Bed Bugs California
Bugs California problems have been reported throughout the state.
This includes reports throughout the state, with the most
infestations reported in Los Angeles which ranks #10 in the
San Francisco in particular has been proactive in addressing the bedbug
problem by mandating that landlords are responsible for bedbug
treatment. This is not the case in most of the State, with
law being unclear as to who is responsible. California
are on their own, having to either contact a bedbug exterminator or
attempt treatment them self."
According to the Los Angeles Country Department of Health
Services bed bugs have resurfaced in hotels, motels, nursing homes,
dormitories, multiple and
single family dwellings. No wonder Los Angeles is ranked #10
in the U.S. for bed bug problems.
According to Bill Biers, owner of Conquer Pest Control in
Granada Hills it is a problem in the San Fernando Valley and lower
income areas of Los Angeles.
Bed Bugs California Government and Other 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
Bugs Bulletin (PDF Download)
Los Angeles Department of Public Health
You Need to Know About Bed Bugs (PDF Download)
California Department of Pubic Health
Let the Bedbugs Bite (PDF Download
Bed Bugs Handout)
California of Public Health
for the Control and Prevention of Bed Bug Infestations in California
(PDF Download) California Department of Public Health
Bed bug information is also available from
the Vector-Borne Disease Section
California Department of Public Health - (916) 552-9730.
To confirm that a California bed bug
exterminator is licensed visit the California Department of
Consumer Affairs (DCA), Structural Pest Control Board at
(916) 561-8704 to confirm that the company is certified.
Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program - Bed Bugs
University of California
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 California Tenant Rights
In California, landlord/tenant issues are
governed by State Law. However, some municipalities such as
San Francisco have gone further and have laws that protect tenants and
require landlords to both treat and pay for bedbug infestation
The San Francisco bed bug legislation::
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"
San Francisco 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"
This unfortunately leads to confusion since it isn't clear who is
responsible and who pays.
According to the the California
Association , a landlord organization::
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.
If you are a tenant that with a bedbug infestation, we suggest:
You can download the California Tenants Association Guidelines insights
to landlords on Bedbugs
on Residential Property . (PDF).
- Organizing tenants and possibly place rent into
escrow until bedbug treatment is received and problem is resolved.
- Contact your local department of health to see if
they can help negotiate with the landlord or building manager
- Contact local politicians for help
- Contact the television media since bed bugs are a
popular story for the news
Bed Bugs California News
bedbug battle a war without end
- San Francisco Chronicle
Says San Francisco is Infested with Bedbugs
- Spots Unknown
Creeps Into Nation's Top 10 List for Cities With Most Bedbugs
- NBC LA
How to Find a Bed Bugs California Exterminator
Bedbug treatment can be expensive with homeowners commonly
spending $1,000 or more. Because of the high cost, we suggest
contacting several companies for quotes, to determine their guarantees
(usually takes 2 to 3 treatments). To quickly speak to a
reputable bed bug exterminator we suggest:
1. Get up to four Free Quotes from
Magic Network (877-233-1145):
a national network of pest control companies that are pre-screened
before being approved for membership in the network.
Each member needs to be licensed and insured.
2. Check our List of Bed
Bug Experts : We have an expert database which can be
accessed here .
Another option for finding a licensed bed bugs California
contractor and to find consumer reviews for a pest
control expert in look on Angies
List. You can double check that a Bed Bugs
California company is licensed check with the California Department of
is possible to treat a home yourself, although we always recommend
using a professional. Bed bug treatment requires a
methods including use of a vacuum, hand steamer, knock down bedbug
spray (to reduce the size of the insect population), residual bedbug
spray(for lasting protection), bed bug powder and mattress/box
spring covers. The lowest cost approach is to
purchase either an organic
bed bug kit or an
insecticide based bed bug kit.
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