Bedbugs brought into HMO

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14:17 PM, 15th September 2016
About 2 years ago

Bedbugs brought into HMO

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Bedbugs brought into HMO

bed bugHello everyone, I have a HMO. I refurbished it and bought all new beds and wardrobes. I then let all five rooms. One of the tenants have brought bedbugs into the house, in an old chair and left it a long time to let me know. bed bug

I have had to throw the bed and everything else in the room away. He has offered to buy a new bed and pay for the Pest Control.

Now other tenants have said that they have them in their rooms. Could anyone tell me who is liable for new beds and everything else.

The person that brought the bedbugs, seem to know a lot about them when talking to Pest Control, so he must have had experience of them before. Has anyone had any experience of this situation and can you give me advice.

Many thanks

Christine



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Neil Patterson

14:21 PM, 15th September 2016
About 2 years ago

Hi Christine,

We have two previous articles which may help as well

>> https://www.property118.com/bedbugs/76106/

>> https://www.property118.com/bedbugs-an-hmo-landlords-story/23588/

Julia Kulinski

9:53 AM, 16th September 2016
About 2 years ago

It is a fallacy that bed bugs only live in beds and on mattresses. They also live in cracks and crevices, so between skirting boards, behind light switches, even behind panelling etc. They feed on the host (blood) and can live for up to a year without a feed. It is critical that you get a pest control company in and follow their advice. Heat is good but can be costly, a standard chemical treatment will be two visits roughly 10-14 days apart. The tenant MUST sleep in the room after the treatment has been carried out so that the bed bugs come into contact with the residual insecticide after treatment. The tenants MUST not hoover their room between treatments as they will remove the residual effect. There is preparation work required before we treat a room and if this is not followed then we can't/don't guarantee the treatment.
You don't need to throw away the bed. In fact you may spread the infestation if you do and the bed is not fully covered in plastic. Bed bugs are not caused by hygiene issues and are easily spread via luggage, 2nd hand furniture etc. If you throw away the beds every time you get an infestation it could prove to be very expensive and also ineffective. You are likely to have a re-occurring problem as you will have not dealt with the problem fully.
We have never ever recommended replacing carpets, beds or mattresses and we treat bed bugs on a regular basis, in domestic homes, in student residences, in hostels and hotels.
Please speak to the British Pest Control Association for help and advice. http://www.bpca.org.uk/pages/index.cfm?page_id=144
Hope this helps and good luck.

Gareth Bennett

1:04 AM, 17th September 2016
About 2 years ago


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