Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Ending Bed Bug Problems in New York City and New Jersey

At Unlimited Pest, we are knowledgeable about eliminating pest issues that damage homes and businesses, including bed bug problems in New York City and New Jersey. Learn more about these pests and our treatment methods by browsing this page.

About Bed Bugs (Scientific Name: Cimex lectularius)

Our parents used to tuck us in at night and say, “Night, night. Don’t let the bed bugs bite!” with a smile. Like the boogie man, many people thought bed bugs were just in our imagination. But they are real, and they are becoming increasingly common in households.

The Origin of Bed Bugs

The presence of bed bugs in American society was first noticed in the early 1700s. Then, many bed bug problems can be found in scripts and literature throughout North America.

People believed that bed bugs came from infested sailboats returning from Europe. Many sailors complained of bug attacks while they were sleeping in their cabins.

Bed bugs have made a comeback recently. According to research, up to 25% of residents in some cities have reported problems. These pests are a nuisance and a problem bordering on epidemic levels that have never been seen before.

History of Bed Bug Infestations in the US

Due to increased world travel, bed bugs are making their presence felt again as they are removed from one country and introduced to another through international transport on luggage, clothing, and the human body. The bugs can be found on cargo holds and airlines and are passed along during overnight stays in inns, hotels, and motels.

This is not the first time the US has experienced bed bug infestations. Before World War II, bed bugs were common. However, with developed sanitation and the extensive use of DDT in the 1940s and 1950s, bed bugs practically vanished from the country. Unfortunately, they remained active worldwide. With international travel and frequent immigration to the US, they are rapidly returning to our homes, hotels, dormitories, apartments, and other living spaces.

Their uncontrolled resurgence is due to ineffective pesticides and some pest control operators’ unfamiliarity with the appropriate actions needed to eliminate infestations.

Carpenter bees commonly nest in the following sites:

  • Eaves
  • Window Trims
  • Facia Boards
  • Sidings
  • Wooden Shakes
  • Decks
  • Outdoor Furniture

What Does a Bed Bug Look Like?

Bed bugs are brownish with flattened oval bodies. Adult bugs are about 3/16 of an inch, while nymphs are smaller and lighter in color. Adult female bugs can lay about five eggs daily and about 500 in a lifetime. Their eggs are whitish and difficult to see without magnification. Bed bug eggs develop into nymphs, which can turn into a full-blown infestation before long. People often mistakenly identify bed bugs as cockroaches, ticks, or bat bugs.

The Behaviors and Habitats of Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are sneaky pests that hide during the daytime. Finding them is challenging because they like using their flattened bodies to hide in tiny cracks and crevices. They usually live near their feeding sources, such as in the bed or furniture. Unlike bees or ants, bed bugs don’t have nests but tend to congregate in groups.

These bugs often live in/or around your bed frame, mattress, headboard, flooring, and furniture. Generally, infested areas can be detected through small dark spots and reddish to brown specks, which are from the bugs’ dried excrements. You may also find nymphs, eggs, molted shells, and bed bugs themselves in the infested areas.

Bed bugs can quickly move along ceilings, floors, walls, and furniture. It’s common for them to travel swiftly from one room to another. Managers of apartments, motels, hotels, and other tight living environments must carefully and quickly identify an infestation and be exceedingly proactive when they occur.

How Can You Prevent Bed Bugs From Entering Your Home?

We often think bed bugs show up out of the blue, are encouraged due to a messy room, or come from leaving the front door open. These are not true in just about every case. Instead, bed bugs are more likely to enter your home through hitchhiking. Think of your luggage next to everyone else’s on a ship or plane. They are crafty little pests that can easily sneak onto your bags, clothing, or furniture brought into your home.

During a trip, inspect your hotel or motel room and mattress for bed bugs before occupying it. Remember that even the cleanest, most upscale hospitality buildings worldwide are susceptible to bed bugs, so you should always take a quick, thorough inspection of your room to avoid bringing home any unwanted souvenirs.

