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What A Rental Property Owner Should Know About Bed Bugs

I would say that now is one of worst times to be a property renter if you are unfamiliar and unprepared for a potential bed bug problem. Most property owners are very unaware of the current bed bug problem, or just don’t think that it’s a problem in their city or town when in fact this is a national problem.

bedbugProperty Owners & Bedbugs

 

A property owner should be aware of the local laws that govern how they respond to a tenant complaining of bed bugs. Depending on where your property is located you could be fully responsible for treating the property if your tenant has a problem and treatment could range from a few hundred dollars to a couple thousand dollars. It may not be a bad idea to question new tenants to find out if they have ever had a problem with bed bugs and maybe even have them sign an agreement that you will not be responsible for any bed bug problems that they bring in.

Here Are The Bed Bug Laws By State

Tenants & Bed Bugs

 

The spread of bed bugs happens very easily because they are a hitchhiking bug. When your tenants have visitors over, or they visit someone with bed bugs, then there is a high probability that they will end with bed bugs. You can also get bed bugs from used furniture. There have been cases where people have gotten bed bugs and then knowingly sold their bed bug infested furniture at a garage sale to get as much money as possible. So I would never recommend buying used furniture unless you plan on having it treated or inspected by a professional before introducing it into your home.

Occupation can also cause a bed bug problem in your rental. If your job requires you to see lots of different people throughout the day like a doctor, nurse, police officer, or firefighter then your chances of getting bed bugs increases.

Rental Agreements & Bed Bugs

 

Having a good rental agreement is the best way to insure that you never have to spend two years worth of rent to treat a bed bug infested unit. Having your home professionally inspected after each tenant moves out and showing proof of no bed bugs will help to avoid liability. If a tenant moves in and shortly after the move they claim that there are bed bugs in the home, then you may be responsible for damages to include replacing all of their furniture and getting the home treated. Even if you know that the home did not have them prior and maybe they brought them with them, you need to show proof that your rental did not have any bed bugs and the best way to do this is by professional inspection.

Charlotte Bed Bug Control

 

Reliable Bed Bug Removal Services
301 10th St NW # F1o
Conover, NC 28613
(704) 325-9016
 
On Point Bed Bug Killing Services
915 North New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 964-6280
 

Charlotte Pest Control

 

Bulwark Exterminating
1801 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28206
(704) 321-3716
bulwarkpestcontrol.com
 
 

Bulwark Word Search Infographic

Do you like puzzles?

How about word search puzzles?

Well, apparently at least 13,000 of you do, because that’s how many people took part in a “Pest Test” word search puzzle that went viral on Facebook.

The word search puzzle, which was put together by the pest control professionals at Bulwark Exterminating, was published on the pest control company’s Facebook page. Viewers of the puzzle were asked to comment on the first pest that they found.

Would you like to participate as well? Here you go:

Bulwark Pest Word Search Puzzle

 

Bulwark Pest Test Puzzle

 

Well, now that you have seen the word search puzzle, what was the first pest you saw? The first pest that you saw, was it also the pest you fear the most? Is this pest also very prominent in the Charlotte area?

What Pests Are Hiding In The Word Search Puzzle?

 

Now that you’ve looked over the pest test word search puzzle, and found at least one pest, you likely want to find them all.

Find the following pests:

  • Scorpion
  • Spider
  • Termite
  • Wasp
  • Bug
  • Roach
  • Fly
  • Bedbugs
  • Ant
  • Lice
  • Flea
  • Gnat
  • Centipede

You can also find these other words:

  • Rice
  • Ice
  • Ted
  • Cop
  • Toys
  • Soda
  • Cats

Bulwark Pest Word Search Infographic

 

Now that you’ve found all the pests hidden in the word search puzzle, yes the very one that went viral over Facebook this summer, maybe you’ve been wondering how you stacked up against the 13,000 plus participants who commented the first pest they found.

Don’t forget to read some of the interesting facts about some of the pests found in the infographic as well.

 

Wordsearch Puzzle Infographic

 

As you can see, scorpions were the most common pest that was found in the word search. Fortunately, Charlotte doesn’t have too may scorpion lurking. Charlotte is home to spiders, termites, roaches, bedbugs, flies, ants, gnats, lice, fleas, and centipedes; so watch out!

If you are seeing any of these unfortunate pests, get Charlotte Pest Control!

6 Ways To Elminate Bed Bugs In Your Home

Adult bed bug, Cimex lectularius

Adult bed bug, Cimex lectularius (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Despite their name, “bed bugs” can be found in almost any part of your house and are often found far away from the bedroom. Bed bugs might be lurking in your bookshelves (avoid buying used books on the street for this reason) or in your couch (avoid buying used couches too!) or in other places too. There are several ways to tell if you have bed bugs – maybe you saw an actual bug or egg so you are 100% certain; perhaps you have woken up covered in bites leading you to believe you might have bed bugs; or maybe you have even had an inspector come to your house to confirm your fears. Either way, now that you know you have an infestation, you are probably wondering how to take care of it.

First, save a specimen. This might sound gross, but you should hold onto the physical bodies of the bed bugs in a Ziploc. Beyond helping the exterminator confirm the infestation, you might need to show them to your landlord or insurer so that you can recover your costs. You may never see an actual bug, so if you do, grab it. Take pictures of any damage as well.

Second, don’t switch to another bed in your house. Your first instinct might be to sleep elsewhere if the bed bugs are actually found in your bed. But unfortunately, all this will achieve is spreading the infestation. So don’t start sleeping on the couch, and definitely don’t stay at a friend or relative’s house. The bed bugs will be waiting for you when you get home and will have left some cousins wherever you went.

Third, consult a professional. Even if you are sure you have bed bugs, you should always get a professional pest control operator to come in, identify the pest and then treat it. Call them as soon as you suspect an infestation and get them into your home right away. Treatment takes time, so start sooner rather than later.

Fourth, check the other beds. Not everyone will know if they have bed bugs just by being bitten. Not everybody reacts to the bites in the same way, so there could be bugs in their beds without them knowing. Make sure your professional pest control operator does a thorough check of the home.

Fifth, don’t start throwing everything away. Not every piece of furniture in your home needs to be sent to the landfill. Ask your professional pest control operator what can be saved and what should be tossed. Once you know what cannot be saved, the professional can help you dispose of it properly and safely so as not to spread the bugs even further.

Sixth, do start washing your linens and clothing. Your clothing and bedding should be dealt with right away. Machine wash everything on hot and then dry them on hot for about two hours. Dry cleaning is also an option. Whichever option you choose, the key part is to put the cleaned clothing and linens in sealed, airtight bags until you are going to use them in your bed bug free house.

Finding out you have bed bugs is never fun. But if you follow the proper precautions and have patience, hopefully the bed bugs will be handled quickly and without major loss of sleep, furniture, and money.

About the Author: Michelle Lim has been writing about designer bedding for this website for years. When she’s not spending her time writing, she enjoys shopping and going on vacations with her boyfriend.

 

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