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EHS Pest Control

5 Easy Ways you can Take Control of your Bed Bug Treatment Budget

  1. Pro-Active Inspections: Early detection is key to eliminating bed bug infestations before they can spread. Studies have shown that less than 20% of tenants report bed bugs. More...

    Don’t wait for residents to report possible bed bug infestations. First Stage infestations (1st 3 weeks) are virtually impossible to detect with the naked eye. EHS recommends routine inspections with a certified K9 team of all units in your building; at minimum annually but ideally quarterly – frequency depending on findings and infestation history. When a possible bed bug infestation is reported, it is imperative to inspect the reporting unit and all units adjacent (above, below, left and right). This is also the recommendation of HUD and the City of Boston ISD. Early detection is key to preventing an infestation from spreading. During the first 30 days, the bed bugs stay close to the host, so the infestation is localized (mattresses, box springs, bed frames, etc.) Between 30-60 days, they begin to spread around the unit (behind moldings, and into other rooms). After 60 days, wall voids and adjacent units will begin to be affected. After 90 days, bed bug eradication becomes a real battle. Learn more about Inspection and Early Detection here.

  2. Proper Identification: Don’t waste money treating for bed bugs, when another pest may be causing the skin irritations reported as bites. Many common household pests can cause a false alarm for bed bugs. More...

    A new skin irritation coupled with misinformation from the internet can lead to tenants believing they have bed bugs. In our experience, bat bugs, carpet beetles, and psocids are a few of the pests EHS has found when bed bug bites were reported. Be sure to use a professional, certified K9 handler (there are only 3 certified handlers in the state of Massachusetts). Ensure proper identification of bed bugs is done by an Entomologist. Learn more about pest identification here.

  3. Proper Preparation: Could you move from your home in 24 hours? Preparation for bed bug control is as extensive as moving. Once bed bugs are identified within a unit, one of the worst things you can do is rush to treat. More...

    EHS requires a minimum 48-hour preparation period before any treatment can begin. A pre-treatment inspection by trained members of your staff can ensure the tenants are properly prepared prior to the day of treatment and avoid any costly rescheduling fees. Poor preparation is a recipe for treatment failure and will lead to reinfestation, re-treatment, or the spread of the bed bugs to other units. EHS also partners with third-party agencies to provide preparation services for those who require assistance. Learn more about what is involved to prepare for treatment here.

  4. The Right Treatment: Did you know the majority of products sold for consumers to self-treat can potentially spread bed bug infestations? More...

    Since almost all over-the-counter treatments available to consumers for bed bugs contain a repellant which can cause the infestation to spread, be sure to enforce a strict No Tolerance policy for self-treating. Learn more about the hazards of self-treating here. Research indicates first treatments fail 92% of the time, while second treatments fail 40%-72% of the time. Studies show a treatment protocol consisting of 3 treatments, approximately 21 days apart works best. Learn more about EHS Bed Bug Treatment here.

  5. Education: A well-informed staff and residency can help you reduce or even eliminate costly bed bug treatments. More...

    By making residents aware of behaviors that can spread infestations and by training staff members to watch for the “red flags” that can indicate a potential infestation, you can more adequately control your bed bug treatment budget. A trained staff can casually observe for signs of a possible bed bug infestation during routine maintenance visits. EHS offers training courses specially tailored for staff or tenants that not only dispel many of the myths surrounding bed bugs, but also teach people the important best practices for managing bed bugs. These courses also satisfy many HUD and other agency requirements. You can begin to learn more about bed bugs here.

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