There are a lot of issues to deal with in a rental home but there is a new one on the rise…bed bugs. That’s right this insect, scarcely seen in the late 20th century, now seems to be making a comeback. Strong pesticides (DDT) in the 50s and 60s practically made the bed bug a myth that parents told their children about to spook them. With laws outlawing the use of these strong chemicals once used to kill the bed bug and the number of people moving from other countries into the U.S., the bed bug population seems to be resurfacing.
Rental properties and hotels seem to be the most common place they are found. This is most likely due to the fact that these locations have people moving in and out quite frequently thus improving the odds that somebody will move them in. They like small crevices to hide in so most of the time they are found in luggage, clothing, furniture, boxes, etc… Once bed bugs have set up residence in a property they can be extremely difficult to get rid of. It is best to let an exterminator take care of the issue once it has been determined there is bed bug issue.
Here is more information from the Harvard School of Public Health about the bed bug, what it looks like, signs of an infestation, etc…
Blog posted by John Durham. Excalibur Home Management, an Atlanta home management company, is the leader in the leasing and management of single-family homes, condos and townhomes.