If you are like most tenants, then you probably have heard horror stories about apartments filled with bed bugs. According to MayoClinic, bed bugs are small red-brown insects. These insects seek exposed skin of animals and humans and feed off blood.
Bed bugs feed at night, which can make them difficult to catch.
Where are bed bugs?
If your property management company or landlord changed the pest control practices, there is a chance you may wind up with a bed bug infestation. Additionally, some bed bugs will build up an insecticide resistance. Just as their name implies, you can find bed bugs in mattresses, box springs and the bed frame. There may also be bed bugs hiding in clutter.
Bed bugs hitch a ride on clothing, furniture, luggage or bedding. They can crawl quickly, which means that once they arrive in one apartment, they can quickly spread to the next.
What are the signs of bed bugs?
If you have bed bugs, you will likely experience the symptoms before you witness the bugs themselves. While itchy skin is a major sign of bed bugs, there are ways that you can determine that it might be bed bugs, rather than an allergic reaction to your detergent. Bites from bed bugs are red with a dark red spot in the middle; you may see them arranged into a cluster or line. Most often, bed bugs choose to bite the hands, arms, face and neck. If you do have an allergic reaction, you may experience blisters or hives.
Apartment complexes are common grounds for bed bugs, but insect repellents and sprays can fight against them.