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Thursday August 16, 2012

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Question:

I do work with a property management company for general pest control. A new job looks like bed bugs from my inspection looking at the mattress and around for the traces of bed bugs. I give the tenant glue boards and give advice on what to do (mattress encasements, everything in the room washed in hot water and bagged before I treat, and the other steps needed.) I want to help as much as possible without get stuck with liability. Any suggestions on how to handle liability?

Danny, NV

Mr Pest Control

Answer:

Liability just comes with the job, and not just with bed bugs. If you are contracted to eliminate roaches from a restaurant and a customer finds a roach in their salad, and just happens to feel like suing someone, they will sue everyone involved who should have prevented that roach from existing in that restaurant. If you contract with a hospital to eliminate ants and someone finds ants crawling on their elderly mother who is hospitalized there, the liability exists because YOU were supposed to keep that from happening. This is Life In America today. 


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