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Help, My Souderton Neighbor Has Bed Bugs!

May 5, 2020

 

Even if you get along with your neighbors, they can cause some serious trouble. If they have pests in their home, those pests could make their way into your home. This is particularly true of bed bugs. Learn what you should do if your Souderton neighbor has bed bugs.

Will Bed Bugs Travel From One Home To Another?

There’s no guarantee that bed bugs will make their way into your home. However, it is a possibility. Whether or not they affect you depends on several factors, most of which have nothing to do with the bugs themselves.

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Bed bugs can’t fly, which means they are limited in their mobility. So while they can make their way from your neighbor’s home and into yours, they don't do it by flying. It’s also unlikely that they make the journey by walking; they don’t travel long distances. 

If you live in an apartment building, it is possible for neighboring bed bugs to end up in your apartment. They can enter your apartment through the smallest of cracks and crevices. Once they do, they’ll start breeding in your residence.

Hitchhiking Into Your Home

Whether you live in an apartment or a home, bed bugs could spread from your neighbor’s place. These pests are nature’s prime example of hitchhikers. To get from one place to another, they rely on people to do the work. They might climb into luggage, bags, or other belongings. If you leave something at your neighbor’s house or they bring over an item, bed bugs could be hiding within the object.
 
You don’t need to bring home multiple bed bugs to find yourself battling an infestation. It only takes one female that has mated to spark a major invasion. One female can lay approximately 100 eggs. After only a short time, you could be inundated with bed bugs.
 
Any time you go into someone else’s home or business that has bed bugs, there’s a chance that you will transport them back to your residence. The frequency that you visit your neighbor and their proximity to your home will affect how likely you are to develop your own pest problem.

How Can You Prevent The Spread Of Bed Bugs?

There are a few precautions you can take to prevent bed bugs from entering your home. For instance, check yourself for bed bugs if you’ve been somewhere that could have an infestation. You can also avoid bringing your purse or other belongings into your neighbor's home. The fewer items you bring with you, the less chance you have of inviting bed bugs into your home.
 
Some people try to prevent bed bugs by using a steamer. However, you can’t use just any steamer. Clothes and carpet steamers don’t get hot enough to kill bed bugs. For the steaming to be effective, you need to use a professional steamer.

Search For Signs Of An Infestation

If your neighbor has bed bugs, check your home for signs of these pests. This means looking under your mattress for shed bed bug skins, checking your sheets for blood or fecal stains, and watching out for any bed bug bites on yourself or on your family members.
 
Bed bugs are small, so they may be difficult to see with the naked eye. Be thorough in your search and know that they don’t only reside under mattresses. They also like to hide in furniture, crevices, carpet edges, picture frames, etc. 
 
To be certain that you don’t have bed bugs, get an inspection from an experienced pest control company. They know the signs of an infestation and can eliminate these insects. Contact Moyer Pest Control for more bed bug help and make sure your neighbors call too.

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