Perhaps even heavier than the cost of hiring an exterminator or addressing tenant frustration is the psychological stigma associated with having a bed bug infestation. In particular, landlords faced with an infestation problem face the reality that knowledge of the problem can turn away prospective renters and drive away current ones as well. Even though the social and economic cost of acknowledging a residential bed bug problem can be high, the cost of not facing the problem can be even worse.
Bed bug bites cause allergic reactions in 70 percent of the population. Among the tested population, women and those between 11 and 65 years of age were particularly susceptible to negative reactions. Reactivity to bites includes a range of uncomfortable responses such as redness or discoloration, extreme itchiness, stinging sensations at night, and visible marks. They were common in those who displayed similar allergic tendencies to other forms of bug bites. By failing to address potential bed bugs cases as they appear, landlords face the possibility of widespread allergic reactions within their properties.
Though bed bugs will not typically travel far distances on their own, they’re known for attaching themselves to items left in infested areas. Whether this is a coat set down on a bed bug ridden couch or a backpack left on the floor of an infested room, bed bugs will latch on to the items. When the jacket and backpack are taken to a new location, the bed bugs will soon spread into the new environment. An ignored bed bug problem can easily expand from one room to an entire building this way, making the eventual extermination process much more difficult.
They Aren’t Going Away
For the landlords that choose to take the “ignore them and they’ll go away” route, this approach is ineffective and ill-advised. Female bed bugs are able to lay between 1 and 12 eggs per day, and as many as 500 eggs in their year-long lifetime. These eggs only take between 6 and 17 days to hatch, allowing the species to reproduce at impressive rates. Thanks to the exponential growth of these infestations, recent studies have shown that the average number of bugs in an unchecked infestation can grow to anywhere between 2,400 and 14,200 bugs per apartment.
A Reliable Solution
When faced with a bed bug infestation, your property needs custom and thorough care. With locations in the Chicagoland area and now in Indianapolis, we can take care of any of your bed bug issues. Contact Platinum Pest Solutions today to speak with a company that truly cares about its customers, and that is committed to working hard to give you peace of mind — and happy tenants.
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