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If you have an infestation, it’s best to call a bed bug exterminator in NY, but if you haven’t been bitten yet, then you’ll want to take every measure you can to prevent the little devils from sneaking into your home and drinking your blood every night while you sleep.
The city of New York has taken its bed bug epidemic very seriously. Mayor Bloomberg even designated a task force to deal with the crisis and bring about the demise of the insects. That anti-bug team has provided a website to help citizens and visitors prevent an invasion of bugs, as well as excellent information on ridding oneself of the pests, should they have moved into your home already. Getting rid of them is extremely expensive, hovering in the neighborhood of $6000-$12000, so prevention is key.
There are excellent tips on the city’s bed bug website: http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/vector/bed-bug-guide.pdf, including recognizing bites and bugs in various stages of growth, and helpful hints to know where to look for them and how to keep them out of your home. It’s important to check all furniture coming into your home for bugs, seal up cracks in floors and walls, tighten plastic panel covers over electrical, cable, phone and light switch holes, and check your clothes and luggage when you are returning home, to be sure you didn’t bring hitchhiking bed bugs with you. If you think you might have some along for the ride, washing your clothes in extremely hot water and drying them on the highest heat possible will kill the insects.
One of the more uncommon but effective measures you can take is to pour diatomaceous earth dust around places where bug will sneak in, like electrical outlets, pipes, areas with electrical wires and holes or cracks in walls and floors. The dust cuts their bellies open when they crawl over it, and they die shortly thereafter. You could spray Bedlam once a week around your home, though it’s not industrial strength spray, it will still kill eggs, and that’s a big help. Fill the holes, cracks and crevices in your home with caulk to seal entryways that bugs may try to slip through.
Some people use glue floor mouse traps, sticky traps for cockroaches or you could try bed bug traps, which are similar to the glue traps for mice. If placed around the base of your bed, it should help catch them before they crawl up your bedpost.