As the second largest city in the state of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh is one of the most important cities in that state. Known as “the Steel City” for its significant role it plays in the steel production industry, Pittsburgh boasts a population of approximately 300,000 residents. The relatively small area covered by the city of around 60 square miles gives it a high density character, but the city is also ringed by a more sparsely populated suburban fringe.
Pittsburgh falls within the ‘humid continental climate zone’. This sees the city and surrounding areas experience four distinct seasons, with cold, snowy winters and warm, sunny summers. Pittsburgh is not particularly vulnerable to severe weather events, although the city does experience a moderate amount of precipitation with around 40 inches on average per year. This climate profile makes the pest problems experienced by Pittsburgh residents relatively typical of similar sized cities in the eastern United States.
Some of the more common pest problems in the Pittsburgh area can include bed bugs, termites and rodents. Bed bugs are an annoying infestation problem for homeowners and tenants, if not for their extremely itchy bites, then for the fact that they are seemingly impossible to evict once they establish themselves in a residence. These tiny, oval shaped bugs feed on human blood by making a series of bites throughout the night, and can be very difficult to spot until they start to feed. Bed bugs are also difficult, and sometimes seemingly impossible to eradicate through DIY measures. As the bugs can easily repopulate starting with just one pregnant female bed bug, extermination must be completed with nothing less than 100 percent efficiency. Typically the most cost and time efficient solution for bed bug removal is to use a professional extermination service, particularly as most pest removal agents providing this service also offer guarantees for their work.
A common legal question when it comes to pest control is whether the responsibility for treating a pest problem falls with the property owner or the tenant during a rental agreement. The answer to this question varies wildly, and is dependent upon the state in question. For Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania more broadly, the issue can be complicated. According to state law, a landlord has a responsibility to provide a habitable residence to a tenant which, among other conditions, should be free from pest infestation. Although the tenant may bring pests into a residence through their own negligence, the burden of proof is with the landlord to prove that this is the case. Often, the landlord is held to be responsible for the costs associated with pest control if they cannot sufficiently prove that an infestation has occurred because of the actions of a tenant.
There are a number of reputable pest control service providers in the Pittsburgh area and surrounds, including Witt Pest Management. This company has over 100 years of experience in the pest control industry and offer a range of solutions for a variety of common pest problems. They also offer a range of different services, from one-off pest removal to comprehensive pest prevention treatments. Witt also offers same day service and free property inspections. Other good options for pest control management in the Pittsburgh area include Premier Pest Control, Budget Pest Control and Spectrum Pest Control Inc.