Iowa is a state located in the Midwestern United States, at the heart of a region called the “Corn Belt.” Corn is one of the state’s largest exports, along with other agricultural goods like soybeans and dairy products.

As of 2020, Iowa boasts a population of 3.1 million residents. The largest city in the state is its capital, Des Moines, which is home to 203,433 people.

Most other residents live in more rural counties which help contribute to the state’s agricultural economy.

During presidential elections, the Iowa caucuses garner national attention due to being the first round of primary voting. The caucuses are usually an indicator of which candidates in a particular party will become the party nominee, though there have been exceptions.

Unfortunately for Iowa, it shares something common with most other states…

It’s home to a slew of bed bug infestations.

Iowa Bed Bug Lawyer

If you or someone you know has been affected by bed bug infestations in a hotel, apartment, or another residence, you may be entitled to financial reimbursement.

It is the responsibility of all property owners to properly maintain their establishment, and this includes keeping them pest-free. Failure to do so is a breach of your trust, and you have every right to sue them for damages.

These include:

  • Damages related to loss of wages and medical bills
  • Loss of furniture or personal property
  • Damages stemming from fear or anxiety caused by bed bugs

Please contact us at (855) 733-9217 or submit your case here. We will put you in contact with a personal injury lawyer who will guide you through the necessary proceedings.

The consultation is FREE, and there are absolutely NO FEES unless your case is won.

Bed Bug Facts & Details

Bed bugs are a species of insects that feed off of human blood. They are roughly ¼ inch long and are reddish-brown in color.

Bed bugs can be found on every continent inhabited by humans, since humans are their primary food source. The bugs often inhabit secluded places inside homes like bedding or other furniture, but they can also stow away in luggage or on public transportation.

Prior to the 1950s, bed bugs were practically wiped out in the United States.

In recent years, though, the number of global bed bug cases has been steadily rising. Common causes for this resurgence in bed bug activity include increased urbanization and international travel.

Who is Responsible for Bed Bugs, the Landlord or the Tenant?

Iowa, like the rest of the United States, enforces a series of tenant-landlord agreement laws. Under these agreement laws, landlords are generally held responsible for the upkeep of their property, which includes removing bed bug infestations.

Iowa House Bill 520 introduced language to the law that specifically targets bed bugs.

Under the guidelines introduced in this bill, an infestation is considered eradicated only when “no evidence of bed bug activity has occurred in the dwelling unit for 50 days after the last application of any treatment.”

Landlords have 2 weeks to conduct an inspection of any affected tenements. Tenants are also held accountable for taking care of the property they are renting, in order to prevent any bed bug infestations from occurring in the first place.