Resources and Information for Treating
Bed Bugs San Francisco Problems
Resources and Bed Bugs San Francisco prevention and extermination
Like other major cities in the United States, bedbugs are continuing
to be a problem in San Francisco hotels and homes. If you rent an
apartment or home, landlords are responsible for arranging treatment,
with many including an addendum to lease agreements spelling out who is
responsible for treatment. In general, landlords are
however, they can try and recoup costs from tenants."
As quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle, Dr. Johnson Ojo of
the Department of Public Health said "bedbugs are popping up
everywhere", from "low-income housing to high-priced hotels."
According to the San Francisco Department of Public Health
there is a growing number of bed bug complaints, mostly from occupants
and owners of residential hotels, youth hostels, and shelters.
To fight the problem the city has implemented mandatory
training on bed bugs for hotel managers/owners, and set up procedures
for responding to complaints and treatment. The rules require that
infested rooms receive 1 pesticide application as well as the adjacent
rooms. Applications are required for every two weeks for 3 consecutive
Bed bugs San Francisco recent reports indicated on the above map.
Major hotels such as the Chancellor Hotel on Union Square in
San Francisco have taken a proactive approach to bed bugs San Francisco
with an in-house bed bug
technician charged with continually examining rooms to ensure that they
are bed bug free. There are 64 hotels listed in the bedbugregistry
(source of map above) as having a consumer reported bed bugs San
San Francisco Government Bed Bug Resources
Do You Have Bed Bugs?
City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health Fact Sheet
Rules and Regulations - How to Control Bed bug Infestation
San Francisco Department of Public Health
Bed Bug Prevention and Control
San Francisco Department of Public Health
To file a bed bug complaint with the San
Francisco Department of Public Health Section call (415) 252-3800 or go
to their office at 1390 Market St., Suite 210, S.F., CA 94102.
Bed Bugs San Francisco Tenant Rights
Landlord and tenant disputes are becoming
more and more common throughout the United States. Landlords
often accuse tenants of bringing bed bugs into the apartment.
Many landlords refuse to pay for treatment, with some even
moving to evict tenants that report a problem.
Landlord tenant rights are governed at the
State level in California. Because of this, landlord and
tenant issues are usually left to the State Attorney Generals office
for resolution. That said, certain cities such as San Francisoc are
passing laws to protect tenants. Specifically,
there is an
ordinance in San Francisco which states that:
noxious insect harborage or infestation including, but not limited to
cockroaches, bed bugs, fleas, scabies, lice, spiders or other
arachnids, houseflies, wasps and mosquitoes, except for harborages for
honey-producing bees, of the genus Apis regulated by the California
Food and Agriculture Code, Section 2900 et seq. which are not other
wise determined to be a nuisance under state law"
Bed Bugs San Francisco ordinance calls out bed bugs as a nuisance that
must be addressed by a landlord. The Director's Rules and
Regulations on How to Control Bed bug Infestations can be downloaded here
Information on tenant rights and landlord
obligations are available from the California
Department of Public Affairs.
In California, landlord/tenant law states
"A rental unit must be fit to live in; that is, it must be habitable.
In legal terms, "habitable" means that the rental unit is fit for
occupation by human beings and that it substantially complies with
state and local building and health codes that materially affect
tenants' health and safety"
"Tenants also are responsible for repair of all damage that results
from their neglect or abuse"
As you can see, the law can be interpreted in favor of both the
landlord and tenant, creating an unclear resolution when trying to kill
bed bugs San Francisco. However, advice provided by the
California Apartments Association to landlords indicates that this is a
landlord expense, although, landlords can try and go after tenants for
payment, if they can establish fault.
The California Apartment
Association to landlords states that:
including bedbugs are a habitability issue. Accordingly the owner or
manager needs to deal with it promptly. A qualified pest control
operator may be able to offer an opinion as to the source of the
bedbugs (i.e., due to a higher concentration in the mattress in Unit B,
than in other units). If fault can be determined, an owner may want to
try to recover some costs from the responsible resident. However, even
if it is a particular tenant's fault, if it spreads to other units due
to lack of prompt action from the owner, the owner may be liable to
those other residents."
Our interpretation of this is that
landlords are responsible for paying all costs, however, they can
attempt to recoup costs from tenants.
Our suggestions for a tenant that has a bed bug problem in a building
where a landlord is being uncooperative include:
You can download the California Tenants Association Guidelines insights
to landlords on Bedbugs
on Residential Property . (PDF).
- Organize other tenants and if necessary, place rent into
escrow until bed bug treatment is received. This will
that the problem is building wide and not the result of any one tenant.
- Contact the San Francisco department of health to see if
they can help negotiate with landlords
- Contact local politicians for help
- Contact the television media since bed bugs are a
popular story for the news
Do It Yourself Bed Bug Extermination
While we always recommend hiring a professional, it is possible to
treat the problem your self if it is in the early stages. For this, it
is important to buy the combination of products to do the job
correctly. There is no such thing as a one spray kills all solution
when killing bed bugs.
Bed bug kit manufacturers and sellers are also an important source of
information on how to properly apply each product. We highly recommend
the online reseller Bed
Bug Supply for their low prices and knowledge. A kit will contain
the following products:
Knock down spray to kill bed bugs and eggs on contact. Make sure
that the spray you purchase is mattress safe such as Sterifab.
A residual spray that will last for several weeks and kill any
bed bugs that were in hiding that you might have missed during the
application of the knock down spray. Phantom
are the best choices since they are been tested for bedbug insecticide
Other products include bed bug dust for an added layer of
protection after treatment, mattress covers to trap any bed bugs you
might have missed and climb-up
interceptors which go under each bed leg and prevent the insects
from climbing out of hiding and back onto the bed.
San Francisco Bed Bug Control News
bedbug battle a war without end
- San Francisco Chronical
Says San Francisco is Infested with Bedbugs
- Spots Unknown
How to Find a Bed Bugs San Francisco Exterminator
There are several resources available for locating an
bed bug exterminator in San Francisco. It pays to interview
several companies, as there are differences in terms of treatment
methods, and the way they charge. For example some firms
for an on-site inspection while others to not.
Local San Francisco Bed Bugs Exterminators:
Request Free Quotes from the Home Advisor
Advisor (or call) for 4 free bed bug quotes. This
a national network of pest control companies that are pre-screened and
approved for membership in the network.
Check our List of Bed
Bug Experts: We have our own expert database which can be
Consumer Reviews: Another
option for finding a licensed bed bugs San Francisco
contractor and consumer reviews for a pest
control expert in San Francisco look on Angies
List. Consumers find this list invaluable since exterminators
cannot pay to be listed. It is 100% consumer generated and highly
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