When you don't want to use the building's exterminator...

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While there are good reasons for putting a single exterminator in charge of treating a bedbugged building, there can be very good reasons not to; for a real-life example, just refer to the misadventures of our Bedbugged! columnist Theresa Braine. The issue comes up in Habitat Magazine's bed bug FAQ about fighting the good fight in co-ops and condos, and it seems that though boards must hire an exterminator to address multi-unit infestations, residents can choose to hire their own.

"At an infested 80-unit Queens co-op," reports Habitat, "the board went to court to try to force owners to use the building-appointed expert, but lost. The building did responsibly insist, however, that the apartments be inspected afterward by the building-chosen exterminator."


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