Watch Pest Management, Inc. on “Hotel Impossible”

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Archive For: May 2016

Category Name: pest control

Hotel ImpossibleWant proof of how Pest Management, Inc.’s expert services can help businesses thrive? Tune into the newest episode of Travel Channel’s “Hotel Impossible” to witness it firsthand. We are thrilled to be featured on the episode as a team of professionals called in to help a local hotel.

On “Hotel Impossible,” host Anthony Melchiorri and team work to revitalize hotels around the country, addressing issues (including pest control problems) and helping the hotels find new levels of success. On the new episode, which airs May 23, the expert team at Pest Management, Inc. provides a host of services to help the establishment please customers and flourish.

Our team first provides bed bug detection services with the help of our highly trained bed bug dogs. When the insects are discovered by our canine team, we provide bed bug heat treatment to completely wipe out the bed bugs without the use of harsh chemicals. We also provide detailed antimicrobial services that help keep the hotel sparkling clean – an important step in keeping guests satisfied.

We are proud to be featured on the show, and proud of the work we do to help hospitality businesses – and businesses across many industries – thrive. Pests can cause problems for every kind of organization, and they can quickly ruin a customer’s experience. Our expert services have been helping companies solve pest problems for years, and our consulting services and Integrated Pest Management plans can help prevent pest control issues before they ever become a problem.

Tune in to the Travel Channel on May 23 to see the team from Pest Management, Inc. doing what we do best on “Hotel Impossible.” And if your business or home needs pest control services of any type, contact our skilled team today.

Preventing a Bed Bug Infestation When You Return Home From Traveling

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Archive For: August 2013

Category Name: bed bugs

Bed bug infestations continue to increase every year, and this can pose a stressful problem if your home becomes infected. Bed bug bites can cause rashes, itchiness, and possible severe allergic reactions depending on how your body reacts to a bite. Unfortunately, humans can not feel a bed bug biting them, so you can be resting peacefully, but wake up covered in rashes!

It is very common for bed bugs to invade your home after they latch onto your luggage while you are on vacation.  Here is a step-by-step guide to make sure you do not take bed bugs home when you return from travelling!

Inspect Hotel Room for Bed Bugs

  1. Always place your luggage bag on a rack with steel legs in your hotel room. Steel is too slick for bed bugs to climb.
  2. Temporarily remove the sheets from the bed and inspect the piping on the mattress for bed bugs and insects.
  3. After you have inspected the mattress, inspect the bed’s headboard and the nightstands.

With these steps, you can prevent bringing home bedbugs from vacation.

Preventing Bed Bugs When You Return Home

In case you may have not seen bed bugs in your hotel room, here is another process to make sure there are none on your luggage when you do return home. Remember, never unpack your bags in a bed room or living room of any kind.

  1. Take your luggage bags with everything inside of it into your garage. If you do not have a garage, take it into the kitchen or an outside parking lot.
  2. Take all of the clothing you took for travelling, including the clothes you are wearing once you get home, and place it all inside a plastic bag.
  3. Take the bag directly to the washer and wash all clothes, even if they were unused. If the clothing travelled, WASH IT. Use the highest temperature water and drier setting that you can use without ruining your clothing.
  4. Go back to your empty suitcase and vacuum it both inside and out to remove bed bugs.
  5. Dispose the vacuum bag in a trash can that is outside. If the vacuum is bagless, dump the contents of the vacuum in a trash can outside.
  6. For further precautions, put alcohol on a cotton ball, and rub the cotton ball on narrow crevices of your luggage that your vacuum could not go in between.

For anything you can’t wash (ex. shoes), place it in a bag and leave the bag in a garage or out in the sun for a minimum of one day in order to kill the bed bugs. High temperatures kill bed bugs.  If you can’t find a high temperature location to place the bag, carefully inspect the items for bed bugs before you place them in your home.

Never place luggage or clothes on your bed.

For a visual demonstration, here is a video:

Bed Bug Lawsuits, Apartment Buildings & Headaches

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Archive For: August 2013

Category Name: bed bugs

Owning an apartment building can come with a variety of headaches.  Hot water heaters can go bad and rupture, air conditioning and heating units can go out.  Those issues are just the tip of the iceberg.  A new problem has emerged, which is making life even more difficult for apartment landlords and their tenants.  What issue is causing so much trouble?  Two words: bed bugs.

Bed Bug Lawsuits for How Much Money??!!

Bed bugs have become a serious issue in the rental world, and they will likely get worse before they get better.  A recent headline caught many apartment landlords’ attention:  “Tenants File $10 Million Lawsuit Due to Bed Bugs and Other Apartment Problems.”  Believe it or not, that is a real headline.  If you’re an apartment landlord or property owner, this is a scary concept and one that should definitely get your attention.

Back in December of 2011, tenants of the Cordova Estates Apartments in Rancho Cordova, California said they had reached their breaking point with bed bugs and filed a $10 million lawsuit.  The price tag might seem surreal, until further reading shows that the suit didn’t involve one or two tenants, but a whopping 97!  This also underscores how serious the problem of bed bugs currently is in the rental housing community.  Undetected and unaddressed bed bugs can spread quickly when left unchecked.

A Wide Range of Real Estate Woes

As though this lawsuit isn’t enough to get the attention of landlords and rental companies everywhere, there are other lawsuits as well.  For example, a jury in Annapolis, Maryland recently awarded a renter $800,000 over a bed bug infestation, and it took the jury a mere 15 minutes to reach their decision.  According to the Baltimore Sun, the bed bug victim in question, Faika Shaaban, developed a severe rash as soon as she moved into the apartment building.

