If you are reading this article, you've probably got good reason to believe that you are living with bed bugs. To make sure bed bugs are the reason for the itchy bumps on your skin (and not fleas, or some other pest), here are some tell-tale signs to look for. (It's best to do this at night using a flashlight and magnifying glass.)
How did these critters get in my apartment?
Bed bugs are quite common in apartments due to high occupancy and resident turnover rates. With all those people moving through one space, apartment dwellings are particularly vulnerable to bed bug hitchhikers moving in on infested furniture or other belongings. The infestation you suffer may have begun with a previous resident, or it could be that one of your neighbors has bed bugs and brought them over on a pant cuff. Bed Bugs can also become a problem if you bring a lot of second-hand items into your apartment. Before moving in, inspect your new apartment very well. You may be able to get the landlord to take care of the infestation.
For more information, see our article: How To Prevent Bed Bugs
How Can I rid my apartment of Bed Bugs?
Bed Bugs are stubborn creatures, and can be tough to uncover and to get rid of. At Do My Own Pest Control, we have put together several articles to help make bed bug control more approachable for the non-professional. There are five basic steps to bed bug control in you apartment.
To read more about these steps in detail and begin your own control program, see How To Get Rid of Bed Bugs (in 4 steps) .
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