Tenant and Homeowner
Bed Bugs Baltimore Resources
There are many Bed
Bugs Baltimore resources available for this growing problem. According
to City Paper, in 2006 Baltimore had 9 calls to the 311 hot line
regarding bed bugs. In 2007 there were 31 bed bug related phone calls,
and in 2008 there were 75. Through April 2009 18 had been reported, + 2
calls vs.the same time year ago. According to City Paper, this "under
estimates the Baltimore bed bug problem".
Given the growing problem the Baltimore Department of Health has put
together a coordinated response. Reports affirm that this trend
continued through 2010, into 2011.
Bed bug control problems that have been
through Baltimore and other major cities. In
Baltimore, the number of bed bug related 311 calls grew from an average
of 0.16 per month in 2004 to 8.5 per month in 2008. The
increase in calls has precipitated the government response indicated
Bed Bug Related Call
Source: Baltimore City Paper/Google Maps
On August 20, 2009, the City of
the Baltimore City Health Department Healthy Homes Division, Lead,
Asthma & Injury Prevention Bureau has released a Bed Bugs
Response plan. The city has outlined several steps to help fight the
- Establishment of an inspection and
- Expanding public health education on bed bugs.
- Support of the Housing Authority's bed bug response.
- Providing national leadership on the bed bug control issue.
The City of Baltimore Bed Bug response
plan can be
accessed at here.
you have a Bed Bugs Baltimore problem, and live in the City of
Baltimore, dial the free 311
service. The Baltimore City Health Department will send an inspector as
part of their "Healthy Homes" initiative. This service is FREE and will
confirm that you in fact have a bed bug problem. They will
provide advice on how to get rid of bed bugs in your home.
Renters of single family homes are responsible for the bed
and should call 311 for help.
If you live in an apartment,
contact the building's landlord in writing. they have an
Often bed bugs are brought into an apartment
building by visitors or when a a used mattress or furniture is picked
up from the street. Even rented furniture has been known to
some risk or a new mattress that arrived on a truck that is also
transporting older mattresses. Bed bugs do not appear
person has clutter or isn't clean. They either travel from an
adjoining apartment, or are carried into a household.
Attorney Generals office has a hot line for Landlord and
Tenant rights issues. The hot line number is
toll-free (800) 487-6007.
You can also review the Baltimore
City Health Department Bed bugs Baltimore
Bed Bug Advice for Baltimore Tenants - What to do
If you cannot afford Bed Bugs Baltimore treatment,
and if you are a
tenant that has requested bed bug treatment in writing (must be in a
dated later sent registered mail), and have not gotten a bed bug
treatment, we suggest:
- Calling the above Attorney General;s office number for
help and advice. If you are still not satisfied then...
- Contact the firm described below (Whitney & Boris)
to see if they will handle your case on contingency, which means that
they will get a percentage of the settlement.
As an alternative, if you are a low income resident. you
can contact Maryland
Legal aid for assistance.
Do not navigate the law without the help of an attorney.
Baltimore Bed Bugs Lawsuits
On October 17, 2011, the first bed bug tenant negligence
lawsuit was fought and won in Baltimore. In this case, a tenant won
$40,000 by suing a landlord that waited 48 days to treat an apartment
after notification by a tenant. The tenant lived in the Hunting Hills
apartments (4700 Sayer Avenue) and made the claim while a resident from
2/2009 to 2/2010. The attorney was Daniel Whitney from the
Tow son, MD law firm of Whitney & Boris LL. The firm
claims that 200 people have contacted the firm, with 18 Baltimore area
bed bug lawsuits pending by the firm. (Source: find articles).
Bed Bug Advice for Baltimore Home Owners
The best approach is to call in an experienced bed bugs Baltimore based
exterminator. Bed bug populations grow rapidly, and as they
spread they could become more expensive to treat. We suggest
starting by calling a national network such as Service
Magic (1.877.233.1145). Members of the network are
per-screened, licensed and insured.
So don't wait. We also have a list of pest control
that are specifically qualified to treat bed bugs.
this link to find a qualified local bedbug exterminator near
you. Please keep in mind that if the bed bugs are not treated
correctly, insects missed will begin to multiply and the problem will
return. Don't use a pest control company unless they have
extensive experience treating bed bugs.
Be sure to ask
about any costs, and ask if they
provide a written guarantee as multiple treatments (2 to 3)
are often needed.
Do It Yourself Treatment Advice
Some home owners prefer a do it yourself approach to bed bug treatment.
work, although be prepared for some hard work.
Do it yourself kits area available that contain organic products (Bed
Bug Patrol) or you
can buy an insecticide
based bed bug kit. The choice is a matter of
preference. A kit is the
best way to go as they provide the combination of products required to
effectively end the infestation. No single spray alone will
do the job. At minimum, be sure to purchase a knock down or
contact spray which kills bed bugs on contact, and a residual spray
that provides lasting protection. Kits also contain bed bug dust (also
called diatomaceous earth or fossil dust) which is applied after spray
treatment to provide another layer of protection.
It can take an entire
day to do the job right. If bed bugs reappear after 2 to 3
treatments, consider hiring a professional. See the rest of
this site for step by step directions on how to
Do not use foggers or bug bombs as these are not effective against bed
bugs Baltimore problems. They just drive the bed bugs into
the walls, only to
have them return in 1 to 2 weeks.
Local Bed Bugs Baltimore News
numbers swell - City Devices Public Health Strategy
Baltimore Sun (7/26/10)
City: A gnawing bed bug problem grows in Southeast Baltimore
- Baltimore City Paper
Takes Neighborly Approach to Bed Bugs
- WAMU Interview
numbers swell - City devises public health strategy
- The Baltimore Sun
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