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Moving and Bed Bugs

When faced with the prospect of living in a home with bed bugs for many unrelenting weeks or months, it’s understandable that thoughts of moving might pop into your head. Or, what if you were already planning on moving and discovered that your current home has a bed bug infestation. What should you do then? Read on to find out about bed bugs and moving.

Moving Somewhere When You Have Bed Bugs

If you can leave your home while it is being treated for a bed bug infestation, then that may be a viable option, but not without hardship or extreme cost. Bed bugs are harder to eradicate when there are no humans present. Bed bugs can live for up to a year without a meal and are extremely adept hiders. Many chemical treatments that a pest control company may put down to kill bed bugs won’t reach their hiding places, and if they are not coming out of these hiding places in search of food, they won’t interact with the insecticide. 

Moving when you have bed bugs is also extremely difficult unless you have the option to leave behind all of your personal belongings. There are steps you can take while packing to ensure that you avoid bringing bed bugs with you as much as possible if you need to move before your bed bug situation is completely eradicated. If at all possible, this should only be attempted if your infestation is mild and isolated to your bed.

Why It Might Be Better To Stay

If you live in an apartment complex, condominium community, college dormitory or any other multi-occupancy location, leaving your residence will only serve to encourage the spread of bed bugs into nearby units in search of a meal. Bed bugs can easily travel through walls. If the infestation has spread throughout the complex in which you live, your dwelling may be infested again upon your return.

If you decide that the best means of eradicating your bed bug population is to leave for a specified amount of time, thus starving the bed bugs and then plan to return, you will have to plan to vacate your residency for up to 16 months. You have to be extremely careful with how you pack and what you bring with you so you don’t bring bed bugs with you to the place you go while waiting for your home bed bug infestation to die out, just to transplant your bed bug problem to your new residence. 

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