Bed Bug Check List For Renters

Baby Bedbug On Skin Bed Bug Check List For Renters

Are you renting and waking up with red bite marks?

Are you seeing blood smears or stains, either fresh or dried, on your bedding, clothes, or bedroom furniture?

Are you seeing dead or live bugs that are small, oval, and red in color anywhere inside your home or apartment?

If you answered yes to any of these, I’m afraid to tell you that you likely have bed bugs!

If you fear you might have bedbugs, here is a checklist of sorts; questions that need to be asked by you the renter:

Bed Bug Check List For Renters

__ Does your home or apartment have a history of bed bugs?

__ What is done to treat bed bugs?

__ What is done to prevent bedbugs?

__ What is my responsibility as a renter if I get bed bugs?

__ Who is contracted to treat bed bugs?

__ Was there an inspection done by a qualified pest control company before I moved in to determine whether or not the old tenant left any bed bugs?

__ What are the bed bug laws in the city or state I’m renting in?

__  Is the land lord familiar with the bed bug laws in my city or state?

__  Does the land lord know what a bed bug is?

Bed Bug Control

After you have determined you have bed bugs, and asked the above questions, you should know which steps need to be taken to eradicate the bed bugs. You should know whose responsibility it is to exterminate the bugs, and if you have any legal recourse.

Upon determining the above factors, you are going to need professional bed bug control to take care of your bedbug problem. Look for a bed bug professional who specializes in heat treatments, as these treatments have been proven to be the most effective.

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Mesa, AZ85207
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Arizona Bedbug Laws

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The State of Arizona has been a hotbed for bedbugs the past few years. Vacationers coming to the valley of the sun are encountering them in their hotels. Dorms on campuses like Arizona State University have had infestations, as have apartment complexes, homes, and even movie theaters. Yuck! These encounters are unfortunate, and leave victims with painful bites. Bedbug infestations are also extremely difficult to eliminate. With this bedbug epidemic; travelers, homeowners, landlords, and tenants should no what the bedbug laws are in the State of Arizona.

Arizona Bedbug Laws

In the United States, 22 of the 50 states have laws that specifically mention bedbugs. Arizona has four of these laws. They are as follows:

  • Arizona Revised Code 36-601 – Public Nuisances Dangerous to Public Health.

Any place that offers sleeping accommodations, and has bedbugs, is a public nuisance and dangerous to human health.

  • Arizona Revised Code 9-500.31 Prohibition on adopting landlord tenant bedbug control requirements.

Arizona cities/town cannot regulate landlord-tenant bedbug controls. They can regulate disposal of bedbug infested materials.

  • Arizona Revised Code 11-269.11 Prohibition on adopting landlord tenant bedbug control requirements.

Boards of Supervisors cannot regulate landlord-tenant bedbug controls. They can regulate disposal of bedbug infested materials.

  • Arizona Revised Code 33-1319 Bedbug control; landlord and tenant obligations; definitions.

A landlord cannot knowingly rent a bedbug infested property to a tenant, and must provide tenants with bedbug literature.


Hire A Bedbug Attorney

The information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes, and is not intended as professional legal advice. The above listed laws are current as of 4/2013, but can change. If you are a property manager, landlord, tenant, or traveler who has had an unfortunate battle with bedbugs, hire an attorney who specializes in bedbug cases.

Hull Andrew
301 East Bethany Home Road
Phoenix, AZ 85012
(602) 230-0088
Michael A. Parham
7701 East Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 994-4732

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Not all bedbug prevention measures work, and not all pest control companies are created equal. Find a company that knows how to deal with bedbugs specifically. Do not battle bedbugs alone; doing so can make the infestation much worse.

Bedbug Control

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7230 East Tyndall Street
Mesa, AZ 85207
(480) 659-9011

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1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474

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Mesa Hospital Allegedly Has Bedbugs

Mesa Hospital With Alleged Bedbug Infestation

Tiny and horrifying…Were talking about bedbugs and the shocking place one valley couple said they found an infestation. Not a hotel or home, but an East Valley Hospital. Definitely not something you want to find in a place that’s supposed to be sterile and clean.

Hospital officials at the Mountain Vista Medical Center are on high alert after a possible bedbug infestation was reported by a patient and his wife. They were notified after Kathy Troutt, featured in the above video, told them she was bitten by the bugs.

Mrs. Troutt claims to have found the bedbugs inside the arms of the hospital room guest chair while she was spending the night waiting for her husband to recover from surgery. When she saw the bugs, she immediately notified the hospital staff and snapped a picture. The room with the alleged bedbugs was cleaned and quarantined according to the news report from AZCentral.

Troutt is adamant that she didn’t have bedbugs in her clothes, and that she did not bring them in to the hospital. When Trout was asked if she may have brought the bedbugs in by accident she said, “I’m certain that these did not come from me.”

The Mountain Vista CEO released the following statement:

“Our hospital follows rigorous protocols regarding pest control. If an issue is brought to our attention, it is dealt with promptly and effectively.”

Update From Arlin Troutt On Yelp:

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bedbug (Cimex sp.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Bedbug infestations are on the rise. These bloodsucking pests can be found in homes, apartments, dorms, hotels, motels, and now hospitals. International travel and immigration have probably contributed to the resurgence of bedbugs in the United States. This increase has led to many bedbug laws and legislature to help combat these tiny bloodsuckers.

Bedbugs are a parasitic insect that feed exclusively on blood. Their bites cause itchiness, redness, and irritation. Bedbug bite symptoms can take several says to dissipate. Bedbugs are reddish-brown in color, and look much like a flattened apple seed.

