Bed Bug Treatment by Structure

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Submitted by BedBug Central on Tue, 2009-12-01 00:00

In this episode Jeff will discuss the differences in bed bug treatments when the infestation is in a stand-alone, single family house vs. an apartment vs. a townhouse or condominium.  From a treatment perspective, the manner with which a pest control company treats bed bugs shouldn’t differ depending on a structure.  For the most part, the way a company treats a bed in an apartment shouldn’t differ from the way it is treated in a house.  Where these treatments start to differ is when you start to consider surrounding unit concerns.  In a stand-alone, single family home, surrounding units aren’t a concern.  In an apartment, the property management will need to be involved in order to gain access to the surrounding units to make sure that the known infestation wasn’t caused by one of the surrounding apartments.  In condominiums, townhouses and row-homes, this process can become more complex due to the fact that the surrounding homes could be owned by different people and different management companies and they may not be interesting in allowing you to inspect their home.  If that is the case, and they do have bed bugs, it may be almost impossible to eliminate the bugs in the known infestation if they are originating from a surrounding unit that the pest control company is unable to address.
Related Links:

Bed Bugs 101 - Surrounding Units

Chicago vs. Bed Bugs

New Jersey Apartment Association

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