When you are moving, you need to be careful of bed bugs. Whether you are renting, purchasing a home or staying in temporary accommodations, take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family. It may seem down right gross, but bed bugs have made a comeback. Unfortunately, they are a pest that is very difficult to eradicate and some of the swankiest hotels in large cities have been plagued with this problem.
Unfortunately, they are indiscriminate. Therefore, you want to take the necessary steps to protect yourself. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
When staying in a hotel or temporary accommodations, check around and see if everything is in order. Turn down the bedding and check the sheets and mattress to be safe. You want to look for black specks and/or brown colored ‘shells’. If you see anything questionable, make sure to put your bags on a table or counter and not the couch or floor. After moving your things, contact the front desk immediately.
When looking for a rental, take the time to look around. If you have any suspicions, leave a piece of white paper on the carpet. When you go back, check to see if you notice anything. If you notice any odd smell like a musty sweet order take note.
Further, know your rights as a tenant. This is so important in case something happens after you move in and you want to terminate your lease. Ask the tough questions and make sure you understand all of the answers.
When purchasing a home, look carefully. If you have any suspicions, ask your realtor and be cautious. Home inspectors should take note of any infestation problems. Therefore, be sure to get a home inspection.
Know that the pest can live six months to a year without feeding, which is what makes them so difficult to eradicate. In any event, you should take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your family. Educating yourself ahead of time is the key to prevention. The last thing you need in the midst of a move is having to deal with this type of problem. Further, you want to make sure that you do not inadvertently introduce them to your new place.