Bed Bugs Laws Should Protect Everyone Part II Of II

Continuing from Friday…

Tenants on the other hand face stiff penalties if they do not follow the strict guidelines of the measure.  As it is currently written, tenants must notify their landlords of any potential infestation and they must provide access to their apartments so that an inspection and treatment can commence by a licensed pest control expert.  Everyone will agree that this is indeed good.  The bad news is that penalties can be imposed if the tenant notifies the landlord of the bed bug infestation verbally, instead of in writing.  A tenant that is non-compliant is liable for the cost of the bed bug treatment for his or her own apartment as wells as the adjoining apartments…top, bottom, left, and right included!  Unlike with the landlord, the pending measure does not stipulate a spending limit that the tenant will be forced to pay for the pest control treatments, for each of the units, if the tenant is considered to be non-compliant.

This pending measure is not the first bed bug legislation that Arizona lawmakers have taken into consideration.  In the spring of 2010, a bed bug bill that assigned various responsibilities to landlords, tenants, and pest management professionals died in the Arizona Senate after it passed overwhelmingly in the Arizona House.  It was modeled after a pending New Jersey bed bug bill.

The fact is that as bed bug infestations continue to spread across the United States, desperate people are seeking desperate measures to try to get rid of the pesky bloodsuckers.  But shouldn’t all laws, including bed bug laws, protect the majority of citizens?  Because bed bugs have become proven to become pesticide resistant, even the best bed bug management practices make these bugs the most formidable pests to eradicate.  It’s time that everyone works together for a unified solution…an end to bed bugs in America!

Bed Bugs Laws Should Protect Everyone Part I Of II

With the resurgence of bed bug infestations now hitting all 50 states, American citizens are going buggy for bed bug laws!  Unfortunately, at times bed bug laws are drafted that protect one sector of the population more than another, and understandably, some people are going to cry foul.

In Arizona, state lawmakers are working at creating a new bed bug law that is intended to help protect renters and landlords alike.  The pending measure was crafted by the Arizona Multihousing Association which is a landlord group in Arizona.  Critics of the pending legislation think that the measure favors landlords and treats tenants unfairly.

If the measure were to pass, landlords would be required to keep their units free of bed bugs.  They would also need to provide bed bug inspection services to an apartment within seven business days once they are notified of a potential infestation on the premises.  Additionally, a landlord would not be allowed to knowingly rent any property that is infested with the bugs to new tenants.  If a landlord fails to provide bed bug treatment to a bed bug infested apartment unit, tenants would be allowed to withhold rental payments, up to $500 or ½ of a month’s rent – whichever is higher, to pay for bed bug treatments.  So far, so good, except that bed bug treatments could run considerably higher for some folks, as multiple treatments by a pest control expert are usually required to rid any home of an infestation.  Another point of contention is that there is no mention in the measure about a tenant’s ability to obtain reimbursement for potential loss of property, but I guess that can ultimately be decided by the court system.

Please check back on Monday for the conclusion.

Things You Should Know About A New Jersey Bed Bugs Part II Of II

Continuing from Monday…

• Experts say that bed bugs don’t spread disease, but for many people their bites do cause itching, swelling, and secondary infections.  Many people report a loss of sleep and severe emotional distress when they are dealing with a bed bug infestation in their home or business as well.

• Unlike some pests such as cockroaches which thrive on filth, bed bugs seek on thing…blood…preferably of the human variety to feed upon.  If a human is not available, dogs, cats, or birds could fall victim to these dreaded little vampires.  It should be noted that unlike fleas, bed bugs do not live on animals so there is no need to treat your pets with pesticides unnecessarily.  If you have a bed bug infestation, a pets bedding should be treated, just as you would seek treatment for a human bed.

• There is a stigma associated with having a bed bug infestation and some people believe that bed bugs are only found in low-income housing.  Bed bugs do not care how much money you have in the bank, they only care about their next blood meal.  Upscale homes and hotels have been subjected to bed bug infestations just as often as low-income housing units.

• Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed.  They are flat insects which will plump up once they have their blood meal.  Younger bed bugs are whiteish/yellowish in color.  Bed bug eggs are white, very tiny and difficult to see.  They have a sticky substance on their exterior so they can be stuck to most any surface.  All bed bugs must a have a blood meal to reach each stage of development.

The important thing to remember is that if you have a New Jersey bed bug infestation in your home or business, contact a licensed pest control professional as soon as you discover the critters.  Allison Pest Control provides expert bed bug eradication services to Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex counties.

Things You Should Know About A New Jersey Bed Bugs Part I Of II

According to the National Pest Management Association, New York and New Jersey are not the only places that you will find vast amounts of bed bug infestations.  Bed bugs can now be found in all 50 states and a recent survey has revealed that one out of every five American’s has either encountered bed bugs themselves, or knows someone who has had an infestation, or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs in a hotel or motel environment.  Statistically speaking, this is serious information.  Additionally, bed bug infestations can be found evenly distributed throughout the United States, and are especially predominate in major metropolitan areas.  Industry experts are reporting that bed bugs are now part of our everyday experience.  They are not going away…at least not anytime soon.  In fact, as it currently stands, there are no new pesticides expected to be released for at least 5 to 10 years!

