Aon launches bedbug insurance

According to a survey released earlier this year by the National Pest Management Association, one out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bedbugs at home or in a hotel. In response to the growing bed bug epidemic, Aon Risk Solutions announced its alignment with Global Excess Partners and Terminix to reveal a bedbug insurance solution for hotels, landlords, student housing, corporate businesses and leisure travelers.

This group of products offers an integrated pest management approach to specifically target bed bugs and combines insurance coverage with Terminix's specialist bed bug elimination resources to deliver cost savings and greater budgetary certainty while treating and protecting premises.

"When we heard and saw what Terminix can do, we realized there was an opportunity to not only develop an insurance product, but to partner with the resources of the leading professional bed bug specialist to raise the stakes in the war against bedbugs," said Mary Pat Thurston, a partner with GEP.

"This is the first comprehensive insurance product for bed bug infestation and the first response from the private sector to address a growing national issue," said Aon Risk Solutions' National Property Practice Leader Al Tobin. "We are committed to helping businesses and individuals stop the spread of this epidemic."

Previously, the cost of bed bug elimination and replacement of infested property was excluded in property insurance policies, and only those hospitality companies with loss of attraction coverage on their policies had any protection for lost business resulting from taking rooms out of service. Most bed bug-related expenses were unplanned cost items paid out of pocket.

This new suite of products delivers the following benefits, subject to policy limits, terms and conditions:

• Insurance to cover the cost of bed bug elimination
• Insurance to recover lost revenue resulting from taking rooms out of service during bed bug elimination
• Reduced need to destroy room contents; in many situations, contents can be successfully treated rather than destroyed and replaced
• Bed bug management approach includes a non-toxic elimination treatment that can return a room to service in five days or less
• Bed bug kits and discounted rates for mattress encasements
• Tips to prevent further outbreaks

Nancy Green, executive vice president of Aon Risk Solutions, stated: "The hospitality industry has been dealing with this unplanned, uninsured exposure for years but never had a product to help manage its variability. With the heightened awareness in the real estate and education sectors and the elevated concerns of business and leisure travelers nationwide, there has never been a more important time for the private sector to bring a comprehensive solution to the table."

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