I was somewhat annoyed when the apt. management slipped a notice under everyone's door, that they were going to have an exterminator doing bed bug inspections in a few days. However, after doing some reading on the subject, it appears that it is the wise thing to do. Battling The Bedbug Epidemic | Cover Story | Chemical & Engineering News
I was told that the bugs were found in one apartment in the other building of the complex, so that is near enough to home for me. Still, considering what I read, I don't see a real solution to the problem if they are found. I recall a comment that the manager made on her last annual inspection of the apartment, when the subject first arose, about having to throw out all infected items, which could mean considerable financial hardship being imposed on the victims.
The article that I linked mentioned the fact that there are some non-tested products being marketed for the problem, which were termed "snake oil", yet I know in other matters that some less scientific methods do work. I'm curious if anyone has any personal knowledge along these lines?
I do not expect for the exterminator to find my apartment to be a problem, because if it were I would be the first to know, because I would be getting bitten, but there is more than one way to having the bite put on a person, and I want to be prepared for all comers...animal or human.