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Bed Bugs New York City

Bed Bugs In The Big Apple

Unlike certain struggling sports teams, bed bugs are again making headlines in New York City.

Bed bug violations in New York City totaled 377 in 2004, up sharply from only two in 2002 and 16 in 2003. And the trend continues to grow. 2,757 violations have been reproted as of June 19, 2008.

Reports of bed bug infestations flow from different parts of the United States, but those coming from New York seem to be the most disturbing.

Hordes of bed bugs were found in a duplex apartment in Park Avenue, while residents of a Riverside Drive co-op spent $20,000 to get rid of these pesky insects.

The comeback of bed bugs has been attributed by entomologists and pest control groups to the continued entry of immigrant settlers coming from third world countries, increased travel activity and use of less effective insecticides.

Even poriducts that are "brand new" maybe infested. A new mattress bought from a department store may have been stored in a truck carrying a bug infested couch disposed by its owner.

Bed bugs are not choosy on their tykpe of dwelling place, as long as there is a warm body available nearby.

Even a well-cleaned and maintained home will be good for them. This unlike New York's roaches or mice, which prefer to move into more cluttered and dirty living spaces.

Once they enter a home, bed bugs can attach themselves to pants to be carried to work or schools. And they can crawl into neighboring apartments.

Anybody that stays in a hotel has a chance of bringing home bed bugs. Even some of New York’s best places to stay in have infestations.

Bed bugs have been found in private schools, hospital maternity wards and even in the waiting room of a local hospital in downtown New York.

Bed bugs were almost forgotten pest shortly after World War II due to the use of DDT. However, concerns over the possible effects of the chemical to human health, eventually resulted in the banning of its use.

Less effective pesticides and chemical resistance have both lead to a resurgance in bed bug populations.

Who is this insect enemy?

Bed bugs have the scientific name of "Cimex lectularius." They don’t have wings unlike most insects and have a brownish color. Bed bugs are nocturnal parasites when they are active hunting for human hosts. They are normally inactive during the day and only come out during nighttime.

Because they are "invisible" during the day, people rarely discover them until their population has risen to hundreds or even thousands.

Human blood is the favorite meal of bed bugs, but they can also feed on cats and dogs, if they are left with no alternative.

Bed bugs have highly developed mouthparts to bite and suck blood. The insects usually come out to attack when the person occupying the bed has dozed off to dreamland.

Bed bugs eat for as short as less than a minute, to as long as 10 minutes. They can expand three times their original size once they are filled with blood. However, humans will hardly detect that he is being victimized by a bed bug, as its bite is painless.

Thankfully, bed bugs do not transmit disease and the bite only results in an orderly trail of red wheals that dermatologists often mistakenly identify as scabies or hives.

The lifespan of an adult bed bug can last for as long as a year and a female can lay as much as 300 eggs, three times a year.

Bed bugs prefer beds with many holes and tears in them. They dcan occupy foam mattresses, sleeping bags, cardboard stacks and even waterbeds. Waterbeds feature nooks and crannies and are normally kept warm.

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Insecticides bought from the local hardware have become ineffective in fighting bed bugs, as they have built up chemical resistance over the years. Using a cockroach bomb will only scatter them into different areas of a room.

Pest control groups in New York have advised those with beg bug problems to wash and bag every piece of clothing in an infested room, as part of a pre-extermination procedure.

Garments or beddings badly infested should be thrown out, as these cannot be sprayed with insecticides. Cleaning clutter is also a requirement, as spaces filled with belongings will just delay the inspection and treatment process.

In addition, bed frames and bureau drawers need to be taken apart, to allow various chemicals used to do their job. The process may need to be done multiple times, if the infestations are of the worst kind.

Despite various ways to fight bed bugs, people need to accept the fact that they are back and will continue to stay in the Big Apple.

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