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If the tenant negligently brought the bed bugs into the house, and you can prove it, then you can sue the tenant for the cost to remove the bed bugs from the house, and you would likely win a money judgment against the tenant. The key is proving how the bed bugs got into the house. If you were to sue, you'd likely need an expert witness to describe how a house gets infested with bed bugs, and paint a picture that leads to the tenant.
Before suing, you may wish to talk to the tenant to see if he will take any responsibility. Perhaps you can insinuate that if he does not pay for at least part of the extermination, then you will possibly take legal action.
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