The Financial and Social Burden of Bed Bugs

The truth is, society is feeling the economic and financial burden of bed bug infestations, now more than ever before. Increasing daily, the economic losses from disposal of belongings, repeated non-effective treatments, replacement of belongings, health care, loss of wages, loss of business income, and reduced productivity can be quite substantial. 

THE FINANCIAL BURDEN

There are several ways that bed bugs cause financial stress for business owners and individuals.  The first is simple.  Many people think that it’s necessary to discard their belongings after a bed bug infestation.  Throwing out beds, couches, and other furniture is relatively common, although not required if a proper treatment was applied and clean up is performed.  The costs to replace those items, plus and removal or dump fees could add up to a big bill.

Then there’s missed work hours due to bed bugs.  No employer will want you to come in if you’re carrying bed bugs into the office.  Likewise, businesses will usually shut down until a bed bug problem can be solved to avoid spreading the problem to their customers and employees.  As you can imagine, these lost funds add up very quickly as well.

And finally, traditional bed bug treatments are expensive; it’s just a fact.  Chemical sprays are usually required multiple times before a problem is solved, plus some companies charge an inspection fee after the first treatment.  The bed bug treatment for multi-family homes (apartments and condominiums) can be much more complicated than in single-family homes because bed bugs frequently travel between units, either by direct human transport or structurally through wall voids. There are also additional costs and complexities associated with coordinating and encouraging multiple resident participation.  Because of these facts, the financial burden on multi-family homes can be extremely heavy. Adding to the financial burden is the fact that insurance companies are not, so far, helping to alleviate costs.

Insurance companies consider cleaning up infestations a maintenance problem and do not extend coverage to homeowners. Although some states are considering allowing a tax credit to cover damage caused by bed bugs, insurance companies do not cover property damage and the costs of cleaning up infestations. 

The cost of traditional bed bug treatments compared to other pests is like night and day.  For this reason, it is absolutely essential that a correct identification is made and a heat treatment is applied as soon as bed bugs are identified.  You can learn more about bed bugs and their identification, download our FREE E-book at https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0277/4229/files/Convectex_Ebook_Quick_Guide.pdf?107

THE SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF BED BUGS

The social implications of bed bugs are a serious threat to public health. From the first encounter with a bed bug to the compromised health of the public, social stigma, and isolation and stress, bed bugs have a broad and devastating impact.

Health Problems:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Secondary infections/antibiotics/fears
  • Losing sleep
  • Losing weight
  • Diseases and reactions to pesticides
  • Daily physical and emotional stress

Loss of Personal Belongings/Accreditation

  • Bed bugs can be as devastating as a house fire; people are forced to replace infested items and buy new ones
  • If you rent and move - you risk "bedbugs" traveling with you and tarnishing your reputation

Social Stigma:

  • Being blacklisted for going to a friend's house, work, church, school...ect.
  • Friends who don't want to go to your house
  • Children who are teased and ostracized at school

Impact of Identity:

  • The feeling of being "dirty" beaten, or cornered
  • The feeling of degradation
  • Obsessive behavior
  • Sense of shame and fear
  • Panic (attacks)
  • Isolation
  • The interruption of the family
  • Anxiety
  • Decreased quality of life in the home
  • Despair
  • Shame
  • Fear of traveling or socializing

These multitudes of reasons and barriers throw people into a severe financial, emotional, health crisis or collapse. The implications of this global bed bug epidemic will continue to have serious adverse outcomes over time if we don't take the time to educate the public on ways to treat and prevent bed bugs from moving in before the problem grows to infestation level.

MOVING FORWARD

It is Convectexs' mission to bring affordable, fast, and easy treatments to business owners, professionals and DIY'ers alike.  By solving bed bug problems quickly and educating the public with proper information, the economic and financial burden can be lifted, and the bed bug stigma can be reduced.  If you’re a business owner, pest professional or someone who has bed bugs, we encourage you to consider a professional quality bed bug heating package to end your bed bug nightmare.  Contact Convectex today to discuss which package is right for you!  Call us at 877-375-0005 or visit https://convectex.com/collections

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