A consistent problem we have is that a customer will call us and upon inspection of their premises we will find scant evidence of bed bugs, but an inspection of their neighbors reveals they are loaded with bed bugs!
In Baltimore city, where many live in row houses, this is a big problem. Regardless of what treatment method you use, if your neighbors got them and they do nothing, the problem will return!
The residual value of insecticides under these circumstances is extremely limited. Laws regarding what your neighbors are required to do are limited in most jurisdictions.
However, some of the customers have had success forcing their neighbors to take action.
The methods are as follows:
- Pay for a portion or the entire treatment for your neighbor's property.
- Report the situation to the housing authority (Baltimore city residents.)
- If children are living in the property and have bite marks report them to protective services.
- Speak to an attorney. Whitney & Bogris specialize in bed bug litigation. You can reach them at 410-583-8010.
Also, health departments may be able to help in some counties. if pursuing a municipal authority, be persistent! Most local agencies are overwhelmed and under-funded, but the squeaky wheel gets the oil! Good luck!