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If you clean a home and they have bedbugs shouldn't they let you know ahead of time?

I expressed my concern about seeing a bottle of Bedbug spray and haven't gotten a response. It's not the owner of the home it's good brother that posted to have the place cleaned. He hasn't answered my texts. I'm wondering if I'm going to get paid.

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i believe it would be the descent thing to do.

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User in Danbury, CT
Nov. 6, 2018

I think so they must to resolve that problem before hire housekeeper

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Sandra in Easley, SC
Nov. 6, 2018

I would say yes, so you can be protected and try and remedy the problem.

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Yes they have to warn you! You could easily bring them along with you home and to other jobs, if they refuse to answer you it most likely means they do sadly. Call the city health department and let them know your concerns, and if you worked for them through care.com contact customer support or the forums on how to proceed with payment, and save all messages and texts concerning the job as proof. Best of luck!!

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yes they should fully inform you ahead of time. Different measures for different situations!!!!

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Absolutely!!!

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Amber in Tampa, FL
Nov. 6, 2018

I wouldn't clean a home with bedbugs, they might get on your clothing and infest your home as well.

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I will have a Professional conversation with the family about my concerns.

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Carla in Dunedin, FL
Nov. 6, 2018

I will advise in advance independently of anything it will be my responsibility

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Ame in Trenton, NJ
Nov. 6, 2018

Absolutely! If I see bedbugs in a customers home, I'll bring it to their attention, then remove myself from the home immediately.

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Yes, i should know a head because this house need special treatment to be clean

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Nola in Tyler, TX
Nov. 6, 2018

Yes, homeowner should let you know but most of the time, they might not know.

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i believe in full disclosure when it comes to health and safety concerns in a clients home. Especially when things can be transferred to other clients or your own home.

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Yes you should be informed of the conditions of the dwelling place. You have to be prepared with the right equipment and supplies. Bedbugs yuk realllly!?!?

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Yes they should notify you, they should cancel the cleaning! Bed bugs are very easy to spread. All it takes is for one to jump on you or anything you have brought into the house, and they are not the easiest to get rid of. If you are worried about payment anyways, then I wouldn't worry about it at all and cancel the cleaning.

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If the information was not disclosed by the home owner AND they are not responding..that's disrespectful. Your time and effort are worth more. I would tell them immediately that they can find another housekeeper.

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If they were aware of it, yes

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Absolutely ! BEd Bugs are extremely hard to get rid of and not informing individuals that will be working in your home is negligent.

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Yes, you need to know so you can take precautions to not bring the bugs with you! However, if your only evidence is a bottle of cleaner, it's possible the bottle is from a previous event... so hopefully you have nothing to worry about.

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Yes they should have inform me that they had an issues with Bedbugs. It would be up to me if I wanted to accept the job. Bedbugs are a pest and very hard to get rid of. I think the brother had a good intention for as wanting his brother home clean but he was not upfront about the situation of the Bedbugs. Now that he is avoiding my text, it is surly suspect.

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YES!!! I worked in hotel management for 9 yrs I do not take bedbugs lightly and would not clean due to possibly spreading them to my house and then spending $$$$ to get rid of them.

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Tim in Holden, MA
Nov. 6, 2018

I think that would be great. However if you are a professional cleaner, you should know what signs of bedbugs look like and inform the homeowners ASAP.

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Yes. I believe you should have a heads up on a situation such as this for health and safety reasons.

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Dana in Meridian, ID
Nov. 12, 2018

Oh boy this is a harsh one, do your best be kind show you care and hope for the best .

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User in Hesperia, CA
Nov. 10, 2018

I would hope so

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Yes of course, because I can take my personal precautions to handle the situation.

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Diana in Houston, TX
Nov. 8, 2018

yes so you can be prepare

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User in Stamford, CT
Nov. 8, 2018

yes they should let you know ahead of time especially if your going to be the one cleaning their home.

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No. You ni to spray for finis those

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Yes, they should tell you.

