BED BUG PREPARATION FOR YOUR BUSINESS

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Most cubicle dwellers and corner office executives are blissfully unaware of bug problems. And many wrongly think infestations take place only in the homes of unclean folks or in college dorms. But bedbugs can survive in a multitude of eek-evoking settings, such as offices, movie theaters and libraries. Concerned about the swelling number of infestations in New York City, publishing giant Time recently brought in bedbug-sniffing dogs. The canines found a few cases, which Time had treated two weeks ago. The District Attorney's office in Brooklyn recently discovered that they had the critters, as well, and exterminated over a weekend. The IRS had bedbugs in its offices in Philadelphia and Covington, Ky. It had exterminators into those offices and is still monitoring the situation. Adding to physical problems — the bites of bedbugs can itch like crazy — is the mental anguish that comes with an infestation.

When word gets out that an office building has bedbugs, a kind of mass hysteria often occurs, followed by fierce finger pointing about who's to blame for bringing them in. Bedbug issues are "a complicated mess," says entomology professor Michael Potter of the University of Kentucky. "In my career — and I've dealt with just about every critter that bothers people — this is the most complex."

Commuting in

Once bedbugs settle into corporate digs, it's tough to get them out.

The apple-seed-size insects dine on human blood. They hide in crevices and are resilient to many insecticides. They can live for a year without feeding, and they replicate quickly. The offspring of two bedbugs that move into an office in September can produce more than 300 bugs and lay about 1,000 additional eggs by January. They infiltrate the workplace through various routes, such as on the suitcases of frequent travelers or on the purses, laptop cases and gym bags of employees who have infestations at home. They can also be brought in by office visitors, shipments or deliveries, vendors, and maintenance staff.

Bedbugs are hitchhikers; they travel with people

and with items that travel with people.

As the parasites spread at hotels, hospitals, schools and homes, it's natural that some workers will inadvertently transport them into the office, says Larry Pinto, co-author of the Bed Bug Handbook. And in a big office, there can be more than one carrier. "(Different) people can be bringing them in," he says. Pest management firms have had a 57% increase in bedbug-related calls in the last five years, and an 81% increase since 2000, according to the survey. Nearly all the firms polled — 95% — said they've had to tackle a bedbug case in the last year. Four out of every 10 treatments were in commercial buildings.

"It shouldn't be any surprise that it's on the rise in office buildings," says Potter, who is considered one of the top bedbug experts in the country. "If you look at where they show up, apartments, hotels and (houses) are on the top of the food chain. But with time, they move into other places."

Infestations Spreading

Putting aside the rare, rogue acts of a saboteur, pest control professionals have a few main theories about why the bugs are resurging in the U.S. They include increased travel, more immigration and the bug's resiliency to pesticides. In addition, the "denial/lack of incident reporting by tenants, workers, landlords, hotel or business management (and) universities," has exacerbated the problem, according to the survey. The insects are especially troublesome in densely populated cities, where they can spread quickly. But smaller areas aren't immune.

Some ways they have an impact on the workplace:

•Lawsuits and human resource woes. Bedbug lawsuits are starting to grow like crazy. Once the bugs start to spread, You have other employees saying, 'I got bedbugs because you had them in the office, and I took them home. Jane Clark, a Fox News Channel employee who claims she got bugs from the network's New York City newsroom, didn't sue her employer. But she did sue the building owner, Management Company and other entities in May 2008 for unspecified damages. The lawsuit says that Clark first began to get bites at work around the fall of 2007, and that the defendants were negligent in rectifying the situation. Clark's lawyer, Alan Schnurman, says Clark was wrongly reassured by managers that the bug problem "had been taken care of," but she kept getting bitten. Fox parent company News Corp. is paying her worker's compensation, and the legal case is still pending. Don’t let this happen to you.

 Being proactive is the best way to keep such lawsuits at bay,

 If you have a policy and you are upfront, it's a lot harder to

 sue an employer.

•Unwanted publicity. Global ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi, which had a minor bedbug incident at its New York office last year, had those troubles posted on popular gossip site Gawker and ad industry blog Agency Spy. Fears of incurring brand damage is what keeps many firms from broaching the subject with employees, vendors or customers. No one wants to be known as the company with bedbugs. Even the folks at former president Bill Clinton's office in New York are mum on the bedbug topic. The Daily News reported that the New York City-based charity had exterminators in for bedbugs last year.

