an ounce of prevention(6 posts)
I just found out that my downstairs neighbor has bed bugs and I came to this site to get more information. I have not found any evidence of bedbugs in my apartment, but I want to do everything possible to prevent an infestation. I am especially concerned because this neighbor is a pack rat, who picks things up off the street and I doubt she is taking all the necessary steps to eliminate the problem in her apartment.
Is there anything I can do to prevent the downstairs neighbors bed bugs from infesting my apartment?
Thanks for the advice.
Be extremely careful in common areas (stairwells, etc.) since they might be infested when the neighbor drags things in. Be extra alert when if your neighbor goes away for a few days since that could drive the bedbugs to look for a new host (you!)
The dumpster diving has got to stop and if you have a common landlord, maybe you can educate your landlord to make rules for all tenants about that. The clutter itself, while it makes it difficult to treat bedbugs, doesn't necessarily make the problem worse since your neighbor could have bedbugs even if the only thing in the unit was an air bed and a human body (it's been known to happen).
You might want to look into the related topics listed on this thread as well as the FAQs. I would maybe suggest using some DE around your apartment.
I'm trying to get the management to send a PCO. They said that an exterminator was there last month and will follow up in a month and "its a common thing in the city." (In other words, what are you making such a big deal about.) But, after all I've read on the website, the building is not handling this correctly, and it is a big deal.
There are several threads about using residual dusts and sealing off the cracks and gaps.
Caulking and sealing around all outlets, windows, pipes, etc. helps insulate your home and reduces chances for pest ingress regardless of species.
I will never live in a place again unless I perform a laundry list of preventative measures.
Wouldn't the bugs just go into hibernation mode, rather than searching for food somewhere else if the person left for a few days?
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