If you own or manage an apartment building in New York or New Jersey, then it is important to start taking steps to avoid a bedbug infestation. 

Many bedbug infestations begin in the summer since people are more on the move, and if a tenant visits a friend whose home or apartment is filled with bedbugs, then they can easily bring a few "hitchhikers" back into their unit that then begin breeding and spreading to other units. 

Read on to learn the hazards of a bedbug infestation in your apartment building and steps you can take to prevent an infestation before it begins. 

The Hazards of a Bedbug Infested Apartment Building & Tips for Avoiding an Infestation 

 

If you own or manage an apartment building in New York or New Jersey, then it is important to start taking steps to avoid a bedbug infestation. 

Many bedbug infestations begin in the summer since people are more on the move, and if a tenant visits a friend whose home or apartment is filled with bedbugs, then they can easily bring a few "hitchhikers" back into their unit that then begin breeding and spreading to other units. 

Read on to learn the hazards of a bedbug infestation in your apartment building and steps you can take to prevent an infestation before it begins. 

The Consequences of a Bedbug Infestation 

While, thankfully, bedbugs are not known to transmit infectious disease, some people are highly allergic to bedbugs and can experience potentially deadly anaphylactic shock after being bitten by just one. Any tenant bitten can begin to experience insomnia, anxiety, and depression when the bugs are feasting off them at night and leaving unsightly, itchy, red sores on their bodies. 

If you don't act fast to eliminate bedbugs before the problem becomes out of control, don't be surprised if your tenants decide to break their lease and spread the word to other tenants about why they’re leaving. An extremely disgruntled tenant can even sue you for their moving expenses and the mental pain and suffering they endured when living with bedbugs. 

In addition, some cities, like New York City, have laws that require all landlords to disclose a property's bedbug history to all new tenants. If you live a state or city that has these strict bedbug disclosure laws, then you may lose out on future tenants who decide to rent elsewhere when they find out that your property has a history of bedbug infestations. 

How to Avoid Bedbug Infestations Before They Start 

Whether or not an apartment building develops a bedbug infestation is not based on "luck." There are many steps you can take to help keep your building from becoming a bedbug statistic, but here are three of the most important: 

1. Inform Your Tenants of the Summertime Hazard 

Of course, you don't want to discourage your tenants from getting out and enjoying the long, warm days of summer they are likely appreciating. However, you can inform them of the hazard and the basic steps they can take to prevent infestation of their units. 

Send out an informative flyer to everyone stating the bedbug hazards that come with purchasing or renting used furniture and not inspecting their suitcases and clothing for the critters before entering their apartments after vacations. 

2. Educate Tenants on Bedbug Signs and the Need to Report Them ASAP 

A study determined that as many as 50% of tenants living in a sample of New Jersey apartment units infested with bedbugs in didn't even know the bugs were present. Create an additional flyer informing your tenants of the signs that their unit is also occupied by bedbugs and urge them to report the signs to you or another staff member as soon as they notice them. 

3. Have a Trusted Pest Control Company Inspect and Treat Infested Units 

The first thing you should do after a tenant reports signs of a bedbug problem in their unit is to call a trusted pest control service to have the unit inspected. If they determine that bedbugs are present in the unit, have not just the reported unit treated for bedbugs but the adjacent units and those above and below it. 

Eradicating all bedbugs as soon as they are detected is the key to preventing a serious infestation in your building that will be very difficult to get under control. 

To have your apartment building inspected for bedbugs, reach out to the bedbug experts at Ace Walco & Sons Termite & Pest Control. 

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