Bed bugs can be a very tricky problem for apartments and multi-family units. It is potentially very expensive to treat an infested property. However, choosing not to deal with them will only lead to worse problems and cost you more money in the long run. It is absolutely essential to talk to your residents about the problem so that they know what to do in the event of an infestation.
You will need to encourage your residents to promptly report any problems with bed bugs, or suspected bed bugs. Posting information around your building about how to prevent and identify them is key here. It is important to note that the person who reports the bed bug issue may not be responsible for the problem if they inadvertently picked up the bugs from elsewhere in the building.
This means that it would be wise to consider having an amnesty program for individuals who report bed bugs. If people are afraid to tell their landlord or property manager because of the potential financial penalties, they may try to treat the infestation themselves, just live with the pest, or break their lease and move without telling anyone.
This will potentially cause the infestation to spread, which will, of course, make it more difficult and expensive to treat. Even worse, the steps your residents may try to take to could cause damages to your suite, and end up costing you even more money and time. Consider implementing a training program for your maintenance personal. They should know how to actively check for signs of bed bugs and other pests when they enter apartments for routine maintenance issues.
How to Avoid Bed Bugs in Edmonton
Here is a short list of things that property owners can do to help mitigate the potential damage from bed bugs:
- Discourage collecting of furniture from off the curb or from the trash.
- Communicate with your residents about the problem.
- Encourage discussions and do not punish residents for reporting bed bugs.
- Train maintenance staff to identify bed bugs.
- Do not use over-the-counter insecticides.
- Hire a reputable pest management company to treat bed bug infestations.
- Work with residents to ensure proper preparation for treatments.