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4 Phenomenons That Introduce Bedbugs Every Landlord Should Know About

Bedbug infestations occur in all 50 states but are especially prevalent in urban areas where high-density living is more common. While hotels, dorms, and senior care centers are likely to see signs of the tiny blood-sucking pests, apartments and other multi-family buildings are not exempt.

Landlords and property managers are responsible for providing habitable housing for their tenants, and severe bedbug populations can make any dwelling decidedly uninhabitable. Multi-family housing can possess unique challenges with regards to bedbug control and eradication. Landlords should be aware of these four phenomenons that can introduce bedbugs in apartments and other multi-family buildings.

1. High Tenant Turnover

Apartments with high tenant turnover experience frequent move-ins and move-outs. This type of tenant turnover provides an easy way for bedbugs to enter apartment units. Bedbugs can easily hide in personal belongings like mattresses, clothing, bedding, and upholstered furniture. Tenants may not be aware they have bedbugs until signs of an infestation become obvious:

  • Live adults or exoskeletons of dead adult insects in bedding or on the floor around the bed
  • Reddish-brown spots on bedding or furniture from fecal matter
  • Foul bloody odor or acrid bug smell in very heavy infestations
  • Small itchy bumps similar to mosquito bites on arms, legs, face, or torso

While bedbugs do not present a health risk to people, their bites can become infected from scratching.

2. Vacationing Tenants

Bedbugs do not distinguish income levels and are happy to take up residence anywhere. Some property managers preside over high-end properties with clientele who like to travel frequently. In these cases, residents who like to travel are likely to bring home more than just pricey souvenirs and great selfies.

Bedbugs are more common in high-end establishments and inns than you think as up to 68% of hotels have them. Hotel guests accidentally bring home bedbugs with them at the end of their vacation. Consider the many areas inside a hotel bedbugs may hang out before they latch onto your clothing and luggage:

  • Inside bed frame cracks and joints
  • Behind headboards and picture frames
  • Under loose wallpaper
  • Inside chair upholstery
  • Within mattress, bedsheets, and pillows
  • Inside carpet under and around beds

Keep in mind that bedbugs prefer to harbor within items made of wood and fabric over plastic and metal.

Additionally, frequent travelers can pick up bedbugs outside of their hotel room too. The bugs can be found in airports and trains that provide soft upholstery seats for visitors.

3. Lax Unit Inspections

An important role of landlords is to perform an inspection after a tenant vacates a property. However, lax inspection protocol or failure to inspect each property means a missed opportunity to catch a bedbug infestation before it can spread to other units.

An absence of furniture and belongings is the ideal time to check for signs of bedbugs and halt their progress to neighboring apartments. Bedbugs usually spread to adjoining units as well as units immediately above and below. Their preferred travel routes through walls include light switches, electrical outlets, plumbing holes, and other tiny cracks.

4. Used Furniture Acquisition

One quick and easy way for budget-conscious tenants to furnish a new apartment is to decorate with secondhand furniture and other household items. Common sources of used furniture include family and friends as well as thrift shops and yard sales.

Unfortunately, previously owned belongings like furniture, bedding, and mattresses are more likely to harbor bedbugs. An item can appear free of adult insects and their tell-tale reddish-brown spots but harbor eggs and nymphs, which are nearly invisible.

A female bed bug can lay two to five eggs daily, which hatch around 10 to 15 days later. Because eggs can sit undetected for up to two weeks before they hatch, people inadvertently introduce the pests into their home via infested, used furniture.

Routine prevention practices are important in order to eradicate bedbugs and their potential to create a frustrating infestation. Talk to the experts at No Bull Bed Bug Control for ways to prevent a bedbug takeover at your multi-family housing site.

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Your home is inviting to a lot of different pests. Whether rodents want to get out of the cold weather or bugs want to take advantage of an easy source of food, you need to protect yourself from pests. One of the hardest pests to keep out is bed bugs. If you have or think you have a bed bug problem, give No Bull Bed Bug Control a call today for a bed bug treatment. We’re the bed bug exterminators you need in Utah.

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small insects that are normally a red or brown color. They’re smaller than a penny, so you may have a hard time seeing them. These bugs live off of human and animal blood, and they can be found all over the country and world.

Are Bed Bugs Dangerous?

Bed bugs aren’t typically considered dangerous, as they don’t carry any diseases or sicknesses. However, their bites can be annoying, and some people may suffer an allergic reaction to the bites. These bugs will normally leave a small bite mark that’s noticeable after the person wakes up.

What Are Signs of Bed Bugs?

While the bugs are difficult to see, especially because they hide during the day, you can look for small exoskeletons or small, rust-colored spots on the sheets. You may also notice a sweet, musty smell around the bed.

Why Hire a Professional?

Bed bugs are insidious and a notorious pain to get rid of completely. They can affect anyone, no matter how clean you keep your home, and once they’re inside, they’re hard to eliminate. No Bull Bed Bug Control has the experience and equipment you need to permanently get rid of bed bugs.

We specialize in bed bug control, so we don’t just use a simple spray to handle the problem; we use a heat treatment system that can kill the bugs in as little as one day. We also avoid toxic or harmful chemicals, so your family and pets stay safe.

Call us today at 385-323-2266 for a free inspection.


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