You’ve just had a disgusting revelation! Your Lake Stevens rental property has a bed bug infestation. Now what? First, don’t accuse the residents. Bed bugs can be found almost anywhere, even in 5-star hotels and airplanes. Bed bugs are not attracted to filth but to human beings, and a clean home doesn’t always guarantee they won’t invade your property.
If you don’t know where bed bugs like to hide, getting rid of them can be difficult. Bed bugs are often found in beds, and they can work their way into cushions, bedcovers, and other furniture, like couches. They also hide in apparel, luggage, and even baseboards.
Washing the items mentioned above should be your first line of attack. If your residents have moved out, cleaning the house should be easy. Just make sure that the property is vacuumed and cleaned thoroughly with hot water. However, if your current residents have a bed bug infestation, have them start by thoroughly cleaning all the spots bed bugs might hide. You can also give your residents a cleaning checklist and offer to help them look for a professional company that knows how to properly exterminate bed bugs.
Recommend that your residents clean all their bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in hot water and then dry them on the highest drying setting. Stuffed animals, shoes, and anything else that can’t go in the laundry machine should be put in the dryer on the highest setting for 30 minutes.
Mattresses need to be cleaned with a stiff brush and then vacuumed carefully. This includes taking away the backing from the box springs and vacuuming it inside and out. The mattress should then be wrapped in plastic covers for at least a year. Bed bugs can live up to a year without eating, so plan accordingly.
Bed bugs can also hide in any cracks in plaster or under peeling wallpaper, so it’s essential to check these places frequently and get them fixed as soon as possible. If this sort of maintenance isn’t already part of your current property management strategy, think about hiring a property management company that knows how to deal with bed bug infestations in Lake Stevens.
Even with all the cleaning and repairs, bed bugs are most effectively eliminated by hiring a knowledgeable pest control expert because using pesticides yourself can be unsafe if not done properly. This is where a qualified property management company can be your best resource.
At Real Property Management North Puget Sound, 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 bug-free in no time. For more information about our property management services, please contact us online or give us a call at 425-903-8500 today!