In the past few years, getting rid of bed bugs in apartments has become a major issue, partially due to the lack of knowledge both tenants and landlords have about how to properly treat bed bugs. Getting informed about what to do when you discover bed bugs in your apartment building or unit is key to getting rid of bed bugs for good.
What can you do as a tenant?
Alert your landlord. It’s impossible to emphasize how important it is to alert your building’s management as soon as possible.
Often, when people discover bed bugs, their first reaction is to hide the issue due to shame or embarrassment. Hiding or attempting to cover up the issue is the last thing you should do. When it comes to getting rid of bed bugs, early detection and treatment is crucial to eliminating the critters.
Alerting your landlord allows them to notify other tenants and treat bed bugs in affected areas before they migrate to other units. Landlords are legally obligated to assist you with getting rid of bed bugs from your apartment, so keeping them in the dark and attempting to solve the problem yourself may cost you unnecessarily.
What can you do as a landlord?
As a landlord, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your apartment building is clear of bed bugs, regardless of where the insects came from. If a tenant informs you of a bed bug infestation in a unit or common area, take action quickly and hire a company to treat bed bugs in all affected areas. Treat the bed bug infestation as a whole, rather than on a unit-by-unit basis. Getting rid of bed bugs is most successful when you do it early and treat the problem as whole, rather than a small portion of it.
But what is the best method to treat bed bugs in apartments?
Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. The correct bed bug treatment depends on the size of the infestation and their location. Sometimes it’s possible to treat a single unit, but bed bugs are prone to migrating between apartments, so often you’ll have to treat several to address the problem. For multiple affected units, bed bug heat treatments have become especially popular. Many reputable bed bug extermination companies, including Magical Pest Control, offer bed bug heat treatments.
However if there’s one thing you can be certain of when it comes to bed bug control it’s this: never cut corners.
Attempting to do the absolute minimum is rarely the right answer and will often cost you more in the long run, when multiple bed bug treatments are required to get rid of bed bugs for good. Hire a professional bed bug extermination company that will evaluate the situation and determinate how to properly treat bed bugs in your apartment.
To consult with a bed bug extermination expert at Magical Pest Control, call us at (905) 738-6676 or send an inquiry through our contact form.