The neighbors got bugs what to do

Doom next door: What to do when your neighbor has bed bugs

There are two types of bed bug infestations: One marches into your home and takes over the room, while the other crawls into your brain and just won’t leave. It’s the itching when nothing is there, d >

To help you be Gandalf the Grey (“YOU SHALL NOT PASS!”), I rang up the bed bug pros at Hill and Sons Pest Management to find out. First, the bad news: your fear is well-placed. Bed bugs can travel 100 feet an hour, so if you have a fellow tenant with bedbugs, there is actually a good chance you’re next. When they get hungry, say after your neighbor has fled their infested apartment, they go on the hunt, easily finding a new home within the building, squeezing through any opening they can find.

The good news is there are preventative measures that your landlord should be paying for. New guidelines added to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development in 2011 state that landlords who receive complaints of bed bug infestation are responsible for treating the infested unit along with the units next to, above, and below.

A smart landlord will have the whole building checked, performing treatment to those units necessary, and applying insecticides to vulnerable cracks and crevices throughout the building. (If your landlord won’t do it, preventative treatment to a single unit will run you between $100-$300.)

So what can an apartment dweller do?
Make wooden headboards a no go, since the two things bed bugs love are warm places (i.e.: your scalp) and wood. You can buy a product called ClimbUp Insect Interceptor (roughly $16 for a pack of four ). These go on the four legs of your bed, or any other furniture in the home , and make it impossible for the bed bugs to climb up or down without getting caught. When using ClimbUps you want your bed and linens to be isolated.

Prevent your bed and bedding from touching the wall, rugs, floor, or furniture ensures that the bugs have no choice but to journey up the leg posts and get trapped. ClimpUps can be used on all furniture, the bed is just usually where if you have bed bugs they are going to be, or move to, since that is where they can snack on you the easiest. Some more prevention tips from our experts: Pick up plastic encasements for both your mattress and box springs, especially one that zips closed tightly with no opening. If you already have bed bugs, they get trapped inside and can’t bite through to snack on you. If you don’t, they won’t be able to get in.

Also, hunt for all openings and cracks at pipes, joints, and molding w >Vacuuming and removing the contents outside the home can stop an infestation moving its way in, and is also especially helpful for people who buy thrifted items.

How can you tell if it’s too late?
If you find tiny bloodstains on the sheets from where you’ve been bitten .

Remember that poem from childhood? “Goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite, and if they do, beat them with a shoe, and then they’ll be black and blue.” Too bad that doesn’t actually work .

So, my friend’s neighbors have bedbugs.

And she is freaking out. This is in an old NYC apartment building (

100 years old). Her bedroom is shares a wall with theirs (and her closet is presumably even closer, as it is inset into that wall), windows are several meters apart. Front doors are about 5m apart. Due to the age and condition of the building, there are probably plenty of cracks and gaps big enough for a bug to crawl through.

Is she screwed? Is there anything she can do to prevent their bedbugs from infesting her apartment (which is bedbug free ATM, as far as we know)?

The neigbours just had a second visit from a fumigator (which is how she found out), but i’ve heard that bedbugs are basically impossible to eradicate via means short of simply burning the building to the ground and salting the ashes.

I’ve heard that multiple fumigations can get rid of them. but yeah, they’re really hard to get rid of because of where they hide.

A good residual insecticide with an appropriate insect growth regulator should do the job, of course being NYC all the good stuff is probably banned.

A single treatment by somebody who knows what they’re doing is usually all it takes.

I think you need to call in the Rompinator

I don’t think bedbugs travel too much (compared to say roaches). I’m sure it’s possible. Especially if your friend and their neighbor are friendly – visiting each other’s homes, or kids have play dates, etc. and your friend might want to look into preventative treatments. She/he isn’t going to need a full-on bedbug-bomb-a-rama. But if they never speak to each other or spend time in each other’s apartment, it will be less likely that they’ll be infected.

So it might be time to get the spackle out and patch up any holes.

There’s also some good, non-OMGBEDDBUGGS! info there on how to approach the issue.

I see tons of commercials during Yankees games on YES for this place . tent >

It’s apparently also a good idea not to make your bed in the morning. When you make your bed, you give the bed bugs a nice cozy place to sleep, while leaving your blankets all akimbo exposes them to what’s apparently a lethal environment.

