Treatment Advice for Bed Bugs Seattle Residents
There is a growing Bed bugs Seattle crisis according to Clay Thompson
from the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD).
Reports of bed bugs include incidents at buildings managed by
the Seattle Housing Authority such as the Ball Tower and Denny
While the size of the problem in Seattle has
not been documented, one major pest control company based in the area
indicated that their bed bug related call volume increased from 1call a
month to over 24 a month at 1 pest control company location."
The Number of bedbug-related complaints continues to rise
across the world, and Seattle is no exception. Bedbug pest
control experts in the Seattle area are seeing an exponential increase
in bed bug related calls with one mentioning call counts as high as 24
per month, up from 1, 2 to 3 years ago.
For example, 1/3 of the apartments at the Denny Terrace have
been treated for bed bugs.
Bed bugs must be carried to any location. Usually
they are picked up by travelers. When the traveler returns,
the bed bugs leave their hiding place, and enter the home.
If you live in an apartment building, their is a 7% to 20%
chance, that they can move from an infested apartment to an adjacent
apartment (next door, above or below).
Seattle Bed Bugs Landlord Tenant Law
Seattle residents are covered by local ordinances and state
ordinances that govern landlord tenant relationships. In
general, the law indicates that landlords are required to control
insect infestations, however, based on our interpretation, it
does not describe who pays for treatment. This does not mean
that a landlord will not pay, it just means that you have to confirm
that they will. After all, it is in the landlords best
interest to keep an infestation from spreading through a building.
In terms of the city of Seattle, the law specifically states that
a landlord is required to control insects and
pests. There is also a Washington State law that states that
a landlord is obligated to control pests before a tenant starts a lease
and moves into an apartment. State law indicates that a
landlord must continue to control infestations except in single family
homes or when an infestation is caused by a tenant.
Unfortunately the law does not specifically state that
landlords or building managers must pay for treatment. Clarify this
issue before requesting treatment. In government or public
housing the city of Seattle will pay (always ask).
If you are confused, it's understandable. We suggest
doing the following if you are a Seattle tenant:
1. Call the City of Seattle Department of Planning and
Development at (206) 615-0808. Ask them to explain
your rights as a tenant.
2. Send a dated letter to your building manager or landlord
requesting treatment. State that you did not bring the bed
bugs into the building and that all adjacent units should be inspected.
A dated letter serves as legal notification. Send
it signature requested so that you have proof that it was received.
3. If a landlord refuses to treat a Seattle bed bugs
problem, or wants to charge you for
treatment, contact a lawyer that specializes in landlord tenant issues.
Organize a meeting of tenants that live next door, over and
below your unit, as these are the tenants that are most at risk for bed
bugs. Work with a lawyer to organize your next steps such as
withholding of rent in an escrow account.
If required, you can get a free quote for treatment from Service Magic
(call 1.877.233.1145). This can be helpful, particularly if
you need to split the cost of treatment with the landlord (often the
best way to go when the law isn't clear).
Here is a summary of Seattle landlord/tenant laws.
While waiting for bed bugs Seattle treatment you can follow the steps
below to reduce the size of the infestation in your apartment.
Note that without inspecting apartments under, above and next
door to yours, the infestation will probably return in 2 to 3 weeks as
the insects work there way through the walls back to your apartment.
How to Kill Bed Bugs Seattle
If you live in an apartment building and you believe that you
bugs, be sure to contact your building manager, condo or co-op
association. If you are a home owner, and you believe the infestation
are in its earliest stages, you can try a do it yourself approach,
although a pest control professional is preferred.
You can opt for a professional inspection first from a company
in the Seattle area such as Trek
For detailed information on eradicating bedbugs, read how
to kill bed bugs. The simple steps are to:
1. Vacuum the
Room, Wash all Linens/Blankets - You'll find up to 85% of
bed bugs near the
bed. Be sure to vacuum all areas, check all objects and bag
anything that can be carried to a washing machine and cleaned.
Use bags which are bed bug proof such as Ziploc
Double Zipper Big Bags. Wash using hot water and 20
minutes in the dryer.
2. Treat -
Use mattress safe bed bug sprays on all surfaces. Purchase a product
to knock down or kill bed bugs on contact. This product in particular
has passed independent tests showing that it kills insecticide
resistant bed bugs. Treat all surfaces
including seams and behind the mattress and box spring labels.
Peel back the box spring cloth on the bottom of the box
spring and treat inside and outside.
Purchase another spray
that is designed for cracks and crevices such as Bedlam.
most economical approach is to purchase all products needed in a kit
such as the New
York Bed Bug Kit.
After treating the mattress move it to a safe area just outside the
room. Do the same with box spring. Inspect and
furniture, around picture frames, bed frame, head board etc.
Open a window
to avoid the formation of mold from the dampness after spraying.
bugs can even hide inside electronics. They are difficult to
clean and may have to be thrown out. An alternative is to use
heat such as a Packtite
container, which heats to the required 114F.
4. Dust -
natural fossil dust.
Spread around the room. It will kill bedbugs that come in contact with
the dust. It is perfect for killing late hatching bed
Bed bug dust is a natural product.
the Mattress - Buy a zippered bed bug mattress cover
and box spring cover (must say on the label) to trap any bed
bugs and bed bug eggs that are still in or around the mattress such as
this one offered
If you have carpet, beside vacuuming consider
using a carpet cleaner mixed with a strong disinfectant such as PuraCleenRX
to kill any eggs. Test
an area of the carpet to avoid discoloring.
When disposing of any item that contains
bed bugs make sure it
is sealed and marked with a sign warning others not to take these items
and re-use them. This is particularly the case when disposing
of furniture or a mattress so that the bed bugs Seattle problem
doesn't get any worse.
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Bed Bugs Seattle Government Resources
To check on a pest control license when
choosing a bed bugs Seattle based contractor, contact
State Department of Agriculture Cooperative
Extension Washington State University
- One page bed bugs overview
County Public Health - Seattle & King Country
University Information on Bed Bugs
Bed Bugs Seattle Apartments Hotels Reports
To see if the Seattle apartment or hotel you are
planning to stay in have a had a bed bug problem see the site Bed
Bug Registry. Just enter the name of the hotel
The red dots indicate
sites where consumer have reported a Seattle bed bug problem
Seattle Bed Bug Pest Control Companies
When hiring a bed bugs Seattle experienced pest control
company, part of the challenge is knowing where to
look. It pays to get several quotes since treatment can be expensive.
One reputable pest inspection service in the Seattle area is Trek
Inspection services. If the inspection service confirms the
presence of bed bugs you can get up to 3 free
quotes from Service Magic (or call 1.877.233.1145) It's
You can search our database of Seattle
bed bugs pest control experts, a helpful resource when
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