Well, what do you know! Your Waunakee rental property has a bed bug infestation. Now what? The first step is to treat the problem before it gets worse. Bed bugs are so common they are found almost everywhere, even 5 -star hotels and airplanes have them too so do not blame the residents. And because bed bugs are not attracted to dirt, but to human beings, being clean is not enough to guarantee they won’t invade your property.
If in case you have an inkling about where bed bugs like to hide, then it would make the most sense to get rid of them. Bed bugs commonly hide in beds and will naturally work their way into mattresses, bedding, and other furniture, like couches. They can also like to camouflage in clothing, luggage, and even baseboards.
Therefore, cleaning these items should be your first line of attack. If in case your resident has decided to move out, then that actually makes things a bit easy. Just make certain 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 deep scrubbing all the places bed bugs could hide. Giving your residents a cleaning checklist for bed bugs is a good idea, also, in a proactive manner, offer to help them find a professional company that can help get the job done correctly.
You have to let your residents 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 cleaned with a stiff brush and then vacuumed carefully. This includes taking away the backing from box springs and vacuuming its insides as well as out. After which, mattresses should be wrapped in strongly-woven plastic covers for at least a year. Bed bugs can endure up to a year even without feeding, so plan consequently.
Bed bugs can also hide in any cracks in plaster or under peeling wallpaper, so it’s important to check for these possible dangers frequently and to get them fixed as soon as possible. If these items aren’t by now part of your current property management plan, consider hiring a property management company with skills dealing with bed bug infestations in Waunakee.
Even with all the 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 Greater Madison Metro, 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 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 608-310-1290 today!