Do I Have to Let Landlord Spray for Pest Control in My Rental Unit?

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Q: Over the past several years I've been trying to integrate green lifestyle choices not only for mother nature's sake, but also for my own safety, but I am running into a huge issue with that in my new apartment. We are required to allow monthly spraying in our apartments in my new residence for "pests" (what kinds? — ew!).

I was given less than 24 hours notice that they would be spraying my whole unit, but mainly concentrating on the kitchen. I have been working extremely hard to remove harsh and unnatural chemicals from my surroundings (including food and cleaning/beauty supplies) in hopes that it will relieve my now chronic migraines, but after hearing I have to remove my food from my cupboards I don't feel safe allowing the property management access to perform the work in my unit, one of many in my 22+ story high-rise. I also own several valuable pieces of antique furniture and I am unaware of what these chemicals can potentially do to the wood, not to mention how easily they could seep into my upholstery.

I plan on covering my furniture and securing my food, etc., but what are my legal rights to eco-friendly extermination? I understand the need to keep pests in check, but I don't want to expose myself to harsh chemicals when there are safer alternatives on the market.

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