“Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite.” What was a pleasant childhood bedtime rhyme is now a very real nightmare for people across the country. In recent years, bedbug populations have increased by 500% and have been found in a number of single-family homes, multi-family homes, and hotels. As small as an Appleseed and able to stow away on luggage, clothing, furniture, and nearly anything with a nook or crevice the width of a credit card.
Bedbugs are just as likely to infest an immaculate home as they are a filthy one, simply because they don’t thrive in one condition better than the other. They are—quite literally—only out for blood. As long as you and your pets are accessible and delicious, they will thrive. It is their biological programming to be nimble and quick and opportunistic; while it may be hard not to take it personally, know that bedbugs can happen to anyone.
You’ll know if you have bedbugs if you wake up in the morning with painless, but increasingly itchy welts. They may feel like mosquito bites, and it can be easy to confuse the two. If you have any doubts, carefully examine your bedding; you may find small bloodstains, dark or rusty stains, shed skins, or a faint musty odor. Bedbugs tend to scatter in the daylight, finding solace in the seams of wood, edges of carpet, under the tufts in a mattress, etc.
If you determine that you have bedbugs, firm up your resolve and understand that you will conquer them. The process is extensive, but not difficult, and as long as you are fastidious and careful, you can eradicate the buggers once and for all.
The video below provides extensive information on how to get rid of bedbugs in your apartment, and can give you an idea of the products, tools, and procedures you’ll need.
Our Oakleaf leasing office has additional resources and tips for getting rid of bedbugs, and our staff is specifically trained to help minimize their spread and prevent additional infestation. We are here to help you along the way so you can once again sleep soundly.