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A Guide to Managing Bed Bugs in a Rental Property

Whether you’re a homeowner, a tenant, or a landlord, bed bugs are one of the last problems you likely expect to encounter in your property. However, these pests can arrive in the clothing, furniture, or vehicles of tenants, guests, and property owners and make their way from one room or property to the next.

Once they spread, bed bug infestations can be hard to manage, and they can cause no end of headaches for those living in and owning properties. If you’ve encountered this problem and are unsure what to do next, the following information may prove helpful.

Step 1: Request a Bed Bug Inspection

If you’re a landlord looking to welcome tenants into your property, requesting bedbug inspections for condos might be one of the first preventative measures you take. These inspections can provide you with peace of mind that your property is free of bed bugs or confirm their presence so that you can get the eradication process underway.

Usually, inspections can take place in a number of ways, such as through the use of dogs to sniff them out in furniture, exposed and accessible walls, electrical outlets, and carpets.

Step 2: Educate Yourself and Others

Whether you’re a homeowner, tenant, or landlord, education can be vital to preventing and managing bed bug infestations. Make sure everyone living within a house or condo is aware of how to avoid and identify bed bug infestations.

There are many ways to protect your home from bed bugs, including checking second-hand furniture for signs of infestation, using protective covers on mattresses, being vigilant with shared laundry facilities, and sealing cracks in multi-family homes.

Bed bug infestations can be identified by bloodstains on bedding, dark or rusty spots on clothing, walls, and bedding, bed bug fecal spots, and a musty odor.

Step 3: Be Aware of Rights and Requirements

Both tenants and landlords have a duty to report and act on possible bed bug infestations. Landlords might see the value in providing tenants with guidelines on how to report potential problems. Once reported, they must then act quickly to investigate that report and ensure their tenants’ property is habitable and their investment is taken care of.

If landlords don’t disclose bed bugs that are present when the tenant moves in, tenants have a range of options at their disposal. They may be allowed to break their lease, withhold rent in some states, and sue the landlord for damages. Laws vary from one state to the next, so it can be worth your time to research your rights and requirements in your own area.

Step 4: Hire a Pest Control Company

While many landlords like to fix problems themselves as they arise, bed bugs are not a task for DIYers. They require qualified experts to ensure the issue is taken care of properly. Once a bed bug infestation has been identified, homeowners or landlords may need to hire a pest control company and provide access to the property.

If the property is tenanted, proper notice must be given before pest control service providers can enter the home. Usually, this timeframe is in accordance with the lease agreement.

Once pest control companies have been hired, they can vacuum areas with high concentrations thoroughly before using heat treatment and possibly spray treatment to kill them. These treatment options may also be effective for protecting against re-infestation.

When bed bugs have been removed, tenants, homeowners, and landlords can work together to keep them away permanently, with methods such as clearing up clutter, covering mattresses, sealing cracks, and performing regular bed bug inspections.


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Kaya Wittenburg

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Kaya Wittenburg is the Founder and CEO of Sky Five Properties. Since the age of 10, real estate has been deeply ingrained into his thoughts. With world-class negotiation and deal-making skills, he brings a highly impactful presence into every transaction that he touches.

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