I can’t count the number of useful things I’ve learned from

if she doesn’t think she has bedbugs, she probably does. not everyone has a reaction to their bites. after the neighbor’s fumigation, they’ll probably just move to her apartment. They aren’t impossible to get rid of, just more involved than other bug exterminations. There will be multiple visits if the exterminator is any good. They should get the whole building, really, as the bugs have probably traveled quite a bit.

Does she rent? She should start harassing the landlord about the exterminators now. And don’t have her over to your place or get too close to her bags

Sucks for your friend. 50/50 she has them already. They’re supposed to fumigate at least one apartment in each direction, I think (all the adjacent apartments, up, down, left, right).

And then your friend will have to go through all of her possessions and wipe them down with alcohol. Often it’s easier to simply dispose of the items rather than cleaning them (old pillows, old blankets, old clothing). And get watertight mattress covers. And put little moats around the bed legs.

This thread gives me the gibblies.

I fought them a little over a year ago.

Checked everything for bugs and ended up tossing almost all of my bedclothes and what not. Everything else (shoes, clothes, etc) went in the dryer for an hour (temps of > 140 degrees kill them and their eggs).

If you have bedbugs and have books near/under your bed, toss the books. I found a ton of eggs underneath the dustcover of my copy of Anathem that was under the bed. Ugh.

I killed every bug I could find (they were primarily on the box spring seams and underneath in the seams. Crushed them. Crushed them some more. Crushed crushed crushed. It was a goddamned bug gut splattered mattress. I then sprayed everything with bed bug spray killer and then wrapped up both mattresses in an allergy cover (not as good as a bedbug cover, but it was cheap and available).

I then got a container of bug dust. This is basically diatomaceous (sp?) earth with a poison, as well. I dusted inside the mattress covers, zipped up the covers and taped them down. using a foam brush, I dusted between the mattresses (wear a mask). I then dusted around the floor/wall boundary. I mean really dusted, there was a visible little pile of dust all around the floorboards. I then dusted an 8″ swathe under the boundary of the bed an on the bedposts. now, here’s the hard part:

I put on the sheets and I dusted a 2″ boundary around the sheets on the surface of the bed. I was bait. I lay in the middle. Any bugs crawling around has to pass through the dust to get to me or to get off the bed. So the ones that crawl up the walls and drop down? They have to go through the dust to get off the bed. I found 3 little bug corpses in my bed over the next week and found a fat one staggering around that I squashed. Do not sleep in the living room. They’re like mosquitos in that they’re attracted to the CO2. So they’ll eventually wander into the other room, hungry, and establish themselves inside your couch or wherever you moved to. Suck it up, they’ve been sucking on you already, just give em a fatal last meal.

After a month of waking up in the middle of the night to check my bed and daily mattress checks, I slowed down to weekly checks, then monthly checks. I didnt’ dust the mattress after the first month (and threw out the sheets). I didn’t find any more bugs.


By Chris Williams on November 13, 2017.

I think I might have bed bugs in my condo! Over the last three weeks, I’ve noticed a few strange bites on my arms and neck. I know that the neighbor across the hall had bed bugs but her unit was treated a week ago. Could her bed bugs have moved to my condo?

The short answer to your question is yes, it’s possible. We’re only recently discovering how really good bed bugs are at moving into new areas. Researchers always suspected that bed bugs could move to the unit next door by following plumbing and electrical lines within walls, much as cockroaches do. As a result of marking bed bugs in apartments and tracking them to see where they ended up, researchers now know that bed bugs (if left unchecked) can spread through an apartment building from a simple beginning in just one unit. Bed bugs follow pipes and wires into units next door, above, and below, but they can also simply walk under the front door and head down the hallway to other units.


An adult bed bug can travel about four feet in a minute. They do most of their migrating at night and are prompted to move on if their host person is no longer present (on vacation or moved out) or if the bed bug population gets too large. Adult female bed bugs are the most likely to migrate.

Often, bed bugs don’t even need to use their own energy to reach new locations. They are notorious hitchhikers and will crawl into purses, backpacks, totes, etc. and are then carried to a new home. If you visited your neighbor across the hall, or she visited you, it’s always possible that a bed bug went along for the ride (see Bed Bugs Don’t Arrive in Swarms). If that bed bug was a female with eggs and she moved in a few weeks ago, you could now have your own bed bug infestation.


