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The 3 biggest bed bug mistakes made by Property Managers today!

If you work in multifamily housing, you have come across bed bugs by now. But as you have learned the hard way, there is the slow financial drain that seems to never end if you use the wrong methods to eliminate your infestation. I frequently get the question…”how do we stop this!?!” The following are 3 reasons your bed bug elimination attempts have failed:

1)    You did not attack the infestation hard enough when it was first discovered.

Do you remember the first time you got that bed bug call?  You did not know what they were, maybe even your pest guy couldn’t identify them.  So he “put something down to kill them” and went about his merry way.  Then a month later, you got the second call and then the rest is history.

Bed bugs require an expert that fully understands the insect and is dedicated to extermination, not just control.  An expert will not be inexpensive, but they will get the job done correctly the first time and will take every precaution to prevent spreading.  Think of it like your car, if you invest in a reliable car, you save money in the long run on maintenance.  If you go with the cheap option on the front end, you will pay much more in the long run to fix it.

Time is your enemy with bed bugs.  They reproduce exponentially and they love to travel for a good meal.  A fertilized female can create a 700 bug and 1000+ egg colony in under 90 days.  You have to be looking for bed bugs to catch them early enough to protect your other units.  Frequent bed bug K9 inspections are essential to staying in-front of the issue.  Then once you find it, treat the unit ASAP.

2)    You are letting your pest control provider spread the insects with pesticide.

EVERY pest control provider knows that bed bugs run from pesticides.  It is not a disputed fact anymore. That is why they recommend treating surrounding units that are not infested.  This is especially important in multifamily where every unit adjoins with others on either side or above and below.  If you want to stop the spreading, find a provider that treats with heat and ONLY heat.

3)    You are assuming your residents will comply with all of managements request and their lease agreement.

Every resident must have a vested interest in the success of their bed bug treatment.  It is critical that they understand that an active infestation in their unit will cause others to suffer.  We always recommend the following:

a)    Have the resident physically SIGN OFF stating that they have received their treatment preparation sheet. That they understand what to do, and that they agree to do it by the stated treatment date. Have financial penalties for non-compliance.

b)    Always include a bed bug addendum in your lease outlining penalties for lack of notification or self-treatment of bed bugs. 

So what to do now?  You may be thinking…”I do some of these but not all”.  Then get on it!  Hit it hard and fast with an expert who won’t spread bed bugs with pesticide and institute methods with your residents to ensure the success of the treatments.  It will cost you more up front, but it will be significantly cheaper in the long run.  Think about it this way: If you won’t spend the funds to do it right the first time, what makes you think you will want to spend them for the second or the third treatment?

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist

For more information regarding Atlanta & Georgia bed bug detection and eradication, call Red Coat Services, LLC., at 404-665-3985. You can also visit our Google+ page and Facebook Page for more bed bug details.


Commercial Property Bed Bug Insurance

Many of you have read or heard by now the bed bug problems the University of Nebraska is having. The school made headlines because of their poor handling of the situation which now has students and parents in a panic. The school got off to a bad start by not communicating the proper steps students could take to protect themselves. It seems the school has redeemed themselves and has instituted an all-out assault on the freeloading bed bugs.

What I find even more interesting is the fact that several of the fraternities on campus are now exploring the option of purchasing bed bug insurance. According to the article, Willis Global Insurance has a bed bug policy that would protect the fraternity in case if an infestation. Knowing that it could cost the fraternity tens of thousands of dollars to treat a frat wide infestation, spending $2,000 on a policy is a really good investment.

I wrote about bed bug insurance in the past and I actually reached out to some insurers. However I never received any answers to my questions. I think insurance is a good idea, but like most things, the devil is in the details and I think we will see policies evolve as insurers become more familiar with the type of damage bed bugs can cause. So if you are a hotel or apartment owner, be sure to read the fine print before signing up for any insurance.

For more information regarding Atlanta & Georgia bed bug detection and eradication, call Red Coat Services, LLC., at 404-665-3985. You can also visit our Google+ page and Facebook Page for more bed bug details.

John, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist 


Your Mid Week Bed Bug News

Your Wednesday bed bug news from Red Coat Services.

- This hotel has been out of service for months due to bed bugs and other issues.

- The word cilantro came from the Greek word for bed bug. Who knew?

- You may be hearing less about bed bugs in the national news, however the problem is actually getting worse.

- This family trip to Alabama turned into a nightmare when they got back home to Louisiana. Those Alabama bed bugs are apparently as mean towards Louisiana folks as the Crimson Tide.

- This is what happens when a landlord and tenant fight over bed bugs. I’m surprised the police actually wrapped the mattress.

Bed bugs are quickly becoming an international problem.

- Chattanooga is finding that bed bugs are an expensive habit. Maybe if they used heat instead of chemicals they would be rid of the problem by now.

Shortage of bed bug funding is an issue many cities are having trouble coming to terms with.

For more information regarding Atlanta & Georgia bed bug detection and eradication, call Red Coat Services, LLC., at 404-665-3985. You can also visit our Google+ page and Facebook Page for more bed bug details.

John, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist 


CDC Recommends Heat To Kill Bed Bugs

Back on Friday September 23rd, the CDC released their weekly report : Acute Illnesses Associated With Insecticides Used to Control Bed Bugs — Seven States, 2003–2010.  The report details a variety of problems that have occurred from the miss-use of pesticides to kill bed bugs.  The errors range from over application to untrained application to just not following the instructions.  The stories are sad because I understand what these people are going through.  They just want the bed bugs gone and their life back.  But pesticides are not the answer.

The CDC actually states in their report that “CDC and EPA promote integrated pest management (IPM) for bed bug control. IPM is an effective pest control method that uses information on the life cycle of the pest and incorporates non-chemical and chemical methods. Non-chemical methods used to effectively control bed bugs include heating infested rooms to 118°F (48°C) for 1 hour.”

Finally!  Validation for what I have been talking about! Heat is the best method to kill bed bugs.  Now I will say, I disagree on their temperature and time period, it is low on both accounts.  But that is addressed in a different blog.

May the heat be with you!

For more information regarding bed bug detection and eradication, call Red Coat Services, LLC.your bed bug answer at 404-665-3985. You can also visit our Google+ page for more bed bug details.

Ashley, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist 


Today's Bed Bug News And Notes

Your Friday bed bug news from across the globe. Dig in; there is plenty to go around!

- It looks like bed bugs are seriously hitting the books this semester. Between elementary and college, bed bug enrollment is up. They are evening trying to join fraternities. I’m seeing this across the country. I fully expect that things will get worse before they get better.

- These bed bugs are on display for all to see. I think it’s a good way to educate people in what they look like.

- Not to offend anyone, but if you think a mattress encasement is your bed bug solution, then I have a bridge to sell you. These wrappers don’t protect you when bed bugs crawl out from behind a headboard, night table, bed skirt or chair. These are a waste of money.

- Now here is a product I wholeheartedly support. Bring on the heat!

Bed bugs attack the Ritz Carlton in NYC. These pests like 5 star hotels just as much as .5 star hotels. Be vigilant no matter where you stay.

Man’s best friend is a bed bugs worst enemy.

- Another sad story about bed bugs in hospitals.

For more information regarding bed bug detection and eradication, call Red Coat Services, LLC.your bed bug answer at 404-665-3985. You can also visit our Google+ page for more bed bug details.

John, Atlanta Bed Bug Control Specialist