Bed bug infestations have become a serious problem in housing throughout the country. HUD Insured and Assisted Multifamily properties are not immune to infestations. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), bed bug populations have increased dramatically. Bed bugs are considered a pest of significant public health importance by the EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although the insects are not known to transmit disease, bites may itch and cause an allergic reaction in some people, which may lead to secondary infections. The presence of bed bugs can also cause stress or anxiety.
BRHA has established an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program that addresses prevention and treatment of all kinds of pests, including rodents, cockroaches and bed bugs. We have a certified pest control operator on staff, an on-going contract with a pest control company, and we have acquired specialized equipment to help us in the treatment of infestations. Of special note, we have heat treatment equipment and dedicated staff to address bed bug infestations; heat treatment is one of the most effective methods of dealing with bed bugs in apartment complexes. Current residents know that we do regular chemical treatments to prevent cockroach problems, with special treatments scheduled as needed to address major infestations.
If you are a resident in one of BRHA’s properties, please let us know about any pest issues that you may have. Call 276-642-2006, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You do NOT have to live with cockroaches, mice or bed bugs!!