The National Apartment Association (NAA) has compiled a number of resources to assist property owners in addressing bedbug infestations in residential apartments.
Click Here for an informative fact sheet you can print (for the Spanish version click here). Or please visit NAA's Bed Bug Resource Center for more information.
Bed bugs have once again become prevalent in the United States spurred on by increased international travel and DDT, a once effective pesticide, being banned because of its toxicity to the environment. Bed bugs are small, prolific, and resistant to a number of pest management practices making treatment of an infestation challenging. It is essential to begin treatment as soon as an infestation is discovered and to work with a pest management company with expertise in the insect.
It is important to note that there is no evidence that bed bugs can transmit diseases to other people and that the cleanliness of an environment has no bearing on the presence of bed bugs. Bed bugs are often brought into the home in luggage after a hotel stay, in clothing, or on second-hand (used) furniture.
New Jersey has several legislative initiatives pending on bed bug inspections, eradication, mattress encasement, furniture treatment and related issues. While a measure supported by the NJAA passed the General Assembly, it has not yet passed in the Senate or been signed into law.
Therefore, there are no specific requirements on bedbug infestations and they should be addressed as you would any other infestation. Nonetheless, a few municipalities in New Jersey have approved local ordinances regarding bed bugs. Owners and managers should also consult their local municipalities to determine if there are any specific local requirements to follow.
All owners must be cognizant of their obligation to maintain their apartments in a habitable condition and free of infestations. Beginning treatment as soon as possible after bed bugs are reported is key to erradication due to the way bedbugs spread. A quick response also reduces potential liability.