Bed Bugs in Condos

Bed Bugs in Condos2019-02-15T13:01:09-06:00

Landmark Solves Bed Bug Problems in Condominiums

Landmark identifies and discreetly eradicates even the most complex bed bug infestations using our research-based approach. Armed with the latest technology and informed by scientific research and over 40 years of pest control experience, we work with HOAs, condo associations, and management companies to identify and discreetly eradicate bed bug infestations.

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Bed Bug Response Plan for Condominiums

Condominium Associations and HOAs should create Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans that detail how a bed bug infestation will be handled. Landmark works with your association to write these plans so that you will be ready with a lean, systematic response at the first sign of trouble. Contact Landmark for a bed bug consultation before you have a problem.

Bed Bug Treatment in Condos

When bed bugs are discovered in a condo unit, it is important to immediately begin assessing whether the infestation has spread to other units, and to impart measures to reduce the chance of it spreading.

Step 1:

Research indicates that bed bugs spread to other units by walking under front doors and down hallways. As soon as an infestation is found, the first step to help prevent other units from being infested is to perform a perimeter treatment in the hallway which includes a threshold treatment under the door of every other unit that shares the hallway.

Step 2:

Research also indicates that bed bugs can spread to adjacent units through wall voids, so the next step is to remove switch plates in all adjacent units and introduce a natural product that kills bed bugs in the inaccessible wall voids.

Step 3:

The units that form a cloverleaf pattern (above, below, next to, and across from) adjacent to the infested unit will have their wall voids and base boards treated as well. The beds in these adjacent units will be visually inspected, and monitors and bed bug traps will be placed. Landmark Pest Management does not believe in treating mattresses of adjacent units preemptively, and we instead rely on high tech green measures that reduce overreliance on pesticides.

Step 4:

A return visit will be needed to all of the units that were adjacent to the infested unit in two to four weeks to check the bed bug monitors and traps for activity.

Bed Bug Treatment That Keeps On Working

It is not enough to destroy bed bugs on contact, since their eggs are impermeable to most products. The key to solving a bed bug problem is to arrest the young bed bug nymphs. Our treatment takes the complete life cycle of the bed bug into consideration. We employ natural products such as silica and other EPA-approved products that feature a residual action that keeps working long after your treatment.

Bed Bug Monitors are More Accurate than Visual Inspection Alone

Landmark’s green strategy includes establishing successful eradication by monitoring a perimeter around treated areas. The placement of monitors is proven more effective than visual inspection alone for detecting the presence of bed bugs and estimating their population levels. Our nontoxic monitors mimic natural pheromones, serving to detect bed bugs. Monitors also serve to catch bed bugs, preventing them from breeding, which helps resolve the infestation more quickly.

DNA Testing for Bed Bugs in Illinois

Landmark utilizes a technique called PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) for the detection of bed bug DNA. We swab your surfaces and then submit the sample to the lab. If the test indicates a “positive” result, that means conclusively that bed bugs have been present in the past year. We can have your results to you in 72 hours.

Other insects such as cockroaches, ants, and fleas have a different DNA signature and cannot be mistaken for bed bug DNA in this test. A “false-positive” result is not possible with this process and all positive results indicate the presence of bed bug DNA.

Watch this video to see Landmark collect bed bug DNA:

Bed Bug Emergency Response

We offer one of the most comprehensive responses to bed bugs in our industry. Our discrete rapid response can have a technician to you in as little as one hour. We respond 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

City of Chicago Bed Bug Ordinance: Apartments and Rental Units

In 2013, the City of Chicago passed an ordinance to help address the growing problem of bed bugs in rental units. This ordinance assigns responsibilities to landlords and tenants so that they work together to quickly identify bed bug infestations and coordinate treatment. The ordinance states that landlords must pay for the extermination service and cannot punish or discriminate against tenants for reporting bed bug infestations.

Landmark Pest Management helps landlords comply with the City of Chicago’s Bed Bug Ordinance. We recommend that landlords engage our firm in creating a customized Integrated Pest Management plan in advance so they can respond quickly when bed bug problems arise.

Chicago’s Bed Bug Ordinance carries fines of $300 to $2,000 for landlords who don’t comply with the responsibilities it sets forth. The Department of Buildings and Department of Public Health (CDPH) enforce the ordinance, giving landlords 10 days to have units inspected once they receive notification from tenants that bed bugs are suspected.

Landlord Responsibilities

Landlords have three main responsibilities under the Chicago Bed Bug Ordinance:

  1. Educate tenants about bed bugs by providing this brochure when tenants sign a new lease or renew an existing lease;
  2. Notify tenants prior to any bed bug inspection or treatment of their unit, and provide instructions for preparing the unit such as stripping beds or clearing stored items from beneath beds;
  3. Pay for inspection and extermination service performed by a pest management firm who is licensed by the Illinois Department of Public Health, and continue paying for service until the firm certifies that the bed bug infestation has been successfully eradicated.

Tenant Responsibilities

Tenants are required to notify their landlords in writing within 5 days of finding signs that they may have bed bugs, such as observing bed bugs or experiencing unexplained bites. Tenants who do not cooperate with treatment by allowing access to their units and preparing their units for inspection and treatment are subject to the same $300 to $2,000 fines.

Bed Bug Plans for Condos

The City of Chicago Bed Bug Ordinance requires condominiums to adopt pest management plans for preventing and managing bed bugs in condominium or cooperative buildings. Management companies, HOAs and governing associations of condominiums must have a plan for how bed bug problems will be managed in place by March 24, 2014.

Landmark Pest Management creates Integrated Pest Management plans for bed bugs free of charge and also gives discounted pre-negotiated rates to condominiums, so that you can move swiftly to solve a bed bug problem should one arise.

Click to read the City of Chicago Bed Bug Ordinance.