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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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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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Yes!!!! A homeowner should respect his housekeeper as well as their health. This could pose serious harm to the cleaner especially if they are allergic to bedbugs. Even if a house holder has the common cold, it would be respectful for them to let their cleaner know before they show up for cleaning.

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Laticia in Deland, FL
Jan. 22, 2019

It would be important to advise you of the situation if you are there to provide a service. It would be ethically the right thing to do and it allows you the opportunity to prepare with anything you would need to service the property.

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Yes, they should definitely disclose this information before you clean so you can make the choice to clean the home.

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yes they should so that the cleaning crew can prepare to protect them selves and their equipment from carrying them into their own homes or other homes they clean, the same applies for roaches

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Susan in Ocala, FL
Jan. 21, 2019

I would hope that the hiring family would be upfront about all of their needs and situations.

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Yes, they should definitely let you know of problems like these!

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Teddi in Bath, MI
Jan. 18, 2019

They should have informed you so you could have chose to clean or not

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Bed bugs are easy to transfer from household to household and are extremely hard to get rid of. Considering what a serious health hazard and costly inconvenience it is to deal with. You should've been notified prior to cleaning the home.

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Maybe they just do not know. Good to make them aware of it

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I do not understand this page I apply to many work and they do not answer me, I pay a month and nothing can explain to me thank you

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Its always good practice to inform people if there is anything contagious that they will come in contact with. If a home has bedbugs it can still be cleaned if the proper powder or spray has been used to eliminate them.

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User in Waterbury, CT
Jan. 16, 2019

Yes they should!

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Yes, they should let you know for sure. You could bring those into your own home trough your vacuum, cleaning rags and cleaning supply basket, bed bugs are a very hard to get rid of pest and you should know if they are around ahead of time.

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Lesley in Clio, AL
Jan. 15, 2019

I do agree you should be aware of such a situation before you take the job. I also feel before you go into a home to do a job, you should get permission from the owner themselves, to be sure you are not going to get scammed. It is also best to address any personal matters in person, not over a phone call or text message. My advice is to go back to the home, and speak with them in person.

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I would definitely say yes, so you can be both protected and solved the issue.

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They should definitely let you know ahead of time.

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Debbie in Batavia, OH
Jan. 10, 2019

Definitely

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Yes most definitely. Bed bugs can be transmitted to other spaces and on clothing.

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yes so I wont take them home to my family or any other household.

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I believe it is wrong if they didn't let you know, I would also get with the home owner or business owner and express this.

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Josy in Nashua, NH
Jan. 8, 2019

I am willing to help in the best possible way. I have experience and confidence

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definitely because some people may have a problem with cleaning a house with Bed bugs

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YES, a client should let you know if they have bedbugs or recently had bedbugs. You should trust your client as they expect you to be trusted. Not responding builds negative repour. I would request payment through CARE. Or wash your hands of the client.

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Megan in Omaha, NE
Jan. 7, 2019

Yes they should DEFENTLY let u know ahead of time so you can perpair yourself and be ready for whatever your about to be walking into

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yes defiantly have dealt with them before

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ABSOLUTELY! Bedbugs can be easily transferred by an individuals clothes when they are in a house with bedbugs and the owners should definitely let the person know ahead of time!

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The homeowners should know to specify any details of that nature (such as an infestation of any kind) when hiring any caretaker.

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By all means yes they should let you know of bedbugs or any health issue

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I will get pd each time I clean on that day. If I had a concern its in writing to the home's resident/client.I have no concern to getting pd. There should always be an agreement or contract before starting a service. If not a response then you have the right to cancel services or postpone service till there is a response or reschedule.

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Absolutely they should let you know if they have bed bugs.Youll need to bring the correct cleaning supplies.Also the price will xhange if you need to di a deep clean

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Luz in Orlando, FL
Jan. 3, 2019

Yes , like that I bring the right product for bedbugs.

