In recent years, there has been a lot of talk and new coverage about tiny insects. Bed bugs, which had all but disappeared in this country, have come back with a vengeance as new and more eco-friendly insecticides are put to use on crops throughout the United States. Better able to contend with the new variety of chemical warfare, the bed bugs are making their way into hotel chains, colleges, senior citizen housing, apartment buildings, and homes everywhere. This raises many questions about the responsibilities of the property owners, just as questions are sure to arise from car owners in a Tampa auto accident.
It is possible for residents, guests, and others to sue a commercial building owner if a problem with bed bugs arises and is not properly dealt with. An example of this has been underway in Alabama, where several residents of an apartment building have stood up against their landlord after bed bugs infested their homes and beds. Many have had to throw out their mattresses and box springs, and have bombed their homes with insecticides. Although the building management did spray the whole complex in an attempt to control the issue, the tenants agree that things have only gotten worse. Many are complaining about waking with numerous swollen bites from the tiny bugs that have made homes in their beds. Parents of young children are especially concerned, but all are ready to go to court if that’s what it takes to live without the nuisance.
This is nothing new, unfortunately. Many businesses, schools, and other such facilities have faced similar problems with unwanted parasitic guests. Education about how they are spread and the signs of their existence should be provided to all those exposed to prevent further infestations.
Bed bugs are extraordinarily difficult to get rid of, so if you find them in your home, consult a professional. If you live in a rented unit, it is the responsibility of the landlord to correct the problem. Harm to your belongings or your body may give you the right to collect damages.