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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Mandatory Bedbug Disclosure Coming to a Regional Board of Realtors Near You

I'm asking Nick, the State Licensed Pest Control operator who is Green Properties pest control operator, whether he notes "active infestation" of bedbugs when looking for termites or dry rot.  Nick consistently notes rodent droppings when he finds them in the basement or attic. My guess is that he would probably not notice bedbugs, and until I have the conversation with him, he's not looking for them. My guess is that there is NOOOOOOO way he would ever examine someone's sheets and lingerie.

It's no longer an East Coast Thing.  Los Angeles County is experiencing a pandemic outbreak.  I became aware of the problem when talking to a client who owns apartment complexes.  He's battling his insurance company to pay a $30,000 bill to rid the building of termites.  Those bugs take a big bite out of the wallet.

-When I Googled "bedbugs Los Angeles" local outlets for major media posted three unrelated articles about outbreaks in different locations of LA.  

-It's a bad sign when there is a page full of paid ads for bedbug lawyers,  err bedbug litigation experts.

So I would be remiss if I didn't include a wiki-link to learn about bedbugs, which make me now leery of  a student bringing home dorm furniture:

Detection dogs are the best way to inspect and find bedbugs.  Eradication is a multi-step approach and involves heat and pesticides.

To help prevent bed bugs from entering your home, pack clothing in sealable plastic bags before a business trip or vacation. Upon returning home, unpack those items outside in the garage and give your suitcase, backpack or briefcase a good once-over and cleaning.

The same applies for backpacks, gym bags and laundry brought home by college students. Give these items a good cleaning and immediately wash clothes and bedding in hot water. If an item cannot be washed, you can place it in the dryer at the highest setting for 10 minutes.

Bedbug infestation can cause rashes and allergic reactions, and a bit of creepy crawler paranoia.

The evolution of a Real Estate Company's local disclosure is as follows: A homeowner has a bedbug infestation and sells his home to an unsuspecting buyer.  The buyer sues and wins damages against the seller. The broker gets dragged into the suit - because they always do. BINGO - the next incarnation of the Area Disclosure and the Buyer's Inspection Advisory says the seller should disclose, and the buyer should inspect for bedbugs. Currently, they mention wood destroying pests and wildlife, but we can count on bedbugs having their special section, due to the money involved in eradication.

Posted at 12:16:07 PM
Comments: 1
Nicholas Grayson on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Inspecting for bedbugs during a 'Wood destroying pest' inspection is not common practice, but can be done. However, the idea it raises a few challenges. For one; Not all Branch 3 termite inspectors and/or firms are licensed for Branch 2 pest control which is what is required for this type of pest. Also having to take beds apart while checking between sheets and mattresses as well as searching in closets and clothing may be intrusive and very time consuming. Inspection fees would need to be raised to account for the extra work and liability. I see it being more practical to keep the wood destroying pest inspection separate from a bedbug inspection.
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