The biggest problem we have with apartment bed bug control is not which control method to use chemical, heat or vacuum. It all comes down to lack of knowledge from those that are responsible for preventing it before it becomes an epidemic.
Apartment Bed Bug Control Problem #1 Who to blame
Finger pointing between tenant and landlord.
Management we have a bed bug Addendum.
You must confirm the unit has no bed bugs
We confirmed the unit has no bed bugs.
Was the inspection done by a pest control pro that can certify it.
You Must Report
No one wants to admit they have them.
I am ashamed.
If I report it I could be responsible to pay for it.
If the surrounding unit is the cause, they won’t let you because they don’t want to be responsible for the charges to fix the entire problem.
Apartment managers often refuse to let you inspect surrounding units unless the occupants pay for it.
charge fees for those not reporting or not cooperating.
That furniture will have to be thrown away for sure.
Apartment Bed Bug Control Problem #1 Proper Treatment
The biggest challenge is convincing owners of the need for proper treatment In multi-units?
Land Lord or CM would say we have monthly or quarterly spraying to prevent it?
Mandatory Housekeeping checks, Our maintenance manager does an inspection of every unit every quarter or 6 months. With 20 to 60 work orders per week they have to do how much time are they spending in a unit are they pulling back the sheets. How do you know they didn’t perform a service in one unit and then transferred it to another.
We used to check furniture on move-ins in the hi-rise.
Here is the problem with that the average Apartment building is paying between $1 to $3 per unit per month the average service is 1 to 3 minutes for spray.
Apartment Bed Bug Control Problem #3 Self Treatment
I get at least 1-bed bug call per week all telling me the same thing I have bought and tried everything to fix this problem myself and its getting worse.
That manager paid for a spray and nothing.
Tenants can leave with bed bugs on themselves.
Community areas barber shops, dining halls, lounge and activity rooms just a few issues to point out.
Community Laundromats. Check the lint traps and you’ll know if someone has bed bugs.
Tenants doing curbside recycling bringing infested items in from other’s apartments.