•Physical and mental anguish for workers.  Some victims have absolutely no reaction, while for others, the subsequent swelling and itching can be painful. Even without an extreme physical reaction, a bout with bedbugs can be psychologically scarring, with victims reporting depression, anxiety, paranoia and stress. "Probably one of the most under-reported issues is the mental anguish that comes with having bedbugs," says NPMA's Henriksen The bedbug situation was "very traumatic" for Fox's Clark, says Schnurman. When many folks think of bedbugs, they have a half-smile remembering the popular "good night, sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite," rhyme, he says. "But when it hits home, it's horrible. It's absolutely horrible."

•Widespread infestations. If caught early enough, the bug troubles can be contained to just a few cubicles. But if management doesn't spot a problem — or ignores bug sightings — the critters can eventually take over multiple floors of an office building. If you go to an apartment where there's an infestation, it'll typically be centered on the bed or by the couch. But in an office, it can be anywhere. They start wandering down the cubicles and down the walls looking for food. "The nocturnal critters prefer late-night dining if evening-shift workers are around, but can adjust to daytime feeding if necessary, says NPMA's Henriksen: "They are in (a) search for the human blood meal, and they will find it any way they can."

Challenging to destroy

There can be indications that bedbugs have moved in, such as employees seeing the six-legged crawler or its black fecal matter. But usually it takes a professional exterminator — and even a bedbug-sniffing dog — to unearth the full extent of the problem. It often takes multiple treatments to completely squash an infestation.

Their ability to survive is legendary. We don't have anything that works really well on them." It took three fumigations and a heat treatment to get the situation under control at the Des Moines Armory.  Smaller offices often pay $5,000 to $10,000 for bedbug exterminations, while the price for larger offices can easily hit six figures, says Pinto. Just to hire the keen-smelling canines to investigate a full floor at a large corporate office building could cost $1,000 to $5,000, client requests for examinations and treatments of commercial buildings have skyrocketed. Even after shelling out big bucks, it's almost impossible to know that every bug is dead. And if an unidentified worker has a large infestation at home — or if company business travelers stay at bedbug-ridden hotels — the critters will likely keep coming back.

 

Common Bed Bug Misconceptions

Misconception 1
Bed bugs only live on bed frames, mattresses, bed sheets, and pillow cases.

Reality
Bed Bugs live on beds, and everywhere else in your home!


Misconception 2
Only the lower class of society has bed bugs.

Reality
Bed bugs don’t discriminate! They affect all classes of society, whether you are clean or dirty, and regardless of how much money you make.


Misconception 3
Bed bugs are so small that they are invisible to the human eye

Reality
Incorrect. Hatched babies are 1-2mm in size, and a fully grown adult bed bug can grow up to 3-5mm in size and are reddish brown in colour.


Misconception 4
You can eliminate your bed bug problem by throwing out your mattress.

Reality
Bed bugs infest all kinds of items, including dressers, sofas, electronics, and more!


Misconception 5
Bed bugs are not the problem because only my partner gets bitten.

Reality
Scientists believes that up to 70% of the population do not react to bed bug bites.



Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do bed bugs only come out at night?
A: No. Although a bed bug prefers hiding in dark places, they will feed during the day if conditions are favourable. Ex. Curtains closed, blinds down, lights out, no disruptions, desperately seeking food, etc.


Q: Do bed bug mattress covers work?
A: Mattress covers do not eliminate the problem, but do take away common hiding spots such as the seams. This makes a bed bug easier to spot. A mattress cover will also preserve the mattress by protecting it from feces and blood stains.


Q: Can I get rid of bed bugs myself?
A: Not likely. A trained pest control technician has expertise and experience that is essential for successful bed bug eradication. To properly treat the problem, there are multiple areas of the home that need to be prepared and treated, not just the bed. Moreover, over the counter pesticides are ineffective compared to professional grade treatments.


Q: Can bed bugs spread disease?
A: At this point, there is no scientific evidence that bed bugs can spread disease.


Q: Can I solve my problem by leaving the house for a month or two?
A: No. A bed bug can survive without food for up to a year! Therefore unfortunately, leaving the home for several months will not force the extinction of your bed bug problem
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