Bed bugs are unwanted residents in any household and pose a great challenge to homeowners. They are small insects and feed on human blood for survival at night while hiding in secret places such as cracks during the day. When feeding, their bite is painless and will rarely leave a mark on your skin or cause itchiness. They are becoming more of a problem in apartment communities than ever. If you are a tenant or a landlord of an apartment, it is important that you equip yourself with bed bugs tips to caution yourself against an unexpected attack.
The creepy creatures are not easy to identify until the infestation grows in huge numbers. They also wander around in the night when lights are off, and everyone is deeply asleep, unlike single-unit homes, apartments are highly exposed to bed bug infestation due to proximity to other units. Additionally, there is a lot of movements with new tenants coming in every now and then. These movements make it easy for the pests to spread from one unit to the other and difficult to control.
How bed bugs get into your apartment
Bed bugs are very tiny and can sneak to your unit through a number of ways without being noticed. New neighbors are the first possible suspects when you experience an infestation you have never seen before. Rental apartments host different tenants at different periods from different locations. You will never know which of the new neighbors who moved next to your unit is responsible for transporting the bugs from where they were residing, or their luggage picked them up while on transit. Items like bedding and furniture are the most common hiding places for bed bugs. Once in a new environment, they will crawl out at night to familiarise themselves and with time, find their way to your unit.
Secondly, the many numbers of occupants in a single apartment increase the chances of these bugs getting into the apartment. Every tenant that goes on a trip is a possible carrier of bedbugs. Visits from hotels, rooms and other social places with infestation are major sources of these bugs. Additionally, the units within a building are close to each other and separated by a common corridor and main doors. The space between units is too small, making it too easy for bed bugs to move from one room to another. They move through vents and spaces on doors and windows.
Thirdly, there is a chance that the previous occupier was already living with bed bugs. These animals can survive for many days without refilling their stomachs. Hence when the previous occupier departs the unit, they will survive a long dry spell until a new occupier steps in. With their sensitive senses, they can tell when the unit is occupied and will come out from hiding and establish new hiding places. By the time you notice a single bug, they might have spread in all your belongings.
What to do if you find bed bugs
Some of your neighbors may not like or accept the reality that the apartment is infested with bed bugs. If you find one, capture in a secure container and show it to your neighbors and the apartment caretaker manager to confirm your fears. This action is meant for all occupiers to take collective decisions and measures. Bed bugs are not the type of pests you can try to control alone in an apartment. Resolving the issue by yourself will be in vain, resulting in a wider spread of the problem and eventually increase the costs of eliminating the menace.
You should also not think of disposing of infested furniture such as mattresses and bedding as the problem is beyond what you can see. Doing so will only result in spread to new furniture and throughout the unit. The only action you may take individually is to vacuum to remove bed bugs and laid eggs on the mattress’s bed frames and spring box. After that, put the vacuum bag in a sealed plastic bag and dispose of outside in outdoor garbage.
The residents and the apartment managers should also engage a pest control service provider to provide a uniform measure that will also take care of the common areas within the apartments. This includes the use of bed bug powders and sprays from accredited manufacturers. However, care must be given not to use methods that will damage your furniture or cause negative effects on the health of the occupiers. The exercise should also involve inspecting cracks and other hiding spots for treatment. The process is expected to be labor-intensive, and for it to be successful, it will require to be repeated a few more times.
Apartments have of late being a concern for tenants and landlords in terms of health, security and other occupation hazards. Bed bugs are also not a new problem in commercial, residential properties where different occupiers change units within a short period of time. Once a single room has been infested, it becomes very easy for the bugs to move to other units. Arming yourself with the reality of living in an apartment will keep you on your toes to ensure you spot the slightest indicator of bed bug infestation. Taking a collective action to control the breeding and spreading would be a better approach to eradicate the bed bugs than taking individual measures. More so, any action taken should be a continuous process until the tenants and the landlord can declare the apartment clean.