If you own or manage rental homes, apartments, or hotels, attorneys around the country are actively recruiting plaintiffs to sue you.
It is crucial that you learn to protect yourself from bed bug related lawsuits. You can do this in a few easy steps:
- Familiarize yourself with the requirements of AB551, which became law on 1/1/17.
- Follow my advice for property managers – Develop bed bug protocols to be followed in the event of a report of bed bug activity, and FOLLOW THEM.
- Rely on an inspection based protocol, not a complaint based protocol. Documentation of regular canine assisted bed bug inspections can help you answer the question, “was this problem forseeable.” “Was there anything that should have been done to prevent, or to discover the problem.” Your attorney will probably tell you that could turn out to be a very expensive question to leave unanswered.
- Establish a relationship with a pest control company that is experienced in dealing with tough bed bug problems, and make sure this company is identified as “to be called” in the event a customer reports suspected bed bug activity. It’s important you do not try to resolve bed bug complaints on your own. Your attorney will probably advise you to keep “arms length” from the inspections/treatment of the bed bug issue in order to limit your liability. Leave it to the pros!
If you have any questions about bed bugs, or resolving bed bug problems, call or email me any time, day or night, 7 days per week. I’m happy to help you, and committed to providing you exceptional service!
My bed bug sniffing dog Maggie and I can’t wait to help protect you and your clients from lawsuits or other claims that can easily be prevented.
Diseases Spread by Rats Can Kill You or Your Family Members
Diseases Spread by Rats Can Kill You, your family members, or your customers.
- There are over 55 diseases that can make you seriously ill, or kill you that are spread by rats. and mice.
- Rats in the ceiling can drop parasites and pathogens all over the rooms you inhabit below the ceiling.
- Rats moving around the space you live in can contaminate your living space with pathogens and parasites.
Diseases Spread by Rats Can Kill Your Customers
- This can result in liability when you are sued for wrongful death.
- This can result in bad will in the community toward you or your business.
- You dont want the problems this property owner in news report below has. One of his residents was killed last week by Leptospirosis spread by rats on his property located in the Bronx, NYC.
I Can Help Prevent Diseases Spread by Rats
Diseases Spread by Rats Can Kill You, your family members, or your customers, but you don’t have to allow that to happen – There are solutions! Contact me to schedule an assessment of your property. I can help remove the rats and provide advice/resources that can help you decontaminate the areas affected by them, protecting your health, the health of your family, and the liability of your business.
Whether you are dealing with a small infestation in your home, or a huge infestation on your farm or winery, I have the tools and resources available to resolve your problem quickly. For details, contact me at 408-389-4225. Call me so we can chat about what you are dealing with. I am committed to providing you exceptional service!
There is a new bed bug law in rental properties just took effect in January, AB551. This brief article explains how it will effect rental property owners/managers.
New Requirements for Property Managers – Bed Bug Law in Rental Properties
- Landlords cannot retaliate against a tenant for reporting bed bugs. – This is not new, just clarified.
- Landlords cannot show and rent units that they are aware have bed bugs. This is self explanatory, but property managers do this.
- Landlords will be required to include specific bed bug language in the lease for new tenants beginning July 2017 and for existing tenants January 2018.
- Landlords are required to give notice before entering a unit to inspect or treat bed bugs. Tenants are required to cooperate.
- Landlords are required to notify the tenants of the result of a bed bug inspection that was conducted by a pest control company. This has to be done within two days of the landlord receiving the report.
What this really means for property managers – Bed Bug Law in Rental Properties
- If you typically show/rent a unit that has a current bed bug infestation, stop doing that. A new resident can now sue you for moving them into a unit that has bed bugs.
- To protect yourself from this, you should have every vacant unit inspected by a canine team before renting it out.
- If you have served the resident with proper notice, and they still aren’t cooperating, make sure you document all the events/circumstances for use in an unlawful detainer action.
- When you receive a copy of the inspection report from your Pest Control Company (hopefully that’s me and my report lol), email it to the resident, print out that email and put it in the residents file. If the resident doesn’t have email, serve them to them and keep the proof of service in their file. This way you are covered in the event they sue or counter sue you.
