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Bed Bug Settlements Can Be Costly For Businesses

Posted on: June 1, 2017 by in Pest Elimination
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Imagine waking up to your child screaming and crying that there are bugs crawling on and biting him.  This nightmare has happened to countless families in their homes, or at hotels and motels.  Large bed bug settlements are being awarded to families around the country because of negligent business owners who fail to properly treat or document treatments of bed bug problems.  While we see this most commonly with hotels/motels there have been countless cases against furniture companies, moving companies and public transportation companies as well.

 How To Avoid A Claim Against Your Business

In the story mentioned above, the family of the young child was awarded $225,000 in their case against the furniture company that sold them bed bug infested bed frames.  The child was taken to the pediatrician and was prescribed a few allergy medications due to the mild allergic reaction that resulted from multiple bed bug bites.  The furniture company was found guilty of negligence for not properly treating the bed bug problem.  Often, without proper documentation of regular inspections and treatments, a business can be found guilty of negligence because of lack of evidence that the problem was being treated properly.

To avoid a lawsuit like this happening at your business make sure that you follow the tips below.

  • Always perform regular inspections of your business. This is especially important for high traffic areas and hotels/motels.  Treatment and inspection schedules are available from professional bed bug elimination professionals, such as ProChem ProActive.
  • Always document any bed bug sightings, inspections, and treatments. ProChem ProActive can show you how to properly log all interactions.  In most cases, if the court can prove that you knew about a bed bug issue but didn’t react properly then you will be liable for all damages.
  • If any customers report bites or sightings – TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY! People rarely complain about bugs when there isn’t an issue.  Every sighting should be thoroughly investigated.  Long term exposure to bed bugs can cause psychological damages to the victims.  While this is devastating to the victim, it is also very damaging in any lawsuit against a business or property management company.  This is most important for apartment management companies and locations with long-term residents.

How ProChem ProActive can help:

ProChem ProActive is experienced in keeping businesses bed bug free and treating any potential problems extremely quickly.  The goal is to find any bed bug issues while they are small and BEFORE your customers notice.  Bed bugs can invade ANY business, and if they are eradicated quickly the problem can go un-noticed.  ProChem ProActive offers routine inspections and treatment schedules to fit any business.  The ProActive program also offers facilities the ability to certify the property Bed Bug Free. For more information on ProChem ProActive and/or the certification process, please contact or call 866-674-7779.



Bed Bugs in the News

Posted on: February 1, 2016 by in Pest Elimination
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Bed bugs are popping up in the news more and more frequently in lawsuits and tragic stories of injury and property loss.  Bed bugs can now be found in every country around the world, and every state of the US.  This makes having a proactive pest control plan even more important!  We have compiled some recent bed bug related articles published around the country.

In December (2015), according to an article written for FOX 31 Denver, a family paid a company $2,000 to rid their home of bed bugs, just to be left with an infestation problem over 3 months later.  The extermination company claiming to specialize in bed bug control appears to be shut down.  The bed bug problem was so bad that a few hours spent sitting in the family home would result in at least 5-6 bed bug bites.  [1] This story is proof that hiring a GREAT pest eliminator is important.  When hiring an exterminator, make sure you go with an experienced and well rated company like Prochem Proactive.  We have over 12 years of experience and great customer ratings with all of our treatment options.

Bed Bug related lawsuits are constantly popping up in the news as well.  HUGE settlements are being awarded every day.  One woman was awarded $100,000 in her lawsuit again a Red Roof Inn near Washington, DC.  In the lawsuit the woman claimed that the motel had found bed bugs in guest’s rooms previously but did not check that the room was bed bug free before they rented it to her.  Amazingly the woman was awarded the $100,000 for the bites and distress that the one night stay at this hotel caused. [2]  Business owners should have  bed bug inspections scheduled regularly throughout the year to avoid  these type of negligent claims.  Prochem Proactive offers regular inspections and treatments plans to keep your business bed bug free.  Don’t let bed bugs steal your profits!

Over Labor Day weekend (2015) a viral photo of bed bugs on a public bus was making its rounds on Instagram.  The photo, pictured on the left, was shared over 10,000 times via Instagram and other social media platforms. Live bed bugs were found living on/in the seats of the bus.  While the transportation company insists that they perform regular cleaning of their busses, negative press like this was catastrophic to business.  In some reports of the incident, it was said that people were running off of the bus after being alerted of the bed bugs.[3]  The damaged reputation of this bus company will take months, maybe even years, to repair.  Keep a good reputation at your business by treating bed bug problems BEFORE your customers notice any bugs.  K-9 detection dogs can perform an extremely accurate search of your business to make sure that there are no bugs found at your location.  If the Prochem Proactive K-9’s do find any bugs, we can set up a treatment plan that will work for you, while remaining discreet and keeping your business as operational as possible.

Understanding how a bed bug sighting can affect your business is the first step to keeping your business bed bug free.  Having a proactive bed bug detection and elimination plan is essential to every business.  Bed bugs have been found in schools, at movie theaters, in hospitals, at hotels/motels, in airplanes and other public transportation, and apartments/condos just to name a few.  Bed bugs can move easily from person to person via their clothing or personal items, which means that every business is at risk.  Keep your business safe from bed bugs with the Prochem Proactive ThermalPestEradication and K-9 Detection services.  Contact us today to schedule an inspection and start your treatment plan.

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