If you are experiencing bedbug problems, get pest control!

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Bulwark Exterminating
1228 East Broadway Road
Mesa, AZ 85204
(480) 969-7474
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10401 N 91st Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
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Mesa, AZ 85207
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Sleeping With The Enemy – Bed Bugs

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A bed bug nymph feeding on host (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Good night! Don’t let the bed bugs bite!” Everyone has heard this line at least once in their lifetime; however, most of us have never truly been in contact with the little buggers and therefore just brush off the comment as an obligatory gesture if nothing more. However, that may not be the case, as studies show that the bed bugs, which were previously almost eradicated during the 1940s, are making a large comeback.

Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on human blood. They are very small and mostly nocturnal and are capable of feeding on their host without being noticed. They feed by piercing the skin with their elongated mouthparts that normally fold under their body when at rest but fully extend during feeding. The name “bed bug” came from the insect’s preferred habitat of houses and especially areas where people sleep. A number of adverse health effects may occur due to bed bug bites, including skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms.  However it can be difficult to tell if it was actually a bed bug that bit you and this is important to know if you actually have bed bugs, before jumping to conclusions


Being able to identify bed bug bites from other parasitic creatures can be an extremely hard task. Because of the red bumps and the itchy sensation people often mistake these bites for mosquitoes bites instead. The only way you really can confirm bed bugs are the cause is to find the bugs in your bedroom. Bed bugs can be detected by their characteristic smell of raspberries.

A new form of detection is through the use of bed bug detection dogs. These dogs are trained to pinpoint infestations, with a high accuracy rating based upon controlled experiments. Sadly, however, the success rates in these tests may not reflect real world success rate of a pest companies’ dog, because of the multiple variables in the field. Dog detection can often occur in minutes where a pest control practitioner might take an hour. In the United States, about 100 dogs are used to find bed bugs by 2009.


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Bed Bug (Photo credit: stephenccwu)

Getting rid of bed bugs is an arduous task. You must not only remove the bed bugs but treat the infected area as well as continuously monitoring the area to ensure bed bugs do not return. The eradication of bed bugs frequently requires a combination of pesticide and non-pesticide approaches such as vacuuming, washing bedding at a high temperature, using steam or heat treatment, and sealing up hiding places along with increased sanitation and habitat modification. Some people think that insecticides are not recommended for dealing with these pests, for two reasons: one is that few active ingredients are federally registered for bed bugs for over-the-counter use and the other is resistance among bed bug populations is becoming common. The truth, however, is that professional bed bug control products can be purchased online.

Another proven method of dealing with these bed invaders, if you are willing to deal with it, is through the use of natural predators. There are many other types of bugs that feed on bedbugs, however allowing them into your home may lead to another problem and therefore is not very practical for eliminating bed bugs from human dwellings.


Sarah Brookes is a home improvement blogger from Chicago that frequently writes about pest control problems, like bed bug infestations. She also writes about other areas of home improvement from finding the best alarm clocks, to the most reliable home security systems.

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Choosing the Right Bed Bug Control Service

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Bed bugs are not just a nuisance. They are a biting, blood sucking problem. When they infest your home, they can cause painful and itchy bites. If anyone in your home is allergic to their saliva, the results of the bites can be even more miserable. If you see signs of one or two bed bugs, this means there are actually thousands of the pests in your beds, bedding, clothing, window coverings, cracks, and crevices of your home. It is nearly impossible for you to fight bed bugs on your own. They will win. You need the help of a professional pest control company or you and your family will continue to suffer.

Just how do you find the right pest control service? You need to ensure that you choose one that knows how to properly treat and eliminate the bed bugs. Here are some things you will need to look for.

Things to Look for in a Pest Control Company

To begin with, you will need to start a search. This search should include looking for certain characteristics in a company. This will help you narrow the field to just a few options. The characteristics should include:

  • Specialize in Bed Bug Control
  • Licensed with the State Pesticide Regulatory Agency
  • Use Environmentally Friendly Control Options

It is extremely important to ensure that any pest control company you are choosing will be properly licensed to make use of pesticides. This is the only way to ensure that the company will use safe and proper methods of pesticide application in your home.

Things to Ask a Pest Control Company

Once you have narrowed down your options to just a few, then you will need to pick the right pest control company. It is extremely important that you are careful with this. The wrong company may do a subpar job and you may continue to have bed bug problems in the future. You certainly do not want to waste your money, time, or comfort because you chose the wrong company. Here are a few things to ask the companies you are considering.

  • Are you a member of local pest control organizations?
  • Are you a member of the National Pest Management Association?
  • What type of approach will you use to eliminate bed bugs in my home?
  • How long will it take to eliminate the bugs in my home?
  • Will I have to throw out my bedding or the mattresses in my home?
  • Will you provide me with an inspection report before you begin bed bug control?
  • Will you perform follow-ups to ensure the bed bugs are completely eliminated?
  • Will you use pesticides that are safe around my children and pets?
  • Will you quote a final price to me before we begin any bed bug elimination or control?
  • Are there things that could have an effect on the price you quoted me in the beginning?
  • Do you offer any other pest control services that I could package together and take care of all of my home’s pest issues?
  • How quickly can you come to my home for an inspection?

By asking the right questions, you can get the right answers to find a proper pest control company to deal with your bed bug problem. By choosing the right company in the first place, you can ensure that the bed bugs are eradicated as soon as possible. This is extremely important since those bugs are not just a pest. They are dangerous to your family as well as yourself.  With the information above, you should find it simple to choose the right pest control company right away.

Melissa Stewart is a writer for Dugas Pest Control offers pest management services in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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