Q&A: Bed Bug Dilemma Q&A

Q “I am the superintendent of a Manhattan cooperative. One shareholder's apartment has bed bugs and the board had done the right thing by paying the exterminator bills as this is no time to be having an argument as to who is responsible to pay. However, six months later and three different companies—including two of the major players in the industry—the bed bugs remain.”

So my questions are:

1.Who is legally responsible to foot the cost?

2. As the shareholder still resides here and their apartment is still fully furnished, in my point of view it will be very difficult to treat this apartment correctly. What is the legal route to take here? Can the board force the shareholder to move their belongings out to a fumigation holding facility, and who pays for that?

3. The building does not have full control (yet they are paying) over how extensive a treatment is given as the shareholder lives there and they are making decisions and choices as what to throw away and what to keep etc. What is the legal standpoint here?

-Frustrated Super

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6 Comments

  • At the very least, it's time to consider some alternatives to whatever extermination methods you've tried so far, such as heat treatment. This gets around the question of what to discard. You might also consider bringing in a detection dog to try and identify exactly where bugs are harboring. All it takes is one egg sac left behind some place and the nightmare begins all over again!
  • what aabout garden aprtments in a coop and not knowing who has besides a family and how to get management to take responsibilty . what affidavit has to be made out by exterminator. trying to find law passed by patterson about coops and managment.
  • I would like to know what is a reasonable length of time for the treatment of bedbugs in a cooperative apartment building from the time the management company is notified to the treatment of the apartments?
  • Vacuum your carpets with podwer which kills bedbugs and dust mites easy to find.Clean floors ..Vacuum and clean sofasBedrooms ..You can "bomb" the place for a quick fix BUT cover foodstuffs, Cd's, computer ..Please don't forget to take the dog, cat, hamster ..with you!Wait for at least 24 hours before returning and then open all windows and turn on all bathroom/kitchen fans to ventilate.Then get a cover non-plastic for dust mites to go over your mattress and one over your box spring. Usually 80 bucks for a queen and 40 bucks for box spring. Get covers for bed pillows as well.Wash all bed linen at least once a week in HOT water. Try not to use wool blankets since you can't toss them into the washer.The key to bed bugs is personal hygiene cleanliness and household cleanliness.References : BCL
  • does the co-op pay the exterminator or does the cooperator living there have to pay?
  • who is responsible for bed bugs in a condo the owner or the management