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The Neighboring Apartment Has Bed Bugs - What Do I Do?

by Louise Hodges

posted in Home Improvement

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If you find out your neighbors - in the same building - have bed bugs, then that is enough to make you start itching right away. These creepy crawlers can maneuver through walls, electrical outlets and under doorways so your fears are reasonable. You are exceptionally vulnerable to a migration of these creepy crawlers into your space!
First of all, don't panic. You do NOT need to throw everything away. You do NOT need to burn your belongings. And you do NOT need to throw your neighbors under the bus because they have these prevalent pests.
Caveat - Bed Bugs are equal opportunity feeders. They are not a sign of poor hygiene or bad choices. They are prevalent in all socioeconomic levels. If the best place to get bed bugs is in the luggage compartment of an airplane, you can bet that business travelers are the most likely to get them.
So back to your world that is being threatened by tiny, parasitic, nocturnal monsters. Your first priority is protecting your world from a bed bug infestation. If you have no evidence of these bugs at present, assume you don't have them (yet) and start treating the adjoining wall, ceiling or floor. And don't use any kind of synthetic pesticide, especially any type of pyrethroid. Use a cedar-based product that kills as well as repels.
Caveat - Many synthetic, chemical pesticides are no longer effective against pests. Due to pesticide resistance, what you can purchase over the counter will at best, affect no more than 65% of adult bugs. And it will NOT control eggs whatsoever. Cedar is a natural product, therefore, pests cannot become resistant. On a side note, there are certain strains of bed bugs in the United States that are resistant to ALL synthetic pesticides available to the public to treat them.
Start by spraying the adjoining wall, ceiling or floor every day for a week. Then drop to twice a week. You are creating a barrier that pests will not cross. Since your cedar-based product is natural, it isn't something you spray once and it lasts for 4 months. (Thank goodness as those products are toxic for long periods of time!) Therefore, you are building up a barrier which must be front-end loaded.
Once the barrier is established, maintain the twice a week treatment with your cedar-based product until the threat is gone. As long as you are diligent about spraying, the barrier should be sufficient to keep these monsters from entering your space.
If you see evidence of bed bugs, then it is time to treat and the sooner the better. Preventing and treating are different animals so for now, just keep those blood suckers away!
About the Author: Louise Hodges is the owner of Greenbug which offers pest control products that use cedar as the active ingredient. Greenbug offers alternatives to synthetic chemical pesticides.
Greenbug products control pests you don't want such as Mosquitoes, Ants, Bed Bugs, Fleas, Ticks, Roaches, Mites, etc. but cause no harm whatsoever to beneficial creatures.
They also offer the Greenbug System that integrates with an irrigation system to safely create pest-free areas wherever water is directed.
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