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Yes it is a health issue as you can carry bed bugs to your car, your home and to the homes of the other clients you work for as well. I once worked in a call center that had to close for three days for fumigation because the infestation was so bad. My Manager had to leave her purse in plastic bag and strip in her garage, put on her robe to go into her house because her husband worked with fine art that he had to protect. Ny family and I cared for a sister with a terminal illness. I had to do the same thing in order not to transfer anything to add to her situation. Bed bugs are nocturnal and they are active at night and hide in electronics like clocks, lamps, laptops and tablets, NOT just mattresses, pillows, bedding and carpeting.

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This one is tough! I'm definitely torn, but I would say both! Morally the home owner should definitely let you know but that's also the home owner's right to privacy. Yes, I know your in their home and bedbugs travel but once you come across them you need to have a conversation with the home owner ASAP and then decide how to move forward in a professional manner.

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Yes so that the proper agents can get bought

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YES, they should have told you before that they had bedbugs.

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Sara in Victoria, TX
Dec. 29, 2018

Yes I should know

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absolutely they should tell you if they KNOW....sometimes people don't. Him not answering you is not a good sign. Don't give up though. Keep pushin. Cindi

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If a home has bedbugs you should not use you supplies and it is not a good idea to go ahead with the clean as bed bugs can transfer on clothing and in you purse or in buckets. If you experience this problem call care.com and let them know that there is a problem.

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yes they should alng with communicapable dieases

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Cheryl in Veneta, OR
Dec. 26, 2018

yes, they need to be up front about it

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Yes! Its very important that you know a head of time so that you can wear the proper clothing and to make sure you don't spread to your home or someone eases.

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Missy in La Porte, IN
Dec. 19, 2018

Yes, I think I should know ahead of time,as I too Have a family, I got small babies, I wouldn't want someone to NOT tell me,

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Alina in Gueydan, LA
Dec. 19, 2018

Absolutely or just could've scheduled for another time if she has an incident like that. However, keep in mind that she could just carry the bottle in case she needs it for her other jobs but still, would've been polite if she would've answer to your concern.

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If you have inspected the house and not seen any bed bugs then i would not be concerned. On the other hand if he's not returning texts and calls I would not return until contact is established. This is why it is usually good policy to collect payment in advance.

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Yes, because bedbugs can easily attach on your clothe and you can bring it to your car and home.

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Billie in Roxie, MS
Dec. 17, 2018

yes they should.

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Yes, clients should advise the cleaner of problems that may arise so proper measures are taken and they do no spread the problems that arise.

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Absolutely it should have been stated before you took on the job. Unfortunately it sounds like you have gone too far with the client and at this point it might be best to just professionally terminate services with them. You wont get any paid perhaps but you can go knowing you learned. It would be a good idea to put something about bedbugs and how to handle this within your contract. That would prevent this type of situation. Best of luck!

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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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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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Karen in Elkton, FL
Nov. 24, 2018

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.

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The bedbugs are microscopic organisms, which means they cannot be seen with naked eye, but using a microscope. Unless they have felt them while sleeping, they won't know.

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Leanna in Staples, MN
Nov. 15, 2018

I want to know if a home has bedbugs!

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Vicky in Brooklyn, NY
Nov. 14, 2018

Definitely, they should. It is easy to take them back to your own home, and to other households. They are also hard to get rid of. I would think a conscientious person would not invite cleaners in their home knowing they have that problem, but rather hire a professional to help them.

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when cleaning a home for the first time is it customer's responsibility to let the person or company know about the problem. if not advised I would suggest not to clean since there is a big chance of ruining your cleaning supplies.

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They should 200% absolutely share that information with you. Along with anyone in the home being sick. At the end of the day we have the potential of taking it back home to our families. It's common courtesy.

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Bedbugs can be a problem and are amazing little travelers - it's always good to know about this problem in advance, so you can take proper precautions and adjust your cleaning routine to address them... but keep in mind that many people might not even be aware they have them so you should always make it a habit to check for the tell-tale signs when cleaning the bedrooms.

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User in Frankfort, KY
Nov. 13, 2018

I would try going back to the home, at different times of the day or call the PVA office in your area to find out the property owners name and possible contact information.

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Kyle in Bluffton, SC
Nov. 13, 2018

I'd say yes. It seems like a rather important thing to look over, especially when you're searching for people to clean your home

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Yes, absolutely. They can travel and you dont want to bring them home or to another clients home

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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. 24, 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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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