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  Bugs In Your Building - Who's To Blame?  
  by Ben Weisel, President, Metro Pest Control  
     
 
Increasing bed bug infestations have been driving property managers and owners up the wall!

The difference between bed bugs and roaches are many. The roach is classified as a structural insect, which means it can survive by obtaining the needed food, water, and shelter from the structure.

When these conditions are eliminated and a comprehensive treatment is provided, the problem is usually brought under control. Housing court decisions regarding pest complaints tend to side with the tenant. Penalties can include holding back rent or in the rare instance, provide temporary shelter until the infestation has been eliminated.

The bed bugís life style differs from roaches in that they are not structural pests. Bed bugs are parasites; they feed on their host (victim) by biting and extracting enough blood to sustain them until their next meal.

The feeding activity usually takes place while the host is sleeping in close proximity to the bed bug (hence the name bedbug).

Typically the host will awaken to discover several bite marks on his/her body. Bed bugs cannot survive without a host. Control must include inspections, clutter removal, vacuuming and the treatment of all bedding and personal possessions.

Metro Pest Controlís position is that bed bugs should not be the sole responsibility of the property owner or manager. Tenants must be held accountable for the condition of their apartment and provide their cooperation in the treatment of this pest.

In most instances bed bug infestations are created by introducing infested items into the residence such as used furniture, carpeting, clothing, mattresses, etc. All items should be inspected prior to bringing them into the building.

It is important to keep detailed documentation on all pest control treatments. Ask your pest control company to provide you with a list of chemicals used and corresponding material safety data sheets (MSDS).

It is a good idea to document apartments that are kept in a condition that is conducive to pest infestations.

The better the documentation, the better your chances are of providing a successful defense.

Ben Weisel, President
Metro Pest Control, Inc.
70-09 73rd Place
Glendale, NY 11385
718-803-0000
benweisel@hotmail.com

 

 
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