you said to your kids before tucking them in for a good night's
Now, after a decade of increasing numbers of complaints in New York
City, bedbugs are a property manager's biggest headache and can
cost thousands of dollars a year in pest control and property damage.
Bedbugs are normally found in temperate climates, and no one knows
when or how they first made their way north, but the blood-sucking oval,
nocturnal creatures less than one-fifth of an inch long have acclimated
quite well here.
So well, in fact, that in the last two years registered bedbug complaints to the city have doubled, reaching more than 9,000 calls in
Kaled Management Corp., a recognized leader in the property
management industry, with a portfolio of over 6,500 residential units
throughout Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Westchester and
New Jersey, has several lines of defense to eradicate or at least
control the pest.
The first-line of defense in fighting a bedbug infestation is a
knowledgeable building staff. Early detection is crucial and may save
you thousands of dollars in pest control services as well as property
damaged by the insect. To educate its on-site staff Kaled held a seminar
two weeks ago in conjunction with SEIU 32BJ and New York City Department
of Housing, Preservation & Development. Topics covered in the
seminars include historical overview; biology and behavior of bedbugs;
inspection tips, successful pest management and strategies; and
liability and legal considerations. Having a staff in the know about
what to look for and what to do when bedbugs are found is half the
The second key to a strong defense is keeping up-to-date in the
latest pest management methodology, as well as hiring a pest management
company that uses the latest pest management techniques. A report in the
Journal of Medical Entomology recently reported that bedbugs in New York
City have developed nerve cell mutations that make them almost
impervious to pyrethroid toxins, such as deltamethrin, a commonly used
insecticide. Your pest management team should be aware of the latest
chemicals in use.
A member of your pest management team, who is a professional
licensed exterminator, should be called at the first sign of possible
Once bedbugs have been identified, treatment begins, along with
educating the tenant on how to eliminate the bug from clothing, bedding,
vacuum cleaners, and the entire apartment.
Bedding and clothes have to laundered and then stored in plastic
bags until the treatment phase is complete. Adjoining apartments on all
four sides of the invested apartment also should be preventively
Along with pesticide spraying, diatomaceous earth is also an
additional defensive option. The substance contains the chemical
diatomite, which absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of
insects' exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate.
It can be used in walls and around areas where bedbugs have been
spotted. This ensures that any bugs not killed by the pesticide die
later and do not infect surrounding apartments.
Another defensive method provided by Kaled is to provide its
tenants with mattress and box spring encasements. Bedbugs can't get
through the encasement to infect mattresses and box springs. If bed bugs
are already evident, they and their eggs are trapped inside the
encasements where they eventually suffocate and die.
It takes a lot of time and effort to fight bedbugs and property
owners should have comprehensive plan at their ready. This plan
includes: educating your building staff, use of professional licensed
exterminators and working with your tenants to assure they are following
the treatment instructions.
This methodology could save you money that you could be spending on
capital improvements or other building maintenance tasks.
BY PETER LEHR,
DIRECTOR OF PROPERTY MANAGEMENT,
KALED MANAGEMENT CORP.
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