Getting Rid of Bed BugsThursday, January 12, 2012 0:55
The age old question regarding bed bugs–how do you contract them in the first place? Do you think bed bugs only attack “dirty people”? That misconception won’t keep you safe. Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs don’t just come from seedy motels. The truth of the matter is you can contract them just about anywhere–from Broadway theaters, subway cars, and classrooms!
Bed bugs can be transported to your home by any number of means. They can easily hitch a ride in on your clothes, shoes, or general belongings. Strangers, delivery men, and even guests can give you bed bugs just by walking into your home. If you live in a close-knit apartment complex and your neighbor has bed bugs, they might come into your residence through light sockets.
And bed bugs aren’t just confined to residential spaces. Despite their name, bed bugs have actually infested quite a number of commercial buildings, such as retail outlets, including Victoria’s Secret, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Hollister. Even the Empire State Building in New York City has recently dealt with an infestation.
While there is no way to 100% guarantee you WON’T pick up bed bugs on your next trip out, you should make sure to get your hands on all the information you can find. There is a lot of information available about these pests and some methods of prevention. It’s important to be aware of the tell-tale signs of bed bug activity, so as to catch problems in their infancy and minimize the impact of an infestation. A simple and easy way to minimize the likelihood of bringing bed bugs into your home is to immediately remove your clothing and place it in a dryer for 30-40 minutes on high, thereby killing any bugs or eggs you suspect you may have come in contact with.
For more information and tips on how to prevent or eliminate bed bugs, pick up a copy of Jeff Eisenberg’s The Bed Bug Survival Guide. Eisenberg and his company, Pest Away Exterminating, have used the knowledge imparted in the book to successfully eradicate severe bed bug problems in homes, schools, office buildings, non-profits, governmental agencies, stores, and more. To learn more about this issue and how to handle it contact Pest Away by phone at (212)721-2521 or visit www.pestawayinc.com.
Pest Away is a full service extermination company based out of Manhattan, servicing the tri-state area.
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