How to Prevent Bed Bugs in an Apartment
Does your neighbor have bed bugs? If they do, you’re at a major risk of the infestation traveling to your unit as well. Bed bugs can crawl easily through wall cracks, outlets and light switches, spreading so fast that the University of Kentucky’s entomology department has observed that “it often seems that bed bugs arise from nowhere”.
So how can you prevent bed bugs in your apartment? You can try:
- Keeping vigilant and watching for the signs
- Making sure your property manager or landlord is aware of any bed bug problems
- Practice prevention methods like covering your mattress
Do Bed Bugs Spread From Unit to Unit?
Bed bugs cannot fly like termites, and they can’t jump great distances like fleas can. They’re very slow crawlers, but what they can do is hitch a ride on backpacks and suitcases, piles of clothes or even used furniture. Because of that, it’s very easy for them to quickly infest an entire apartment building with little effort at all. That’s why it’s so important to stop an infestation before it spreads.
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Are Landlords Responsible for Bed Bugs in Apartments?
The answer to this question depends on where you live and the standards of your lease. For the most part, though, unless you’re the one that introduced the infestation, they will usually cover extermination costs. It is important to note, however, that your renter’s insurance policy may not cover any losses related to bed bug infestations.
Preventing Bed Bugs From Spreading in Apartment Buildings
Bed bugs are notorious for their ability to hide, which makes it all the more important to know the signs of an infestation while they’re still forming. If you or anyone in your household has experienced bites, or if you notice small dark stains on your bedding, you need to contact your property manager as soon as possible. When you treat an infestation sooner rather than later, the technicians as Arrow Exterminators, Inc. can help you make sure they don’t spread to your neighbors!