How to Kill Bed Bugs

Who pays for extermination?

By Caryn Solly

Extermination can be costly, and this can often inform choices that homeowners, renters and landlords make. It is a mistake to let dollars deter anyone from calling in an exterminator because choosing other methods can be more costly in the end.

  • If you are a homeowner, you are responsible for the cost of extermination. It may be tempting to save money and try to get rid of the bed bugs yourself. However, do-it-yourself solutions, or ignoring the problem, can result in a worse infestation or even health problems for occupants.
  • If you are a renter, it is your landlord’s duty to provide a clean and suitable living environment, which includes one free of pests. The costs of extermination fall to the landlord, though some owners may bully tenants into paying. Check your rights in your lease agreement and state laws.
  • If you are a landlord, it is in the best interest of your tenants and your property to handle bed bug problems responsibly by bringing in exterminators into the residence in a timely manner and taking responsibility for the cost. When tenants shoulder the cost of pest control, they are less likely to report the problem, which will cause the infestation to get worse and even more costly and damaging over time.

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