Lawsuits for bed bug inspections are on the rise. A tenant in Maryland was recently awarded $800,000 in a lawsuit over bed bugs. Full Story on Baltimore Sun.
The claim was that when the resident moved into the vacant apartment, it was already infested with bed bugs. Through the course of the remediation, she ended up having to get rid of much of her property, and because she was able to prove to the court the rental owner/manager knew about the problem and failed to address it, she received a huge pay day.
Your tenant doesn’t have to get such a large judgement to ruin your whole day, and doesn’t necessarily have to prove you knew about the infestation to get a smaller judgement that doesn’t include punitive damages.
Inspecting your vacancies in between residents moving out and new residents moving in can save you money, and a huge headache. Make sure you document your inspections and the results and maintain those records for several years after the tenancy terminates.
Using a K9 detection team for bed bug inspections makes the process much easier, much faster, and you’re much more likely to find the bugs if they are there. Having a dog team check a home will really give your tenants the peace of mind they deserve.
Email or call me to schedule an inspection of your next vacancy! It’s a great preventive medicine.
The county needs to implement a pest control plan at that property that not only involves spraying for bugs, but a K9 inspection after the treatment to measure how successful the treatment was, and re-treat as necessary. Once they get on top of the problem, they need to establish a prevantive maintenance schedule where they have a K9 team inspect a percentage of apartments each month/quarter and treat the problems that are found, and recheck and retreat as necessary.
If they are aggressive about solving this problem, if they use a K9 team to locate bugs, and if they follow a preventative maintenance program to continually check and recheck for bugs, they can get handle on this problem so the residents can enjoy their homes. If they do not do that, they will never get the problem under control, no matter how many times they simply “spray” the property.
No doubt about it, bed bugs are GROSS! These videos help to illustrate how bed bugs can infest a hotel room, an office building, or even your home.
In this National Geographic, you will learn about how a bed bug infestation can wreak havoc as you sleep at night.
Bed Bugs Attack!
In this video, Kyle Tekiela discusses the bed bug infestation epidemic America is facing.
According to the Wallstreet Journal, The City of New York Health Department treated an entire floor of their headquarters building because someone found a single bed bug in the building.
That treatment may have been completely unnecessary. That could have been a case of a single bug that had hitchhiked into the building and hadn’t yet laid any eggs. It’s also possible (although it’s unlikely they had any kind of infestation in that type of building) they could have had a small infestation, something that could have been mitigated with a more limited,and cost effective treatment plan.
A well trained dog could have searched the entire building for bed bugs, and pin pointed the exact location of an infestation, if any existed, allowing the City of New York to save thousands by only treating the affected area, instead of the entire floor. A dog can locate a single bug or egg hidden in a building, potentially saving you thousands on the treatment of an entire building.