Keep Bed Bugs Out! Tips for your Tenants

01 Mar 2016
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The multi housing industry is one of the most susceptible industries for bed bugs. Due to the high volume of traffic, bed bugs easily hitch rides from one room to the next or from building to building. It is not uncommon to see a housing complex with multiple rooms infested with bed bugs. The infestation can also start in one room and spread through the walls, ceilings and floors. One step that all proactive property owners and managers should take is to educate their tenants about the dangers of bed bugs and how to avoid spreading them. Also tenants should be provided with the proper procedures to notify management of a bed bug problem so a heat treatment can be scheduled as quickly as possible. We have compiled some general information that is helpful in educating your tenants.How to identify a bed bug Bed bugs are flat wingless insects that grow to about .2 inches long. The bed bug body is nearly transparent at the nymph stage, making them that much more difficult to spot. Adult bed bugs have an oval body and a short, broad head. The body as a whole is broad and flat. Unfed adults are brown...
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HOTEL / MOTEL BED BUG HEAT PREP SHEET

01 Feb 2016
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o Do not use any pesticide bombs, foggers, sprays, dusts prior to heat treatment.o Do not remove any thing from treatment area except for items placed in sealed garbage bags to be permanently removed.o All Furniture and must be pulled away from walls 4 to 6 inches.o Excessive piles of linens or clothing should be sealed in bags, left in treatment area, and then separately washed and dried on the highest heat setting.o Unplug all electronics.o Any items (clothing, shoes, valuables) taken out with occupant on day off heat treatment must be thoroughly inspected and sanitized before being reintroduced to treated area.o Permanently dispose of all trash and unwanted items before treatment.o Improperly secured pictures may blow down should be taken down and laid flat.o Vinyl or faux wood blinds have a low heat tolerance; they can be laid flat to avoid warping.o High power fans are used during this process; loose papers should be secured or weighted down. Heat sensitive Items: • MUST BE INSPECTED, SANITIZED and PLACED IN A SEAMLESS PLASTIC CONTAINER and either placed in refrigerator or removed from treatment area.• Remove Melt-able items like chocolate, lip stick, candles, crayons, deodorants.• Remove Aerosol cans, fire extinguishers, lighters,...
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Keeping Bed Bugs From Invading Your Business

01 Feb 2016
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The population of bed bugs rise each year. They are finding their way into the news more frequently in lawsuits, injuries and property loss. Lack of knowledge of these tiny pests and their elimination is a major contributor to the increase in the bed bug population. Education is one of the most powerful tools that a business owner can have against bed bugs. Also, by educating tenants and guests of the dangers of bed bugs and how to detect and avoid them, proactive business owners can protect themselves from the dangers of a bed bug infestation. We have compiled some FAQ’s that will help you and your tenants get more familiar with these pests.What is a bed bug?Bed bugs are flat wingless insects that grow to about .2 inches long when full grown. The bed bug body is nearly transparent at the nymph stage, making them that much more difficult to spot. Adult Bed bugs have an oval body and a short, broad head. The body as a whole is broad and flat. Unfed adults are brown in color but after feeding, they swell slightly in size and darken to a blood-red color. How do bed bugs live?Bed bugs live...
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The Cost of Ineffective Bed Bug Elimination Methods

09 Jan 2016
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Bed bugs cost businesses and individuals thousands of dollars each year. From failed attempts at DIY treatments to expensive lawsuits bed bug are stealing profits from business owners around the country. Court cases claiming “negligence” against hotel/motel owners and property managers are rising. These claims not only cost money in settlements but can damage the business reputation so severely that it can take months, or even years, to repair. It is more important than ever to have a bed bug notification, detection, and elimination plan in place. The number of bed bug related lawsuits are rising every year. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are being awarded in “negligence” claims against businesses that don’t have a bed bug elimination system in place. In one of the more recent cases, $100,000 was awarded to a woman in a lawsuit against a Red Roof Inn (RRI), making it one of the highest settlements awarded to a single individual in a bed bug related case. The argument against RRI stated that the hotel know about the bed bug problem and did not resolve the issue or search the room before renting it out. The one night stay at the RRI resulted in many bites...
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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. At 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 aid in the protection of frivolous lawsuits. Our heaters and fans are easy...
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