Thinking of moving? Thinking of bed bugs? Believe it or not, these can be two quite parallel streams of consciousness when considering a big move to another city or state. An Atlanta-based pest control company, Orkin, even issues a list of the most bed-bug-infested cities in the U.S.
Though such issues should not predominate the minds of home buyers, according to longtime lending and financing experts in real estate, factors such as bed bugs demonstrate how detailed the search for a new home can be, especially when moving afar.
Real Estate Financing Guru Says Don’t Be Deterred
Todd Lubar, the president of a firm that partners with financers to provide options for the underserved sector of home buyers, urges real estate investors and home purchasers to not necessarily be deterred by some of the issues that occasionally confront a transaction—including something as unexpected as bed bugs.
Lubar, citing data on bed bugs, says the bad news for home real estate is that no particular region or state hosts more bed bugs than another region or state. The good news is that bed bugs are fairly easy to eradicate and discourage from repopulating your bedrooms.
Those cities rated highest on the list, such as Baltimore, even post information online about how to minimize or rid bed bugs.
First, however, Todd Lubar urges home buyers to know that usually the biggest cities and metropolitan areas in states across the country are most prone to high populations of bed bugs. Baltimore http://1) https://www.yelp.com/biz/todd-lubar-dba-rockvillefinds company from Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Columbus, Cincinnati, Detroit, and New York to round out Orkin’s top eight.
The Bed Bug’s Profile
Also know that bed bugs can either preexist in your newly purchased home or tag along with you from your old home. They can hitchhike in dressers, clothes, bedding (of course), mattresses, and even in your kids’ stuffed animals.
Whether packing items for your move or inspecting a house in one of these particularly infested cities, bed bugs are fairly easy to detect, according to Orkin and the entomologist community. Unlike mites, bed bugs and even their shells or carcasses are visible to the naked eye. They grow up to a quarter-inch in size and somewhat resemble a tick. Wingless and brownish in color, bed bugs also leave visible droppings or spots on sheets and other bedding.
According to entomologists, they also cause minimal bleeding on the body when they bite.
What to Do
If you examine your mattresses, bedding, and other bed-bug habitats to discover a thriving population in your current home, you can take some rather simple steps to get rid of the pests and keep them from joining you in your new home.
For one, according to Orkin and specialists at Terminix, high heat sends bed bugs scurrying.
1) Put your bedding and clothes in a hot dryer after washing. Hot-water washes also help.
2) Clear the clutter in your rooms. Bugs can find sanctuary inside anything that offers an entry as thin as a credit card.
3) Use a flashlight to detect where bed-bug droppings or carcasses are most numerous; these are the areas that should garner your immediate attention. Whittle it down throughout your home from there.
4) Shun highly toxic pesticides to rid the problem. Avoid bug bombs and foggers, which can actually exacerbate the bug problem. Bed bugs can develop a resistance to such, just like other insects.
5) Even if you use a low-level pesticide or spray, read the instructions closely and remain away from your home or room long enough for the pesticide’s vapors to dissipate. Air out the area thoroughly.
6) If you call upon the services of a pest-control company, make sure they don’t use high-toxin pesticides as well. Also make sure they are licensed professionals, says the City of Baltimore Health Department.
7) The Baltimore Health Department also offers advice when finding a mattress or box spring infested beyond eradication. Cover a mattress with a zippered cover labeled for bed bugs, and keep the mattress enclosed for at least one year. Seal a box spring inside an encasement for at least one year as well. If you cannot find such encasements or enclosures, use at least 6-millimeter plastic and duct tape to encase the mattress or box springs—labeled “bed bugs”—and discard this furniture.
No House is Too New
Odd as it may sound, even brand-new houses can invite and harbor bed bugs, according to real estate experts. Lubar says pests in any form often come from neighboring lots, homes, or natural arenas. Throughout his career, he says, he has witnessed the oddest foes for financers and developers of home real estate when it comes to Mother Nature.
An Orkin entomologist says, “Any type of home is prone to bed bugs.” In an online article in the Baltimore Patch, Orkin’s Tim Husen is quoted: “It has nothing to do with sanitation. We have treated for bed bugs everywhere, from newly built upscale homes to public housing.”
Finding a new home poses many challenges, says Lubar, far beyond the financial ones. He urges all home buyers to stay abreast of all these factors in a new home, no matter how small.