If you have any questions about the new law, or what I can to help protect you from claims from your residents, share them in the comments below, or reach out to me directly at email@example.com. I am always happy to help.
My dog Maggie and I provide bed bug inspections and treatments in San Francisco, on the peninsula, and throughout the silicon valley. I’m writing this article to inform you of the San Jose Bed Bug Treatment Options available, and to answer some commonly asked questions.
Bed Bug Treatment Option 1- Structural Fumigation
Of all the San Jose Bed Bug Treatment Options, this one is My first choice for bed bug treatments. It’s the only treatment I have that is 100% reliably effective. Benefits: 100% reliably effective – when you return home, every single bed bug (all life stages) in your home will be dead. Consequences: There can be a bit of preparation required before the treatment, you’ll have to be out of your home for a few days (a good excuse for a get-away weekend), and there is no residual treatment effect, so if you bring bed bugs home again after the treatment, that could create problems again. I can’t use a fumigation in every situation, so I have two other treatment options available when I can’t fumigate. If your home is a single family residence that is not attached or connected to any other structure or fence, I can probably fumigate it.
Bed Bug Treatment Option 2 – Volumetric Heat Treatment
Although not always 100% reliably effective, heat treatments are also very effective. We heat up the temperate of your home to a temp that will kill bed bugs and hold that temperature for several hours. This option is great for apartments, condos, and town homes. There is less preparation required for this kind of treatment, but a bit of clean up afterward will probably be needed.
Bed Bug Treatment Option 3 – Localized Treatment
We apply chemical materials to your box spring, bed frame, and areas we expect bed bugs to travel through to reach their meal. This kind of treatment requires multiple applications of the material, and you probably wont notice any effects of the treatment for 7-10 days, and there can be a lot of preparation necessary, but in cases where a fumigation or a heat treatment isn’t possible, a localized treatment can come in handy.
If you have any questions about San Jose Bed Bug Treatment Options, give me a call at 408-389-4225 and we can discus them. I hope I get a chance to talk with you!
My dog and I provide San Francisco Bed Bug Inspections, not only in San Francisco, but also San Jose and the rest of the peninsula and Silicon Valley Areas.
When you use a scent detection canine team to inspect for bed bugs, there are 2 possible outcomes that could result:
1. When the bed bug dog displays no primary or secondary alerts, chances are very good that you have no bed bugs in your home (or area being inspected in the case of a business).
– While scent detection canine inspections are not always 100% reliable, they are by far, the best tool we have for finding bed bugs. A bed bug inspection using a well trained and certified canine team should give you peace of mind.
2. When the dog alerts, and the handler (or other pest inspector) doesn’t find any bed bugs in the area of the alert, the recommendation should be continued monitoring (in most cases, there are some exceptions) until the dog stops alerting, or until bed bug activity is confirmed.
– The handler or another inspector working with the handler should try to verify all of the dog alerts. If you’re working with a team that doesn’t verify it’s alerts before making a recommendation for treatment, you should find a new dog team to work with. For more information, please read this article I wrote about it.
– Sometimes when the handler attempts to verify the alert by searching the area of the alert for bed bugs, they are unable to find bugs. Bed bugs are very good at hiding and can be difficult to find, which is why we use dogs to try to find them. It is worthwhile to continue monitoring for bed bugs until bed bugs are found, or until our suspicions about bed bugs are resolved.
3. When the dog alerts, and the handler (or other pest inspector) finds bed bugs in the area of the alert, the inspector should recommend a treatment based on the type of activity found and the limitations of the structure to be treated.
My dog and I provide San Francisco Bed Bug Inspections, not only in San Francisco, but also San Jose and the rest of the peninsula and Silicon Valley Areas.
I am committed to providing quick control of your bed bug problem!
If you think you may be dealing with a bed bug problem call me right away to schedule your inspection – 408-389-4225.
Because my dog and I work in San Jose Bed Bug Prevention and treatments, I am often asked by customers and friends how they can avoid bed bugs when the are staying in hotel and motel rooms. My advice to them is to worry less about being exposed to bed bugs outside your home, and worry more about allowing bed bugs to enter your home. You can learn how to prevent allowing bed bugs to enter your home by reading the article I wrote about how to prevent bed bugs from entering your home.
