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doubledutch's Avatar doubledutch 01:37 PM 02-25-2008
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The bugs are EVERYWHERE!..... on the floors and walls, in my childrens tubs of toys, in our drawers, in the kitchen cuboards, on the kitchen table, in the linens....
i guess this could mean different things. i could honestly say i've found bugs in my closet, in my dresser, on my bed, in my bathroom, in my little boy's room, in a basket of my baby's clothes (he has no dresser). it sounds really bad, but that was one bug in each of those places at one time or another.

i took your post to mean, at any given time during the height of the infestation, the bugs are present in your living spaces. they're visible on the floors and walls, in the cupboards and drawers, not hard to find. if that's not the case - if it's a bug here and a bug there, where maybe you see a few over the course of an entire day - i wouldn't call that an infestation.

that's still gross and would still give me major heebie jeebies (because i'd be constantly on guard, expecting to see them everywhere), so i'm not trying to negate your feelings, but . . . how bad is it, really? does your home become infested, or do a few bugs get in? if the pest people don't think you have an infestation and sometimes can't even find any bugs (am i understanding that correctly?), maybe they're right.

EFmom's Avatar EFmom 01:37 PM 02-25-2008
Under no circumstances could I live in a house full of bugs. Uggh.
PrettyBird's Avatar PrettyBird 02:56 PM 02-25-2008
no.freaking.way

And I would take legal action against someone who sold me the house without informing me of the full extent of the problem. I think you should look into doing the same if it is still possible after 4 years.
SneakyPie's Avatar SneakyPie 12:55 AM 02-26-2008
OK. So if several professional exterminators have told you there is not a serious problem, AND you say you have a strong OCD situation (I am assuming that it is actually diagnosed) -- then while I could not live in a house 'full of bugs,' it sounds like you may be the only one perceiving it as 'full' of them. And clicking on links may be just winding you up further, not helping you get a realistic view of the situation.

I'm not sure what the actual problem is either, from your OP. Is your DH proposing to sell the house and you are resisting b/c you feel it is infested? I don't have a handle on what you would like to have happen.

Are you in any kind of therapy for the OCD situation? If so have you considered chatting w/your counselor about it? IF you think it might help. Good luck selling, in any case!
CathMac's Avatar CathMac 01:01 AM 02-26-2008
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Thank you CathMac!! I really really appreciate the info you have posted.... I have made my dh read both of your posts! We are now looking at other options based on what the actual facts are...
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My dh and I have been talking about this since I originally posted.... I have to agree with him on many points... I have a VERY VERY sensitive eye for these things... he has only seen a few bugs.... when I see many...
in addition.... not one single specialist that has been here has ever said that we have a serious issue with the bugs... with most they can't even find them....okay.... maybe I am a bit crazy .... I don't know... could be I guess.... I definitely see them and experience them and hate them...... hmmmmmmm.... maybe now is a good time to mention I have some huge issues with OCD..... ...
RachelS,
I'm glad you found my input helpful. Now may be a good time to mention that I handled Real Estate Errors and Omissions (malpractice) claims as an adjuster for an insurance company for awhile. I may have even handled some claims in Ohio but it was a long time ago so any feedback from me is no substitute for consulting with a practicing attorney in your jurisdiction.

I'm glad the scope of the problem may not be quite as bad as your initial description suggested. (Although I suspect it's bad enough if you have to cover things up while you are cooking, as you described.) However, unless you are a hyper sensitive "Felix Unger" type then most of what I said earlier probably still applies. There are enough people that are creeped out by bugs that it very likely affects the value of your property. Even people that aren't bothered themselves are aware that others are and would be concerned about resale value for that reason. Not to mention that even a minor infestation may suggest a water problem with the potential to get worse.

Unfortunately unless you had an inspection in the first year and the infestation was bad enough to create the inference that it wasn't a new problem, then you may have a hard time establishing that the problem pre-existed your ownership and that the previous owners should have known about it.

On the other hand, depending upon the underlying reason it's entirely possible that it's worse some years and better during others. For instance if you were to learn that it's primarily because of a nearby spring you might find that it is worse during rainy years. So if the first year you were there it was relatively dry then it would make sense that you wouldn't find out until a year when it was rainy. Which would be good news since arguably the statute didn't start running until you discovered the problem and you might still be able to make a claim based on intentional misrepresentation, in addition to breach of contract.

In any event, even if the bugs themselves are more of a nuisance than anything I'd recommend getting to the bottom of it to make sure the underlying problem isn't serious ... while you may still have time to pursue a remedy against the seller, and possibly any sellers' agents.

I should note that any agents may have been on constructive notice if the neighborhood was known to have a problem. So I'd try to find out if others in your neighborhood have the same problem and while you are at it see if anyone remembers the previous owners having a problem. Also, you might try asking any inspectors or pest companies if they have any records for the previous owners.

And contact a few attorneys ASAP. Many attorneys will give a free initial consultation.

But please, do not stick your head in the sand and tell yourself it isn't that bad; and hope it gets better or at least doesn't get worse.

Good luck and keep us posted.
~Cath
sanguine_speed's Avatar sanguine_speed 01:58 PM 02-26-2008
Rachel, you're not crazy! I would be really freaked out also...mind you, I have a horrible phobia. I'm not sure I'd ever be able to come back in the house. I could NEVER live in the south with all the critters that live down there.
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