" Resources and Bed Bugs San Francisco prevention and extermination guide. 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 responsible, 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 applications.
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 Francisco problem.
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.
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:
"Any 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"
This 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 (pdf).
Information on tenant rights and landlord obligations are available from the California Department of Public Affairs.
In California, landlord/tenant law states that....:"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"
S.F.'s bedbug battle a war without end
- San Francisco Chronical
Says San Francisco is Infested with Bedbugs
- Spots Unknown
There are several resources available for locating an experienced 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 charge for an on-site inspection while others to not.
Local San Francisco Bed Bugs Exterminators:
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