8 Reasons Commercial Properties Need a Bedbug Exterminator

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Are you a commercial property owner who is worried about the possibility of a bedbug infestation? Do you already have a bedbug problem on your hands and you’re concerned about the bedbugs spreading?

Or perhaps you don’t have a bedbug problem now, but you want to arm yourself against the very real potential that you might be faced with bedbugs at some point. 

Bedbugs can devastate a business, especially for business owners in the hospitality industry whose reputation and success depends upon the satisfaction of their guests.

In fact, recent surveys show that bedbugs are concern number one for people when choosing a hotel. For many guests, they’ll ditch a hotel immediately if they come across a single bedbug. 

If you suspect that you have bedbugs, or if you want to know more about how a commercial property owner can benefit from a professional exterminator, here are 7 good reasons why expert help is a must: 

1. Bedbugs Can Be Carried by Anyone

Most commercial property owners go to great lengths to keep their buildings clean and accommodating and sanitized. They understand the importance that cleanliness has on making a good impression with their guests.

But when it comes to bedbugs, you could have the cleanest place in town and still find yourself with a bedbug problem on your hands. This is because anyone can transmit bedbugs from one location to another. 

Unline cockroaches, an infestation with bedbugs has nothing to do with cleanliness. They can be brought onto a property unknowingly by an employee, a resident, a guest, a service person, or a client at any time. 

And while bedbugs aren’t able to fly, they are small and quick and adept at hiding and burrowing. A person can pick up a bedbug on their luggage, handbag, clothing, or shoes and move them from one location to another without realizing it’s been done. 

Because a bedbug infestation can happen so quickly, commercial property owners find themselves turning to a professional exterminator to get rid of the problem. 

2. Identifying a Bedbug Problem Often Requires an Expert

In many situations, it can be difficult to identify a bedbug problem, especially if no one at your facility has actually seen the insect. This is another reason why an expert exterminator is essential. 

Bedbugs are flat, oval-shaped bugs that are reddish-brown in color. If they’ve recently eaten they will be red in color and shaped like a balloon. 

A bedbug exterminator is able to find those areas where bedbugs tend to hide most. Unlike bees and ants who form colonies and are easy to spot when they’ve grown to large numbers, bedbugs hide in crevices largely unseen. 

They might hide in the edges of the carpet, in the creases of furniture, in wall dividers, at the seams of curtains or bedding, behind picture frames, and behind electrical sockets and surge protectors. 

Their ability to hide so well and in so many places makes it nearly impossible for a property owner to locate them all and rid of them without help. 

3. Bedbugs Can Spread Quickly

Another big reason to seek professional extermination help as soon as you suspect a bedbug problem is because bedbugs can spread multiply and spread quickly.

All it takes is one bedbug to begin a full-blown infestation. One single bedbug can lay up to 500 eggs in its lifetime (over the course of a year). That’s an average of 1-12 eggs each day. 

With each developed adult bedbug, these numbers only multiply. This is why it’s crucial that a bedbug issue is dealt with swiftly. A professional exterminator will be able to identify the problem and treat it before the situation becomes much worse. 

4. Bed Buds Are Resilient

Bedbugs are harder to get rid of than many people realize. They are very resilient and can survive in even the most extreme temperatures ranging from freezing to upwards of 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

These pests aren’t just resilient when it comes to extreme temperatures either. Many infestations have developed a resistance to common pesticides making them even more difficult to kill.

And unlike cockroaches, bedbugs can survive many generations of inbreeding and still manage to produce healthy, thriving offspring. In most animals and insect groups, inbreeding would soon result in a population collapse, but this isn’t the case with bedbugs. 

Some property owners hope that if they leave a unit vacant for a while, the bedbugs will simply starve to death and no longer be a problem. This is not a way to solve a bedbug issue.

Bedbugs can live for many months, even up to a year, without feeding on blood. If you leave bedbugs unattended in the hopes that they will starve to death, it’s more likely that they will multiply and spread throughout the complex. 

An exterminator can treat the affected room or unit and the neighboring rooms to ensure that all the bedbugs have been killed. 

5. Full Elimination is Difficult to Attain

Though there are some methods and kits that allow people to attempt to kill a bedbug infestation themselves, it’s very unlikely that all the bedbugs will be obliterated. Since they are so effective at hiding and multiplying, it’s best to save the time and money and allow someone who has been trained in exterminating bedbugs to do the job. 

There are many situations in which it takes more than one treatment to get rid of a bedbug infestation. It can take many thorough treatments to kill off bedbugs completely and this process often takes extreme conditions, the proper tools, and lots of experience. 

6. Protect Your Property Against Extensive Damage

Bedbugs can cause serious damage to your inventory. They can destroy towels, furniture, carpet, mattresses, sheets, curtains, and more. If you have bedbugs spreading into many rooms, the cost for replacing all of these items can start to add up. 

It’s advised that you replace all soft materials and furniture after a bedbug infestation. It’s best to get professional help before the bugs are able to spread throughout the facility. 

Bedbugs love to hide anywhere that’s dark and warm which means they might hunker down in electronics or appliances as well. This could lead to damage done to more than the furniture. 

7. You Understand that Your Reputation Counts

As a property owner, you understand how important your reputation is in keeping your business afloat. News of a bedbug infestation can be devastating to your business as guests and visitors spread the news to others and encourage them to avoid your place at all costs. 

It might take years to rebuild your reputation once the word has gotten out that bedbugs had once called your hotel or apartment complex home. Online reviews mentioning bedbugs are there for anyone to find and can raise concerns among potential guests even if the bedbug problem has long since been addressed. 

Most guests expect full disclosure if a bedbug infestation has taken place at any point in the last several years. For their peace of mind, you want to be able to assure each guest that the problem has been handled professionally. 

Don’t risk the health and well-being of your guests and clients. Keep your reputation intact and preserve all that you’ve worked hard for over the years by turning to a professional to get rid of your bedbug problem. 

8. Consider Your Employees

It’s not just your guests who matter when it comes to keeping your commercial property free from bedbug devastation. Your employees count on having a safe, clean place to work.

If they discover there’s a bedbug infestation that is going untreated, many of them will soon look elsewhere for employment. However, if they realize that you’re acting quickly to treat the problem with the help of a professional, they’ll feel reassured and safer about coming to work. 

Consider the health and well-being of each person you work with and serve, including yourself. Trust the experts to exterminate bedbugs for good. 

Say Goodbye to Bedbugs for Good

We’ve discussed some of the most important reasons why commercial property managers should turn to an experienced exterminator to get rid of their bedbug problem, now we invite you to do just that. 

At Inman-Murphy Termite & Pest Control, we’ve got the skills and experience to rid your home or business of bedbugs quickly and efficiently, no matter how bad the infestation has become. We use an effective heat treatment to raise temperatures in the infected areas to 140 degrees Fahrenheit to kill off each and every bedbug wherever they might hide. 

We understand that discovering a bedbug problem on your property can cause alarm and we’re here to help. 

Learn more about our extermination process by browsing our website or by giving us a call today. 

We also offer free estimates to all customers so schedule your appointment with us today! We look forward to serving you! 

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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is President of Inman-Murphy Inc., one of the fastest growing pest control companies in Memphis, TN.