Bed bugs can be an embarrassing problem. While you might be tempted to keep the infestation a secret, letting people know that you’re struggling with bed bugs may be the only way to get rid of them for good. Talking with your landlord and neighbors will not only protect others from an infestation, but also your own home later on.
No Time to Lose
Bed bugs are quick to reproduce and known for their resilience; the sooner an infestation is treated, the greater the chance of the extermination being successful. If you’re a renter, it’s important to contact your landlord as soon as possible to explore your options. Your landlord may even have a protocol for you to follow.
A Pest On the Move
Bed Bugs are seasoned travelers. They can hitchhike in clothing and furniture, or travel through cracks and holes in search of food. If you have an infestation, it’s important to contain it. Your neighbors, especially if in an apartment building, should be made aware of the infestation so that they can take their own preventative measures to protect their homes.
Talk About It
Having a conversation with your neighbors about bed bugs can be difficult, but the talk is in your best interest as well. Exterminating bed bugs completely often requires a coordinated effort. Suppose someone else in your neighborhood also has bed bugs (this wouldn’t be unusual—bet you would wish they’d told you), or gets them in the future, then your home would again be at risk of infestation. By initiating a dialogue, you’ll open the lines of communication and be in a position to work with your neighbors to contain the problem and protect one another from (re)infestation.
Talking also gives you an opportunity to debunk some of the negative stereotypes about bed bug infestations and educate your neighbors about how bed bugs spread and the best ways to prevent and exterminate them. By bringing it up now you can prevent the potential rumors and gossip that might start when pest control vans are spotted at your home.
With the possibility that your neighbors are the source of your infestation, it’s important to make them aware of the problem that you’re experiencing. You may even discover that your neighbors are experiencing the same issue and simply haven’t been able to handle it. One of the biggest reasons for a resurgence of bed bugs in affected homes is new infestations caused by neglectful neighbors.