Did I Get Bed Bugs?
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Cole Home Maintenance is an exterminator Located
in Palatine and serving towns in
Lake County, Cook County, Mc
Henry County, Du Page County, Kane County
$60.00 to spray up to a 2 bedroom apt for bed bugs
The most common question being asked is "How did I get bed bugs? "
The simple answer is that you sat on a piece of furniture
where a person who had bed bugs in their home had sat just before
you sat down. The bed bug traveled on the previous
person's clothing and then crawled off their clothing and onto
the furniture. Then you sat on that furniture and the
bed bug crawled onto your clothing and you brought it home with
you. This same thing happens when you invite someone to your
home or apartment. They have bed bugs at their home and on
their clothing. They come to your home, sit on your furniture,
the bed bug crawls off their clothing and onto your furniture.
Now you have the bed bug.
This method of traveling means that you can have bed bugs from many
sources. The more people who sit on the furniture that you are
going to sit on, the better the chance that one of them had bed bugs
that crawled off them onto the furniture. Restaurants, movie
theaters, waiting rooms, hotel rooms are places where many
people sit on the furniture every day. The more people, the
more chance that one of them had bed bugs on their clothing.
Children play at their friend's home. Children go to
school with a large amount of other children. The same basic
process happens again. As the children arrive at day care,
nurseries, schools and events, they may have bed bugs in their
home. If they have these tiny pests on their clothing, they
sit on the floors and furniture at the schools. The bed bugs
crawl off their clothing and onto the furniture and floor.
Then they crawl onto another student who brings them home.
The same process happens again as described above.
Hide in Luggage
As people started traveling more from one country to another, one
sate to another, they encountered bed bugs and brought them to the
new location in their suitcases. This means that one hotel
after another started to become infested. The travelers then
took their luggage home with the bed bugs hiding in their
luggage. One hotel location after another started to
experience bed bugs, the travelers were literally moving the bed
bugs from one location to another. When they get home, the bed
bugs traveled hidden in their luggage and now their home has the bed
Living in Apartments and Large Buildings
Living in buildings that have many residents increases your chances
of becoming infested with bed bugs. Walls mean nothing to
these tiny pests. They simply find a crack or opening in the
baseboards, walls or floors and move into the walls of the
building. They can travel on common water pipes, electrical
lines and heating distribution pipes. Once inside the
walls of the building, they will travel through the walls of
the building in search of food. Unfortunately you and
your pets are their source of food. Bed bugs only drink
blood. They are not interested in the morning cereal that
your child spilled on the floor or the crackers you ate in bed
while watching television. They do not care if you are a
messy housekeeper or keep the home spotless. All they care
about is finding a new source of blood for their next meal.
Bed Bugs Move From One Apartment to
the Next Apartment
If one person brings bugs into their apartment, the chances
are increased that the surrounding apartment tenants will
start experiencing bed bug bite marks. As
explained above, the bed bugs will travel through the walls to the
adjacent apartments. They are constantly looking for a
new source of food. The longer an infestation goes on, the
more the bed bugs travel through the walls to the adjacent
Bug Bombs Spread Bed Bugs to Other Apartments
Some tenants will try to treat the bed bug problem themselves by
purchasing "bug bombs"
-- also known as "total release foggers".
Reference the article on this web site titled "Bed Bug Bombs are
Tenants and owners think that this "fog" will seep into all the
cracks and crevices where the bed bugs hide. WRONG!
University studies have proven that the only thing that these
"foggers" or "bed bug bombs" do is spread the bed bugs into the
walls and cracks and crevices into the walls of the building and
into the adjacent apartments.
A simple small infestation in one apartment unit can now drive
the bed bugs into the entire building when the tenant activates
these "bug bombs".
Apartment Buildings and Town Houses Have a Special Problem
Many of the apartment buildings and town houses in the Chicago area
are attached by a common wall. In the case of apartment
buildings, a 6-unit apartment building is owned by one
person and attached through common wall to another
6-unit apartment building that is owned by a different owner.
The same thing happens with townhouses. There may be four or
more individually owned units that have different owners for each
townhouse that is attached by common walls.
