Dealing with a bed bug problem? Even with the best maintenance and upkeep, you can end up with bed bug infestations. Bed bugs can catch a ride in a suitcase and from anywhere. It doesn’t take long for a bed bug to cause a serious issue within an apartment complex, townhome complex, house, or other buildings. How can a bed bug problem be handled?

Landlords are Responsible to Provide Bed Bug Inspections

Tenants need to report a bed bug problem to the landlord immediately. One of the highest priorities a landlord provides to tenants is a healthy place to live. Bed bugs do not typically threaten a resident with disease like other pests might, but ample loss of sleep is never good for someone’s health. We want to make sure a qualified exterminator is sent to the home right away to get to the bottom of the problem.

What Tenants Need to Expect

Landlords will provide an inspection notice for tenants so they know what will occur when the inspection is scheduled. Normally the mattresses and bedding need to be inspected, so tenants need to understand how it will disrupt their homes. Professional inspectors will need to find out where the bed bugs originated, and if the bed bugs have spread to other areas. Identifying the source also helps landlords in determining how the bed bugs began within that home, and if the tenant will be liable for the financial costs based on the findings.

Eradicating Bed Bugs

According to pest exterminators, it is important to clean regularly and follow some additional tips to prevent bed bugs:

  • Clean clutter from the home, especially in the closets and shelves where it’s easy for bed bugs to gather.
  • Wash bedding and clothing, place the washed clothing into sealed plastic bags.
  • Leave the home for at least one day during the inspection treatment.
  • Mattresses that are invested must be destroyed as they cannot be treated.

Financial Costs of Bed Bug Extermination

Landlords are responsible for the payment to exterminate the pests. If the tenant introduced the bed bugs, the tenant could be held responsible, but in the majority of situations, landlords tend to handle the matter. Insurance claims are often used to help pay for the costs of a bed bug infestation if it is part of the policy. If the liability falls to a certain tenant, which could occur in a single-family multiplex. Renters insurance can normally cover the costs of needing to replace belongings if that occurs as part of the bed bug issue. Bed bugs can lead to serious problems. At Keyrenter, we use a 14-point tenant screening process designed to find the best tenants, helping to limit the risk of certain issues like bed bugs. To learn more about how we can help you with bed bug issues contact us at Keyrenter in Highlands Ranch today.