Treating Bed Bugs Florida Problems

" Consistent with what is seen in other areas, bed bugs Florida cases are predominantly found in the top tourist areas, particularly Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. Bed bugs are always found in areas that experience a large temporary population such as hotels, apartments and college dorms. In 2010 81 hotels/motels reported a bed bug problem. Another sign that the problem is growing is the increasing number of Florida exterminators that now specialize in bed bugs, a factor that didn't even exist several years ago. Government resources and advice for  Florida renters and homeowners can be found below."


Bed bugs Florida problems are on the rise.  The most reports of Florida bed bugs are in counties that are popular with tourists.  This includes Broward County (Fort Lauderdale) and Orange County (Orlando, Disney, Universal). There are 136 hotels that have received Bed Bug complaints from consumers in Orlando alone. Check our travel tips for how to inspect a hotel room for bed bugs.

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Magnified Bed Bugs Picture
Source: CDC

In terms of Florida Bed Bug hotel and motel problems, there were only 68 cases reported in 2010 (State Department of Business and Professional Regulation.  You can search this Florida bedbug database for infestation reports.

If you are

Bed Bug Bites

It is very difficult to determine if a bite or red area on the skin is from a bed bug. This is because bed bug bites look like bites or allergic reactions from other insects. The best approach is to inspect a hotel room bed before you bring any luggage into the room. If you do have bites, inspect the headboard and seams of the bed (pull back the sheets and check the seams around the top of the bed bug.

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Typical Bed Bug Bites Found on the Torso or Back

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Inspect the seams of the mattress for bed bugs.

How Do You Know That You Have Bed Bugs



Bed bugs can be seen with the naked eye. Adults grow ti 1/4 inch and is brown in color. After taking in blood they turn a red/brown color. If a pregnant female enters the home it can lay between 200 - 500 eggs. Eggs are found in cracks or other rough surfaces. After 3 weeks, eggs will hatch. If you find bed bugs there are several things that you can do to reduce the size of the population:

  1. Remove as many as you can by vacuuming them up. After vacuuming empty vacuum outside of the home to avoid releasing bedbugs in other areas of the home.
  2. Place bed bug traps such as the inexpensive Climbup Traps under each bed leg. Keep blankets off the floor and the bed several inches away from walls. The goal is to keep additional bugs from climbing onto the bed.
  3. If you live in a house, and you believe the infestation is small, purchase a kit that contains the instructions and multiple products needed to be successful.
  4. If you cannot afford an exterminator, you can try to treat a bed bug infestation yourself.  It requires a combination of products that can affordably be purchased as part of either an organic or insecticide based bed bug kit.
  5. It can cost $350 a room to treat bed bugs Florida.  Be sure to  get several quotes and ask exterminators about guarantees (usually requires 2 to 3 bed bug treatments) and methods used (heat, sprays etc.)

    To easily find an experienced Florida bed bug exterminator we suggest:

    Starting with the  Service Magic Network (1.877.233.1145) to find a Florida based  exterminator as they will provide up to 3 free quotes from member companies..  They pre-screen members and make sure that they are licensed and insured.
    Home owners can also search our online exterminator database  of experienced local experts.

You can also check  consumer reviews of Florida exterminators  on Angies List.

If you rent, read below:

Florida Bed Bugs Landlord and and Tenant Law

In Florida, landlords are responsible for and must pay for the extermination of bed bugs. Section 83.51(2)(a), F.S. of the Florida Landlord/Tenant Law. Summary of Chapter 83, Part II - Florida Statutes states that:

" the landlord of a dwelling unit other than a single-family home or duplex shall, at all times of the tenancy, make reasonable provisions for:

Extermination of rats, mice, ants and wood destroying organisms and bed bugs.
Locks and keys. "  The exact Florida bed bug tenant law can be found here.

Bed Bugs Florida Government Resources

Since there are fewer bed bug problems in Florida, government agencies are not always organized to help tourists and tenants with bed bug problems. 

To report a Florida bed bug problem in a motel or hotel, contact the State Department of Business & Professional Regulation or click here to file a complaint.

To report a problem or to request help with a landlord/tenant issue, start by contacting the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. You can also search for Florida business complaints.  You can also find the departments recommendations on how to avoid bed bugs in Florida.

If you have an insect that you would like identified, contact a local cooperative extension office or university and ask if they have a staff entomologists.

Lee County Bed Bug Information (pdf download)

Florida Bed Bug Information and News

Bedbugs in Florida follow the tourists
- UPI.com

Be careful fighting bedbugs, Florida officials say
- Sun Sentinel

Lodgings in Broward, Central Florida lead state in 2010 bedbug violations
- Sun Sentinel

Bed bug infestations are hard to track
- Charlotte Sun

Florida Hotel Bed Bug Infestation Reports

The Bedbug registry has consumer placed reports of bed bug infestations. The key is not if a hotel had bed bugs, but if it has properly treated and if they have a system for preventing future problems. Every hotel, high priced and budget, are susceptible to bed bug problems.

 

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