Vancouver: Be Ready For Bedbugs If You’re Moving

Remember the old saying “Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite”?

Well, that may have been useful information back in the day. IF you slept in a tightly made bed, there was some hope that you would not be infested by bedbugs, but those days are gone, and bedbugs are here to stay.

Both renters and homeowners are slowly becoming increasingly concerned about the history of bedbug infestations in their locations. It’s a sad truth that not all landlords and homeowners care to share that information with home buyers or renters, so it’s definitely a question that needs to be asked. Its also true that some homeowners and renters might not even know that they have an infestation. Below are some simple steps that a prospective home buyer or renter should take before moving into a new home or apartment:

1. Find out from your local renters and property owners laws whether reporting previous bedbug infestations is required by law. This is useful information to have.

2. Before renting or buying, do a bedbug inspection. Pay this upfront to get peace of mind on what you might expect. Termite inspections used to the norm, but that has been replaced by bedbug inspections.

3. Talk to either the building management or the realtors and ask them pointedly about how they would handle bedbug infestations if any were found to be present. If you have a chance to research previous tenants or owners, that would be a bonus for your own sake.

4. Do as much getting to know neighbors as possible, and don’t be shy about asking them the hard questions about bedbugs.

5. Find out about bedbug sprays, which create barriers. You can do this within your apartment or within your bedroom. It’s over-the-counter stuff, so it’s readily available, but make sure you have some.

6. Fresh paint jobs and new floors don’t get rid of bedbugs, so don’t assume anything when you see these things upon inspecting the apartment or home.

7. Mattress and box-spring encasements are a great thing to have. This will rid the bedbugs from inside the mattress and box-spring.

8. Cut-down on the clutter in the bedroom, especially under the bed because that’s where bedbugs like to hide.

9. Find out from your moving company, if you’re using one, or whether they take any steps to rid their vehicles of bedbugs. There are bedbug-sniffing canines that can find these for you.

10. Often second-hand or used items could include bedbugs or eggs. It’s not a bad idea to spray these items when you bring them into your house. This is your own extermination attempt.

Finally, keep your eyes open for the signs of bed bugs when you’re looking for a new house or apartment. There are sources online for what to look for specifically. Moving is very stressful, and you don’t want to be swept away at the last minute by a bedbug infestation, so do add these things to your checklist and you’ll be glad you did. A little bit of due diligence up front will let you sleep comfortably on the other side, and that’s where you don’t want the bedbugs to bite.