Stop Bed Bug Infestation Early But if your neighbor has informed you that their home or adjacent apartment is infested with bed bugs, you want to do a thorough home inspection right away. Depending on the severity of their infestation, you may or may not be affected. In a severe infestation and if your apartments are closely connected, it is possible that bed bugs will travel through the walls via cracks, electrical outlets or any other way they find.
It turns out that, yes, bed bugs make the rounds of neighboring apartments, and they can live inside empty apartments for months without a blood meal. And perhaps the worst part?
Harold Harlan, who was a career bug expert for the military, is a prominent authority on bed bugs. Below, he answered a few frequently asked questions: Are bed bug attacks a sign of dirty living
If I have bed bugs should my neighbors be treated too? When beg bugs are found in one apartment unit, it is considered standard practice in the pest control industry to inspect all apartments surrounding the infested apartment. If no bed bugs are found, surrounding apartments do not necessarily need to be treated.
Yes, you can get bed bugs from your neighbors. If you happen to go visit them or they come and visit you and carry bed bugs over with them and they happen to fall off it can begin a infestation.
They can travel through cracks in any floor or wall. They do not fly but they can travel some distance and will do so when a large population of bugs makes it hard to find food in one place. Bedbugs can use wires and pipes as pathways.