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My neighbor has bed bugs…now what?

This is something that we hear a lot in the extermination business. Many are worried, especially in shared or close quarters that their neighbors bed bug problem will become their bed bug problem in no time and these fears are incredibly valid. In short, you should absolutely get an inspection for free from Arizona Heat Pest and call your building manager who should be responsible for making sure that the problem does not spread. Call us today for more information and a free consultation.

A STRONG CORRELATION WITH TRAVEL

Traveling remains the number one way to spread bed bug infestations to hotels, homes and apartments across the country. So to keep yourself protected, learning to spot a bed bug infestation is going to be your best tool to avoid an infestation in your home. Read our previous blog, Stay Clear of Bed Bugs in Hotels As You Travel This Holiday Season to learn all the ways to protect yourself from the bed bugs biting.

STOP BED BUG INFESTATION EARLY

But if your neighbor has informed you that their home or adjacent apartment is infested with bed bugs, you want to do a thorough home inspection right away. Depending on the severity of their infestation, you may or may not be affected. In a severe infestation and if your apartments are closely connected, it is possible that bed bugs will travel through the walls via cracks, electrical outlets or any other way they find. But if the infestation is not as severe and if your apartments or homes are not too close, it will be hard for any bed bugs to make their way into your living space.

Once an infestation has been identified, most pest control companies will be able to tell if the neighbors are in jeopardy of an infestation themselves. But just to be safe it is important that you continue to inspect your home on a regular basis. A few tips for a thorough home inspection include:

Searching much further than just the mattress. Include the headboard, nightstands, under carpet, behind hanging artwork, even in electrical outlets in your inspection.

Bed bugs will hide in any dark, hidden spaces before they come out at night so use a flashlight to spot them better.

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What to do if you’re moving and have bed bugs.

For some, bed bugs become such an awful fiasco that they end up having to move over it due to negligence from building managers or just desire to be relieved from the stress. However, like any problem, running away is usually never the solution. Bed bugs can follow you where you move if you aren’t careful. All it takes it one or two bugs to start a large infestation in a new place. To be absolutely sure, call Arizona Heat Pest for a free quote and inspection. They can give you advice and tips on how to deal with your belongings and if you need any services to get rid of these creatures, once and for all.

If you find that you have bed bugs in your home or apartment, it can be tempting to move out in the hopes of easily escaping the infestation. Unfortunately, unless you take the right safety measures, the bed bugs may move right along with you. If you find that you must move to a new place before your bed bug infestation has been eliminated, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) fact sheet, How to Move and Leave Bed Bugs Behind includes several things you can do to avoid bringing the pests with you to your new home.

  • Before packing, wash and dry all fabric items on the hottest recommended setting and then seal them in clear plastic bags labeled “clean.”
  • When packing, place all of your items in clear plastic bags and seal the bags tightly. Sort the items by type. For example: Clothing, towels, blankets and sheets. Separate items that are known to be infested from clean items.
  • Items that can’t be sanitized in a washer and dryer, such as electronics, appliances, books, etc., may be treated with special heating units designed for eliminating bed bugs. Another option is to place the items in plastic bins with tight-fitting lids and treat with dichlorvos pest strips according to label instructions. A third option is to ask a pest management professional how these items should be treated.
  • Purchase mattress encasements for each mattress and box spring. Mattress encasements will trap any bed bugs that may be on the mattress and/or box spring and keep them from getting out. They will also keep other bed bugs from getting to the mattress.
  • If you decide to throw away any bed bug infested items, such as sofas or mattresses, wrap them in plastic and clearly paint or write “bed bugs” on them. This should prevent neighbors from bringing the items into their homes. You may want to go even further and destroy the items by slashing them in order to discourage others from picking them up and taking them home.
  • On moving day each person should shower and change into clean clothing and shoes. Any clothing that was worn prior to showering should be put in plastic bags and sealed until they can be laundered. If you have pets they should be given a bath to ensure they are bed bug free before taking them to your new home.
  • All furniture that is being moved to the new home should be cleaned and treated by a pest management professional before it is moved.

After moving, you must be sure that your belongings are bed bug free or your new home will become infested as well. Wash any items not labeled “clean” before you put them away or use them. If you acquire any new or used furniture, inspect it carefully before bringing it home to make sure it is bed bug free.

If you are renting, contact your building manager immediately if you notice any signs of bed bugs in your new home. The earlier a bed bug infestation is found and treated, the easier it will be to eliminate the bed bugs.

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Are you sure that’s a bed bug?

Bed bugs are an increasingly common problem in the United States. There is so much fear and anxiety surrounding these creatures (mostly for good reason), that causes many people to misidentify their infestation as bed bugs. To be sure, read this article about the common culprits that may resemble bed bugs. If you still have questions, be sure to call Arizona Heat Pest for a free quote and inspection so that you will know for sure what you are dealing with.

Bed bug identification resources:

Note: flattened body, rusty brown coloured (less so in younger nymphs, which are more translucent). Thin 4 segmented antennae. 11 segmented abdomen. Short legs (6 of them) and reduced wings incapable of flight.


These are insects or other invertebrates commonly misidentified as bedbugs!

Not bed bugs.

  1. Carpet beetle larvae (Dermestidae) and adult – More Info
  2. Bat bug (Cimex adjunctus pictured) – More Info
  3. Cockroach nymphs – More Info
  4. Tick (nymphs) – More Info
  5. Woodlouse – More Info
  6. Kissing bugs – More Info
  7. Booklice/barklice – More Info
  8. Smooth spider beetle – More Info
  9. Drugstore beetle – More Info

Note: If it has wings or more than 6 legs, it is not a bed bug. Do not mistake antennae for legs, look at the illustrated guide to avoid confusion.

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