" Bed bugs Reno problems are similar to those found in other parts of the United States. Over 18 Reno bed bugs problems have been recently reported. "
The Washoe County department of health has issued a brochure for residents of Reno and surrounding areas. The latest incident reported was due to bed bugs which were in furniture obtained at a local furniture rental store. The store did step in, remove the infested furniture and pay for bed bug exterminator services (story below).
According to Channel 2 News (KTVN), nationwide,
pest control companies have seen a 75% increase in calls over the last
Step 1: Clean
Remove and wash in hot water any items such as clothing, linens, clothes stored need the bed etc.. Once clean, place in a sealed plastic bag. Vacuum any bed bugs that you can spot and then dispose of the vacuum bag in a sealed plastic bag. Use the vacuum crevice tool along mattress/box spring seams, the bed frame, along baseboards etc.
If you have a hand steamer, go over the mattress and box spring with steam.
Step 2: Spray
To knock down or reduce the bed bug population in the infested room, use a mattress safe bed bug spray. Good options are Bed Bug Patrol (organic) or Sterifab (insecticide based).
Follow-up treatment in areas other than the mattress with a spray that provides longer term protection. A good insecticide based option is Phantom as it cannot be detected by bed bugs after it dries. If you'd like to stay all organic. spread a thin layer of bed bug dust into all seams/tufts and any places where bed bugs might hide.
Step 3: Use Bed Bug Dust
Spread bed bug dust around the room in a thin layer. If any bugs are left or if any eggs haven't hatched, the dust will attach to the bed bugs shell and kill them. To trap any bed bugs you might have missed, consider purchasing bed bug mattresss and box spring covers.
See our guide for detailed instructions on eliminating bed bugs.
Brochure on Bed Bugs
- Washoe County Vector Borne Disease Program
To contact the Reno/Washoe County regarding a bed bugs Reno
District Health Department
1001 East Ninth Street
P.O. Box 11130, Reno, NV 89520
(702) 328-2434 775-785-4599
Woman blames furniture rental center for bugs
- News 4 Reno (video)
Bugs Make a Comeback
- Channel 2 News Reno
Bed bugs Reno extermination can be expensive since it requires treatment of every item in the infested room. Also, it is normal to expect 2 to 3 treatments. With the cost as much as $350 per room, it pays to get several estimates.
The easiest way to do this is with a call to the Service Magic (1.877.233.1145) network. Members of the network will provide up to 3 free quotes and are pre-screened, meaning they must be reputable, licensed and insured.
We also suggest searching our exterminator database of experienced local Reno based bed bug experts.
To find a licensed exterminator in Reno and consumer reviews for a licensed pest you can also look on Angies List.
The laws that govern landlord and tenant contracts are vague when it comes to bed bugs Reno problems.In terms of a new tenant, the landlord is required to provide an apartment that is free of insects such as bed bugs:
"building, grounds, appurtenances and all other areas under the landlord’s control at the time of the commencement of the tenancy in every part clean, sanitary and reasonably free from all accumulations of debris, filth, rubbish, garbage, rodents, insects and vermin."
After a tenant takes possession of an apartment, according to
Habitability of dwelling unit.
1. The landlord shall at all times during the tenancy maintain the dwelling unit in a habitable condition. A dwelling unit is not habitable if it violates provisions of housing or health codes concerning the health, safety, sanitation or fitness for habitation of the dwelling unit or if it substantially lacks:
To our knowledge, there is no explicit clause indicating that landlords have to pay for bed bug treatment after a tenant moves in. the best approach for a tenant is to contact the Washoe County health department for guidance and confirmation that a bed bug problem exists in the apartment. Sometimes the best approach is to try and split the cost of bed bug treatment with building management.
If a tenant believes that legal steps need to be taken to they can approach these Nevada legal resources.
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