Places like Senior Living Facilities where you have a lot of people living tightly together in the same building or complex can be very difficult to manage a Bed Bug situation in. We do a lot of Quarterly sweeps of these facilities to help manage the bed bug situations.
We have numerous clients that when faced with a spreading bed bug problem did not know what to do. With our Sensor Bed Bug Dog inspections we can keep the introduced bed bugs from spreading by finding them quickly and eradicating them.
If you are only reactive to complaints you may find yourself with 30-40 units with bed bug infestation. We have seen triple that on a few occasions.
When managing a facility like this,education is also important.
We provide classes for your tenants periodically to teach them how they can keep from bringing them in and how to recognize them if they are.
We also provide Thermal Remediation Electric Heat Treatments for eradication.
The Inspection is the key. Everything feeds off the inspection results. Our dogs can complete many units quickly and accurately. Many clients are nervous at first but after they see the results they keep going with it continuously because they see the benefit. It saves you lots of treatment money and headaches by being efficient.
If you manage a place like this give us a call at 770-957-1915. We can help you get your bed bug issues under control.
If they ignore the issue or don’t have a plan of action then it would be considered bad management.
You can pick up bed bugs in any hotel. The higher end ones usually are more proactive but not always.
The best thing you can do is take a small good flashlight with you and do an inspection before you unpack. Familiarize yourself with what Bed Bugs look like and the excrement. Don’t forget the headboard as we find a lot in headboards because of disturbance.
Put your suitcase in the bathroom
Put your dirty clothes in a plastic bag and seal. (Bed Bugs are attracted to worn clothes)
Don’t use the dresser for clothes.
Mattress Safe makes a suitcase encasement. (Cool) Keep your suitcase in it except when you are dressing or bathing and seal.
Just contact management and they should move you. If you have been in the room for some time put your clothes in a dryer and vacuum your suitcase thoroughly. When you get home leave suitcase in garage. Bag clothes and the ones you have on and dry them again. I dry mine daily when I get home from inspections. Strip down in garage and throw them straight in the dryer (Make sure you don’t have any company) Take a shower and you should be good.
We provide Bed Bug Education classes for Tenants, Management, Staff etc. We also have a couple of training classes on our YouTube channel.
Education is one of the best weapons you can have.
If you wake up with bites after a trip or visit it is common to wonder if it’s Bed Bugs. Did you notice anything odd while you were there ? Did you see any bugs or excrement ? Could I have brought them back home ?
If you did, you most likely didn’t bring many. So, if say you brought 3 bugs and some eggs back. It may take some time for those bugs to find you and the eggs to hatch and become instars. It may be a few weeks before you would notice anything obvious. It also may not be Bed Bugs. We have people go to mountain areas and go hiking through the woods and wake up the next day with bites. There are a lot of insects in the woods that can bite you but it won’t be Bed Bugs there.
I understand trying to save money on furniture but some deals or even gifts may be your worst nightmare.
I see people every day that were given furniture and then find out that person that donated it has a bed bug issue and now so do you. Or buying it on Facebook Groups, Craigslist, etc. It’s not like 20 years ago when you could buy a recliner at a yard sale and have no chance of it being infested with Bed Bugs. No more of that !
My wife used to love to go to yard sales and I still have some of it but she works in the office and hears all the stories frm customers that got Bed Bugs from used furniture. So she never goes anymore.
I deal with a lot of poor people. They are very likely to get used furniture for obvious reasons. They also are the same with used clothing. At least with used clothes you can put them in a dryer for 40 minutes and be okay.
These furniture rental places are having issues with repo furniture being infested and transporting it in the same trucks they use for delivery of new products. Then many times it is brought back and stored alongside new furniture. Those type of places need to install and build a heat chamber onsite. Then any used could be put in there before it enters the warehouse.. The protocol must be changed in these type environments or trouble follows. It’s a crapshoot with this stuff.
Unless you know where the furniture has been you should inspect it with a good flashlight and of course know what you are looking for. The picture above is excrement and skins where they commonly shed their outer shell and make a new one. The Black marks are excrement marks and signals activity and nesting.
Sometimes Bed Bugs are not easy to find when there is low population. Our Sensor Bed Bug Dogs are a great tool to use for quick efficient inspections with accurate results.
If you ever have any questions about Bed Bugs give us a call at 770–957-1915 and we will evaluate your situation.
We are finding a surge in Bed Bug activity in high traffic rentals. Beach or Mountain rentals are having higher numbers of infestation in Georgia.
It’s a roll of the dice for these property owners when they rent their units out whether it be through a property management or AirBnb type situation.
If the renters come from an infested environment and they drop some off, the property owner is faced with a dilemna .
What do you do ?
Well, first thing you should do is verify activity. Some unscrupulous renters will claim they were bitten or saw a Bed Bug (usually near the end of their stay) and of course want a refund at the least. We had one that we checked and the only way they would refund is if they had their personal home inspected and never heard another word from them. We have had multiple situations like that occur. Until there is activity found the property owner only has a few things they can do to help prevent bed bugs dilemnas.
Put encasements on Mattresses and Box springs. This disallows bugs brought in from access to box springs or mattresses and make them much easier to detect
Passive Bed and Couch Post Monitor
If you have a pest control service communicate your concerns and have them check it for signals while they are there. If they don’t seem concerned or knowledgeable you may want to consider switching to someone that does. Like Us ! 770-957-1915
Education – If you have someone maintaining property if you can make sure they are familiar with Bed Bugs and evidence of such
K9 Bed Bug Dogs are the very best method of determining activity in a structure. You can have an inspection as needed or on a quarterly basis. A property owner can use the dogs to battle false claims if there are truly no bed bugs there.
If you are having a problem with Bed Bugs give us a Call at 770-957-1915 and We can answer your questions and give you the real scoop on Bed Bugs. We will not recommend treatment on guesswork. Find Evidence and then map out a successful treatment strategy. We use Thermal Remediation Electric Heat Equipment. Much Safer (No Flame) and more effective because the heat is very even throughout the structure.