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Wanda in Tyronza, AR
Oct. 23, 2018

Yes they should inform me

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I believe if there is a current infestation, a worker should be informed only for the purpose of inspecting their clothes after cleaning. Bed bugs are no fun to anyone, but are not life threatening. With proper notification it can prevent further spread through the owners home as well as the providers home. It is a benefit to everyone, but as far as finding a spray, I know many people who buy second hand furniture and use as a precaution and may not mean there is a present infestation. Good luck!

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Christine in Cary, NC
Oct. 23, 2018

Yes, if they expect workers to be responsible, they should let us know before we work.

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Former Maid Pro; Elem. Teacher; Office Mngr; Receptionist; Retail Specialist and Admin. Asst, and Marketing. Raised two lovely children who are now grown. Well rounded in experience.

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Regardless who Post the Ad- It's the Owner- Residents Responabilty to let you know that they have or Think they have BedBugs. If they Don't then you will carry them to your next Job or your home. That's Not Good .

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User in Goode, VA
Oct. 22, 2018

In my experience you should always receive your money once you finish the job. Never leave empty handed.

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absolutely you should be notified, just as one would should be informed that they have pets(cat/dogs, kids, etc. In cleaning jobs I have asked "is there any infestations I need to know of?"

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User in Irving, TX
Oct. 22, 2018

I would like to apply for the caregiver job.

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Ariana in Killeen, TX
Oct. 21, 2018

Never clean a home with an infestation of any kind without prior knowledge and the appropriate safety equipment etc. The best way to protect yourself is to collect payment at the time of services rendered no exceptions. In addition I have found it is best to never clean a home without speaking directly with the resident, owner, renter of the home prior to the clean itself.

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If they knew, for sure, I went to clean a house and had so much flea and I'm allergic, I stayed 3 days sick.Should I have stopped work? Because I finished cleaning the house even with the fleas.

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Yes they should let you know ahead of time. I worked in a hospital and this can become a REAL PROBLEM if not handled properly.

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Yes. As a courtesy to us and preparation to protect ourselves, I feel we should be informed in advanced. If informed about bed bugs we could make suggestions to possibly help them eliminate the problem or postpone scheduling until the problem is resolved.

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Ashlee in Marion, NC
Oct. 20, 2018

Yes they should allways warn u ahead of time so it can be ur choice if u still won't to clean or not

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Ashley in Turner, ME
Oct. 20, 2018

I would absolutely hope that the home owners would notify you if the house was infested!

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Carolyn in Dallas, TX
Oct. 20, 2018

Yes. I wouldn't want to chance infesting my home. As a matter of fact, once I noticed the spray, I would have told them and left, taking the loss of income.

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User in Stamford, CT
Oct. 19, 2018

They should call a especialist to kill the bed bugs before the cleaning person do the cleaning

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If someone has bed bugs they should let you know way ahead of time honestly they shouldn't have anybody cleaning their home until they get the bed bugs resolved because anybody that knows that they have them are to not invite anybody into there homes hopes this help and if they didn't tell you then that's is somebody you don't need to do business with because honest is the best policy

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User in Anacoco, LA
Oct. 19, 2018

If its known that there are bedbugs it would be nice to be aware of the matter however as a cleaning professional I go into each home prepared for anything. We chose this profession we should not complain when certain things occur.

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yes they should let you know, bedbugs can are hard to get rid of and should be sprayed by people that have the spray that kills bedbugs.

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If u finished the job you should get paid.

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What are other forms of contact? Phone? Email? Offer to provide a number for a home inspection agency. Fill out an invoice for the individual, be sure to leave notes regarding the condition of the home.

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I will like this job

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So you did not get paid and they had bedbugs?

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Terri in Elkhart, IN
Oct. 17, 2018

Yes they should because you should first have the option to clean it at all and to protect yourself and others of getting them. You don't want to have the opportunity to transfer that disease to another persons or your home.

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Yes, the owners should let me know about that.

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Donna in Branford, CT
Oct. 17, 2018

Yes i would like to be notified if customer has bed bugs so that I can be prepared for that.

