Recommendations to Realtors
Selling residences and commercial buildings is an already complicated process, as you well know. Until recently, the only insect issues that realtors had to be concerned about were wood-destroying insects, such as termites and carpenter ants. Now, add to that the risk of a building being infested with bed bugs and the process can become a nightmare. This page is offered as a list of practical tips and resources to assist realtor in maintaining their success with selling developed properties, despite the threat of bed bugs.
Unless a realtor has had experience with bed bugs, there is little way of knowing if a structure is infested with these insects, whether the living and work spaces are occupied or vacant and cleaned, at the time of prospect walk-through. Current occupants may not know they have a bed bug problem or they may hide this fact. Therefore, the responsibility of discovering bed bug infestations is in your court. Certainly, there are many resources already available to you via this Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force website, but the questions and answers that follow will help to speed your efforts.
How can you find out whether or not a building is infested with bed bugs?
How can I find out which pest management companies are experienced and effective in controlling bed bugs?
- Look up the information provided by the Ohio Department of Agriculture about each commercial pesticide applicator licensed in the state of Ohio.
- Go to the prospective company’s website and check for credentialing, satisfied customer references that relate to bed bug control.
- Check with the local Better Business Bureau to help gauge the track record of pest management companies in your area.
- Inquire with your fellow realtors during socials and meetings to get a straight answer.
How can I find out which bed bug detection canine service best suits my needs?
The current list of candidates includes:
Gary Broberg (email@example.com)
Bed Bug Inspection Dog LLC.
John Montgomery (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Canine Bed Bug Finder
Gretta MacIntyre (email@example.com)
Sleep Tight LLC.
Can I guarantee that a building or portion of a building is free of bed bugs?
If you have further bed bug‐related questions of a specific nature, you can address them to Dr. Susan Jones, Assoc. Professor and Extension Entomologist with The Ohio State University at 614‐292‐2752 or firstname.lastname@example.org.