With the new Green machine in motion at the time of this writing, some countries are taking Green to the extreme. Bolivia recently passed legislation that may give Bed Bugs the same rights as humans.
This comes from a long history of the nation being exploited for its precious minerals by large commercial conglomerations, which in turn has led to devastating ecological results.
The new laws state that all things on earth have an equal right to exist with humans, this includes plants, animals and even insects that were formerly considered pests.
How this will play out in the food chain remains to be seen. How will a human or any other species be legally able to feed itself? These are all questions that await an answer as the new laws go into effect.
Most laws in America concerning Bed Bugs are Tenant-Landlord laws. In most jurisdictions, the Landlord has a Due Diligence to provide a dwelling that is free from any kind of hazards or vermin.
In California, the law is covered by Civil Code 1941.1. These laws are designed to protect the rights of both Tenants and Landlords. Here is what you should know about Bed Bugs before it becomes illegal to kill them.
Bed Bugs (Cimidae) are by far one of the most difficult creepy critters to eradicate. There are several different types of Bed Bugs, some of which even suck the blood of chickens and bats.
The Bed Bug that you will most often find in your home, apartment or hotel room is a flat, brown, wingless creature that looks like a cross between a cockroach and a flea.
Bed Bugs can get into your home in a variety of different ways:
- Hitch hiking on your clothes
- Grabbing onto luggage stored on the floor in motel rooms
- Entering through cracks in your walls
- Scaling electrical wires from one home to another in the neighborhood.
Bed Bugs do not feed on or thrive in nasty environments, so if someone has infestations, it may seem gross, but it is not because they are not clean.
Bed Bugs feed exclusively on blood, and for the purposes of this article, they feed on human blood. Bed Bugs do not prefer dirty homes.
Bed Bugs are nocturnal insects (they come out at night), and this helps them to go undetected. During the day they can be in closets, drawers, or any other crevice that you could fit a credit card into.
During the night and often, in the wee hours of the morning, close to dawn, Bed Bugs make their way to your bed, latch on to any uncovered patch of skin and engorge themselves on your blood.
The most telltale sign that you have been lunch for a Bed Bug is when you go to bed without any bumps or irritations and wake up with bite marks, usually in a linear pattern (the Bed Bug will bite several places on your arms, legs, face and/or any other exposed patch of skin in one feeding).
These bites often welt up and have an irritable red circumference of about a centimeter around the bite mark.
Bed Bugs inject you with numbing chemicals at the bite sight so that they can feast without being disturbed. Unlike other varieties of insects, Bed Bugs do not carry human diseases. After the numb wears off, these bites become very itchy and painful.
Getting rid of Bed Bugs is a nightmare. The best approach is to hire a professional certified in this type of infestation and who has the proper equipment to do the job.
If hiring a pro is not an option, the second best thing to do is to actively and aggressively go on the offensive.
These techniques should be employed together:
- Use chemicals and/or heat to exterminate. Be sure to read And follow all the directions on the pesticide because misuse could potentially make the problem worse or even create a super Bed Bug.
- Vacuum the area very well-but once will not be enough, it can take up to a year to get rid of these Bed Bugs, and it really boils down to a battle of the wills between you and the Bed Bug.
- When you have finished vacuuming, seal the vacuum bag tightly inside a plastic garbage bag (if you do not, the Bed Bugs will simply crawl back out and the work you have done will be for nothing).
- Wash your bedding and clothes on the hottest setting available
- Seal up your mattress in a plastic mattress bag-and leave it there for at least a year (Bed Bugs can live for over ten months without feeding).
If you suspect that you have been the victim of a Bed Bug, you should make sure by checking your mattress and box springs for blood marks, droppings or signs of the insect itself.
This is important because there are some other things that could resemble the bite marks of a Bed Bug that might be a bit more serious.
If there are Bed Bugs in your dwelling and you want to know what your legal options are, contact your attorney and ask her what you should do.
Cathy Iles did not read or render an opinion about this article before it was published.