You need to know, though, that skin irritation from other insect bites and even skin conditions can be confused with bed bug bites (see Six Signs That You Might Have Bed Bugs?). You need a professional inspection to determine if you do indeed have bed bugs in your condo. If your management company provides pest control services, contact them first. If not, contact Colonial Pest. Overlooking bed bugs in multi-family buildings can cause extensive and long-term problems.

The neighbors got bugs what to do

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Having a messy neighbor can be an annoyance, but it becomes more than that when their mess leads to bugs in your house. You shouldn’t have to call pest control every week or two just to correct an issue from the people next door. If you can’t get rid of the neighbors themselves, you should do your part to keep your house as free from bugs as possible. Here are some tips to help you do that.

Get Your Home Sprayed Regularly

If you spray your house for bugs once a month, you won’t have to worry about new insects coming into your home. This spray may not kill the bugs on contact, but it will create a shield that they do not crawl across. This is especially effective against spiders, crickets, water beetles, and cockroaches.

Note that the indoor/outdoor you can buy at a supermarket or home improvement store is a diluted version of what the professionals use. They have to have special licenses to work with the harsh chemicals that truly fight off bug problems. You may spend more money working with the pros, but the results of your money will be much better.

Keep Trash Covered and Clear

You can’t afford to have trash lying around if your neighbors have bugs. That is one of the most important things that bugs look for – food. Get a trash can with a heavy lid to house your trash sacks, and take out your trash before it gets too full. If you recycle, make sure you clean out any cans you put in the recycle bin because the bugs will be attracted to the leftover soda.

Minimize Potential Shelters for the Bugs

Aside from food, most insects are going to look for shelter of some sort to protect themselves and lay eggs in. You need to make sure you have limited opportunities for them to form those shelters. If you have lawn ornaments, move them around every week or two. Even if all you do is move them a couple inches, you will stir up the bugs and force them to find a new home.

Report the Neighbors

If the problem becomes unbearable, report your neighbors to the housing authority, homeowners’ association, home owners (if they are renting), etc. Someone has authority over the property. You just have to explain how your neighbors are influencing your life and safety. The authorities will find a way to correct the problem.

8 Reasons Why You Have Bed Bugs And Your Neighbors Don’t!

First things first, bed bugs can happen to anyone and even I am not completely immune to any type of bed bug infestations but I am here to help with your battle against these ferocious little creatures.

Not many people were even aware that bed bugs even existed at one time but that isn’t the case anymore.

Bed bugs have been around for centuries feeding on humans like there was no tomorrow.

Archeologists have enough found fossilized bed bugs dating back 2,000 years ago.

What Does This Mean For Both You & I?

It means that bed bugs have been causing havoc for millions of people worldwide and it looks like they will continue to do so in the years to come unless we do something about it.

Bed bugs are becoming even more resistant to pesticides which is making them even more harder to get rid of which is the reason why many people that are dealing with bed bugs have decided to use all natural bed bug sprays to get rid of the bed bugs once and for all.

There are many questions regarding bed bugs that need to be answered which is why I have created this bed bug help guide.

How Do Bed Bugs Spread?

This is probably the most popular question asked when it comes to the topic of bed bugs.

It doesn’t matter how clean your home is, what tax bracket you are associated with, bed bugs are not picky.

They are parasites and will do whatever it takes to find a food source which unfortunately is humans.

What I am about to tell you may be eye opening!

These are just some of the ways that are helping bed bugs spread so fast.

Public Transportation:

  • Airplanes
  • Taxi Cabs
  • Buses
  • Trains
  • Cruise Ships

Think about how many people use the public transportation system?

Let’s just say only one person has bed bugs and they have to use any type of public transportation to get to work.

One person could be carry a bed bug in their clothing and possibly eggs and now another person comes in contact with them either by brushing up against them or sitting in the same seat as them.

This makes you think right? Don’t worry it gets better.

Hospitality (Places Frequently Visited)

  • Hotels
  • Bed & Breakfasts
  • Movie Theaters
  • Restaurants
  • Nursing Homes
  • Doctors Office

Think about how many people are staying in a hotel, bed and breakfast, or in a movie theater at this very moment?

Let’s use the one person with bed bugs example again.

One person stays in a hotel over night knowing or not knowing they are carrying bed bugs.

They leave but the bed bugs stay.

