ed bugs can be difficult for building owners or managers because they are so tough to exterminate in high traffic buildings. This is where the experts come in, we can help manage and maintain buildings to keep them bed bug free so your tenants are have less problems and complaints.
As buildings managers and owners you have a certain responsibility to make sure that your rentals are pest free, including bed bugs, especially if you have furnished units.
While bed bugs are routinely brought in by your tenants or their guest, when tenants move out you have a chance to clean the unit and remove any lingering bed bugs or eggs. It is also important to have any furniture treated before moving it from one unit to another to from storage as this is one way bed bugs are spread around.
Landlords should also be aware of local and state laws as there may be requirements to report bed bugs on your properties. You can check this PDF for more information.
We also recommend that landlords to a pro-active approach on educating tenants about how to prevent bed bug infestations as well as how to spot small problems before they become bigger ones.
Different states require landlords to keep units bed bug free, others put the responsibility more on the tenant, to know what is required in your state, see the PDF link above.
Also do you best not to blame tenants, even though bed bugs are often brought in by them, blaming them only puts them on the defensive and reduces the chances that they will report outbreaks. The best course of action is educating tenants as they move in as well as each spring when bed bugs start to thrive.
If you have units that have had a known problem and they leave anything behind, it is recommended to dispose of these items rather than try and clean and recycle them. The few dollars you may save by keeping these items could end up costing you more in the long run if they lead to future infestations.
If you have manage or own a property and want to make sure you keep your units up to basic standards then the best call you can make is to trained professionals who can manage and maintain the units when it comes to pest control.