How to Prevent Bed Bugs in an Apartment
Bed bugs easily move from one apartment to the next unit with a shared wall. They can do so through wall cracks, outlets, light switches, and more.
To keep bed bugs from spreading in apartments:
- Stay protected and know the signs of bed bugs.
- Tell your property manager or landlord about any bed bug problems ASAP.
- Implement common prevention methods, including covering your mattress.
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How do Bed Bugs Spread Between Units?
Even though they are slow crawlers, bed bugs can spread easily from one apartment to the next. These bugs are able to hitch a ride on backpacks, purses, suitcases, and more, making it rather common for them to spread throughout the entire building. Because they spread slowly, you will be doing your neighbors a huge favor by informing your landlord of your bed bug problem as soon as you notice the signs of an infestation!
Do Landlords Pay for Bed Bug Extermination?
Unless the tenant did not introduce the bed bugs to an apartment, the landlord is often responsible for the extermination costs. That said, each state has a different law to abide by. Across the nation, almost every state has some sort of statute that obligates landlords to arrange for an exterminator. It’s also important to note that renters insurance almost never covers anything related to bed bug infestations.
Preventing Bed Bugs in Multi-Unit Housing
Preventing bed bugs in your apartment building requires knowing and recognizing the signs of them inside! If you’re experiencing bites, have noticed stains on your bedding, or have spotted actual bed bugs, it’s important to contact your property manager or landlord as soon as possible. Getting your unit treated can stop the infestation from spreading to your neighbors!