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Can bed bugs come through the walls?

Question: I live in an apartment, and there is a unit in the same building that has bed bugs. They have sprayed that apartment, but will that kill them? Can they come through the walls? I have heard that they should spray the entire building at once, but my apartments have not done so. My concern is them getting to my apartment through the walls. Please help!

 

ANSWER: They can move along and through wall voids, use plumbing and electrical chaseways, etc. Although not every apartment has to be treated, those adjacent to the infested ones should be.

I would contact your apartment’s property managers and request first of all an inspection for your unit. If they do not have a reliable pest control provider, may I suggest they call the local Orkin branch and set up an inspection for the complex.

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