May 5, 2016 by Doug Moore
Bed bug infestations in apartments can be especially difficult because it can be hard to determine the point of origin. Since bed bugs can travel from apartment to apartment, whole buildings can become infested.
If you have found bed bugs in your apartment, follow these steps:
• Let the landlord know immediately of the infestation. If nothing is done within a week, contact your municipal health department, or other similarly important offices so your apartment can be treated appropriately.
• Meanwhile, wash all clothing and bedding in hottest cycle and dry on hottest cycle. Bag clothing and bedding in sealed bags.
• Vacuum all drapes and rugs well (and daily).
• Keep all clothing and bedding off the floor, and encase your mattress in a bed bug mattress encasement.
• You will most likely notice red bumps or welts from bed bug bites. These are not dangerous but everyone reacts differently to them, but don’t let anyone without medical training diagnose the bites as bed bug bites if you haven’t seen any bed bugs.
• Research your building to see how many, if any, other apartments are infested. If it is above a certain percentage, your city may carry out the extermination to avoid a public health crisis.
• Contact your landlord and ask that they treat your apartment within 30 days. If they refuse, check out all the codes and laws in your area dealing with tenant landlord law. Your landlord may be legally responsible.
• If you are not responsible for treatment but your landlord continues to refuse, contact your public health office, code enforcement, city office, or health department for help in your case.
• If you are responsible for treatment, please be aware that over-the-counter products will not work on bed bugs. The only issue with treating your apartment is that there may be other infested apartments in your building. Even if you eradicate bed bugs from your place, they might come back again fairly quickly as they most likely will travel from the infested apartments near you.
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