For those who still want to know how to avoid bed bugs when traveling, I offer the following 6 suggestions:
1. When you arrive in your room, place your luggage into the bathtub. Bed bugs can’t climb the smooth sides of the tub. When you’re using the tub, place your luggage on the bathroom counter, and return to the tub when you are finished. This is probably the most important suggestion, and if you only follow one of these tips, make it this one!!
2. Use a flashlight to inspect the mattress, box spring, bed frame, headboard, and nightstand, clock lamp that may be next to the bed.
3. NEVER use the luggage racks to store your luggage, NEVER place your luggage on or near the beds.
4. If you see evidence of bed bug activity, report it to the hotel management.
5. After arriving home, before bringing your luggage into your home, use my bed bug safe entry procedures to re-enter your home, and put all of your clothing in the dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes.
6. Store your luggage in the garage, basement, or storage room. Do not store your luggage in your bedroom. NEVER store your luggage under, or near your bed.
If this article has helped you, please share it on social media! If you can think of something I’ve left out, drop me a quick email to let me know!! I’d love to hear from you!!
If you see us driving by, wave to Maggie!
Heat Treatments are awesome for knocking down bed bug infestations, providing immediate relief from the bites, but there are some things you need to be aware of, and some things you’ll want to make sure you do to prepare for your heat treatment, in order to help ensure it’s effectiveness, and reduce your own stress in the process.
Before the heat treatment:
– Remove any of the following items from your home before the crew arrives for your heat treatment:
— All plants and pets
— Oil paintings, photos
— Candles, decorative wax items, crayons, lipstick, cosmetics, glue sticks
— Aerosol cans, wine, perishable foods, chocolate
— Music instruments (leave the cases in your home)
— Currency of any kind, jewelry and other valueables
— Anything that has significant monetary or sentimental value and anything that is irreplaceable
Preparing to leave:
– Each person in your home should have a large plastic bag for clothes. The clothes you intend to wear as you leave for your heat treatment should be placed in the dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes and placed in the bag.
– Plan to be out of your home as early as 7 am on the day of the treatment, and plan for all members of your household to remain out for the duration of the treatment.
As you leave:
– Inside the entry way of your home, remove your clothes and put on the clothes from the plastic bag. Take care not to set those clothes down while they are outside the plastic bag. Leave the clothes you’ve removed inside your home to be treated.
– Once your “safe” clothes are on, leave your home directly. Do not sit down or lie down inside your home.
About the Treatment:
– The total treatment time will take between 4 to 6 hours for most homes, sometimes up to 8 hours.
– Much of your personal property (clothing, linens, towels, pillows, cushions, mattresses, etc) will be “tossed” every 30 minutes to ensure heat penetration. Don’t be alarmed when you come home and find a mess. If it does not look like a tornado hit your home, the treatment probably wasn’t done properly.
When you return home:
– Read my article on bed bug safe entry procedures to re-enter your home, and follow those procedures to reduce the risk of bringing bed bugs into your home after the treatment.
– Dont be shocked when you return home and it looks like you’ve been robbed. In order to reach the kill temperature in all areas where the bed bug may be hiding, we will “toss” all of your softgoods periodically during your treatment. That means wehn you come home, your clothes, linnens, etc will be in a big pile on the floor of your home.
I hope this article helps you prepare for your bed bug treatment, and answers some of the questions you may have had. if you have any questions it didn’t answer, please call or email me so I can get you the information you need.
We had a great weekend. On Friday, I packed up all the dogs and kids and headed out of town.
When I’m inspecting my clients apartment properties, their residents are often shocked to find out I’m bringing a dog into their home, especially at properties that don’t allow pets.
My dog isn’t a pet. She is a professional working dog, trained to detect the odor of bed bugs. She is an essential tool I use to find bed bugs in your home because she can smell bed bugs hiding in places where I can’t see them.
My bed bug dog Maggie is trained just like a police dog is trained to find explosives or drugs, the difference is we train for a different target odor – Bed Bugs.
