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For decades, bed bugs have caused damage to reputations, lawsuits, and costly failed attempts at DIY and chemical treatments, emptying home and business owners’ pockets around the country.
Each year, more court cases claiming “negligence” against property managers and hotel/motel owners pop up. These claims cost business owners a lot in settlements, damaging their reputation, sometimes beyond repair. As a business owner, you must have a plan for detecting and eliminating bed bugs in place.
Don't let the name “bed bugs” fool you – they aren’t exclusively found hiding in beds and mattresses. These little critters feed on human blood, so it makes sense that they go wherever there are humans, including on public transport, in schools, hospitals, and even offices! For this reason, those responsible for communal office spaces need to look out for the signs of bed bugs and how to treat them if they’re discovered.
Let’s look at why bed bugs spread, how buildings become infested, and how to deal with them if you find them.
Chemical sprays have been a part of the pest control armory for many years and will probably remain so, but they are often not the best choice. Though insecticides can be effective in killing pests there are disadvantages in their use and alternative methods may offer a better solution to destroying an infestation.
Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in the treatment of bed bugs. Traditionally, chemicals have been used to kill this common parasite but rarely is this the right choice to eradicate this bug.
Where Did Bed Bugs Come From in the First Place? Their History
Not so long ago it seemed that the bed bug had stopped being a problem in the developed world. Back in the 1950s and 60s, the instances of infestations were very few and far between, but that is no longer the case. Stricter control of insecticides and cheap travel have contributed to an upsurge in this irritating critter, so much so, that reports of bed bugs have become commonplace all over the United States.
A bed bug infestation is never pleasant, and even after an extensive bed bug treatment, you may wonder what to do next. Is your home now safe? Should you go back to living your life as normal? Can you ever relax again? The answer is yes, but you may need to take some preventative measures in case you experience a second infestation.
Here are some tips to follow so you know you’re doing everything right following a bed bug treatment in your home.