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Weird Ways People Get Bed Bugs – Atlanta – Savannah – Macon – Georgia

I have found some strange ways that people obtain bed bug infestation.

The normal ways we see are 
1. going on trips (Hotels) 
2. and also picking up used furniture.
However there are many ways you can pick them up.
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  I  had one young lady that lived in a small condo by herself. She found 4-5 bed bugs and had been fighting them for a few weeks. Finally she gave up and called us in. I found a few but it was a little odd in that they were nesting more in the den than bedroom. I asked if she traveled – No  I asked if she had brought any used furniture in – No  She had no neighbors with a problem. I then asked if she can think of anything that she had brought in her unit in the last couple of months. When I said that she looked over at a painting on the wall. She said “I just thought about it and you know I bought this painting on Ebay from a man in Canada.”  I went over and took it off the wall and there were 4-5 bed bugs behind it in the frame. There was also a significant amount of excrement behind it.
So she bought an infested oil painting and paid for shipping that started her infestation.
   I have had multiple customers that are convinced they got them from a do-it-yourself moving truck.  You have no idea what was in that truck for the last few weeks.  Commercial Moving Companies are having problems with bed bugs. Furniture Delivery people are now not taking used items back. Even new furniture can be infested if stored with infested items.
Visitors bring them in. Unfortunately you can have people into your house that have infestation at their house. The Bed Bug eggs can be easily spread from one home to another.  We see it all the time. One family member gets them and they spread to other family members homes. This Christmas we fully expect to get some calls a few weeks later where bed bugs have been brought in by visiting family or friends.
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I hear people blaming the hotels. But people brought those to the hotel. Until the hotel knows about it all they can do is be proactive.

They can’t inspect every bag and item that is brought in. These extended stay hotels seem to have the worst problems which makes sense. You need to have a general idea of what bed bug infestation looks like and do an inspection when you first get into the room.
If you will check behind the headboard that is a common place we find them in hotels. Look for the Black Excrement (Sharpie Markers) like in the picture above as that is their signals.
If you are having a problem with bed bugs in the Atlanta, Savannah, Macon areas give us a call at 770-957-1915. We have inspectors that will come over and do a free evaluation, If, and only if bed bug evidence is found we will give you an estimate for Thermal Remediation Electric Heat Treatment. We heat the infested treatment area up to 130-135 degrees. We also use fans to distribute the heat and point it into closets, towards drapes, etc.
Bed Bugs have no resistance to temperatures above 118 degrees. The adults will start dying immediately. The eggs however need to be exposed to the heat for at least 2 hours to make them unviable.
Even fairly heavy infestations can be eliminated in one treatment.
Also we offer a 90 day warranty on our treatments and stand behind them.
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Karen was considering moving into a new complex and has never experienced bed bugs in her life. From recent news articles and apartment horror stories she had read, she had many questions about bed bugs. After a lengthy call, I explained to her what happens in many multi-unit complexes. She needed to know how bed bugs spread, what questions to ask and what to watch out for when it comes to management.
She sat at the leasing agents’ desk and asked to see the paperwork she would be required to sign. She read page after page when she came across “THE BED BUG ADDENDUM” of which we spoke.
She stopped and carefully read a maze of questions, comments and what ifs and a paragraph that was already checked for her that read:

INSPECTION: You agree that you: (check one)

