Increasing Negative Impacts Affecting the Apartment and Multi-Housing Industry

08 Dec 2015
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The in past 8-10 years we have seen a drastic rise in bed bug infestations. Bed bugs now populate all 50 states in the US and can be found in public transportation, at the library, in schools and hospitals, and even at movie theaters. Since bed bugs are becoming easier and easier to “pick up” in public places, it’s no wonder that we are seeing a rise in home and business infestations as well. Apartment buildings and Multi Housing units are being hit hard with bed bug related issues. Lawsuits, loss of business and reputation due to bed bugs are constantly on the mind of proactive property managers. Thanks to the efforts from the IBBRA and Convectex there are now resources and equipment to help these concerned property managers. Introducing the IBBRA Layered Defense Strategy Package and DIY Heat packages available from Convectex.comAt Convectex we offer a wide variety of heat packages to fit every need. Even with our smallest package you can rid the bed bugs from a room with the ease and safety that the professional exterminators provide at a fraction of the cost. Our full Proactive Equipment and Education Suite is designed to lock Multi-Housing budgets and...
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Apartment Bed Bug Heat Treatment Prep Checklist

22 Nov 2015
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These are the basic steps needed to ensure a SUCCESSFUL AND SAFE Bed Bug Heat treatment. Thorough preparation and attention to the below details will positively affect your treatments success. Before The Convectex Heat Treatment Can Commence Do not use any pesticide bombs, foggers, sprays, dusts prior to heat treatment. Repellent insecticides severely diminish the effectiveness of the treatment effort by driving bed bugs in to hard to treat areas such as under carpet pads and wall voids Do not remove any thing from treatment area except for items in sealed garbage to be permanently removed. Furniture and clutter must be pulled away from walls at least 4 inches. Unplug all electronics except major appliances Any items (clothing, shoes, bags, valuables) taken out with occupant on day off heat treatment must be thoroughly inspected and/or sanitized before being reintroduced to treated area. Permanently dispose of all trash and unwanted items before treatment. Completely remove litter boxes from the treatment area if present Vacuum or sweep up dust/pet hair as they are hazardous to our equipment and personnel.Improperly secured pictures and posters that may blow down should be taken down and laid flat. Take down, disinfect and remove vinyl or faux...
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Bed Bug Lawsuits Are On the Rise! Make Your Property Bed Bud Proactive!

07 May 2015
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Bed Bug Lawsuits Are On the Rise! Make Your Property Bed Bud Proactive! Lawyer are hitting the scene, arming themselves to fight increasingly common and costly court battles against bed bugs.   Many of these plaintiffs are winning!  Last year a Maryland jury awarded an elderly woman $850,000 in damages after she suffered  bed bug bites in an apartment she said the landlord knew was infested.  The landlord even had an official city order to eradicate the problem before the woman moved in.   He continued to rent out dwellings – costing him hundreds of thousands of dollars more than if he had sought professional extermination.  In her court testimony, the 69-year-old tenant said she showed her rash-like welts to the landlord who insisted he didn’t know what they were from. Months later a county housing worker informed the woman they were bed bug bites and a lawsuit was filed by the elderly woman.  The jury deliberated for less than one hour before reaching a verdict, awarding the woman TWICE the amount she originally sought. In essence, the legal system is showing it will not tolerate negligence. And it’s not the first lawsuit of its kind.   In Iowa, nearly...
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Best Practices for Heating rooms with Convectex Bed Bug Packages

23 Dec 2013
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  1. Always try to seal the room(s) from escaping heat. Especially HVAC vents, lights, bathroom exhaust fans, bottoms of doors, wall air-conditioners, etc… Cover windows pane with blankets or equivalent to minimize loss of energy from cold windows.
  2. Remove items that you would not leave in your car on a hot sunny summer day. Candles, lighters, many foods, candies, etc…
  3. Unplug all electrical items and do not place electrical items directly in front of the heater. Electrical items are rated for higher temperatures than you are heating, just avoid the direct heat coming out of the heater.
  4. It is best to bag clothes, sheets, etc… and run in the clothes dryer for 20 minutes on high. Never leave clothes laying on the floor or other surfaces or they will act as an insulator and it will be difficult to heat under them sufficiently.
  5. Open all drawers and separate all items so hot air can get everywhere easily.
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Bed Bugs

16 Dec 2013
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Human beings most likely acquired bed bugs during our shared troglodytic ancestry.  This can be extrapolated due to the fact that all three of the known species of bedbugs (Cimex hemipterus, Leptocimex bouti , and Cimex lectularius) that parasitize human beings will also feed on bats (C. lectularuis readily attacks rodents and other domestic animals).  Bedbugs are dorsoventrally flattened, reddish brown bugs that can grow to a length of 8 mm.  They stay on their hosts no longer 5 to 10 minutes during feeding.Bed bugs feeds exclusively on blood and they prefer human hosts due to our “cavelike” habitats (i.e. our homes). Bed bugs are known to have devastating effects on the victims psyche as illustrated in the many websites dedicated to bed bugs.
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