Well, what do you know?! Your Mohave Valley rental property has a bed bug infestation. Who would have thought it could happen after all your preparation? So, you ask yourself, now what? First things first, do not put the blame on your residents. Bed bugs are so common that even 5-star hotels and even airplanes have them. Bed bugs are not drawn to dirt, but to human beings, and being clean does not necessarily mean they will stay away.
If you have an idea about where bed bugs frequently hide, disposing of those can be one way to get rid of them. Bed bugs commonly hide in beds, obviously – they make their way into mattresses, bedding, and other furniture, like couches. They also tend to hide in clothing, luggage, and even baseboards.
It would make sense to clean these items as they would be the ones that are more prone to an attack. If ever your resident has moved out, then it makes things a bit easier for you. Just make certain that the property is vacuumed and cleaned carefully with hot water. On the other hand, if you have residents that are currently having a bed bug infestation, have them start by deep scrubbing all the places bed bugs could possibly hide. You should also proactively give your residents a cleaning checklist for bed bugs and offer to help them find a professional company to get the job done correctly.
You may need to get your residents to tidy up all of their bedding, linens, curtains, and apparel in hot water after which dry them on the highest drying setting. For plush animals, shoes, or something else which couldn’t pass within the washing system, they’ll need to run them via a dryer cycle on high for 30 minutes.
Mattresses have to be scrubbed with a stiff brush after which vacuumed very well. This includes putting off the backing from box springs and vacuuming inside as well as out. Then, mattresses have to be sealed in tightly-woven plastic covers for at least some 12 months. Bed bugs can survive up to a year without feeding, so plan ahead.
Bed bugs can also hide in any cracks in plaster or under shedding wallpaper, so it’s important to look into these potential hazards regularly and to get them repaired as soon as possible. If these items aren’t already part of your current property management plan, maybe try hiring a property management company with knowledge dealing with bed bug infestations in Mohave Valley.
Even with all the cleaning and repairs, bed bugs are most efficiently eradicated by using an experienced pest control professional. Using pesticides in the bedroom can be hazardous unless done correctly. This is where an experienced property management company can be your best resource.
At Real Property Management Northern Arizona, we have the information and expertise you need to address a bed bug infestation quickly and effectively. Our property managers will work with you, your residents, and expert service providers to get your property back to bug-free in no time. For more information about our property management services, please contact us online or give us a call at 928-757-7368 today!
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