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Proving Bed Bug Infestation is Not Easy

Steve Lombardi
Iowa personal injury, workers' compensation, motorcycle, quadriplegic, paraplegic, brain injury, death

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5/10/2013
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Question: I rented furniture from best way rent to own and they gave me dirty furniture with holes and bed bugs; do I have a case?

Question Detail: My apartment is remodeled and new, I wasn't even a tenant for a week before I had to call my landlord and tell him my apartment was infested. I didn't come with any furniture at all. All furniture came from best way. They were extremely rude and uncooperative.

Answer: Okay, who are you saying was extremely rude and uncooperative, the landlord or the furniture rental company employees? When discussing a legal matter it is so important to be clear about what you describe.

You’re a long way from having an answer as to where the bug infestation came from. Possible sources are the apartment, other apartments in the building, visitors, the furniture, guests and any place you visited and may have brought them home. Who visited you from the time you moved in till you discovered the infestation? Where had you been? What else was brought into the apartment? Is there a history of bugs in that apartment? Who treated it and how was it treated along with when? How many units are in this apartment building?

Who, What, Where, When and How?

You need to know more about whether the apartment had previously been infested or treated for bed bugs. Ask the landlord or landlord's management company. Check with the Department of Health as well. You have to prove where they came from, the source. You can't assume it's the furniture alone.

What are scabies?

Scabies is classified by the World Health Organization as a water-related disease. The disease may be transmitted from objects but is most often transmitted by direct skin-to-skin contact, with a higher risk with prolonged contact. Initial infections require four to six weeks to become symptomatic. Reinfection, however, may manifest symptoms within as little as 24 hours. Because the symptoms are allergic, their delay in onset is often mirrored by a significant delay in relief after the parasites have been eradicated. Crusted scabies, formerly known as Norwegian scabies, is a more severe form of the infection often associated with immunosuppression.

What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs are parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feed exclusively on blood. The term most commonly refers to members of the genus Cimex of which Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug, is the best known as it prefers to feed on human blood although other Cimex species are specialized to other animals, e.g., bat bugs, C. pipistrelli (Europe), C. pilosellus (western US), and C. adjunctus (entire eastern US).

The name of the "bed bug" is derived from the preferred habitat of Cimex lectularius: warm houses and especially nearby or inside of beds and bedding or other sleep areas. Bed bugs are mainly active at night, but are not exclusively nocturnal. They usually feed on their hosts without being noticed.

A number of adverse health effects may result from bed bug bites, including skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. Diagnosis involves both finding bed bugs and the occurrence of compatible symptoms.

You are a long way from proving a defect in the furniture. 



Category: Property & Real Estate Injuries


2 Comments to "Proving Bed Bug Infestation is Not Easy"

It is hard to identify or determine the roof of an infestation. However, the habitat of a begbug can help estimate where they likely came from. Bed bugs like to travel and are good hitchhikers. They will hide in suitcases, boxes and shoes to be near a food supply. They are elusive, nocturnal creatures. They can hide behind baseboards and in cracks, crevices, and folded areas of beds, bedding and adjacent furniture, especially mattresses and box springs. Bed bugs can also hide in electrical switchplates, picture frames, wallpaper and nearly anywhere inside a home, car, bus, or other shelter. Bed bugs usually come out at night for a blood meal. However, they are opportunistic insects and can take a blood meal during the day, especially in heavily-infested areas. Bed bugs usually require 5-10 minutes to engorge with blood. After feeding, they move to secluded places and hide for 5-10 days. During this time in the bed bug life cycle, they do not feed but instead digest their meal, mate, and lay eggs. this proves that begbugs are most likely to come from the furniture as the like to travel and are willing to reside in anywhere close to their food supply
Posted by afnan on July 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Just curious what methods you use to determine the roof of the infestation? But can you also have a claim against the landlord for example for not preventing or taking the necessary steps of infestation?
Posted by RF on August 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

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