The Center for Environmental Health can address pest control issues (roaches, ants, bedbugs, and rodents) if they are found in a facility that we permit and inspect, such as restaurants, hotels, motels, commercial swimming pools, and body art studios. We cannot address pest control issues in residential or other business settings beyond external issues that may be contributing to the problem, such as improperly stored garbage, yard debris, and brush piles. If tall grass is contributing to the pest problem, this may be addressed by your local code enforcement office if they have adopted a property maintenance ordinance.
If the pest control issue is occurring in your privately owned home, University of Georgia Extension (Georgia Pest Management Handbook) and the EPA (Do’s and Don’ts of Pest Control) offer several resources to assist you in safely addressing indoor and outdoor pest issues. Information related to mosquito and bedbug issues can be found here.
If the pest control issue occurs at a rental property, the responsibility for pest control should be outlined in your lease. If your lease indicates that the landlord is responsible for pest control in your home, and they are not responding to a request to address the situation, the Georgia Landlord Tenant Handbook (starting on Page 10) details the process that tenants must follow to seek an effective resolution to the situation. Additional legal guidance can be found at www.lawhelp.com. Free and low-cost legal assistance may be found for qualifying individuals through the Legal Aid Society.