Q: I live in a senior citizen apartment building. How can I get the landlord to rid my apartment of bed bugs?
They had Orkin spray three times but the bed bugs came back and are biting me really bad. I just want to get rid of them for good. I also have physical problems such as leukemia, anemia and prostate cancer.
A: Call the board of health. They might come out and issue an order to landlord. But if landlord is having Orkin come out already, that might satisfy the board of health. Ask Orkin what more needs to be done. If only one apartment is treated, the bugs can go next door, and then come back when the bug spray wears off. You can start paying your rent on time each month into escrow with the local court. Check the local court for the rent escrow problem. If other tenants have the problem, band together and use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local real estate attorney to assist you. Or talk to local agencies that assist seniors with housing and the senior services agency.
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