You’re in the market for a new home and you find the house of your dreams, but before signing on the dotted line, there’s an important question you need to ask the seller and the realtor – has the house been inspected for bed bugs?
In some states, a disclosure statement is required that lays out the home’s condition. You’ll want to know the status of any bed bug infestation before moving in.
Bed Bug Myths
Bed bugs are often thought to be the result of dirty or filthy living conditions, but this is not true. Bed bugs show no favoritism between a hostel and a luxury five-star hotel. The bugs are savvy, opportunistic travelers that hitch a ride on everything from tote bags and suitcases to clothing and backpacks.
Bed bugs only live in the mattress is another myth. While they like dark, cozy places, bed bugs are found behind walls, in seat cushions on trains, planes, and automobiles, or in packed boxes.
The bugs are a health hazard and carry diseases. This isn’t true but they can cause allergic reactions for some. Most people only experience red, itchy bite marks.
Once you’ve moved in, you can always have your home inspected by a NJ bed bug exterminator for signs of activity.