Bed bugs are some of the most disgusting pests you can find in your Orlando home or apartment. While there are many pests that you don’t want to encounter, bed bugs are dreaded because they are so difficult to deal with and hard to get rid of.

If you’ve learned that one of your neighbors has or had bed bugs, you’re likely worried about the infestation spreading into your place. This is a valid concern because bed bugs can spread quickly and take over apartment buildings or townhomes in a relatively short amount of time.

Bed bugs are bloodsucking hitchhikers that bite and suck human blood, usually while the person is sleeping. They leave small, itchy red bumps and make it hard to get a good night’s sleep. While bed bugs are small, they are not too small to see with the naked eye. Here is what they look like:

  • They are reddish-brown in color.
  • They have oval-shaped bodies that are flat except after they’ve eaten.
  • They are about the size of an apple seed.

If Your Neighbor Has Bed Bugs, Will You Get Them Too?

When you’ve heard that someone around you has bed bugs, you’re likely looking for ways to protect yourself. There are many factors that determine how likely it is that bed bugs will spread into your own place. These factors include how close the neighbor is to you and how bad the infestation is. If you live in an apartment and the infestation is right next door, it’s not at all difficult for bed bugs to get into your apartment.

The key to understanding how bed bugs move from place to place is to know that they are hitchhikers. They are often picked up as people go into public places or into someone else’s home, and they can get onto things like luggage and purses and move from home to home.

So, one of the biggest factors to look at is how often you see your neighbors. If they often come into your home or you go to their home, the likelihood of the infestation spreading to you is high. However, if they live in an apartment not that close to yours and you never visit, the likelihood is much lower.

How To Prevent Bed Bugs

There are some things you can do to lower the chances of bed bugs making their way from your neighbor’s place into yours. While these prevention methods can’t completely ensure that you won’t deal with bed bugs, they can lower the risk.

Here are some prevention tips:

  • Do self-checks for bed bugs on your clothing and items before coming inside.
  • Invest in mattress covers
  • Use steaming methods to get rid of bed bugs

Getting Rid Of A Bed Bug Infestation

If the bed bugs from your neighbors spread into your own place, the best way to remove them safely and quickly is to contact the professionals at Biotherm Green Solutions. Don’t forget to mention this to your neighbors, too, as professional services are the most effective way to get rid of bed bug infestations and keep them from spreading.