The source of a bed bug infestation, however, is particularly difficult to determine, which underscores the fact that pest control ultimately is a shared responsibility. It is critical that landlords and tenants alike do their part to prevent access points or “harborages” (hiding places) for pests of any kind. Tenants in multi-family dwellings should promptly report an infestation to the landlord or management company, and landlords should take immediate remedial steps.
Further information about bed bugs can be found on the D.C. Department of Health website at Doh.dc.gov.
About the Advocate
The D.C. Office of the Tenant Advocate is an independent agency of the District government providing legal assistance, policy advocacy and education and outreach services to District renters. Learn more and contact the agency at Ota.dc.gov or 202- 719-6560. The office says it is the first tenant advocacy voice within any state or city government in the U.S.