When buying furniture for your home, pay close attention to small brownish spots, stains, and other signs of bed bug infestations. Even new mattresses and furniture have previously been found to have infestations. Therefore, check all furniture entering your home for such traces and possible infestations.

I Think I Have Bed Bugs, What Do I Do?

  • There's only one way to get rid of bed bugs—thoroughness. You must always be thorough from the initial inspection to the last step of the bed bug infestation elimination process.
  • Remove all clutter from every room. The more hiding spots bed bugs have, the more challenging it will be to eliminate an infestation. Removing all loose boxes, clothing, and other clutter helps eliminate a bed bug population.
  • It is also extremely beneficial, recommended, and often necessary to throw away an infested mattress. It should be covered with a bed bug cover after the treatment to prevent future problems. Removing or replacing a mattress alone will not end a bed bug infestation.
Why Hire Unlimited Pest's Professional Bed Bug Exterminators?

As a homeowner, landlord, or grounds or property manager, you should know that bed bugs are a pest that can be rarely controlled in your house. So, you must work with a professionally licensed and highly regarded pest operator like Unlimited Pest to remove a bed bug infestation. Contact us; we use products that target bed bugs specifically for beds, mattresses, and other furniture, and we follow regulations and product usage instructions.

Our technicians are fully licensed, insured, and experienced in handling bed bug infestations. We incorporate our detailed inspection with the most comprehensive treatment program available for your apartment, home, hotel, or condominium.

Please call (800) 544-PEST (7378) to talk with an Unlimited Pest representative for a price quote on pest treatment.

Tips for Avoiding Hotel Bed Bugs

  • Whenever you enter your hotel room, head straight to the bathroom with your luggage. Bed bugs are rarely found there due to the cold marble or tile floor.
  • Leave your belongings there and do a thorough bed bug inspection of your room.
  • Pull the linens back and check around and under your mattress.
  • Look for black dots or blood stains similar to a mold or ground pepper. Bed bugs are shaped like apple seeds; you may find them hiding in the seams or corners of your bedding.
  • Inspect behind picture frames and under the telephone, books, and alarm clock.
  • Check in the seams and cushions of the couches or soft chairs and closets and clothes drawers before putting your clothes away. Studies show that most bed bugs are found within 15 feet of the bed.
  • Immediately alert the hotel staff whenever you see any bed bugs. Any suspicious evidence or markings should be enough to request a new room. Ask for a room at least two floors away from the initial one since bed bugs can spread through the electrical sockets and wallboards.

Preparing for a Bed Bug Treatment

  • Remove clutter and personal items, such as paper, cardboard boxes, posters, cans, paintings, wall pictures, storage containers, and clothing from your living spaces before the treatment.
  • Remove the window drapes and all linens from your beds, couches, and sofas before the treatment. Put them in the dryer at high heat before moving them back after the treatment.
  • Pull all furniture at least 12 inches away from your walls. All closets and bedroom drawers must have no clothing. The clothes must be placed in plastic bags, taken to a laundromat, and put into a dryer at high heat. This will kill the bed bugs that may be in your clothes.
  • Vacuum all flooring and carpeting, then immediately throw vacuum cleaner bags out before the treatment.
  • All couches, beds, and sleeping apparatus should be accessible to the treatment operators. Mattresses and sofas in poor condition should be thrown out.
  • All luggage in your home must be emptied and opened to allow the technicians to treat it, especially when it was used on a recent trip.
  • We recommend purchasing a high-quality zippered mattress and box spring cover from our online store.

Steps To Take After the Treatment

  • 1.Keep your children and pets away from the treated areas until the treatment has dried. This will take approximately 4-8 hours.
  • 2.Ventilate your home before occupying it.
  • 3.Vacuum up dead bed bugs and eggs. Discard your vacuum cleaner bag afterward.