Everything you need to know about bed bugs

Bed Bugs, two words no one wants to hear together, unfortunately Bed Bugs instill fear in the lives of us in New York, from the ones who’ve had it and do not want to go through the whole ordeal again, and to the ones who’ve never had them and fear bringing Bed Bugs home.

According to a 2013 Bed Bugs without Boarders survey by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky  revealed that nearly very pest management professional from coast to coast has encountered a bed bug infestation within the last 12 months leading to the survey.

The survey states “Bed bugs continue to plague American cities, large and small and are being reported in virtually every place people tend to live and gather.”

Since 2013 to 2014 there has been a decline in bed bug infestations according to The New York City Department of Housing and Preservation Development which released statistics related to bed Bug complaints in June of 2014. In stated that it only issued 2735 violations for Bed Bugs in the 12 months prior to the release of the information. This showed a 43% declined in the amount of violations issued for Bed Bugs over the last 3 years.

The rapid rate at which Bed Bugs multiply is extraordinary, In a few months time you can go from 2 Bed Bugs to thousands of them. Once a Bed Bug has completed its life cycle becoming an adult they’re able to breed. A female Bed Bug on average lays about 5 eggs a day, which will hatch sometime between 7 to 10 days and it will take that nymph a few weeks under ideal conditions to become an adult. This is why it’s extremely important to become aware of an infestation as soon as possible. The good news is that Bed Bugs have not been found to transmit diseases so that’s some what of a relief.

The decline in complaints and violations issued can be attributed to the guidelines issued by the New York City  Department of Housing a Preservation and Development For the treatment of bed bugs, the public awareness to Bed Bugs as well as landlords and homeowners treating the infestations as soon as they’re notified.

  • Manhattan: 846 violations in 2010 | 520 violations in 2013
  • Bronx: 1,104 in 2010 | 768 in 2013
  • Brooklyn: 2,147 in 2010 | 1,290 in 2013
  • Queens: 593 in 2010 | 478 in 2013
  • Staten Island: 118 in 2010 | 80 in 2013

Citywide, bedbug infestations were cut by nearly 53 percent – from 4,808 in 2010 to 2,268 in 2013.

Remaining vigilant is very important as is training the stuff from the housekeepers all the way up to management on what to look for. Early detection is vital a bed bug is tiny as seen here.

Bed Bug life cycle actual size compared to penny

You want to catch infestations before they happen especially in hotels where a guest can get bit and before the infestations starts to get worst. Hotel staff as well as the general public should be educated on inspection methods, bed bug signs as well as treatment methods. Protocols should be put in place on how to handle complaints and infestation for the hotel as well as for the Pest management professional.

What does a bed bug bite look like?

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Preventative treatments are possible, new products have been made available to pest management professionals that are more effective, last longer, and if used properly provide minimal risk . Regardless Bed Bugs still remain the most feared pest among the public especially travelers who are more vigilant and aware of Bed bugs. They’re diligent about inspecting hotel rooms when checking in. they fear becoming a bed bugs meal or worse bringing an infestation home.

When staying in a hotel inspecting your hotel room bed, headboard and surroundings is important. In most hotel rooms the headboard is mounted to the wall, an inspection is still possible if you inspect the surrounding areas for signs of Bed Bug activity. When returning from vacation, have your suit case bagged before you enter your home, go through the laundry in a controlled environment, wash the clothes as soon as possible and inspect the luggage to insure you haven’t brought home any unwanted guest. Inspecting the folds and creases of your mattress as well as your bedding as you’re changing them for live or dead Bed Bugs, fecal matter, eggs or their exoskeleton is a good way of become aware of a Bed Bug infestation early on.

There are so many places that you can come in contact with Bed Bugs, public transportation, school, work, childcare facilities ect. Virtually any facility or setting is a place where an infestation can occur. Bed Bugs do not prefer any one material over the other, what they do prefer is a surface with joints, folds, creases, and cavities for them to hide in. They tend to feed when host are stationary for long periods of time since it takes them a few minutes to feed. Once a Bed Bug has consumed its blood meal, it will retreat back to its harborage area, digest its meal and molt onto the next stage. The Bed Bug will repeat this process until it becomes an adult.

Although you may believe that you’re able to eradicate Bed Bugs on your own I strongly recommend against it. The truth is that sometimes by self-treating an infestation you can cause more harm than good. Using the wrong product may act as a repellent instead of killing the Bed Bugs, often times this will cause the Bed Bugs to seek shelter deeper in voids where they will go dormant for a short period of time. The end result in many cases is hundreds of Bed Bugs feeding at the same time and you the host waking up with hundreds of welts. Pesticides can be very dangerous when the product label is not followed, it’s just much easier and safer If you leave the task to Dynamic Exterminating ‘s trained Pest management Professionals.

If you think you have Bed Bugs or are completely certain of it, panicking is not the answer. Although Bed Bugs can be difficult to eradicate, contacting a local professional pest control company who has the experience and knowledge in eradicating these unwanted bugs is paramount to a successful treatment lets all help keep New York Bed Bug Free.

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