Should I Worry About Bed Bugs in my Apartment?
Bed bugs are not harmful to humans who aren’t allergic to them, but they can be irritating, stressful, and cause more issues than bugs of such a small size should. However, if you live in an apartment, bed bugs can be more than just an issue for you. They’re quick to spread, will take shelter in even the cleanest apartments, and can cause potential legal issues for you and your landlord.
Long story short, it’s a good idea to do regular checks in your apartment to look for bed bugs and potentially begin the process of getting them removed. Since apartment units are so close together, bed bugs can easily slide under doors and get through cracks in the wall. Because of this, one apartment unit with bed bugs could mean an infestation for every unit in the apartment building, and a BIG mess for everyone involved. Once they’re introduced to an apartment complex, they will be ready to spread from one infested unit to another until they have all been taken over.
My Apartment is Clean So I Won’t Have Bed Bugs, Right?
Bed bugs are attracted to living, breathing human beings (not filth), and they will take over any furniture they can cling to, just to wreak havoc on even the most reputable apartments. Even if your apartment is the cleanest unit in the building, you could still have an infestation, but the chances of you bringing them into the apartment building are slim. As mentioned earlier, bed bugs can easily crawl through nooks and crannies in walls and wriggle their way into your nice and tidy apartment. Even if you keep your things organized and clean, you’re never immune to having a bed bug outbreak, especially if you live in an apartment complex. It’s important to check for bed bugs in other places than JUST your bed, including your couches, curtains, and in corners of your drawers.
Why Are Apartments More Susceptible to Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are much more common in apartment buildings than they are in homes. Because of the amount of traffic that comes through an apartment complex, bed bugs can be brought in from people who stayed in an infested hotel, on luggage from the airport, during the moving process, or from having used or recycled furniture in your apartment unit.
What Happens if I find A Bed Bug in My Apartment?
If you find a bed bug in your apartment, the first thing you should do is try to capture it to confirm that it is, in fact, a bed bug, and not another bug. Shortly after notify your landlord and they will hire a professional to check the building for infestations. If this happens, sometimes you can trace where they came from, especially if you have stayed in a hotel lately, or have picked up used furniture. Being wary of both of these things, and checking your belongings regularly for bed bugs can keep you from having to go into a possible legal battle with your landlord and can save you from dealing with bed bugs altogether.
Need Professional Help?
If you’re concerned that you have a bed bug infestation, the folks at Bed Bug BBQ will be more than happy to take a look at your space (and your neighbors) to make sure you have a good night’s rest in a bed bug-free apartment. Although the world is changing rapidly and these times are unprecedented, this safe, effective treatment is completed in less than 12 hours, and Bed Bug Barbeque offers a 60-day warranty for you to verify for yourself that your bed bugs are fully eradicated. Contact Bed Bug BBQ today for a FREE quote at (216) 400-5411.