New San Francisco Bed Bug Laws
Why Are Bed Bugs Biting in San Fran?
Bed bugs are most prevalent in cities that have large urban area's and many travelers - like San Francisco! That's because bedbugs travel on clothing and in luggage & they use humans and other mammals as hosts.
Bed Bug Avoidance Tips for San Francisco Landlords
The San Francisco Department of Public Health has already changed the landlord requirements for control of bed bugs two times in the past 5 years, and they are doing it again - this May! Here are some changes that they are proposing and considering requiring landlords to abide by:
If you are a landlord, you can see more relevant tips to prevent bed bugs for landlords here.
- Landlords who provide a mattress and box spring in a unit, must also provide appropriate bed bug proof encasings
- Landlords provide bed bug prevention guidance to new tenants
- Landlords who offer short term rentals may be required to search for bed bugs each month!
What Can I do to prevent bed bugs?
The top 3 bed bug prevention techniques out there are:
- Know what bed bugs look like and where they are likely to hide. If you think you may have bed bugs, you can watch this informative video for signs of bed bugs.
- Travel Smart - Know how to search for bed bugs and what bed bugs look like. Use this information to search for bedbugs on your next vacation.
- Purchase scientifically tested bed bug proof mattress covers and travel encasements.
Bed Bug Infested Cities
Exterminators have been working hard to treat bed bugs this year, especially in large travel states like Ohio, Illinois and New York. The highest treatment for bed bugs over 2012 (according to a recent report by Orkin) were found to be:
- Los Angeles
- Dallas/Ft. Worth
- New York
- Richmond/Petersburg, Virginia
Why are bed bug infestations increasing?
As you may have noticed, a lot of bed bug infested cities are in highly urban areas with large airports. That is because bed bugs are likely to travel with you on clothing and/or in luggage. There are helpful products to prevent bed bugs while traveling including bed bug proof travel pillows and bedbug luggage liners of various sizes.
It is also possible that bed bug populations and recognition of infestations have been increasing throughout the United States. You can see more US bed bugs stats here.
At this point, bed bug statistics indicate that bed bug prevention is key to reducing the need and cost of bed bug treatment. If these findings make you itch, feel free to read more about bed bug prevention here.
Recently, we reported about the University of Nebraska's bed bug infestation. Well, they have dealt with the infestation, but at quite a hefty price! The cost to get rid of bed bugs at the University of Nebraska was estimated at over $300,000!
Getting rid of bed bugs in dorm rooms
Getting rid of bed bugs in dorm rooms, or anywhere, is a painstaking job. The University had 2 different pest control companies search room by room for the tiny critters.
One big challenge that the University faced was that of bed bug phobia or the social stigma that students faced in acknowledging that they had bedbugs in their dorm. Many students were afraid of admitting they have bed bugs; while other students admitted that they would be weary of "hanging out" with a student who had an infestation. Naturally, this causes a problem when searching for and eliminating bed bugs.
Preventing bed bugs in dorm rooms
The University of Nebraska has taken measures to warn students not to bring used furniture and mattresses back to the dorms - all in an effort to avoid future infestations. But is it enough? What about bed bugs in carpets and clothing? And, what if student's simply can't afford to heed that advice?We recommend that students, and even University's, begin investing in bed bug mattress covers. In fact, in response to the recent bedbug outbreaks at college campuses across the US, Bedbug.com has created the scientifically engineered and bed bug proof smart buy for dorm rooms. This package deal saves student's money by including the essentials for bed bug prevention!
Value Pack includes: 1 Pillow Encasement 1 Twin XL Mattress Cover 2 Laundry Bags Price: $89.99
A recent bed bug related law suit filed against Calidad Furniture gains one woman $225,000 and contiruted to putting the furniture company out of business!
Adrian Jackson sent her 2 children to see the pediatrician as a result of 'bumps and rashes,' which turned out to be bed bug bites. Sources report that the amount she was awarded by an Anne Arundel County jury was nearly $100,000 dollars more than she expected, in what has been called "one of the largest bedbug liability judgments in the country!"
This law suit reiterates 2 important bed bug prevention points:
- The need to be extremely cautious when buying used, and even new, mattresses. Read more about protecting mattresses from bed bugs.
- The high cost of bed bug infestations; to home-owners as well as business owners!
New Bed Bug Statistics including:
- Bedbug populations have increased by 500% in the past few years
- Bed bugs in Manhattan schools may be up by nearly 300%
- Bed bugs live in a U.S. state near you!
- Most people fear getting bed bugs while staying at a hotel, but few people inspect thier clothing and hotel rooms for bed bugs!
- Getting rid of bed bugs can easily cost over $1,000 USD.
- See below for more, inclusing bed bug prevention tips!
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Graphical Depiction by: bedbugs.org
Garage sales are increasingly popular, and a great way to make extra money. But as the buyer, there are a few things that you should beware of from baby cribs to baseball caps. One major area of concern should be used mattresses.
Buying used mattresses can creep people out for many different reasons, but our major concern is spreading bed bug infestations across the neighborhood and into your home. It's important tio stay hygenic preventing bed bugs, dust mites, mold, and other bio-fluids. It's no wonder that Goodwill Industries has strict prohibitions against accepting mattress donations.
When it comes to setting up a new bed, we highly recommend getting a new mattress and covering it with bed bug proof mattress encasements. Click here to protect a bed today!
Even after spraying for bed bugs, GAR High School in Wilkes-Barre found 2 resilient bed bugs. Some articles suggest that the tiny bed bugs hid behind a panel, where the spray did not reach. There is also evidence that suggests that bed bugs, as a species, are becoming more resilient to bed bug sprays in general.
Bed bug infestations are becoming increasingly problematic in schools across the US. Bed bugs are often called 'hitchhickers' because they are able to travel easily on clothing and in backpacks; following children to and from school.
Once settled, bed bugs can reproduce quickly, and be difficult to exterminate. The best advice for parents concerned about bed bug infestations is to take preventative measures against bed bugs.
The Ritz Carlton recently had to deal with a guest complaining about bedbugs. While the manager has assured news personnel that the infestation has been taken care of, this report brings to light the consistent problem of bed bug infestations. Travelers bring bed bugs with them, whether they travel in a tent or a 5-star hotel, that's the simple reality.
Hotel management and travelers alike should be careful to take the appropriate measures to prevent bed bug infestations in hotels.
In the past, we at Bedbug.com have gotten many questions about bed bug litigation and what the law says when it comes to bed bug infestations in apartment buildings.
While we are not qualified to give legal advice to landlords or tenants, we did come across the verdict in a recent case, which decided that the landlord was not responsible for bed bugs after having done his due diligence in reporting past infestations and allowing the buyer to inspect the apartment before signing. To read more about this case, please visit http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=8341f9cd-8907-4959-a65c-b0880722866a.