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Invisible bugs (by MJ [PA]) Mar 25, 2023 11:22 AM
       Invisible bugs (by WMH [NC]) Mar 25, 2023 11:58 AM
       Invisible bugs (by plenty [MO]) Mar 25, 2023 12:08 PM
       Invisible bugs (by Richard [MI]) Mar 25, 2023 12:14 PM
       Invisible bugs (by MJ [PA]) Mar 25, 2023 12:23 PM
       Invisible bugs (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Mar 25, 2023 1:12 PM
       Invisible bugs (by Small potatoes [NY]) Mar 25, 2023 1:12 PM
       Invisible bugs (by Still Learning [NH]) Mar 25, 2023 1:27 PM
       Invisible bugs (by Busy [WI]) Mar 25, 2023 3:06 PM
       Invisible bugs (by Bonanza [NC]) Mar 25, 2023 4:30 PM
       Invisible bugs (by Bonanza [NC]) Mar 25, 2023 4:30 PM
       Invisible bugs (by John... [MI]) Mar 25, 2023 5:09 PM
       Invisible bugs (by Allym [NJ]) Mar 25, 2023 5:46 PM
       Invisible bugs (by Lana [IN]) Mar 25, 2023 6:50 PM
       Invisible bugs (by Vee [OH]) Mar 26, 2023 5:37 AM
       Invisible bugs (by zero [IN]) Mar 26, 2023 7:31 PM
       Invisible bugs (by Nicole [PA]) Mar 26, 2023 11:27 PM
       Invisible bugs (by tryan [MA]) Mar 28, 2023 11:28 AM
       Invisible bugs (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Mar 30, 2023 7:39 AM

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Invisible bugs (by MJ [PA]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2023 11:22 AM
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My tenant of 5 years in a single family home now complains about being bitten by something. He cannot see any bugs but I suspect there may be bed bugs. I understand in a detached SFH a landlord is not required to treat bed bugs specially when the tenant brought them in somehow. But there are tell tale signs of bed bugs which he has not seen. He is saying there could be "no see ums". The whole house is carpeted so there could be eggs hidden in the fiber. Please advise if you have come across this situation and how you have handled it. Thanks

--73.174.xxx.x




Invisible bugs (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2023 11:58 AM
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5 years and just now bugs? It's a housekeeping issue, not yours. --50.82.xxx.xxx




Invisible bugs (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2023 12:08 PM
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I may still want to be apart of the solution. Opportunity to learn. Perhaps they should call a pest control company out and perhaps you'd want to be there that day to understand and get first hand information. If they can't see the bugs yet they have skin bits, how are they treating themselves - or are they? using a certain over the counter product? Agree it may not be your issue but I'd sure want to follow along and learn. --172.58.xx.xxx




Invisible bugs (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2023 12:14 PM
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Try diatomaceous earth powder. Get the right kind as there are 2 types. --97.85.x.xx




Invisible bugs (by MJ [PA]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2023 12:23 PM
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I am looking at Diatomaceous Earth powder on eBay. I guess it could not hurt to try. I want to know whether I am liable to treat bed bugs in a SFH or not. I just could not find an authentic place online that says anything about it. --73.174.xxx.x




Invisible bugs (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2023 1:12 PM
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If rent a rug doctor then can try claaning carpet with warm water where that will treat bed bugs. A laundry needs to washed then put a clothes dryer. Do they have any bedbug bites as bedbugs need something to feed off. It maybe fleas. There is a heat treatment where a room is heated to 40 degrees Celsius then the bedbugs will die. While the next solutiion is to hire someone the amortize the cost of treatment into rent. Carpet cleaning is a first step. --68.69.xxx.xxx




Invisible bugs (by Small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2023 1:12 PM
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I've been in situations when one person is getting bitten infrequently at night but the other is not. It's often attributed to a spider. In NY I'd ultimately be liable for the bb treatment. If it's a larger welt, not a bb as bb bites are smaller and typically follow a vein so you might see a straight line. Another culprit is a carpet or similar beetle that might have a population spike after several years if there is no vacuuming of dust in drawers and carpeting, bedskirt etc. On the other hand maybe they are allergic to a new detergent which would look like a rash or sore pimples. Quality bb mattresss and pillow covers might be a good place to start. --172.59.xxx.xxx




Invisible bugs (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2023 1:27 PM
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Check and see if your state has BB laws. Itís been a few years, but I believe in NH we are required to inspect within a certain amount of time and treat within a certain amount of time having given tenants remediation preparation instructions to follow before treatments. The landlord must pay but if tenants brought the BBs in, the tenants are responsible for paying the landlord back. Tenants not cooperating/paying can be grounds for eviction. --75.67.xxx.xxx




Invisible bugs (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2023 3:06 PM
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In my state, I'm not required to deal with bed bugs in SFH, however, I still want to be a bit involved, as their are numerous 'bad advice' home remedies that have resulted in homes or apartments being destroyed.

In one instance, I simply gave the tenant the name/ number of an Orkin pest control company I had used several years earlier for carpenter ants. I also passed on advice, fielded questions. Tenant called Orkin, problem was quickly resolved. In another instance, during text conversations with tenant, I also found out the tenant's dryer had just conked out, and tenant was tight on funds. I found a good used dryer, and rented it to tenant cheaply. Worth my while to help tenant get through this.