Now, you and your family are next in line for a relaxing vacation staying in that very same hotel room that a person with bed bugs slept in just hours before you arrive.

Next thing you know you are asking yourself how you got bed bugs right?

Even Some Doctors Offices Are At Risk

Some people have an allergic reaction to bed bug bites. These bites swell up so bad and the itching is unbearable.

So, if this was you, what would be the first thing you did?

Call your doctor or dermatologist and schedule an appointment right?

And now you realize another way that you could of got bed bugs.

Purchasing Second Hand Items:

  • Thrift Stores
  • Garage Sales
  • Second Hand Furniture
  • Second Hand Clothing

Second hand items whether they are furniture or clothing are rising up to the top of the list when it comes to getting bed bugs.

You hear it all the time from people that they found out they had bed bugs and they threw away all their furniture.

Next thing you know, the furniture that was just thrown away outside has gone missing before the bulk garbage truck had a chance to dispose of it properly.

What do you think happened to that furniture?

I’ll give you 3 guesses but the first 2 don’t count.

Yep, someone in the neighborhood either saw your bed bug infested furniture and decided it would look great in their home right in front of that flat screen.

The point I am trying to make is, there are so many different variables to get bed bugs that it’s only a matter of time before these bed bugs visit your home.

This is why it might be a good time to learn as much information as you can about bed bugs so you are prepared in case the worse case scenario happens.

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Bed bugs can be best described as little oval shaped bugs that are flat and can be red or light brown in color.

Many people say that bed bugs look like little apple seeds in size.

Bed bugs have 2 antennae on top of their head.

Bed bugs have small, flat, oval-shaped bodies. They are wingless.

Adults do have the vestiges of wings called wing pads, but they do not fully develop into functional wings.

Thy have a total of six legs (3 on each side) and they can be red, light brown, and rust color. When they feed is when their bodies turn red because of the blood.

How Do I Know If I Have Bed Bugs?

When it comes to bed bugs there are a couple of different factors that could set off some red flags that you have bed bugs.

Do You Experience Any Of These Symptoms?

1. Bed Bug Bites
2. Black or Red Spots On Mattress Seams, Box Springs, Pillow Cases
3. Bed Bug exoskeletons (Shells/carcasses)
4. Actual Bed Bugs Hiding in Cracks & Crevices

Bed bug bites are the first indication that you may have a bed bug issue on your hands.

If you are getting bites but are not seeing bed bugs this doesn’t mean they are not there.

Bed bugs usually feed at early morning time about an hour before sunrise. Just when you are getting your best sleep.

The bed bug bites will usually be in a pattern. Every case is different but some people may not realize they have been bitten until 3-5 days after the initial feeding.

Others will feel a burning sensation once bitten.

The bites will swell up and become very irritated. They will also itch very badly to the point that the skin may break which can cause infections.

How Do I Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have proven to be very difficult to get rid of.

Just when you think you finally took care of your bed bug problem they just pop up out of no where again.

One of the reasons why this happens is because bed bug could be in other areas of your home that you never even realized they were there.

Here’s Something To Think About

It is estimated that that 60% of bed bugs are not even seen during inspection and initial treatment because they hide in crevices, cracks and dark places.

Depending on the size of the bed bug infestation can determine how difficult it may be to destroy the bed bug infestation once and for all.

5 Most Important Steps For Bed Bug Removal

  1. Inspection
  2. Prepping The Home For Treatment
  3. Safe & Effective Treatment of Your Home
  4. Retreating Your Home
  5. Preventative Maintenance

Step 1. How To Inspect For Bed Bugs

If you are not certain that you have bed bugs you may want to go over this step because there could be other places of your home that the bed bug infestation have spread.

Here is a list of the top places to check first when performing your inspection for bed bugs.

  1. Mattress – (How To Inspect Your Mattress)
  2. Box Springs – (Box Spring Inspection Guide)
  3. Pillows & Pillowcases
  4. Sofa & Cushions
  5. Recliners & Chairs
  6. Bed Posts & Wooden Frame
  7. Dresser Drawers
  8. Base Boards
  9. Electrical Wall Outlets
  10. Door Frames
  11. Window Sills
  12. Picture Frames
  13. Closets

For a complete guide to inspecting these areas please check out the Bed Bug Help Center

When inspecting for bed bugs the first thing you are going to be looking for is the evidence of bed bug activity.

