Bed bugs have been around for thousands of years. In recent years their populations have increased and a growing number of communities are hard at work educating homeowners on the best ways to protect themselves. Bedbugs can be eliminated quickly and safely, but in most cases you won’t be able to do it alone. The city recognizes the growing concern and is prepared to assist Lakewood homeowners by providing them with the tools they need to stop bedbugs cold!
A new ordinance was passed by city council in November of 2017 to clarify tenant and owner responsibility. Owners are responsible for eradicating bed bugs and the best option is to hire a qualified, state licensed exterminator. Tenants are the first line of defense. They must notify the owner promptly, and then help exterminators prepare the unit for successful extermination.
If you think you have bedbugs, don’t panic! Call Lakewood Alive at 216-521-0655 and have a professional identify if it’s a bedbug. Different pests require different treatments, so to save time and money make sure you know what bug you are dealing with before starting any treatments. Non-toxic heat treatments and commercial pesticide applications can be very effective, but both are very dangerous if misapplied. There is plenty you can do yourself to help the exterminator, but rely on professional advice to protect your family and your home. Never use a chemical for anything other than what has been stated on the label.