why are people shocked? Do you think for one second that any expense or cost of doing business won't be passed on in one form or another? It's either higher rents for everyone or separate charges as they come up. Anytime specific costs come up, then an attempt should be made to allocate them to the source of that expense. Rental properties will be particularly difficult as people live in close proximity to each other. Tough issue for landlords and tenants that's for sure.

talulajoOct. 31, 10 8:11 AM

Non toxic! you can buy it on line. Gets ride of all kinds of bugs. tics , fleas, bed bugs etc.use it on your dog,cat. Someone should have just helped her get rid of the bed bugs. There not elephants in the apartment. What the heck is the matter with people.

dakmarkOct. 31, 10 8:40 AM

then so are the banks that hold the mortgages on the houses we live in.

You live there - you pay. Live in multi-family setting? Everyone shares the problem and the cost.

jeebers76Oct. 31, 10 8:43 AM

If the tenant is required to directly pay for the infestation, they are going to try and "hide" it, thus making it MUCH worse (and more expensive to fix). The first thing I would do if I were a landlord is to distribute bedbug facts (as in ) so the tenants will know what to look for. Second, since it's nearly impossible to determine blame for an infestation (one of these things can ride on clothing from ANYONE, not just a tenant), I would have ALL of the tenants and the landlord share the exterminator cost equally.


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