Living in an apartment complex has many upsides, especially for people looking to broaden their social circle. But living in close proximity to others has its occasional downsides – one of which is bed bugs. The good news is, Action Pest Exterminating has the bed bug treatment expertise to help you and your neighbor.
Check Your Apartment
As soon as you’re alerted to the fact that your neighbor has a bed bug problem, you should conduct a comprehensive search of your apartment and confirm whether the bugs have also infiltrated your place. Check bags and boxes that you’ve recently brought into your home, along with the places bed bugs are known to frequent. The mattress is a prime location, but be sure to examine the headboard and nightstand, along with books, pictures, and any out-of-the-way nooks and crannies. Bed bugs love the dark, so use a flashlight and up your odds of finding them. Also, if you’ve recently spent any time in your neighbor’s apartment, you should definitely examine anything you brought with you (board games, electronics, magazines, etc.), as well as immediately wash the clothes you wear wearing.
Note that the farther your apartment is from your neighbor’s, the less likely you are to be affected. However, if you have a shared wall with the neighbor, bedbugs will utilize electrical sockets and cracks in the wall as conduits into your abode.
Don’t Underestimate a Bed Bug’s Resiliency
Like many of their insectoid ilk, bedbugs are notoriously hard for the layperson to find, let alone kill. Even though they’re tiny and flightless, these critters can still cover about 100 feet of ground per hour. Plus, procreation is their strongest motivation in life, and as soon as they find a suitable habitat the females will begin laying their eggs. So if you spot a bedbug or two in your house, don’t assume that the problem is minimal. In fact, it’s just beginning.
Sealing and Vacuuming
One of the best ways to prevent a bed bug incursion either now or in the future is to seal off the cracks/crevices in your apartment’s walls and floor. Caulk is a good solution, and certain types of tape are effective too. Make sure to address your place’s entryway too, since bedbugs who don’t come in through a wall crack are apt to enter under the front door.
Regular vacuuming is also effective in keeping bed bugs out, or stemming the tide until our professional exterminator in North Carolina reaches your apartment. In fact, we recommend a weekly vacuuming of your carpet, furniture, and drapes. When you’re finished make sure to empty the vacuum’s contents into a sealable bag and dispose of it away from your building.
Team-Up With Your Neighbor
Aside from professional exterminators, most people don’t know how to attack a bed bug infestation. In this case, two heads are better than one, so talk with your neighbor about ways to spot bed bugs and protect against them. Share your results, and then contact our Charlotte pest control experts so we can finish the critters off once and for all.
Trust The Bedbug Experts
If you’ve been searching for an “exterminator near me”, you’ll find that Action Pest Exterminating is not only local, but also one of the most respected pest control companies serving Charlotte. Contact us today and trust us to evict bed bugs from your apartment – permanently.