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Battling the bed bugs.

Bed Bug Super Dogs, an independent, NESDCA-certified bed bug detection service for the real estate industry, has announced a series of programs designed for owners and managers of commercial and residential property' seeking to prevent the spread of bed bugs, reduce the cost of extermination and limit liability.

BBSD programs, including quarterly proactive inspections, help to increase control over the bed bug situation for owners and managers of commercial and residential property, as well as for those who operate hotels and educational and health care institutions.

Periodic proactive inspections are now becoming standard practice for many owners and managers.

BBSD, which is based in New York City and operates nationally, will also now offer pre-occupancy inspections of vacant space, enabling owners to represent to prospective tenants and purchasers that NESDCA-certified canines have not detected bed bugs at the time of inspection.

This inspection can be combined with an inspection of the tenant's space immediately following a move-in to identify bed bugs that might have been newly introduced to the building.

"It is critical to document the status of a space for owners and managers who are seeking to address the possible introduction and spread of bed bugs," said BBSD CEO David Baer.

"This helps to protect owners and operators as the threat of litigation and landlord/tenant disputes increases."

A New York State law now requires property owners to disclose to prospective residential tenants a bed bug infestation during the past 12 months.

Increasingly, prospective buyers of residential and commercial property also are seeking assurances of a bed bug-free environment.

BBSD's proactive inspection and documentation programs increase owners' ability to identify' the source of an infestation, manage remediation and demonstrate a professional response if required in a dispute.

Said Baer. "Our programs are designed to help owners and managers get control of a potentially damaging situation in a cost-effective way."
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Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Nov 24, 2010
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