Bed Bugs In Court

Posted on: April 1, 2016 by in Uncategorized
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Bed bugs have found their way into our homes, businesses and now the courts.  Bed bug lawsuits are constantly being brought against negligent business owners and property managers.  And the settlements are HUGE!  Bed bugs are costing businesses thousands of dollars in failed extermination attempts as well as devastating lawsuits.  Not to mention the effect that a bed bug lawsuit has on a business’s reputation.  Who wants to stay at a place where bed bugs are known to live??

 Who is at risk?

Business Owners:  If you own a hotel or motel, chances are you have had at least one run in with bed bugs.  Because of the high traffic volume in the hospitality industry it makes these locations extremely susceptible to bed bugs.  In the early 2000’s two siblings sued a Motel 6 that was infested with bed bugs.  Each of the siblings was awarded $191,000 in damages after staying in a room where bed bugs were found crawling on the walls and in the bed.  If you are waiting for a guest to report a bug problem,  then you are already at risk for a lawsuit.  Hotels and motels should have a PROACTIVE bed bug detection and treatment plan in place.  Monthly inspections and quick/effective treatments are key to keeping the bugs away.  If a guest can prove that you knew about a bug problem before you rented them a room, or that the proper documentation or treatments weren’t applied, you could be found guilty of negligence.  Hire a great exterminator, like ProChem ProActive, and get rid of the bugs before your guests find them!

The Multi-Housing Industry: Similar to hotels/motels, apartment buildings can get quite a bit of traffic as well.  A single tenant could contract bed bugs and spread the infestation to the entire building.  Bed bugs travel by hitch hiking on people, baggage, in furniture, as well as moving from room to room through the walls, floors and ceilings.  Set up proper notification methods and procedures for tenants to use if bed bugs are suspected and follow up on any concerns right away.  Don’t assume if you or a tenant keeps the structure clean enough that you will somehow be immune to the bed bugs.  Bed bugs can live anywhere! While clutter creates an ideal living situation, a clean home can have just as many bugs.

Lawsuits resulting from lazy business owners can result in enormous settlements.  In some cases tenants have been awarded up to $850,000 in damages.  The jury in one case only took 2 hours to award an elderly woman $850,000. Which was twice the amount she was seeking.  She proved that her landlord ignored the bed bug problem that he knew resided in the 69 year old tenant’s home.  This shows that the legal system has no tolerance for negligent property managers! If bed bugs are found in a unit, DON’T WAIT!  Call ProChem ProActive to come out and do a professional inspection of all of the surrounding rooms.  Our K-9 Unit can tell us with 98% accuracy if bed bugs are present.  We can solve the problem BEFORE it spreads any further.

Tenants:  If you are renting an apartment or home find out what your property management company uses for bed bug detection and notification.  If you find bed bugs in your home, it is important to report the problem right away.  Complying with all procedures and regulations will not only protect you from the bugs, it also ensures that you cannot be accused of neglecting the problem.  A recent case in New York showed how a negligent tenant can also result in a messy lawsuit. A man was sued by his landlord for refusing to allow an exterminator to treat his New York Apartment for bed bugs that were known to live there.  Other tenants in the building reported the issue and even threatened to move out due to the extreme problem.  The company that owns the building is seeking $300,00 in damages both to the physical building as well as the threat of lost business. If you find bed bugs in your apartment don’t be like this NY resident, report the problem and allow the pest professionals to do their job.

 

Over half the states in the country have passed bed bug statues and legislation to protect citizens against bed bugs.  Many of these laws state that landlords cannot knowingly rent a bed bug infested room to any guest.  Wise business owners are turning to the professionals to help keep their lawsuit risk down with PROACTIVE bed bug treatments and inspections.  ProChem ProActive can help you avoid lawsuits and claims by providing the highest quality bed bug heat treatments that work the first time.  We guarantee 100% pest elimination for all of our extermination treatments.  If you are worried about bed bugs, call us today!  We will work with you until the problem is solved and your business is back on track.  Many problems can be solved in just one heat treatment ( that’s just 6-8 hours!!!).  Don’t wait, Call us today! Call Us: 1 (866) 674-7779