How to Prevent Bed Bugs in an Apartment
Bed bugs move between units with ease in apartment buildings. They squeeze through shared walls and hang onto peoples’ items.
There are several ways to stop bed bugs from spreading in your apartment building:
- Learn to identify bed bugs.
- Keep your mattress covered.
- Tell your property manager or landlord about bed bugs as soon as you find them.
- Be wary of bringing in used furniture or other items.
How do Bed Bugs Spread In apartment buildings?
Bed bugs move very slowly, but they are opportunistic pests. They can spread from unit to unit with ease. They often hitch rides on suitcases, purses, backpacks, and other transported items. If you find signs of bed bugs in your apartment unit, tell your landlord or property manager as soon as you can. This can help stop the spread of bed bugs to other units.
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Do Landlords Pay for Extermination?
Unless you can evidentially blame the tenant for bringing bed bugs to the apartment complex, the landlord is often tasked with covering extermination costs. That said, each state has different laws that it has to adhere to concerning this. Nearly every state has a specific statute that makes landlords arrange for an exterminator. Please note, though, that renters’ insurance rarely covers pest outbreaks.
Prevent Bed Bugs in Multi-Unit Housing
Preventing bed bugs starts with learning about them. If you know how to look for signs of bed bug activity wherever you go, you can keep yourself safe from an infestation. The first time you think you’ve seen signs of bed bugs, let your landlord know to figure out the next steps to get rid of bed bugs.