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New York Seeing Bed Bugs Go Bye-Bye

NY Statue of LibertyThe year 2010 was a good year for bed bugs, but a bad one for the residents of New York City, as pest invasions reached all-time highs. The bugs took over houses, apartments, hotels, offices and even popular clothing stores. However, 2011 brought hope to New Yorkers, as reports of the blood-sucking insects declined with the help of advances in bed bug control methods.

New York’s Declining Bed Bug Population

In 2011, reports of bed bug violations in New York apartments decreased by 344 incidents, from 4,825 to 4,481, according to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Of the NYC boroughs, Queens was the only one that reported an increase in bed bug reports, going from 593 to 610 in 2011. In general, inspectors report a violation if they find at least one bed bug. New York City’s Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications state that the city’s 3-1-1 help line received 22 percent fewer calls about bed bugs between January and November 2011 than during the same months in 2010.

What Other Cities can Learn about Bed Bug Prevention

Despite the good news about the declining numbers, bed bug control is still an important issue for NYC residents. Many infestation issues stem from travelers carrying unwanted hitchhikers, along with the failure of apartment landlords to control outbreaks.

Most of city’s pest control success is due to public education about bed bug prevention. The city continues to educate the public through a dedicated bed bug website, which, with the help of pest management companies and entomologists, offers tips for preventing, recognizing and treating infestations. Housing inspectors in the city also received specialized training and the assistance of bed bug-sniffing dogs, which are more efficient than humans at identifying an infestation.

Bed bug prevention methods common in the Big Apple include:

  • Using bed bug-resistant mattress covers
  • Regularly inspecting rooms and their electrical sockets, bed frames and baseboards for signs of bed bugs
  • Placing clothes in the dryer for 10 minutes immediately after getting home to kill any bed bugs.

Bed bugs are a problem all over the U.S. If you suspect that you have these pests in your home, immediately call a bed bug pest control specialist to help you effectively and safely control the infestation.

[ Photo by: Celso Flores, on Flickr, via CC License ]

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