iMoveGreen, an agent for Bekins Van Lines is now advertising itself as “Certified Bed Bug Free,” according to a press release Monday.
Despite popular assumption, bedbugs are not caused by lack of cleanliness, and can be transported easily and unknowingly by nesting in furniture and clothing. As traveling is one of the most common ways bedbugs are spread, using bedbug free movers is one of the easiest ways to ensure they don’t come along for the ride during your inter-borough, cross-country, or over-seas move. By employing thorough cleaning techniques and bi-monthly certified inspections, iMoveGREEN is taking action to prevent these pests from making your mattress, sofa, or carpet their new home.
Being aware that this is an issue is a huge step — I have not recalled other moving companies making any sort of claims yet about being bed bug free (or even trying to be). But let’s take a look at what’s being described here.
“Thorough cleaning techniques” sound promising; however, I’d like to know more about this.
“Bi-monthly certified inspections,” are not as helpful as they sound. If bed bugs can be introduced to these vehicles, then a bi-monthly inspection is not going to help keep every single client bed bug-free.
iMoveGreen’s website offers a sample “Bed Bug Certificate” (download PDF), dated September 8th, which reads,
On August 19, 2010, a certified NESDCA Canine Detection Team from Abalon Exterminating Company, Inc., performed a complete detailed canine inspection for the moving trucks and office of I-Move Green located at 370 Concord Ave, Bronx, NY 10454.
This means the premises and trucks are being screened by canine scent detection teams at intervals (the “bi-monthly inspections” mentioned in the press release above).
Unless extreme measures are taken, such as heat treatment of the truck before every job is done, consumers can’t be 100% sure there won’t be bed bugs in their moving truck.
Keep in mind that there are various ways bed bugs can get into your stuff if you hire a mover:
- They can be in the truck, moving blankets, or other materials,
- They can be on the clothing of employees (for example, if the movers just lifted a shipment containing bed bugs),
- They can be in the belongings of another family, if the truck is shared, as I’ve heard is common in a long-distance moving situation.
There is certainly a need for moving companies to take the problem of bed bugs seriously, and to prevent their spread.
Thanks to Richard56 for directing me to the PDF!