Habitable Dwellings Do Not Include Bed Bugs!
Stretched across the United States, are approximately 2.25 million multi-family rental properties.
Ranking from high dollar luxury status to low-income housing, none of which are immune to the infiltration of bed bugs.
Bed bugs do not discriminate rich from poor and because of this, have spread like wildfire.
To date, bed bugs have reached epic proportions in multi-unit properties everywhere.
There’s an old proverb that explains it’s easier to stop something from happening in the first place than to repair the damage after it has happened.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” In like fashion, pertains to bed bugs.
The fact is, bed bugs extermination has a much higher success rate during early introduction. [If handled properly].
However, if you wait until eggs hatch, within 5-6 weeks you’ll have new breeding adults, whose damage can cost a bundle.
It Starts with a Single Bed Bug
It starts with picking up a female bed bug and introducing it to an apartment.
One may have been picked up on a recent trip, visiting a friend, a visitor, from work or an evening out.
Or, a maintenance worker could have introduced it.
It’s hard to tell where a bed bug came from and it can happen to anyone.
The bed bug will find a place to harbor closest to the host.
This is usually in the area where you rest for long periods of time. [beds, recliners, couches]
This single female begins to lay eggs, which hatch in approximately 7 to 10 days.
With regular blood feedings, an infestation now begins.
If the occupant isn’t allergic to the bites, or doesn’t check for signs on a regular basis, months may pass before they’re noticed.
Meanwhile, as infestations build, they may make it into wall voids, through electrical outlets and travel to surrounding units.
This can be upstairs, downstairs or alongside of the infested unit.
Bed bugs are also shared in common areas such as, game rooms and laundry rooms.
Large infestations make a dwelling uninhabitable.
There is no escaping their feeding patterns of every 5 to 7 days.
And if 6 months pass, they go into exponential growth of 30 thousand bugs or more.
Most management companies service only the complaining unit.
Before long, they will require yet another treatment.
Many complexes throughout the nation are experiencing the spread of bed bugs within whole segments of their units.
With complete bed bug education, a Layered Defense System and Proactive Prevention Program, true infestations become a thing of the past.
Regular dog inspections keep infestations from happening and is the single most valuable service a multi-unit property can have.
Give us a call, we’ll help you stay ahead of any bed bug problems. We’ll educate you and implement a complete proactive prevention system to keep you safe.
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