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Sale after bedbugs (by Lana [IN]) Jun 8, 2021 4:41 PM
       Sale after bedbugs (by Robert J [CA]) Jun 8, 2021 4:49 PM
       Sale after bedbugs (by Deanna [TX]) Jun 8, 2021 5:04 PM
       Sale after bedbugs (by Kim [TX]) Jun 8, 2021 5:06 PM
       Sale after bedbugs (by Ken [NY]) Jun 8, 2021 5:50 PM
       Sale after bedbugs (by Still Learning [NH]) Jun 9, 2021 7:36 AM
       Sale after bedbugs (by Kim [TX]) Jun 9, 2021 10:39 AM
       Sale after bedbugs (by Vee [OH]) Jun 9, 2021 2:31 PM
       Sale after bedbugs (by Lana [IN]) Jun 9, 2021 3:49 PM
       Sale after bedbugs (by Txlord [TX]) Jun 9, 2021 11:45 PM
       Sale after bedbugs (by Nicole [PA]) Jun 10, 2021 12:47 PM

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Sale after bedbugs (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Jun 8, 2021 4:41 PM

Well my bedbug tenants are finally cooperating with extermination and they are also packing their stuff to move. The son is already out. I have been hard on them.

So this decided me that this is the first house to sell as I get out of landlording or at least offload my least desirable units.

How long do I have to wait after BB extermination to sell property? I will have to disclose the BB infestation. Will I need to be responsible for any extermination needed after the sale and for how long?

I want to market house as soon as they are out, but doubt that is possible. I plan on heat treating the entire house when empty.

Sale after bedbugs (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jun 8, 2021 4:49 PM

After you are 100% sure the Bedbugs are gone, by setting a transparent Bedbugs traps, I WOULD STILL DISCLOSE THIS TO THE BUYERS.

How would you like this, the day before the Escrow closes and the property transfer to the buyer, another tenant or neighbors discloses to the buyer about the bedbug infestation, and they BACK OUT OF THE DEAL or request a $10,000 price deduction.

This happened to me. But I had this in my disclosure form, so they didn't have a leg to stand on. But I gave them a $2,000 credit to have the house treated again...

Sale after bedbugs (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Jun 8, 2021 5:04 PM

There are bedbug-sniffing dogs. Basically, they're trained to detect bedbugs in any of their six life stages, and they're calibrated daily to keep them in good training. Not all bedbug-sniffing dogs are equal, however, because they're only as good as their trainer, their natural inclination, and their handler... so check out what their reputation is from those who know them.

What the handler will do will be to take them through the house. I don't know if the dog will instantly alert if there's a big, active problem that was somehow missed by treatment. But what they usually do is take them through the house, room by room. The handler will indicate various points at varying height levels... outlets, cracks, corners, baseboards, countertops, light switches, etc. Each point the handler indicates, the dog will investigate. If they don't alert, that's a good thing-- it means that particular spot is clean.

They'll go through the house once. Then a decent outfit will go through the house a second time with a second backup dog, just to double-check.

If both dogs are able to go through the entire house without alerting, then you can be pretty confident that your house is clean and bedbug-free. And you can tell people, "Yeah, we had it inspected by bedbug-sniffing dogs. They're trained to detect bedbugs in any of their six life stages, just by smell." And people will nod and say, "Ohhhh!" because we all know about scent-tracking dogs from movies and tv, and isn't that nifty that they're able to smell bugs.

So, while a person might be skeptical about a heat treatment or a chemical treatment, they'll be far more likely to trust a dog.

Sale after bedbugs (by Kim [TX]) Posted on: Jun 8, 2021 5:06 PM

The heat treatment should have a warranty of some kind- 30 days or so, where they will come out for free to retreat. that you can pass on to your buyer. If the warranty expires before the sale, just disclose the treatment. Show a post treatment inspection with a clean report.

Sale after bedbugs (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Jun 8, 2021 5:50 PM

As long as you do a good job treating and get rid of them i wouldnt disclose that there were bed bugs,it will just gross peopl out and scare them away. I do full rehabs and when i sell the place i dont disclose that we hauled away 30 yard dumpster of garbage or took down a wall and resheetrocked because there was mold on it etc.As long as the problem is fixed properly there is nothing to disclose

Sale after bedbugs (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Jun 9, 2021 7:36 AM

I would not heat treat. Very expensive and if the bed bugs are hiding behind insulation or some place that doesnít get hot enough it wonít kill them all which is why many companies that heat treat also use chemicals. My pest companies both home and business advice saving money and just using chemicals. I have no idea about disclosing but if you hire a reputable company to treat, perhaps then go in after a week, clean it and then retreat so the residual chemicals are still there. You could buy SenSci bed bug lure monitors to put in after treatment to monitor. That has been what I do prior to renting again after bed bugs and someone moving out. We treat while they are there, treat after they move out, clean, retreat one or two more times depending. I think the chemicals have changed since the last time I dealt with this, so Iím not sure if it needs multiple treatments anymore.

Sale after bedbugs (by Kim [TX]) Posted on: Jun 9, 2021 10:39 AM

Ok, I've changed my mind...what Ken (NY) said!

Sale after bedbugs (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jun 9, 2021 2:31 PM

Why use the most expensive treatment? You are probably charging against the deposit? Anyway for about 50bux from the online places you can do this and with the slobs gone chance are the bugs will be also, anyone walking in could bring a new litter or whatever the brood is called in bed-bug speak.

Sale after bedbugs (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Jun 9, 2021 3:49 PM

Thanks all. Tenants hopefully will be gone by July 1 and I am not going through an exterminator. I am betting on some 100F days in July and I plan on using minimal heat to boost temp to 120F and wifi thermometers to monitor. Plus spraying before and after with bed bug lure monitors to affirm they are gone. I have some really good left over products from last years flea battle that are listed for BBs as well.

Sale after bedbugs (by Txlord [TX]) Posted on: Jun 9, 2021 11:45 PM

I do what Ken (NY) said....

Sale after bedbugs (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Jun 10, 2021 12:47 PM

Lana, you are making a mistake. You have an infestation and that is VERY different than a few little creepers who have recently appeared. You need heat to I believe 140 EVERYWHERE ... not just the air visible surface areas. How can you possibly heat CONSISTENTLY for several hours behind the insulation and duct work, inside the seams where 2 x 4s meet, etc. They can live for (not positive but almost) close to two years in those walls. It takes a month to get all of them through their various life cycles. I would pay someone who knows what they are doing and move on.

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