Anytime you are moving into a place where someone else previously lived, you are taking a risk of moving into a unit that has bed bugs. Not saying this to scare anyone that is looking to get an apartment, I am just saying there are a lot of cases where residents move into a nice looking empty apartment that’s infested with bed bugs.
First off this is not something that is extremely common, but it is something that happens. And you being a tenant, a newly one at that, you should not be moving into a place that has blood sucking insects hiding in the corners of the popcorn ceiling, or under the carpet tacks, waiting for their next meal to move in and set up.
As I have said many times bed bugs do not care if your home is clean, dirty, smoke-free or smoking home, all they care about is getting their next meal and laying their eggs to reproduce, that is it, that is all they care about.
But if you are a tenant at an apartment and you do discover that you are waking up with insect bites, and even happen to spot a bed bug or two, then you need to notify management and have them take care of the problem as soon as possible, by getting a professional bed bug exterminator in there as soon as possible.
The professional should do a thorough spraying of the entire building, as if just one unit is sprayed, the bed bug can easily travel through the walls to the next apartment over, and escape the bed bug spray and survive, so that really wouldn’t be curing the problem, just spreading it to the next door neighbors.
Depending on how bad the infestation is, they may have to move your apartment. If this is the case, make sure to get mattress covers for your mattress, pillows and box spring. There is a good chance that while you are moving to your other unit, you may find out that you have a few stragglers that are tagging along inside of your mattress.