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Case Studies: Bed Bug Apartment Infestation in Evansville, IN

Monday, February 9th, 2015 by Andi Rosenmeier

Challenge

 

The new property manager for an apartment complex in Evansville, Indiana contacted Swat Pest for an estimate on pest control for German Cockroaches. Upon inspection it was also discovered to have both termites and bed bugs in addition to the roach infestation. This case study will focus on the bed bug infestation.

 

Presentation:

 The 131 unit apartment complex was arranged into four buildings. The original complaint from the new property manager was that approximately ten units had complained of bed bugs, situated in mostly two buildings, however no inspection had ever been done. Upon visual inspection to determine the severity of the infestations, it was decided that a K-9 inspection was needed due to the severity of the infestations that had been reported. The two buildings initially swept with the K-9 held 83 units, and of those 25 were found to have infestations ranging from mild to incredibly severe spread across both buildings. The problem was aggravated when tenants began to throw their furniture away only to be picked out of the trash by other tenants.  After interviewing tenants and the maintenance supervisor it was determined that the initial bed bug report had been neglected for over 18 months. It was also found that eight tenants in one building worked at a local factory that had been treated for bed bug activity. This had been reported to the previous property manager with no action taken. The bed bug infestation had become structural due to the time the infestation had to spread. The bed bugs were freely traveling from unit to unit.

 Action:

 It was decided that comprehensive treatment was needed to clear the buildings. All 83 units were treated. The 25 that had bed bug activity were heat treated and the remaining 58 were chemically treated. The units were cleared with the K-9 to ensure treatment was successful. The dumpsters were posted with signage warning tenants not to pick up furniture to try and prevent future spread. This severe infestation was difficult to treat. The tenants were a close-knit community and it was difficult to keep them from visiting each other during treatment, which lasted well over a month to treat every unit. This resulted in several units having to be retreated.

 Secondary Presentation:

After the initial treatment had been started it was found that bed bugs were also present in the third and fourth buildings. Another K-9 inspection was ordered which found 8 additional infested units.

 Secondary Action:

 This infestation was less invasive and wide spread. Swat Pest was able to heat treat the infested units and chemically treat the adjoining units to prevent further spread.

 

 

Solution

Conclusion:

This infestation was a perfect example of how easily bed bugs can spread and travel. The initial case wasn’t treated in a timely manner, which allowed it to spread. The closeness of the community led to bedbugs traveling through free furniture, lent items and personal belongings. This is the most severe bed bug infestation Swat Pest has treated to date, however it ended with a favorable outcome due to comprehensive initial treatment plans and thorough follow up.

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