Perhaps one of the most disturbing infestations that could possibly happen to your Pflugerville rental property is a bed bug infestation. They are found almost everywhere so you have to remember never to put the blame on the residents. Bed bugs are so common that even 5-star hotels and airplanes have them. Bed bugs are not attracted to dirt, but to human beings so being clean does not always guarantee they won’t invade.
If you have any idea about where bed bugs are possibly hiding, you better get rid of that first. You probably know by now that bed bugs like to hide in beds and naturally will work their way into mattresses, bedding, and other furniture, like couches. They can also hide in clothing, luggage, and even baseboards.
It would make sense to start cleaning these items first. If your resident has moved out, that makes things very easy. Just make sure that the property is vacuumed and cleaned thoroughly with hot water. If, however, you have current residents with a bed bug infestation, have them start by possibly destroying infested items that can’t be treated (such as a mattress) and deep cleaning all the places bed bugs might hide. Think about providing your residents with a cleaning list for bed bugs and let them know you are always there to help them find a professional company that can help get the job done correctly.
You will need to get your residents to clean all of their bedding, linens, curtains, and clothing in hot water and then dry them on the highest drying setting. For stuffed animals, shoes, or anything else that can’t go in the washing machine, they’ll need to run them through a dryer cycle on high for 30 minutes.
Mattresses need to be scrubbed with a stiff brush and then vacuumed thoroughly. This includes removing the backing from box springs and vacuuming inside as well as out. Then, mattresses should be sealed in tightly-woven plastic covers for at least a year. These bed bugs can live for months without a feed so can sit dormant for a long time without you knowing they’ve moved in, so plan accordingly.
Bed bugs can also hide in any cracks in plaster or under peeling wallpaper, it is also a good idea to have the space inspected and treated by an exterminator in between tenants during your turnover period. If these items aren’t already part of your current property management plan, consider hiring a property management company with experience dealing with bed bug infestations in Pflugerville.
Beyond cleaning and repairs, bed bugs are most effectively eliminated by using an experienced pest control professional. Using pesticides in the bedroom can be dangerous unless done correctly. This is where an experienced property management company can be your best resource.
At Real Property Management LoneStar, we have the data and know-how you need to address a bed bug infestation swiftly and efficiently. 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 512-520-9060 today!
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