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Did you know that the Union Pacific train line had a extra train known as the 'Bed Bug Special' to exterminate bed bugs and other vermin in the section houses along the rail line?

Did you know the Romans used Bed Bug as an antidote for snake bites?

Did you know we used to use feathers to remove Bed Bugs from crack and crevices?

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New York City Bed Bugs Exterminating

How to get rid of Bed Bugs in New York City

  1. First, proper identification is required. Bed Bugs are small insects that start off creamy colored and become dark red as it grows. They grow to 1/5 inch or 5mm. They do NOT fly or jump.
  2. Once identified, ask how I got them. If picked up while traveling, inspect the luggage. Vacuum the luggage or use an approved over-the counter insecticide labeled for luggage.
  3. The clothing must be laundered ASAP. Follow clothing label directions for cleaning. High heat for a minimum of 10 minutes is enough to kill all stages.
  4. Vacuum, using a HEPA Vacuum, any room you think may have bed bugs such as the bed room. Pay attention to crack and crevices around furniture. Remember to dispose of the vacuum contents in a sealed trash bag.
  5. If you have a steamer, it may be used in those hard to reach areas that a vacuum can't.
  6. Remember it is best to call a professional pest control company to treat the house or office if insecticides are going to be required. They have been trained to properly mix and use the products according to Federal, State and Local regulations and have the experience to solve your infestation.
  7. Disassemble the bed, empty all dressers, night stands, and empty closets to inspect for signs of bed bugs. Look for dark specs of dried blood or the exuviae (outer shell) of the bed bugs. Save any specimens found for professional identification in a zip-lock bag.
  8. Sealing crack and crevices around baseboards and gluing down and loose wallpaper will prevent harborage sites.
  9. Purchase good quality bed encasements for both the mattress and box springs. This way you don't have to throw them out.
  10. Consider climb-ups for the legs of you bed. These passive traps have pitfalls that will trap be bugs trying to get onto a bed.
  11. Make sure you remove bed skirts so that bed bugs cannot climb up onto the bed.
  12. Move the bed a few inches away from the wall.
  13. Create a safe zone such as the garage, bathtub, or foyer where you examine anyone entering the premises. They may be required to change clothing to prevent bed bugs. The clothing either goes into a rubber-made container or gets laundered.
  14. Be vigilant