Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I'M SEEING RED AS WALLS TURN PINK; Victoria Whitlock Gets to Grips with Whitewashing a Big Problem; THE ACCIDENTAL LANDLORD

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I'M SEEING RED AS WALLS TURN PINK; Victoria Whitlock Gets to Grips with Whitewashing a Big Problem; THE ACCIDENTAL LANDLORD

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Byline: Victoria Whitlock

THE vampire bugs are back.

Indeed, they never went away. After a tenant had found a couple of bed bugs in his room I'd armed him with a spray, which promised to exterminate them. However, the tenant left last week and, while inspecting his room before re-advertising it, I discover that the spray hasn't done what it said on the can and the room is still infested.

It's time to call in the professionals. I get three quotes. The first, a wellknown pest control firm, suggests a four-part treatment over five weeks at a cost of [pounds sterling]300 plus VAT. Not only is this expensive, but I'll have to leave the room empty for more than a month. Advertising a room "with a great view of bed bugs" isn't going to attract many people.

A chap from Dyno-Pest tells me the above quote is "well over the top". He promises a two-part treatment over two weeks should be enough to exterminate the little blighters. Total cost [pounds sterling]188. The third company suggests a one-off spray for [pounds sterling]100.

Fortunately, none of these "experts" thinks it necessary to treat the whole flat, just the infected bedroom.

Just as I always go for the second cheapest bottle of wine in a restaurant, I opt for the second cheapest quote. Not very scientific I grant you, but I know even less about pest control than I know about wine. When the guy from Dyno-Pest turns up to spray the room there's another blow.

He tells me I'll have to get rid of a wooden bed frame (I'd already chucked out the mattress) and a wooden chest of drawers, both of which he reckons could be infested with bugs. So that's another [pounds sterling]250 I'll have to spend on top of the cost of the treatment. As the room is going to be empty for a couple of weeks and the other three tenants are on holiday, I decide to use the time to redecorate the rest of the flat. …

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