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Missouri bill would require tenants to report bedbugs

(WMC-TV) - Bedbugs are spreading in Missouri, and a state lawmaker said landlords and tenants need to know what to do about the pests.

Missouri State Senator Kevin Engler has introduced legislation requiring tenants in multi-family homes to report any bedbugs they see to their landlord within 48 hours.

The landlord would then have up to three weeks to inspect the rental unit and get rid of the tiny insects.

Landlords would not be responsible for any bedbug damage to a tenant's property unless they knew about the pests and chose to do nothing.

Engler, a Republican from Farmington, said state health officials asked him to file a measure as infestations are becoming more common in several parts of Missouri.

In other parts of the country, there have been outbreaks in schools, office buildings, and even government buildings.

The bedbugs bill is SB 846.

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