The bed bugs could be coming from the neighbors!
When treating bed bugs, we are always going to ask if you live in a home that shares a wall with another unit (apartment, condo, rowhome or townhome) and if you have any reason to believe your neighbors have a bed bug infestation. We will ask you to talk to your neighbors about bed bugs after we have confimred that we are dealing with bed bugs. Researchers have recently shown why checking with neighbors is so important.
A recent study published in the journal PLoS ONE under the title, “Mark-release-recapture reveals extensive movement of bedbugs (Cimex lectularius L.) within and between apartments,” found that bed bugs most certainly move from one residence to another.
Three researchers from Rutgers University investigated bed bug movement within and between apartments to see how far bedbugs moved in this setting. Using a well-established monitoring technique, bedbugs were marked non-invasively, released in 6 apartments and captured to determine how far they traveled from their original apartment. Marked bed bugs were found in neighboring units in 5 out of the 6 apartments where bedbugs were originally released.
This also underscores the need for early bed bug detection and early bed bug treatment. Find the bugs and get rid of bed bugs before it becomes a problem for your neighbors. Getting rid of bed bugs is not easy, but getting rid of bed bugs when they are coming from a neighboring home is next to impossible if the neighbors won’t treat or treat properly.
Talking with your neighbors about bed bugs is not always comfortable, but when the alternative is living with bed bugs, the conversation is even more difficult.