Pest control in multi-unit dwelling units, like condominiums or apartment complexes, can be a challenge. Close quarters make it easy for bugs to travel from one home to the next. There are two main pests that typically invade multi-unit dwellings: roaches and bed bugs.
The smaller light brown roaches are called German roaches. They will move from one unit to the next through the common walls and ceilings. German roach removal will involve treating all affected units a minimum of three times. They multiply very rapidly and since the eggs hatch at different times in the life cycle, each cycle must be treated to eliminate the problem.
Bed bugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bed bugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed. Their small size allows them to enter a home in a variety of undetected ways.
Bed bugs multiply quickly. Female bedbugs may lay hundreds of eggs, each of which are about the size of a speck of dust. While they do not fly or jump, they can move very rapidly over floors, walls and ceilings. Their number one hangout spot in a home is within five feet of bed as they are attracted to the heat given off by humans.
Depending on the treatment chosen, it can take an average of two to five visits to gain control and verify that it is bed bug free. Before bed bugs can be treated, you as the facility owner have some responsibilities to complete before having a Houston pest control company handle the treatment process.
The first visit is the inspection. Cypress Creek Pest Control will visit the facility and the affected areas will be asked to follow a prescribed list of duties including:
Read our blog article for all the details on how your tenants should prepare for the initial bed bug inspection.
The initial treatment only kills the adult bed bugs. We recommend in multi unit facilities to utilize our bed bug dog that has a 98% accuracy rate in detecting the infested units, while human accuracy detection is only 30% accurate. We will then heat treat the infected rooms to kill the adult bed bugs, nymphs and eggs leaving the units bed bug free once again.