My dog will search all over your home, and if she encounters the odor of bed bugs, she will display a trained behavior, alerting me to the presence of the odor. If that happens, I’ll begin searching that area for bed bugs. If I don’t find any bugs or evidence of bed bugs, I’ll recommend continued monitoring of your home until I eventually find bed bugs, or until my suspicions end. If I find bed bugs, I’ll recommend treatment options for your home to resolve the problem.
If you have any questions about how the inspection works, or if you need an inspection of your home, please contact me.
This short article should help you prepare for your four day or three day structural fumigation bed bug treatment. The fumigation crew will be checking for these items, and if they decide you aren’t prepared completely, they may postpone your bed bug treatment.
Immediately after you receive confirmation of the fumigation schedule, you’ll want to do two things right away:
- Call my office at 408-292-5330 and provide payment for your treatment – If we don’t receive payment, we can’t do the treatment.
- Call PGE at 1-800-743-5000 to schedule them to come out and turn your gas on after 5 pm on the last day of your fumigation.
Preparing the outside:
- All trees and shrubs must be trimmed 12 inches away from your home so the tarp can come straight down and make contact with dirt or cement, without being touched by any trees or shrubs.
- Check around the outside of your home for birds nests. If empty, remove the nest. If it’s not empty, please call me to let me know right away. We may have to postpone your fumigation.
Preparing the inside:
- Remove all the food, beverages, and medicine from your home EXCEPT anything that is factory sealed in a glass jar or can. Everything else must go. This includes wine bottles sealed by cork. If there is room in your yard that will be outside the tarp, you can pack the food in rodent safe boxes/containers and put them in the back yard (try to put them in the shade) or at a friends house.
- Bag any food that will remain in the refrigerator/freezer. I’ll provide you a few bags to use to bag these items. Make sure you double bag them in accordance with the instructions that came with your disclosures.
- If you have any aquariums, terrariums, or house plants, you’ll want to relocate them to a friends house during the treatment.
Preparing to Leave:
- If you have a vehicle you want treated, you can leave it inside your garage during the treatment – just roll down all the windows and open the trunk. Make sure you leave the keys on the kitchen table/counter for the crew.
- Each person in your home should have two large plastic bags for clothes. The clothes you intend to wear as you leave for your fumigation should be run through the dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes and packed in one plastic bag. Seal this bag and keep it in the kitchen or garage until you need it. The rest of the clothes you will wear during your treatment should be run through the dryer on high heat for at least 30 minutes, packed into the other plastic bag, and stored outside your home (maybe in the vehicle you’ll be driving while you’re gone).
- Plan to be out of your home by 7 am the day of the treatment. You should receive a phone call the day before your treatment advising you of the 2 hour arrival window of the fumigation crew, but if you plan to be out by 7 am, this call wont affect your plans.
- Plan to take as little with you as possible. This is critically important: Everything you take out of your home is an opportunity for a bed bug to survive the treatment. Take as little with you as possible, so that you decrease of carrying a bed bug out of the house before the treatment. That being said, do plan to remove any property that has high monetary value, or high sentimental value.
- Do not forget to put a copy of your house key in the lock box I’ve left for you. The combination to open the keybox is in the disclosures you’ve received. If you can’t find it, just give me a call. Any other keys the crew needs should be left on your kitchen table or kitchen counter.
Before the crew arrives:
- If any outdoor plants are going to end up on the inside of the tarp, make sure you water them heavily before the morning of the fumigation, before the crew arrives. The water should stop any of the material from being taken in by the roots, and may help your plants survive the treatment. If this isn’t done the plants will likely die as a result of the treatment.
As you leave:
- Inside the entry way of your home, remove your clothes and put on the clothes from the plastic bag. Take care not to set those clothes down while they are outside the plastic bag. Leave the clothes you’ve removed inside your home to be treated.
- Once your safe clothes are on, leave your home directly. Do not sit down or lie down inside your home.
When you return home:
- Use Bed Bug Safe Entry procedures to re-enter your home, to reduce the risk of bringing bed bugs into your home after your treatment.
I hope this article helps you prepare for your bed bug treatment. If you have any questions, just call or email me so I can get you the information you need.