Living in duplex housing or multi-unit buildings can pose unique threats when it comes to bed bug infestations. Since Bed bugs can travel approximately 100 feet an hour, if a neighbor has a bed bug infestation, there’s a great possibility for you to become infested too. So how do you know what to do if your neighbor has bed bugs?
Fortunately, there are preventative measures that you can take, and for those in NYC, landlords should now be paying for these, according to new regulations added to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development in 2011. These guidelines state that landlords who receive complaints of bed bug infestations are responsible for treating the infested unit along with the units next to, above, and below.
What to do if your Neighbor has Bed Bugs
Use the following recommended steps to help prevent bed bugs from infesting your unit:
- Communicate with all of your neighbors to make sure everyone is aware of and practicing pro active preventative/elimination behaviors and techniques
- Caulk and seal all cracks, crevices and common walls
- Utilize early detection devices, such as climb-up interceptors and/or monitoring devices.
- Have experienced and reputable K-9 Scent Detection services check the building regularly (i.e. quarterly)
- Utilize mattress andbox spring covers to prevent any bugs in your bed in the event of an infestation.
Do not try to practice home treatment remedies if you believe you have been infested, contact a professional for help. For more information on prevention/elimination techniques contact Bed Bugs and Beyond at 888-410-1333 or visit www.bedbugsandbeyond.com