Should I leave my home or apartment if I have bed bugs?
Whether or not to leave your home due to a bed bug infestation is a common question that arises amongst clients. Unfortunately, there is no one answer that is the right fit for every situation. In most, but not all situations a victim of a bed bug infestation is better off leaving their home or apartment until the problem is resolved. On the contrary, here are a couple of items to consider before making the decision to evacuate your residence.
Extermination Of Bed Bugs
Bed Bug exterminators’ techniques may not always be effective in an empty home as many of the bugs are likely to not come out of hiding without a human present for eating. If the bed bugs are not out searching for food, then more times than not they will not interact with the chemical treatments provided by the extermination company. The majority of pest control providers use chemical treatments as opposed to heat treatments because it is much less expensive alternative. It is well known in the Bed Bug community that heat treatments are much more successful at eliminating Bed Bugs than chemical treatments. Make sure to check with your pest control provider and review all available courses of actions for Bed Bug eradication and treatment.
Bed Bugs Survival In A Home Or Apartment
Bed bugs can survive for 8 to 16 months without eating. Bed bugs are like vampires, they feed on the blood of humans and other mammals like dogs, cats, rodents and etc. Since bed bugs can go a significant amount of time without eating it is strongly recommend that if you decide to vacate your home that you do so for an extended period of time. This will ensure that all of the bugs will die due to the lack of food source and the treatments provided by the exterminator.
In apartment complexes, hotels, motels, college dormitories and other multi-occupancy locations, residences infested by bed bugs that are vacated may encourage the spreading of bed bugs to other nearby units in search of a meal. If a bed bug infestation occurs in one unit, it is greatly recommended that frequent inspections of the neighboring units, on all sides, be conducted until the bed bug problem has been abolished and the evacuated unit has been determined to be safe for human occupancy. The longer the infected unit remains vacated and untreated the more likely it is that the bed bugs will spread in search of food. The neighboring units, should be treated for bed bugs in order to prevent the infestation from spreading thought-out the building.
Bed bugs are nasty unpredictable creatures, if your property has been invaded by bed bugs it is ultimately your decision as to whether or not to vacate your residence, but please consider the information provided and consult with a professional before making a decision.
Contact The Bed Bug LawTeam
If your home, apartment, dormitory, hotel room, motel room or other type of residence has been infested by bed bugs, please contact one of our bed bug attorneys for a free consultation. Fill out our “Do I Have a Case?” form or call us at 888-912-5897. We do not charge any fees whatsoever unless we win your case!