Figure Out What To Do if Your Neighbor Has Bed Bugs
Bed bugs can spread from one house to another, so if you suspect your neighbor’s house is infested, it should be a wake-up call. Disinfecting your own house isn’t enough to keep you safe—your neighbors need to do the same.
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Bed bugs are ovalish, brown insects that survive by drinking animal and human blood. These creatures are called bed bugs because they prefer to find a home in sofas, mattresses, and other soft materials.
Their bites can cause various skin problems, such as rashes, infections, blisters, and general itching. In more severe cases, they can also induce fever and allergy-like symptoms.
Bed bugs don’t fly or jump. They can only walk or climb and can easily travel through drain pipes and vents.
It is rare for bed bugs to spread if you live in a detached house. Still, if you live in a condo or an apartment, a neighbor’s infestation can spread to your home through wall cracks and shared walls.
Various telltale signs help confirm the presence of bed bugs, such as:
- Dark red spots on mattress seams and pillowcases
- Red bites on parts of your body when you wake up
- Foundation bug bites
- Shells of bugs
- Presence of an actual live bug
If you suspect that your neighbor has bed bugs, take the following preventative measures to protect your home:
|Prevention Method||Brief Details|
|Examine your house||Go through every nook and cranny of your apartment to make sure you don’t have any bed bugs. Crucial places you need to check include:
Bed bugs love the dark, so check all dark places in your apartment to confirm your home is safe. If you’ve brought something over from your infested neighbor’s place, make sure to examine it thoroughly
|Hire a professional inspector||Doing it yourself isn’t always enough. Get your home inspected by a professional to make sure it is clear of any bed bug infestations|
|Seal cracks||If there are any cracks near any outlets, pipes, or vents, seal them immediately|
|Disinfect everything||Get a professional disinfecting service to come over and disinfect your house. You also need to wash your clothes at a high temperature to kill any bugs|
|Avoid your neighbor||Avoid visiting your neighbor until their house has been professionally treated and disinfected|
Do you suspect your neighbor as the source of the bed-bug outbreak? Since bed bugs can easily travel through contact, it would be ideal to avoid your neighbor until they are free of the infestation.
This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t address the matter at all. You should contact your neighbor via phone and let them know that they need to take appropriate action.
If your neighbor refuses to listen to your requests, you should escalate the issue and send them a demand letter. The letter should include the arbitration notice, evidence of the infestation, and possible legal consequences if they don’t respond to your requests.
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If you want to send a demand letter to your neighbor and you’re not sure how to draft one, DoNotPay can help you out!
All you need to do is follow these instructions:
- Open DoNotPay in your web browser
- Go to Neighbor Complaint
- Select the problem you’re experiencing
- Shed more light on the situation
We will create the letter and send it to your neighbor. In most cases, your neighbor will realize their negligence and try to resolve the situation. If they refuse, file a formal complaint with the local authorities or take legal action, depending on the severity of the complaint.
A resident or property owner can sue an adjacent property owner for any interference or damage to their property. You can claim that your neighbors are the reason for the infestation, but it might be difficult to prove.
If you live in a rented space, a better solution is to file an official complaint to your landlord. They might have a more suitable remedy for the situation.
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