Unless you were alive during World War II, you’ve likely never seen or experienced Cimex lectularius – the common bedbug. Due to international travel and reduced use of DDT, bedbugs are back. Small, reddish-brown and oval, these bloodsucking pests are showing up in apartment units, movie theatres, hotels and college campuses nationwide.
Not only do bedbugs bite and leave red bumps that swell and itch for up to a week, they are difficult and expensive to eradicate. Once they are in a property, they can migrate from unit to unit.
As a landlord, your first concern should be preventing bedbugs’ arrival. And, if your tenant reports bedbugs, you should take immediate steps to eradicate them. A second concern may be creating a framework that limits legal liability in the event of an infestation and requires tenants to take preventive measures against bedbugs.
Pests and Colorado’s Warranty of Habitability Law
Colorado’s Implied Warranty of Habitability Act says, in essence, that when you sign a lease, you promise that your unit is fit to be lived in. These requirements call for extermination services if there is any sign of pests, rodents or other infestation.
If you suspect bedbugs on your property, schedule a proactive extermination. Some pest control firms use dogs to sniff out the bugs and can provide a certificate attesting that your unit is pest-free. Continue reading “Bedbugs in Your Colorado Rental Properties” »