Key to getting rid of the pests: tenants have to figure out where they got them. Bedbuds don't just crawl into the house ( though they move from apartment to apartment.)

Also, when doing repairs or remodeling, I caulk as many crevices as I can. Fewer places for critters to hide. Easier for tenant's to get rid of any unwelcome houseguests.

Somewhere on the top of this webpage is apparently each state's rules. I haven't explored them, but others have said their state's were accurate. --70.92.xxx.xxx




Invisible bugs (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2023 4:30 PM
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Heat treated a duplex for bed bugs. $2400

Just a point of reference.

You are probably not responsible for treating for bedbugs in a SFH but unless the tenant is diligent they probably can't fix it on their own.

--71.69.xx.xx




Invisible bugs (by Bonanza [NC]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2023 4:30 PM
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Heat treated a duplex for bed bugs. $2400

Just a point of reference.

You are probably not responsible for treating for bedbugs in a SFH but unless the tenant is diligent they probably can't fix it on their own.

--71.69.xx.xx




Invisible bugs (by John... [MI]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2023 5:09 PM
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I don't know why almost everyone is just assuming it is bed bugs and telling you how to treat that. My first step would be a lot more trying to figure out what it is. You should be able to find bed bugs! They aren't that tricky to find usually.

As someone else said, could be a spider. What do the BITES look like? Or are they not even visible? Do they itch?

In any case, my first step, if you want to be involved, would be to help them determine exactly what it is first -- before you start treating for anything.

--75.129.xx.xx




Invisible bugs (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2023 5:46 PM
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This time of year fleas are in a juvenile stage and very small. Bed bugs leave three bites, breakfast, lunch and dinner. A tenant years ago and her husband went visiting to a cheap motel in MD and brought them back. Her doctor could not tell what they were and was going to do a biopsy. Then they found the actual bugs in a couch. They treated the apartment. It was before the state required LLs to do it. --71.188.xx.xxx




Invisible bugs (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Mar 25, 2023 6:50 PM
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There is even a psychiatric disorder called parasitosis where a person is convinced, and I mean CONVINCED, they are infested with bugs. I would put out traps. Heated, sticky flea traps will pick up fleas, and bedbug traps under legs of bed will show bedbugs as will searching the mattress seams by sight. --216.23.xxx.xx




Invisible bugs (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Mar 26, 2023 5:37 AM
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5 years is a long time, is tenant starting to go bad and no longer keeping house clean? Get some clear tape on your finger and capture the problem, read about bed bugs and how they plant eggs in upholstery seams, if tenant leaves convert to smooth floors or buy lottery tickets to keep carpet clean. --76.190.xxx.xxx




Invisible bugs (by zero [IN]) Posted on: Mar 26, 2023 7:31 PM
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I started putting DE into all the electrical boxes and crevices at turnovers a year or so ago. The stuff is great. But it is not the end all for any infestation. I do it because the stuff never goes bad. It will wreak havoc on all kinds of creepy crawlies given the chance.

Some people are not allergic to the bites. Some people are very much allergic. I had a T that brought them in along with mice and it was a job getting rid of them. Housekeeping issues. She was allergic and she was a scratcher. Looked like she was a meth head.

I agree that you should help find out what the issue is. If it is bedbugs you don't want them to get too far ahead of you. Might be spiders, but they get a bad rap most times to me. Could be fleas. Heck I guess it could be the T is allergic to roaches. Could also be that he is just making it up. Maybe a mental state, maybe he wants to leave and thinks this will be a legit reason. --107.147.xx.xxx




Invisible bugs (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Mar 26, 2023 11:27 PM
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In Pennsylvania, so long as your lease addresses it, you are not responsible for pest control in a single family. You are, no matter who brings them in, in a multi-unit.

If it is bed bugs, basically they cannot be eradicated while tenants are living there. Why? Because they would take care of it and you would never know.

If they are telling you, the tenant's need to go and then you will be on the hook exterminating for the next tenant. Are they responsible for the bill? Of course. Can you collect on it? Naturally it depends on the tenant's circumstances but you do want to file under landlord tenant, not wait until they are gone and file in small claims.

--98.237.xxx.xx




Invisible bugs (by tryan [MA]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2023 11:28 AM
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BB traps can be had ... cheap, cheap. Basically scented glue traps . Designed to tell you IF you have BB...Not designed to end the problem.

Then get the tenant to solve it. No requirement in MA SF for BB treatment --198.168.xx.xxx




Invisible bugs (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2023 7:39 AM
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Tryan and John are correct. If something isn't right -don't assume it is the worse possible outcome. Glue boards will give you some answers so you know what direction to follow.

Now even if it is not your job to get rid of bugs in Pa on a Single, I would be asking myself if it would be in my best interest to get rid of them. Normally for a five year tenant - the answer is yes. after five years - either the Landlord has trained them or they have learned a pattern of behaviors that is acceptable to both you and the client.

If they leave now - will you still have a possible infestation? The answer is yes. So I will be talking with tenant about solutions that would work for the two of you.

--24.101.xxx.xxx



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