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Bedbug traps as proof (by CJ [FL]) Aug 1, 2022 4:42 PM
       Bedbug traps as proof (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Aug 1, 2022 4:54 PM
       Bedbug traps as proof (by Sir Walter [NC]) Aug 1, 2022 5:55 PM
       Bedbug traps as proof (by S i d [MO]) Aug 2, 2022 10:31 AM
       Bedbug traps as proof (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Aug 3, 2022 2:43 PM
       Bedbug traps as proof (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Aug 3, 2022 2:45 PM
       Bedbug traps as proof (by Sir Walter [NC]) Aug 4, 2022 6:07 PM

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Bedbug traps as proof (by CJ [FL]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2022 4:42 PM
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I think I read on here that some landlord put out bedbug traps. Then, when the walk through and keys exchange took place with the tenant the landlord had the tenant sign that nothing was in the traps. Question, What is the best trap to use? 2. Will this necessarily protect you from bedbug claims if it is a multiple apartment building (vs. a single home)?

Happy landlording! --76.242.xx.xxx




Bedbug traps as proof (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2022 4:54 PM
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CJ,

That was me promoting bedbug traps. I did it for a while until I realized it backfired on me. Unintended consequences.

These sticky traps caught everything so when people look at the house, and looked at the trap, they saw every housefly, mosquito, gnat, spider, ant, etc. This PROVED the house had BUGS.

I figured this out when I would send people for a Lockbox self tour and then never hear from them again. After a while I went to check on the house and realized all these prospects had seen sticky boxes full of tiny critters.

I also learned the traps I was using were totally ineffective for catching bedbugs when a certain house had Bedbugs but none in any of the traps.

Now we certify that the houses are bedbug free and we pre-treat every house at turnover.

BRAD --73.103.xxx.xxx




Bedbug traps as proof (by Sir Walter [NC]) Posted on: Aug 1, 2022 5:55 PM
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Brad, What do you pretreat with? --24.233.xxx.xxx




Bedbug traps as proof (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Aug 2, 2022 10:31 AM
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I use Sen-Sci volcano style traps.

The pros: these are NOT sticky traps. They are not attractive to other bugs/pests, and I've only once found a dead spider in one. Guess he just crawled in for kicks 'n giggles and never made it back out.

The cons: haven't found any yet, other than they are a little pricey ($15 for the trap, $10 or so for a packet of refill baits), and last time I tried to buy them I had to go thru a licensed pest control supply company. They didn't care: I'm a land lord so they just set up an account for me. You can also buy them on Amazon, I think, without any trouble, though. Haven't tried that yet, but I did see them available a few months ago. I have a decent supply so not running out.

Here's the rub: you cannot PROVE a house is bug free. May the trap worked. Maybe it didn't. Maybe you put it down 5 minutes before the tenant showed up. How can you PROVE that both it and you did everything you're guaranteeing it did?

Easy, you can't. Unless you also want to set up a camera and have the tenant watch days of video showing when you put down the traps, didn't disturb or empty them, up until the time they show up at your front door.

But what you CAN do is show that you are doing a reasonable level of due dilligence. Proofs aint the issue: evidence is the issue.

Judge: Mr. LL, Did you do anything to mitigate the risk of bedbugs in this house?

LL: Yes your honor, we installed these traps that are attractive to bed bugs. They are professional grade traps used by companies X, Y, and Z here in our fair town. We found nothing in them.

J: Okay, Mr Tenant, did you sign the lease saying you saw these traps empty at move-in?

Tenant: Yes, your honor, but there were bugs later.

J: Well, then the most likely cause of those bugs is you brought them in. Cost of treatment is the Tenant's responsibility. Judgement in favor of the LL.

That's the best scenario you can hope for. Judges aren't in the business of conclusively determining fact vs. fiction with 100% certainty. They are in the business of deciding whose story to believe. Have your evidence and make a convincing argument.

--184.4.xx.xx




Bedbug traps as proof (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Aug 3, 2022 2:43 PM
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Sir Walter In a Can,

Go to www.DoMyOwn.com for professional grade supplies. Exact same stuff my pro bug guy uses. The basic chemicals work on all normal bugs, like ants, roaches, and BBs.

Suspend SC is popular.

ExciteR stirs them up.

Aprehend is an all natural spore that is the natural enemy of BBs and can be sprayed on baseboards, etc.

My Move IN inspection report at lease signing says the home has been pre-treated against insects and vermin. They sign in agreement the home is pest free.

BRAD --73.103.xxx.xxx




Bedbug traps as proof (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Aug 3, 2022 2:45 PM
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Also Diatomaceous Earth - an all natural super fine powder that can be dusted LIGHTLY and kills insects.

BRAD --73.103.xxx.xxx




Bedbug traps as proof (by Sir Walter [NC]) Posted on: Aug 4, 2022 6:07 PM
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Brad,

Thank you. --24.233.xxx.xxx



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