Spiders. Bees. Ants. They’ve all been the subject of big-budget Hollywood horror movies. But as anyone who has ever faced a bed bug infestation knows, true terror is much smaller and far more insidious.
Like vampires, bed bugs feed on human blood. But they can go months without eating, hiding in mattresses or even behind wallpaper. Scientists suspect they’ve even evolved to evade the harmful effects of certain insecticides.
In other words, they’re as tough as any monster Hollywood can dream up.
If you want to know how to prevent bed bugs from ruining your night’s sleep, your mattress, or your favorite piece of luggage — or if you already suspect an infestation — the following information will help you determine the appropriate next steps. For inspiration, we’ll look at several frightening films and how their heroes saved the day.
From “Night of the Living Dead” to “28 Days Later,” its a zombie movie staple to watch the heroes get to work fortifying their house against the zombie hoards. They board up windows and nail doors shut.
You can take the same fortification approach with bed bugs in your apartment. Here’s how:
In “Jaws,” one unsuspecting swimmer after another falls prey to an oversized great white shark. A little more vigilance — such as surveying the water for an oversized man-eating shark — could have helped them. Once the main protagonists know what to look for, they take the fight to the big shark.
Here’s the sort of vigilance you’ll need to avoid introducing bed bugs into your apartment:
In “Poltergeist,” a family beset by unwanted visitors — who lurk inside their TV and closets — goes on the offensive to rid the evil spirits from their home. They’re aided by various technological gadgets, but you won’t need as much: just a flashlight.
In movies such as “Predator,” “The Thing,” and “Aliens,” beleaguered heroes face long odds when they switch from being the hunted to the hunter. The following suggestions will ensure you have far more success.
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Bed bug bites can cause aggravating skin irritation. Their simple presence can cause a fair amount of anxiety. Sometimes, the only thing left to do is move out after your lease is up, especially if you suspect the infestation’s “ground zero” is located elsewhere in your apartment building. Find the perfect, bed-bug free apartment on ApartmentSearch.com today.