There is an epidemic of bed bugs in NYC even though you don’t see it on the news very often. They also don’t tell you how to fight them or keep from getting them. I am writing this to help increase awareness and help win the war against this nasty creature. I happen to live with the best pest control technician, Jason Irwin, who works for Broadway Exterminators in Manhattan and spends many hours every day fighting pest. Shameless plug, if you need pest control in the New York City area, call 212.280.1657 and request Jason Irwin as your technician. Learn more on their website here>> Get Rid of Bed Bugs!
One of the reasons so many people are getting them is because they take home things other people throw away. When you have an infestation, the best thing to do is get rid of your furniture and beds. People really should put signs on the infested items to keep people from taking them out of the trash and into their homes. If you take an infested piece of furniture or clothing into you home you will infest your entire house. Then you will be the next one on the block putting all your stuff out on the street for the trash.
Bed bugs live in the cracks and you can’t always see them. The best way to tell if your bed or couch or chair is infested is to use a hairdryer to heat up an area. They are attracted to the heat and will come out looking for a host. They leave small poop stains behind that look like dust, half the size of a flea.
Basic Info: Bed bugs are small nocturnal insects that feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded hosts. Bed bugs are generally active only at night, with a peak attack period about an hour before dawn, though given the opportunity, they may attempt to feed at other times of day.
Attracted by warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide, the bug pierces the skin of its host with two hollow tubes. With one tube it injects its saliva, which contains anticoagulants and anesthetics, while with the other it withdraws the blood of its host. After feeding for about five minutes, the bug returns to its hiding place. The bites cannot usually be felt until some minutes or hours later, as a dermatological reaction to the injected agents. Although bed bugs can live for up to 18 months without feeding, they typically seek blood every five to ten days.