Besides the bed bug bites there are other clues that you can find that will let you know if you have bed bugs and where they are most likely to set up the nest.

Here’s What Kind Of Evidence To Look For

  1. Black or Red Spots On Mattress Seams, Box Springs, Pillow Cases
  2. Bed Bug exoskeletons (Shells/carcasses)
  3. Bed Bugs Hiding in Cracks & Crevices

How To Prep Your Home For Bed Bug Treatment

Prepping your home for bed bug treatment might be a difficult process but it is a must.

The first thing you will need to do is remove all bed sheets, pillow cases, mattress covers, mattress pads and place them in a garbage bag and then tie it up in a knot.

Do the same thing for all clothing in your drawers as well and then take those bags of clothing and linens to your laundry area

There are bed bug laundry detergents that will destroy any type of bed bugs and their eggs that could be in your clothing and linens. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to bed bugs.

Wash your clothes in linens using 1 cup of bed bug laundry detergent per full load of laundry using high heat. Once finished, place items in the dryer and set on high heat for about 30 minutes.

While the dryer is running the next thing you need to do is remove all clutter from the rooms that you will be treating.

Throw away cardboard boxes if possible. These just add more places that bed bugs could possibly hide. Place personal belongings in plastic totes that have lids that lock into place.

Vacuum Or Steam Cleaning?

Once you have removed all the clutter in the rooms you will need to either or vacuum or steam clean the rugs, tile, and wood flooring.

Steam cleaning is an added measure if you have carpets because bed bugs could lay eggs in the carpet and the steam cleaner will get rid of those.

If you don’t have a steam cleaner then just vacuum up the areas but be sure to throw away the vacuum bag outside once completed.

This will keep the eggs or bed bugs from spreading to other areas of the house.

If your vacuum has canisters, dump the waste in the garbage can outside and wash canister in hot water and or wipe down with alcohol.

How To Destroy Bed Bugs

Now that you have prepped your home for treatment the next thing you need is a bed bug spray that actually works.

Many bed bug sprays out there just don’t live up to their expectations.

Like I mentioned earlier, bed bugs are becoming more resistant to pesticides that would kill the bed bugs in the past.

This is just one of the benefits of using Bed Bug Bully to destroy bed bugs.

One of the reasons why Bed Bug Bully is so effective is that it destroys the bed bugs but also the eggs as well.

Bed Bug Bully is an all natural bed bug spray that is natural oil based. There are no harsh chemicals or pesticides.

Bed Bug Bully is actually pesticide exempt which means that there are no pesticide fumes. You can actually treat your home with Bed Bug Bully and you will not have to leave.

One huge benefit of using Bed Bug Bully is that it has a 30 day residual.

This means that wherever you spray the product you will be creating a shield around the area so that if any bed bug comes in contact with the product it will die and Bed Bug Bully will also repel bed bugs for up to 30 days.

Benefits Of Bed Bug Bully

  • Eliminates Bed Bugs On Contact
  • Eliminates bed bugs, eggs, and nymphs
  • Uses Natural Oil Based Ingredients
  • No Harsh Fumes
  • Pesticide exempt
  • Repels Bed Bugs For 30 Days
  • 100% Money Back Guarantee

Remember Our Guarantee:

We are so confident your bed bug infestation will never be an issue again. You will receive a full money back guarantee.

If Bed Bug Bully does not work for any reason, simply let us know by email or phone and we will happily refund your money.

Our primary mission is to help you get rid of this painful bed bug infestation once and for all.

We Love To Hear Some More Questions

We would love to hear some more questions and comments below so that we can keep helping people with their bed bug problems. We are here to help so please leave a question that may have not been answered and we will do our best to provide you with a response to your question A.S.A.P.


How do I order the bed bug bully? How much should I order? I want to order it immediately. Thank you.

You can order Bed Bug Bully, bed bug spray on our website.

Can I purchase it locally in New Zealand

I am thinking of moving into an apartment building but am terrified of possible infestation from neighbors. Can I use BedBug Bully, monthly as a preventative measure?

If my friend has bed bugs (and a recent bite), is it safe for her to visit my home (with lots of carpet, bedding, drapes and hidey-holes?

My my neighbor had bed bugs can I get them? Can they travel to my house we live at lease 50 feet away? Should I treat my house and yard??

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