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When cleaning a home they are supposed to tell you because they can get on you and you can bring them home or on the next job and if you don't have the right stuff to get rid of them it can be a headache and also to get rid of them it takes heat a high level of heat.

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Elesha in Forney, TX
Oct. 16, 2018

My opinion is that the owner or person who posted the request. But, if you are set up to get paid through Care.com, I believe that they get you paid. They request payment through the person requesting services. They have a a timeframe to pay for services, if services were rendered.

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Jean in Olyphant, PA
Oct. 15, 2018

I believe whoever should let you know

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YES ABSOLUTELY!!!!

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They most defiantly should let you know, bed bugs are easy to spread house to house.

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Troy in Elwood, IN
Oct. 14, 2018

yes they should let you know ahead of time

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If they know they have bed bugs? They are sometimes hard to find and people dont always know they have them. But if they do know yes they should let you know and maybe you can help to rid them of these pests?

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Yes they should. Bedbugs travel from place to place, person to person and can be a very costly expense for treatment.

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User in Lakeland, FL
Oct. 13, 2018

yes they need to inform you

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Yes they should let you know ahead of time. So they can resolve the problem. Until then, pass on that job.

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Jenny in Leland, MS
Oct. 13, 2018

It is the clients choice to discuss it with you or not. If it is a controlled problem then I don't see the need to say. Although when you clean homes you may want to invest in a lice powder to sprinkle on you before you shower to kill anoything that you may come in contact with. Now, as for what you see in the clients home, it should always remain confidential. And texting is lack of professionalism, I prefer a phone call to this any day. Cleaning is a business that you must agree to your own hippy statement, just as you must register for your tax ids and such.

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I absolutely feel that you should be notified and made aware of the infestation, not only to help control and get rid of them, but to also prevent the infestation from spreading or coming home with you.

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I believe that if the homeowners are aware they have bed bugs ( it would be hard not to be aware) then YES they should inform you before you agree to take the job. Since the primary meal of a bed bug is blood the last thing you want to do is go in unaware then take them home with you to your family and pets.

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Maria in Orlando, FL
Oct. 13, 2018

I would make sure to ask them if they are aware that they have bed bugs first and than offer suggestions on how to take care of that problem.

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Thomas in Murphy, NC
Oct. 13, 2018

It always could be from a significant amount of time in the past that they had any occurrences of them.

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I think parasites, like fleas, ticks and bedbugs should be part of the discussion going into accepting the job. Parasites can be carried on clothes and trasmitted from house to house. I think living in the South, you have to be especially careful and communicative.

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Yes. I believe they should have told you. Cleaning properly involves EVERYTHING being washed and disinfected. If the item can not go into the washing machine on hot... then an alternative would be to seal the item inside a green or black garbage bag. Knowing ahead of time would have given you the opportunity of brining proper equipment to take care of the cleaning situation.

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Absolutely!!

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User in Austin, AR
Oct. 12, 2018

Yes, if a client has or suspects they might have bedbugs it's important to let your house cleaner know.

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Transparency is always appreciated. However, as cleaning specialists, we should be aware of indicators for these types of issues and act accordingly.

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Terri in Bokeelia, FL
Oct. 12, 2018

I would try to contact the owner of the home and explain to them, that there may be a problem with bedbugs and would they like me to help get rid of the problem. I would take precautionary measurements.

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I would shut the lights off & check with a flash light. If bugs present. I would not clean. This is a health issue & needs professional treatment. Can not rent out period.

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You absolutely have a right to have your concern addressed. AND you should never leave a job without being paid.

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YES THEY SHOULD..

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yes you should be notifed for sure

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If they are aware that they definitely do have bed bugs then YES, that is putting you at risk for getting them as well.

