Help Stop the Spread of Bed Bugs
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Terminix research reveals that between 2016-2017 Denver went from being the 11th to the 5th most bed bug-infested city in the nation! Bed Bugs are on the rise in Colorado! However, Colorado does not have any bed bug-specific laws in place that address this growing problem or that protect the rights of tenants from negligent or unjust landlords. Thankfully, there are simple and effective measures that can be put into place which have been proven to drastically reduce bed bug infestations. Commonsense bed bug-legislation is effective, and everyone deserves a bed bug-free living environment!
“People need to understand that we have a globally building problem that is not going to go away, but will increasingly touch more and more people’s lives… It isn’t a huge problem in cities like Denver yet, but it’s only a matter of time.”
-Michael Potter, Urban Entomologist
In the early 2000's, only 25% of pest control companies had treated bed bugs. By 2015, 99.6% of pest control companies have treated bed bugs. In 2002, the EPA, CDC, and the USDA officially acknowledged the public health impacts of bed bugs including negative physical health, mental health and economic consequences.
More than 30 members of the Colorado Pest Control Association said that the problem of bed bugs has “increased greatly” in the past five years.“[Bed bugs] are increasingly being encountered in homes, apartments, hotels, motels, dormitories, shelters and modes of transport.” Colorado State University
After New York implemented bed bug-specific laws, the number of bed bug complaints forwarded to Housing Preservation and Development sank from 7,760 in 2012 to 3,950 in 2013—nearly a fifty percent reduction. New York is not alone—Just in the last two years, multiple states including Arizona and California have passed bed bug-specific legislation in order to combat their bed bug problems.
Clear legislation will instill cooperation between landlords and tenants and provide a framework of rights and responsibilities for both parties necessary to effectively reduce bed bug infestations.
Sign this petition today to call on legislators to pass commonsense bed bug laws that will protect tenants from unjust landlords and that will stop the spread of bed bug infestations across Colorado!
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