If one building owner hires an exterminator and eradicates the bed
bugs in his building, the owner in the attached building may not do
anything and simply allows his tenants to fend for themselves.
The result is that the bed bugs in the infested building will
migrated into the adjacent owner's building and re-infest his
building. Thus we have a situation where the owner of one
building is responsible and trying to keep his building clean and
free of pests (including cockroaches) and the adjacent building
owner couldn't care less.
Now tenants are not only being infested by adjacent apartment
tenants but also from tenants in an attached building that may have
another six tenants over which the responsible owner has
to a Different Apartment to Eliminate Bed Bugs
Some tenants think that they will simply move to another apartment
in a different building and get away from the bed bugs.
These tenants simply bring the bed bugs with them to the new
apartment building. Remember we have stated that bed bugs like
to hide in clothing and furniture. The tenants pack up their
bed bugs infested property and move it into a clean, non-infested
apartment. Now they find they still have bed bugs. The
bed bugs start to spread to the adjacent apartments and the new
apartment building starts to become infested. Some tenants
claim they never had bed bugs and only found them in the new
apartment. This is a situation that the
owner and tenant argue about and each places the blame on the other.
Fight Between Owners and Tenants
There is a fight going on throughout the United States. Owners
are angry at their tenants for "bring bed bugs into their
apartment building". The tenants are claiming that it is not
their fault. They did not have bed bugs before they moved into
the apartment and it is the owner's responsibility to eliminate the
bed bugs. Other tenants claim they have bed bugs
but it is not their fault. They claim another tenant brought
them into the building and infested their apartment.
It is impossible to track down the source of the bed bugs. Did
the tenant bring the bed bugs with them when they moved? Or
did the building have bed bugs in the other apartments and those bed
bugs traveled through the walls into the new tenant's
apartment? Did the previous tenant move to get away from the
bed bugs and the new tenants moved into that apartment where the bed
bugs are still living?
Did one of the tenants invite someone into their apartment who had
bed bugs in their apartment and brought bed bugs with them when the
visited? Or did the tenant visit someone who had bed
bugs in their apartment and sat on their furniture and brought the
bed bugs back to their apartment?
It is impossible to know how the apartments became infested.
As a result, many tenants are angry with the owner of the building
and the owner is angry with his tenants. Each blame the other
for the bed bug infestation. As a result, the bed
bug infestations are increasing throughout the United States.
that Tenants Will Not Be Re-infested
As more buildings are infested with bed bugs, the chances are
greater that owners and tenants will sit in a chair or couch in
another apartment or movie theater, restaurant, office building,
waiting room etc., that has a bed bug on the furniture. Five
years ago the Chicago land area was Number 5 in the nation for bed
bugs. According to reports, Chicagoland is now number 1
for bed bug infestations in the country.
A responsible owner could hire an exterminator and eliminate all the
bed bugs in his building and the tenant could find himself
re-infested from any of the sources listed above. Now the
problem starts again.
Some exterminators are Charging Huge
Prices to Eradicate Bed Bugs
There are exterminators who charge as much as they think the
victim of bed bugs will pay to stop being eaten alive. We have
heard some exterminators are charging anywhere from $500 to
$1,000 per apartment to eliminate bed bugs. This is
outrageous. A typical owner of a 6-unit
apartment could pay from $3,000 to $6,000 to eradicate the unit
apartments in his building. That is a huge amount of
money. The question becomes:
happens when the bed bugs are re-infesting the building
again and again and again ? As stated above there are so many ways
for this to happen. Very few owners of a 6-unit building can
afford to pay that mount of money again.
Cole Home Maintenance Charges $60 to Spray
Cole Home Maintenance is a licensed exterminator in Illinois.
The company policy is that pest control should NOT require a
building owner to take out mortgage to pay for pest
control. We can provide owners of large buildings with
postings to put on their tenant's doors to inform them when their
apartment will be sprayed. These instructions will be both
Spanish and English to help facilitate the procedure. We
will also be happy to make the individual appointments with your
tenants to schedule appointments that are convenient to your