Lawyer Tom Campbell told the Baltimore Sun, “You are going to see a rapid growth of bedbug claims over the next decade. There are enough lawyers who are getting trained so that people will be able to find lawyers, so that people will find a way to get relief.”  You can be sure that apartment building owners and large rental companies are paying close attention to developments of this nature.  The bottom line is that apartment building owners are not the only ones that may end up having a bite taken out of them!

Additional research about the severity of bed bugs and lawsuits has been compiled and shared at Bedbugs.org.  They’ve outlined some of the biggest cases to date as well as other information on the topic of bed bug infestations in apartments and homes.  They cite several important cases including cases in Staten Island, NY, Nashville, Virginia Beach, VA and a case at Portland State University.  The case at Portland State University is interesting, as it underscores the fact that the issue of bed bugs isn’t just an issue for apartment building landlords, but it is one that also impacts universities and colleges as well due to student housing.

In short, apartment building owners, hotels and even universities and colleges need to be aware of this growing problem and develop strategies for dealing with bed bugs.  Since a bed bug infestation can dramatically and negatively impact many people, it is a problem that isn’t easily swept under the rug.  In the case of bed bugs, it is highly prudent for apartment building owners, hotels, universities and colleges to take preventative measures well in advance of a problem.  Failure to do so could be highly costly and problematic.  Be proactive by contacting a bed bug specialist who can assist you in detecting and treating bed bugs before bed bug lawsuits become an issue.

Landlord May Be Biggest Issue When Dealing with Bed Bug Problem

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Archive For: June 2013

Category Name: bed bugs

Have you been waking up in the mornings with itchy red bumps? Are you finding mysterious spots on your bed and have no idea how they got there? It’s likely that you are the victim of those notorious night stalkers known as bed bugs.  If you live in an apartment, you may be surprised to learn that it’s not always up to the landlord to treat your bed bug problem.

What should I do if I think I have bed bugs?

If you suspect that you might have bed bugs, your first course of action should be to call a pest control expert that specializes in bed bugs.  A proper diagnosis is the first step to get rid of bed bugs.  A reputable bed bug pest control service will quickly send someone to examine your home and may even use a bed bug detector dog to verify an infestation.

Once the bed bug problem has been properly diagnosed, treating bed bugs can be complicated, especially if you rent your living space.  Many people mistakenly believe that bed bugs are a problem that ‘dirty’ people have and are embarrassed to report the issue to their landlord.  This is in an incorrect assumption.

Rising levels of bed bug problems in Austin and throughout the country have shown that all classes of society suffer from bed bugs.  Business travelers bring them home in their suitcases just as easily as someone purchasing second-hand furniture can introduce them to a new living space.

Is a landlord required to treat bed bugs in apartment?

Be sure to document when you reported bed bugs to your landlord.  Also take pictures of any bugs you have found and the damage they have left behind, including soiled bed linens and bites.  Laws vary in different states, but it is not uncommon for landlords to expect tenants to treat their own bed bug problems. If you encounter resistance or your landlord is refusing to treat bed bug problems, review your lease to see if you have any legal course of action.

Can I sue my landlord for bed bugs?

Lawsuits stemming from bed bug complaints are on the rise around the country.  Hotel guests have sued large hotel chains, including the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, for bed bug incidents.  Several people have won lawsuits against their landlords that include compensation for replacement of household belongings, pain and suffering and mental anguish associated with living in a bed bug infested apartment.

Filing a lawsuit is a long and tedious process.  While the suit is ongoing you will continue to be subjected to bed bug bites while you sleep and the infestation will continue to get worse.  The longer the problem is left untreated, the more damage the bed bugs will cause.  As they reproduce they will invade more areas of your home.

Should I move if my landlord won’t treat my bed bug problem?

Moving will not remedy your bed bug problem.  Bed bugs hide in seams of furniture, crevices of mattresses and in couch cushions.  Taking your furniture to a new apartment will not provide relief, because that’s where many of the bed bugs live.  Unless you plan to throw away all of your furniture and start fresh, you will likely experience the same problems in your new home.  Effectively treating bed bugs is the best cure.

A specialized bed bug expert can use heat remediation to heat your entire home to a temperature sufficient to kill bed bugs, their nymphs and the eggs.  If you’ve been suffering from bed bug bites you know that the peace of mind associated with knowing they are all dead and won’t come back is priceless.

Bed Bugs in Apartments Becoming Large Problem

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Archive For: May 2013

Category Name: bed bugs

As the owner or manager of an apartment complex, you understand how damaging bed bugs in Austin apartments can be.  With many resources available online for residents to publicly voice their concerns and report instances of bed bugs, managing bed bugs in Austin apartment complexes before they become a problem is important.

How do bed bugs in Austin apartments spread?

Working in partnership with a reputable bed bug pest control company in Austin can save your residents a lot of discomfort and your staff from dealing with angry reports of bed bugs in apartments.  Bed bugs in Austin are on the rise.  The close quarters and combined ductwork of apartment complexes provides many opportunities for bed bugs to travel and quickly spread, resulting in an Austin apartment bed bug infestation.  Online reports of bed bug problems make it easy for bad reviews to spread, damaging the reputation of your apartment complex.

Does my apartment need bed bug pest control?

If you’re concerned that your apartment building needs bed bug pest control, call a professional for a thorough evaluation.  With the assistance of bed bug detecting dogs, blood sucking bed bugs can be located quickly and efficiently and measures taken to quickly control bed bugs.  Once identified, a bed bug heat treatment is frequently the best way to get rid of bed bugs in Austin apartments.  By heating up the entire room, all bed bugs are killed, preventing them from spreading and the infestation from becoming worse.

Don’t risk unhappy residents and harmful online reviews for bed bug problems in your Austin apartment complex.  Call a bed bug pest control expert to take a proactive approach to providing a bed bug free living environment.