Bed bugs can happen to anyone, anywhere. It doesn’t matter where you live, or who you rent your property to. Bed bugs are “hitchhikers” that can be picked up and brought into the home from all kinds of places.What can landlords do?
What can tenants do?
- Seal cracks and crevices between baseboards, on wood bed frames, floors and walls with caulking to prevent bedbugs from entering or to eliminate places where they can hide.
- Repair or remove peeling wallpaper, tighten loose light switch covers and seal any openings where pipes, wires or other utilities come into the rental property.
- Share bedbug information, knowledge and resources with tenants.
- Take bed bug reports from tenants seriously. Swift action and proper treatment can mean easier containment and can prevent future infestations or the spread of bed bugs from one unit to another.
- If you find a bed bug or bed bugs in your apartment, let your landlord know.
- Do not use pesticides in your apartment. This only spreads the bed bugs throughout the building.
- Cooperate with your landlord to help manage the problem. This might include heavy cleaning/vacuuming of your bed, room, furniture and removing clutter from your room.