New Jersey pest control experts advise residents that being on the lookout for bed bugs at all times will help lessen your chances of bringing bed bugs to your home or business.  Educating yourself about the little bloodsuckers and becoming aware of how you can contract them are good steps in avoiding them, say New Jersey pest control professionals.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about bed bugs:

• Bed bugs are hitchhikers so you can pick them up in a variety of different locations. Watch for them when you visit retail stores, hospitals, libraries, buses, airplanes, hotels, or a neighbor’s house.  Schools have recently become a hot spot for bed bug activity, so be sure to check your child’s backpack, coat, hat, gloves etc. each day upon returning home from school.

Please check back on Wednesday for the conclusion.

Why Hiring A Trusted New Jersey Pest Control Expert Is Important

The improper use of pesticides should not be taken lightly as the chemical residue is easily absorbed through the skin and will cause humans and pets to become ill.  The importance of hiring the correct New Jersey pest control professional became very obvious to NJ residents when it was discovered that many homes in several New Jersey counties had suffered damages from the misapplication of harmful pesticides over several months in 2010.

A pest control company, TVF Pest Control, was recently found guilty by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection of using inappropriate chemicals to treat bed bug infestations in homes and apartments.  According to reports, TVF Pest Control used hazardous chemicals that are approved for outdoor usage (Malathion and Carbaryl) for treating the NJ bed bug infestations indoors.  Using outdoor chemicals indoors is a clear violation of New Jersey state law which has resulted in the pest control company being fined $860,000.  The Department of Environmental Protection will also seek to revoke the individual pesticide applicator licenses of the company’s owner and an employee, as well as the pest control company’s business license.

Additionally, the DEP is interested in immediately speaking to any New Jersey residents who received bed bug treatments from TVF Pest Control prior to July of 2010.  You may contact the DEP at 609-984-6513 or 609-984-6914 for Spanish speaking residents.

Hiring an experienced pest control company is paramount to the health and safety of those who receive extermination services.  Allison Pest Control has been operating since 1917 and has superior knowledge of pest control issues, techniques, rules and regulations.  Each of our technicians has undergone state certification and maintains up-to-date applicator licenses.  We pride ourselves on offering the best equipment and we require our employees to attend regular training classes.  When hiring a New Jersey pest control company, you should expect nothing less than the most qualified pest control professionals entering your home or business, which is what you will receive when you use the services offered from Allison Pest Control!

Bed Bugs On Cruise Ships? Yes!

Many people are escaping the cold snowy winter weather that has hit the east coast and are venturing to warmer destinations for a little rest and relaxation.  A friend of mine recently returned from a nice cruise to the Caribbean.  Known among my friends as the “bed bug guru”, my friend contacted me to find out information about the strange looking bite marks that she received on her week-long dream vacation.  Her first question was…”Can bed bugs infest a cruise ship?”   She was disappointed to hear that yes indeed, like hotels and motels, bed bug infestations can be found on cruise ships as well.

It’s not surprising that travelers are finding bed bug infestations on cruise ships with the increase in bed bug infestations that are now reaching epidemic levels around the world.  With the recent discovery by Ohio State University of how bed bugs are now more resistant to chemical treatments, it stands to reason that the rise in bed bug infestations will likely become worse until new pesticides are released to eradicate the little vampires.

When traveling on a cruise ship, passengers should inquire at the time of booking, what a cruise ships policy is in regards to a bed bug infestation.  Cruising passengers can also check CruiseBruise for a listing of cruise ships that have reported bed bug infestations.

Like with hotel visits, travelers should carefully inspect their cruise ship rooms before unpacking their belongings in order to avoid encountering bed bugs.  If bed bugs are found, or evidence of bed bugs, you should notify your cabin steward immediately.  Unlike when traveling to a hotel, on a cruise ship it may be difficult to be moved to another cabin if you find bed bugs, especially if the ship is operating at full capacity.  This is why it is important to know what protocol the cruise line follows prior to booking your trip.

If you have taken a trip and want to make certain to not create a New Jersey bed bug infestation in your home, you should treat your luggage and belongings as if you have encountered bed bugs when you traveled.  Taking a few simple steps upon your arrival home can help avoid a NJ bed bug infestation.

• Empty your luggage outside your home.

• Wash and dry all clothing in hot water/dry heat.

• Vacuum suitcases well, especially the seams where bed bugs congregate and tend to lay their eggs.

• Throw vacuum cleaner bag in trash can outside.

If you find that you have inadvertently brought home bed bugs from a cruise ship or hotel, it’s important to contact a NJ pest control expert to eradicate the bugs at first sign of their presence.

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