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Bed Bugs in New Yorkbedbug

Have you ever heard, "Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite?" For the past 50 years, this nursery rhyme was considered outdated, but now – bedbugs are back! According to the University of Tennessee, bed bug pest control service calls increased "500 percent in 2003” and ‘increased 20 percent’ the following year – and the problem is getting worse. Bed bugs are being found in expensive hotels, apartments, mansions and dormitories in nearly every state in the country. For many pest control companies, bed bugs are creating more callbacks than all other target pests. All County offers New York bed bug services throughout Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties. We service Lagrangeville, Wingdale, Holmes, Nelsonville, Garrison, Putnam Valley, Yorktown, Purchase, Ardsley, Ryebrook, Mamaroneck and the surrounding areas

Why the resurgence of bed bugs? In Asia, Africa, India, Europe, the Caribbean, Central and South America , bed bugs are still a major issue. Foreign travelers bring these bugs into the United States via luggage, clothes, furniture, and other common items.

The bed bug is a reddish-brown insect that doesn't grow much longer than 0.2 inches (0.5 centimeters). They feed on human blood at night, often leaving an itching lump as a result of a bite. Bed bugs inject an anticoagulant to keep your blood flowing as they suck, along with a numbing agent to keep you from feeling the bite. If the bite is detected, the person may notice a very “slight twinge of pain” that quickly disappears

Bed bugs take shelter near their host - around bedrooms and sleeping areas. They prefer to breed and hide in the following areas:

  • Cracks and crevices of headboards, bed frames and mattresses.

  • Seams of mattresses; under plastic boxspring corner covers; inside mattress coils; and in cracks in bed frames.

  • Bedside furniture and dressers, wall boards and wood paneling;

  • In clutter under the bed; under door and window frames; behind pictures; under loose wallpaper;

  • Under the edges of wall-to-wall carpeting, baseboards and other wood molding; in ceiling-wall junctures;

  • Inside clothing stored in closets and dressers; inside lamps, clocks, phones, televisions.

  • Smoke detectors can serve as a breeding ground for bedbugs.

Bed bugs may travel from an attic to a living area through lights and ceiling fans – including, light switches, wall outlet and/or pipe penetrations.

Life Cycle
Typically a female will deposit up to five eggs per day and lay roughly 200 to 500 eggs during her life. About a week later, a nymph will emerge from the egg. After taking at least one blood meal, the nymph molts, and will go through five stages called instars before becoming an adult. To grow from an egg to an adult bed bug, it will take roughly one month. Adults can live several months to more than a year.

Bed bug control is a challenge even for professional pest control companies. Disassembling the infected areas is necessary, such as - removing mattresses, boxsprings, pictures, furniture, and bedding material. Treating the items with an approved pest control material is necessary. Since bed bugs hide in wall voids, drilling the walls and injecting with a pesticide dust is often recommended. Vacuuming the beds and furniture will help remove eggs. According to the University of Tennessee, steaming cleaning the seams, “crevices and folds of mattresses, box springs, sofas, love seats, chairs and other furniture should kill all eggs, nymphs and adult bed bugs contacted.” Washing the bedding and clothes in”hot water – at 120 degrees F minimum” should kill the bed bugs.

Bed bugs have largely been thought of as being a problem of the past. The truth, however, is that bed bugs are making a strong comeback. Bed Bugs can be found in your suitcases, and in fine hotels and homes.

One of the major reasons for such a strong reappearance is because of international travel. Bed bugs get into clothes and luggage and then are brought home. You could have picked them up from your hotel room, or even from your suitcase on the plane!

A bed bug does not actually live under your skin, but will simply drink a few drops of blood while you are sleeping. You cannot feel its bite, even though it is actually piercing the skin. Although some saliva will get into the bite, bed bugs are not known to pass on any diseases to humans.

The different species of bed bugs have different feeding preferences. Some prefer human blood while others prefer bats and birds. Bed Bugs primarily reside in their target’s nests or nesting areas.

While many bed bugs hide in mattresses, some may also hide in a sofa or chair, or behind wall paper or pictures. Thoroughness is the only real way to get rid of Bed Bugs. Every corner and crevice needs to be searched. As you might guess, this means that simply getting rid of an infected mattress will not totally solve the problem.

Bed Bug bites often cause redness and some swelling. Antihistamines and corticosteroids may be given to help relieve the itching. Approximately 50% of Bed Bug victims do not show any evidence of bites.

These little blood suckers are about 3/8" long and are visible to the naked eye. Amazingly, though, they are able to go a long time without any food if necessary; sometimes, as long as a year. When they are gorged with blood, the females will lay eggs- two hundred at a time.

Since their reappearance, researchers have found that the new Bed Bugs are much more resistant to chemicals that have previously been in use. Insecticides that are often used for roaches and similar insects do not work on Bed Bugs- which is another reason they are at large again.

If you think you might have an infestation of Bed Bugs, call now and let us help you quickly get rid of the problem. We know how to identify, reduce, and eliminate your Bed Bug infestation.

Ask about our Home Protection Plan, this is the best protection we can provide to control pests in and around your home. Pests are a constant threat to your home environment and with on-going inspection, treatment and correction of conducive conditions, All County can provide a much better living environment for you and your family.


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