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by Melissa Asplund · April 27, 2017

Increase of Bedbug Insurance Claims by U.S. Businesses

According to Allianz, a financial services company, there has been a recent spike in bedbugs for animal insurance claims. U.S. claims involving bed bugs has increased 50% between 2014 and 2015. These findings analyzed more than 100,000 corporate liability claims from roughly over 100 countries totaling $9.3 billion. Of these claims, 1,880 United State animal-related business liability claims represented 2% of all commercial claims.

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by Melissa Asplund · April 21, 2017

Monterey Contractor Busted for Illegal Asbestos Removal

After over a decade of violating asbestos-related environmental laws and regulations, a Monterey contractor has been found guilty of violating such laws and was fined seven million dollars. The work being performed occurred in Monterey County at Carmel Valley Manor. The renovation work spanned from 1998 until 2013 with failure to survey for asbestos and notify the Monterey Bay Air Resources District (“MBARD”). In addition, the violations included failure to properly handle asbestos-containing materials during removal and disposal. The building owner was also fined $825,000.

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by Melissa Asplund · April 06, 2017

Bed Bug Season is Among Us

We’ve all heard the expression ’sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!’ but when is it time to truly worry about bed bugs? The answer is now! As the weather begins to warm up, unwanted pests are beginning to move around. Travel season is among us – with Spring break just passing, Memorial day in our foresights, and Summer time right around the corner! Prime time bed bug season is typically lasts from March until November. The more people travel, the more likely bed bugs are to latch on for a ride.

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by Melissa Asplund · March 27, 2017

How to Survive Tradeshow Season

With tradeshow season in full bloom, it can be easy to become drained and overwhelmed. Tradeshows are not for the weak, as it takes a full attention span with determination, exuberance, and patience. Most exhibit halls are open for long periods of time, and some even contain lengthy breaks while attendees are in concurrent sessions; which, in turn, leaves the exhibitors to slowly lose their energy. Not to worry, as we have some do’s and don’ts for how to survive this year’s tradeshow season.

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by Melissa Asplund · March 08, 2017

Top Cities with Bed Bug Infestations

Unfortunately, the bed bug infestations number continues to grow on a daily basis. Almost ten years ago, bed bugs were unheard of; today, we have a record breaking number for people effected by bed bugs in the United States. According to the National Pest Management Association, about 99.6% of all pest control professionals have treated bed bugs at some point.

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by Melissa Asplund · February 21, 2017

Where to Find Asbestos in the Home

Asbestos was deemed the “magic mineral” – nearly indestructible and encouraged to be used wherever possible. It was the most popular material used in the 1970’s. Not only was asbestos extremely strong, it could also absorb sound, was extremely heat, fire, and electricity resistant, and was incredibly affordable. These desirable properties made the fibrous material popular amongst manufacturers.

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by Melissa Asplund · January 03, 2017

Cleaning up the Bad and the Ugly with Alliance

Being a property manager unfortunately means dealing with a plethora of unforeseen events. Sometimes, they are not the type of events that any one wants to handle or even knows how to handle. For some of these bad and ugly unexpected events, Alliance Environmental Group is here to help in any way we can. Here are some instances where we can assist property managers in sticky situations:

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by Alliance Environmental · January 01, 2017

ALLIANCE ENVIRONMENTAL BEGINS NEW YEAR WITH REGIONAL EXPANSION AND OPENS FIRST OFFICE OUTSIDE OF CALIFORNIA


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by Melissa Asplund · December 20, 2016

Colorado Property Management Company Facing Asbestos Exposure Lawsuit

Property management company Willmax Capital Management, Inc. is currently facing charges for releasing asbestos containing fibers into the air during a renovation. Residents of The Overlook at Mile High Apartments in Denver were deemed exposed to the hazardous materials back in February 2014 by health officials. A total of 94 apartment residents were evacuated and relocated to hotels.

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by Melissa Asplund · December 02, 2016

Where Mold Can be Found in Homes

Even though mold is associated with moisture and is typically found in bathrooms, there are a multitude of other areas in a home where mold can grow. Mold can enter a home through any opening, such as windows, doors, and vents and comes in a variety of colors and species. It can also be carried into an area via latching onto clothing, shoes, and pets. When staying on your toes to check for mold growth in your home, try checking these spaces as well:

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