Note relevant to the Apartment Living post: The following post resulted from a question that was asked about how bedbugs get into people’s homes. Since I try to post topics, on a variety of subjects that would be of interest, as well as informative to everyone, I thought this would be an appropriate topic. It was not intended to sound an unnecessary alarm.
To say that some people feel dismayed to discover that they have bedbugs is an understatement. It is more accurate to say that infested residents get thoroughly p****d-off by the six-legged, home invaders. One remark frequently heard from people who learn that they have an infestation of the tiny blood suckers is “I don’t understand how this happened, I keep my home clean.”
While an ancient proverb says that, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness,” unfortunately bedbugs are not deterred by cleanliness, nor are they always “home grown.” The nasty creepy crawlers travel from place-to-place in a variety of ways, and regardless of whether you maintain your home like a neatnik or a slob, at some time or another, you could discover that the uninvited pests are unwelcome guests.
Bedbugs can get transported as frequently as a dollar bill changes hands. When you stay in a hotel the pesky creatures can hitch a ride on your clothing or luggage. A friend or relative coming to visit you can unknowingly tote along a bedbug and its relatives in a backpack. Carting home a used sofa, mattress, dresser or another piece of furniture that you bought at a yard sale or a thrift store can also bring you more than you bargained for. The methods of transport for bedbugs are numerous. According to The Travel Channel there are reports of bedbugs “ coming from movie theaters, buses, trains, stores and even office buildings.”
The tiny blood suckers can survive for many months without a meal while waiting for a human host to feed on. Once introduced into an apartment building, bedbugs can readily spread from one infested unit to another. If a unit is infested, adjoining units (left side, right side, above and below) could also be infested. The best way to get rid of an infestation of bedbugs is to hire a professional exterminator, who may use a combination of pesticides and nonchemical treatments to destroy the critters.
To see an actual, close up, picture of the nasty creature and for additional — and excellent — information on this subject read Bed Bugs in Your Apartment. And see if you can look at the picture without scratching.