(This one was already checked) Have inspected the dwelling prior to move-in or signing this addendum and that you did not observe any evidence of bed bugs or bed bugs infestation;
OR
Will inspect the dwelling within 48 hours after move-in or signing of this addendum and will notify us of any bed bugs or infestation.
She thought to herself, hum, if I were to sign this Addendum, it says I have already inspected the dwelling and I did not find any signs of bed bugs. I’ve only seen the model and I don’t even have the keys to the apartment I am moving into!
This is a warning sign!
Then again, what if I don’t agree with the one they pre-checked and check the other one saying I will inspect the dwelling within 48 hours? After a unit has been cleaned, even a top-notch professional would have a hard time finding bed bugs unless they have a scent dog.
This causes a dilemma for most.
48 hours? Where does that leave me as far as being responsible? What exactly is a bed bug? What do they look like? Where do they hide? What are the signs of bed bugs? How would I know, I am no expert in bed bugs! What if maintenance cleaned up all the signs and they are hiding in the walls? What if the people upstairs, downstairs, or next-door have bed bugs? What happens if they start moving through the walls and I get them?
This happens every day when the new tenant is sitting in the leasing office signing papers as the moving truck sits outside patiently waiting and charging by the hour. Pressure is on! People sign away under this pressure not realizing what they just did.
I warned Karen before she went in to sign her lease of the types of addendums that are out there and to be careful before she signs away.
Most of the time, property management will clean a place and prepare it for a new tenant without having a proper inspection for bed bugs. And, because of the cryptic nature of bed bugs, they will find a place well-hidden where they can’t be easily found by a simple visual inspection.
Karen stopped and asked the pertinent questions of the leasing agent about bed bugs in their particular property and asked to see their report to ensure her that the apartment and the building had been inspected for bed bugs before she moved in. She also wanted to be assured her new apartment was clear of any bed bugs whatsoever. Of course, they refused any help in that matter and stated they had not received any “reports” from any of their tenants before.
Karen knew that there are people not affected by the bites of bed bugs and can have them for many months without anyone knowing. What if the person that lives above the apartment she is proposing to move into has them and the management doesn’t know? It would only be a matter of time, when she would get them as well. What then happens if she should complain of a problem? Is she automatically held financially responsible?
Karen was one of the smarter lessors that got up and walked away from signing. It was obvious to her that the property owner wasn’t educated enough about bed bugs and she did not want to deal with a possible problem with them in the future. She also spent time online and found several complaints from tenants telling their stories about bed bugs found in their apartments and how the property owner responded which was not good. Several people threw away their belongings, lost their security deposits and had to move.
These property owners and management wonder why people attempt self-treatments!
Face it, moving is an emotional task that when working full time leaves you little to no time on the weekend to move, unpack and be ready for work on Monday morning. Not many people have their apartment completely unpacked and everything in its place before returning to work. It may take weeks, meanwhile bed bugs or their eggs may be hidden in the walls ready to hatch or build up an appetite.
Last night I received a call from a man who was moving into a sight unseen home in another state because of a corporate transfer. All he had seen is pictures, which he said looked good.
He did a search online to see if there were any bed bugs issues and found a report stating there were bed bugs when the last tenant moved in. Of course, when the man brought up the article to the new property owner, the property owner replied it was a disgruntled tenant that doesn’t know what he is talking about.
The man wanted to know whether to believe the new property owner or the report stating there were bed bugs in the dwelling.
When bed bugs are not addressed appropriately upfront, these scenarios are common.
Let’s think about the “what if’s”
What if, the man believed the property owner and took him at his word and after a week, his family began to receive bites. If the property owner were then approached, he would say, “You must have brought them with you, not my problem” and would hold the new tenant responsible. Know that when renting a single-family residence most of the time the tenant is responsible for pest control. This gets the property owner off the hook for a previous problem unless of course the tenant can prove that the bed bugs were there before they moved in.
Like life isn’t hard enough.
Listen up folks, if you are considering moving into an apartment or a single-family dwelling, have a long conversation about bed bugs with your new property owner BEFORE you make the decision to move into that complex or home. Get a history, if they are ignorant or make excuses, won’t discuss or hand you an addendum that isn’t equally fair, run! (Of course unless they are willing to learn, and then send them to me or an IBBRA member)
Seek out properties that have proactive bed bug protocols in place with plenty of educational materials to show you their policies, procedures, concern and understanding. Find those who have regular dog scent detection and inspections so that infestations are outdated.
You never know what’s lurking behind those baseboards or walls!
Stay away from “savvy” property owners that ignore the problem and try to pass it on to the next victim.
We are always here to help!
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 We keep get calls from consumers that think they have bed bugs. In many cases they are told they have bed bugs by an exterminator.
Do these inspectors not know ?
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Please do not treat for bed bugs unless you have evidence of bed bugs being present. I see people throwing away furniture, vacating areas, freaking out and then it turns out its carpet beetles. I had a guy the other day called me and told me he knew he had bed bugs because it was confirmed by another company. He just wanted an estimate for heat treatment. Upon inspection all we found was carpet beetles and no treatment was necessary. He almost signed a contract for $1800 for bed bug treatment with the company that confirmed bed bugs. This should not happen but we are in a different world unfortunately. I admit we are getting tired of driving to consumers houses only to find carpet beetles and then having to convince them they don’t have a bed bug problem.
If you are in the Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, Athens,  areas
Give Us A Call at 770-957-1915 and we will send a Professionally trained inspector to confirm whether you have activity. You can also email me and I will put you in touch with our inspector that handles your area. 
After a thorough inspection we can give you advice as to a treatment plan. We specialize in Thermal Remediation Electric Heat. This is much more effective and even than propane. We position the heaters strategically inside the house. We do not heat above 135 degrees. 120 degrees is kill temperature. With fans it is much like a convection oven. It is very effective and almost always only needs to be once. 
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