How to Prevent Bed Bugs in an Apartment
Bed bugs can easily move from one unit to the next through shared walls and by latching onto items from infested apartments.
There are several ways to help stop the spread of bed bugs in apartments:
- Stay protected and know the signs of bed bugs.
- Cover your mattress.
- Tell your property manager or landlord about any bed bug problems ASAP so other tenants can be notified.
- Implement common prevention methods, including being wary of used furniture.
How do Bed Bugs Spread Between Apartments?
Bed bugs may be slow crawlers when compared to other pests, but they’re also opportunists. They can spread from one infested unit to another rather easily. Bed bugs often hitch a ride on backpacks, purses, suitcases, and other items, which can easily introduce them to other parts of an apartment building. If you see the signs of bed bugs in your apartment, it’s crucial to tell your landlord as soon as possible. Doing so can help stop the bed bugs from spreading into other parts of the apartment building.
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Does Your Landlord Pay for Extermination?
Unless the tenant can be proved to have introduced the bed bugs to an apartment, the landlord is often responsible for the costs of extermination! That said, each state has a different law to abide by. Nationwide, nearly every state has some sort of statute that obligates landlords to arrange for an exterminator. Please note that renters insurance almost never covers pest infestations, including bed bug infestations.
Preventing Bed Bugs in Multi-Unit Housing
Prevention of bed bugs starts with knowledge. If you know how to check for signs of bed bugs while at home and traveling, you can protect yourself from an infestation! As soon as you begin to notice the signs of bed bugs, immediately contact your landlord for next steps to get rid of your bed bug problem.