NJ Bed Bugs - A Problem That Is Growing Exponentially
According to recent information posted at Occupational Health and Safety these are the top hot spots for bed bug infestation activity in 2010:
- New York City, New York
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Detroit, Michigan
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Chicago, Illinois
- Denver, Colorado
- Columbus, Ohio
- Dayton, Ohio
- Washington, D.C.
- Los Angeles, California
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Louisville, Kentucky
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
Many of the hot spots are not major metropolitan areas but rather main stream city communities just like ours!
The bed bug problem is now growing so rapidly that TheWeek.com says "Calls to bedbug exterminators in the U.S. have risen by 57 % in the last five years - prompting fears of a national epidemic." You'll want to click into to read the full article with more statistics such as "Three being the number of weeks Hollister allegedly waited to tackle its bedbug problem after the staff's initial complaints. (Other NYC retailers and media offices that have reportedly suffered infestations include: Victoria's Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch, Marie Claire magazine, and FOX News.)"
Bed bugs are a growing concern for any New Jersey resident who travels into New York City, vacations and stays at a hotel, visits movie theatres, dines at restaurants, or visits any public places where people gather. Bed bugs are hitchhikers and can enter your home, office, or apartment on the backpack of a guest or from a suitcase that has traversed an infested luggage conveyor at the airport. Once they get a toehold, bed bugs are very difficult to eradicate. Vigilance and prevention are the best ways to prevent your New Jersey home or business from becoming infested with bed bugs. But even with careful attention, even the most vigilant can still get bed bugs.
Bed Bug Information Resources
If you have bed bugs or just want to find out more about how to combat and prevent a bed bug infestation, the links that follow will help you to tap into the wealth of information and community of bed bug sufferers that can commiserate with you and share personal insights.
|Bed Bug Registry||Before you travel to any hotel, make sure to check out their bed bug status first. Although checking the registry still doesn't replace a careful inspection of your room for bed bugs once you arrive, it may keep you from booking a room in a bed bug hot spot.|
|Bed Bugger Forum||This site run by users is a great place to check out new bed bug information, bed bug bite itch treatments, and ask questions. The site has a very interactive community of bed bug victims, pest control professionals, and bed bug survivors. It is a great place to find out more about bed bugs and treatments.|
|New Jersey Bed Bug News||NewJersey.com has a page full of local New Jersey bed bug news including business sightings, county information, and news articles from a variety of local New Jersey newspapers. Including an article on bed bugs found in a Monmouth County Mall movie theatre.|
|New York vs Bed Bugs||This is a great site focused on legislative issues in both New York and New Jersey. There have been a number of bills introduced into the New Jersey Senate recently that impact property owners in regards to treatment responsibility and sharing of information about infestations with residents. This site as well as BedBugger.com are good places to watch for legal developments.|
|Never Worry About Bugs Again||Our own blog is an excellent place to visit and follow for news and information about bed bugs and how to protect yourself and your family when you travel, how to keep your home bed bug free, and even what to do if you get them.|
|Trending Insect News||Read special articles about bed bugs, find out about new New Jersey bed bug legislation, and learn how to protect yourself from bed bugs. We not only follow bed bugs but watch for other trending insect issues.|
|Allison Pest Control on Facebook||The unvarnished truth on pests is posted here! Visit our Facebook Page and interact with others, get your questions answered and read breaking pest and bed bug news here first.|
As one of the top exterminators in New Jersey serving Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex County, Allison Pest Control is your local bed bug specialist. Allison Pest Control utilizes a very effective protocol for killing bed bugs. Our treatment protocol has been time-tested and is providing excellent "kill" results. We effectively kill bed bugs where they hide with 300 degree steam generated by a portable commercial steam appliance. Bed Bugs cannot live through this high heat and die on contact. Using special crack and crevice tools we literally inject the steam into their hiding places with excellent extermination results.
In many cases we follow up a steam treatment with a combination of insecticides specially created to kill bed bugs and keep them from breeding. In some sensitive environments like schools and nursing homes, steam may be the best and only treatment needed for extermination of bed bugs.
But It All Starts With a Free Bed Bug Visual Inspection
Unlike other pest control firms that charge a fee to verify bed bugs, Allison Pest Control will send a bed bug technician to your home to visually verify a bed bug problem for free. We can identify a bed bug problem from insect samples you have taken, from bites, or the presence of blood smears, fecal marks, or shed bed bug skins. Not all insect problems are really bed bugs! Use our professional expertise to make sure that your problem really is a bed bug problem.
Preparation Before Treatment is Key
Once bed bugs have been found, the next step is preparation before treatment. Your degree of preparation will determine the overall success and speed of extermination of your bed bug problem. Our bed bug technician will provide you with a detailed list of preparation instructions. In a nutshell, you must pick up and remove clutter, vacuum floors, strip the bed to the frame, remove all items from the dressers and night stands, and make your closet fully accessible and remove all items from the floor.
The items you remove should be laundered and then stored in sealed plastic bags until your environment has been confirmed to be bed bug free. Many items can be put in the dryer for up to 20 minutes or longer on the highest heat setting to kill bed bugs and eggs. In all cases, the room or rooms must be prepped before treatment can be started.
Three to Five Times Usually Solves The Problem
Bed bugs are hard to kill. Many bed bugs we are now seeing are developing a resistance to traditional chemical treatments. As we use steam as our main extermination protocol, bed bugs cannot develop an immunity to high heat and we have had excellent success with full extermination. However, due to their very nature; the fact that bed bugs are small, like to hide, and can enter and hide behind walls and wallboard, we will typically treat an infested environment three to five times with one treatment each week. We work very hard to eradicate your bed bugs when you do get them and help to educate you on how to stay safe and bed bug free for the future.