ATLANTA — Survey results released by Atlanta-based pest control company Orkin LLC
and Building Owners and Managers Association
(BOMA) International indicate that the commercial property management industry is largely unaware that bedbugs are a growing concern in office buildings, according to a press release.
The survey recently distributed to BOMA members — property managers, building owners and other commercial real estate professionals — asked about pest management issues, including bedbugs and sustainability practices, the release stated.
According to the release, more than 90 percent of respondents have not experienced or are even aware of a commercial real estate bedbug problem.
Seventy-five percent said that bedbugs pose "little to no threat" or a "minor threat" to the commercial real estate industry, the release noted.
"It''s a common misconception that bedbugs only affect places where people sleep — hotels, apartments, homes — butbed bugs are migrating into offices and other commercial spaces," said Orkin Director of Technical Services Dr. Ron Harrison.
"Tenants can easily and unknowingly transport bedbugs from their home or travels to their workplace, where the bugs can infest practically any soft surface like chairs, rugs, sofas and even cubicle dividers," Harrison added.