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User in Burbank, OH
Oct. 10, 2018

I definitely believe the home owner should let you know!! By law you have to get paid:)

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Sue in Fort Wayne, IN
Oct. 10, 2018

Services and payment are the foundation of the client and service provider agreement. Don't jump to conclusions because they did not answer the phone. Maybe they were busy and just were not able to. If it were agreed that the client would not be there to start with than it seems logical that payment arrangements would include those accommodations. Do your job and follow through with what was agreed to. As far as the bed bug spray. That by itself means nothing. A trained eye knows what to look for regarding evidence of an infestation. If you were to find bed bugs in there known breading places and/or their bodily fluids the home would need to be treated before cleaned. These bugs hitch rides on people or items leaving an infested home. Then they could be carried to your home or a someone else' home.

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I don't know how anyone else does business, but I have a bit of experience and I never leave the home until I know I have been paid, regardless of the resource they use to do it with (that is unless I have worked there for a while and am sure they will pay me at our agreed to time and date.) I suggest calling them or sending them a request for payment reminder.

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User in Largo, FL
Oct. 10, 2018

Absolutely!.

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Absolutely!! Its an issue of spreading a potential epidemic. I have heard that bedbugs are extremely hard to rid of. I hope this has not happened to you.

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Julie in Preston, ID
Oct. 9, 2018

I would NOT clean the home!!! If you take a bedbug home or two with you, the money you are getting paid will NOT be worth the stress if you you get them in your house!

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sorry my old boss quit me I have complain about bedbugs

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User in Owasso, OK
Oct. 8, 2018

I would want to know since I could bring them home to my family. The health department has info regarding bed bugs. As far as getting pais, car.com support may be able to help you with that.

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yes they should tell you to know ahead because your cleaning their houses so you could be aware

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yes they should I had a client who had them and asked me if I was sure if i wanted to clean their house. they have to tell you its only fair. All the best Vera.S

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Yes, I believe they should tell you before.

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Any normal cleaner woukd be concerned of bedbug spray, but that is a question you should ask in private, also...did you do a client walk through prior to visiting the home?

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Hey there, I honestly believe that if there were bedbugs in the home, or any type of bug infestation, whoever hired you should have expressed that to you, only because then you would've had the chance to determine whether or not you wanted to service that customer, and if you did decide to service that customer, you could've been prepared. I am very sorry that they have not responded to your texts and that you may not have been paid. I honestly would say with regards to that, it can go either way. They may pay you, or they may not pay you, if he's not answering, it's a chance he may not. I wouldn't give up so easily. I would call and email and send messages just reminding him that you didn't get paid and hopefully he will get tired of you bugging him and will pay you.

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If you have cleaned already just keep contacting them for pymt. If not, then I would not clean the place. You cannot risk the bedbugs hopping onto you or your supplies and hitching a ride home.

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Hello, The home owner should notify you and you should have that in writing because they may try and blame you after you leave. You need to be careful because you don't want to tract it back to your house or your other clients.

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Rose in Topeka, IN
Dec. 7, 2018

Most definitely

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User in Ithaca, NY
Dec. 5, 2018

It would be great, but then a lot of people wouldn't take the job. Also, I would never start working a new job until I met the person who is supposed to be paying me.

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Alexis in Weston, FL
Dec. 2, 2018

Sure, because i am not expert cleaner in this area

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YES. I would never clean a home with bed bugs, they're so easy to spread!

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Yes for sure, you should be notified ahead of time so that you can take the necessary precautions.

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Peggy in Kennesaw, GA
Nov. 26, 2018

I would try and reach out to the owner if he does not contact you soon. and the answer is yes, if a home has bedbugs the home owner should tell you or at the least tell you not to clean the bed.

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In this case, is better talk with the owner for more info.

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Yes, I think you should be told. If he is not answering, as the owners to pay you and they can reimburse him. If neither call channel 4 news.

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I personally will not clean homes that have bed bugs.! They need to be told to purchase bed bug liners for their beds and probably fumigate. 'Bedbug' is a misnomer for them because they live in all furniture, pillows, rugs, etc... I will not risk contaminating my equipment or putting my other clients at risk.

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Yes, I believe they should if they are aware. And should be taken care of prior to requesting a cleaning, this would help contaminating other homes that the housekeeper service.

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YES!!!! That sounds Like a complete NIGHTMARE!

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Of course!! they should tell you ,why bedbugs are a pest.