Apartment complexes and school dormitories provide optimum
living conditions for bed bugs. Many tenants/students live in close proximity to one another and turnover is constant.
This provides many opportunities for the bed bugs to be transported into the units on beds, couches and other items.
Not to mention the fact that many pieces of furniture and mattresses are recycled from the curb. Some of which have
been discarded because they have bed bugs! Since bed bugs are transported on clothes, and baggage of individuals who
have visited infested premises, they can be found anywhere. Other than the obvious, some of the places where infestations
are now found include: Laundromats, theaters, offices, restaurants, schools, trains and airline seats. In other
words, just about anywhere a person harboring an infestation or even visiting a person with an infestation could pick
up hitchhiking bed bugs and distribute them elsewhere.
Once in your premise, the bed bug is very prolific.
In six months, 40 bed bugs will reproduce to almost 6,0000!
Bed Bugs are difficult to control. A proper bed bug treatment program requires multiple treatments and can be fairly
expensive. Central's inspections and treatments are thorough. Owners and occupants must assist our technicians
in order to achieve control. Bed bugs hide in the seams, tufts and crevices of mattress and box springs and headboards.
Dismantling the bed is often required. Sofas and chairs can also be major bed bug hot spots. Especially when used
for sleeping. Many companies require these items to be discarded adding additional expense to an already costly project.
Otherwise they try and treat these items with a pesticide. (Central tries to avoid this type of application)
Central uses a Steam Vapor Machine along with a Hepa Vacuum to treat these items, insuring everything is neutralized.
We then suggest installing our "Protect-A-Bed" Mattress and Box Spring Protectors to prevent re-infestation.
Bed bugs can hide just about anywhere. Bed bugs can disperse throughout a building.. A thorough treatment of the infested
room and the adjoining rooms, using a variety of products and methods is required. In apartments and hotel/motels, the
adjoining rooms may also need to be treated. Bedding and garments need to be bagged and laundered at (120 F), or discarded
since these items cannot be treated with insecticides.
Bugs have existed for thousands of years and not going to be easily dismissed by humans. To avoid
potential infestations, you can take some of the following precautions...
1.) Be wary of acquiring secondhand beds,
mattresses, bedding and furniture.
2.) Only purchase furniture and bedding from reputable dealers.
3.) It is a good practice to purchase specially constructed mattress
and box spring encasements to cover new or treated mattresses and box springs. This insures that no bed bugs will get into
or out of these encasements. Beware of cheap impostors. Purchase your encasements from a reputable pest management
company. Central can supply you with these encasements.
4.) When traveling, examine the bed and headboard areas for signs of the bugs and keep your luggage off the floor.
5.) Use common sense. If you suspect that you or someone you are with, could possibly have been exposed
to a potential Bed Bug infestation, check your clothes thoroughly for hitchhikers.
However, if you
do suspect that you have a bed bug problem...
Call a professional exterminator such as
Central Exterminating at once for a thorough inspection and treatment.
Central Exterminating has been protecting homes, businesses and schools for almost 45 years. Our staff includes
experts who stay on top of the latest developments and methods of treating Bed Bugs. They are also
in touch with the EPA, FDA, DEP and other Federal, State and local agencies. They see that only the best, safest materials
and methods are used.
In conclusion, at a recent international Bed Bug Symposium in Washington, DC, Dr. Potter,
University of Kentucky stated: "Bed Bugs are the most serious urban pest challenge for the professional
exterminators of this generation".
of those "Do it Yourself" products! Call a professional today!
Bed Bug Control Products
Protect-A-Bed Bug ProofMattress Covers and Box Spring Encasements
These are the premier mattress covers
and box spring encasements created specifically as a solution to bed bugs by bed bug extermination professionals and lab certified
to be bed bug bite proof!
Twin, XL Twin
$ 99.99 Mattress
$45.99 Box Spring
Mattress $59.99 Box Spring
Mattress $45.99 Box Spring (need 2 per bed)
Protect-A-Bed Mattress/Box Spring Disposal
Extra strength: Used to dispose of a Bed Bug infested mattress or box spring. Also for storage and
transportation. Easy to install, waterproof , available in two sizes:
Large: fits Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL
EX Large: fits Queen, King, Cal King
$19.99 & tax
Climbup Insect Interceptor
Installed under bed or chair post, they create a barrier between the floor and the bed,
chair or coach. Bed bugs approaching the ring either from the floor, or from the bed will be trapped into
one of the two rings. This is a monitoring tool to determine the presence of bed bugs.
Set of 4 = $16.99
Bug Control luggage Spray
This innovative, non-toxic to humans and pets luggage spray, allows
you to treat your suitcases inside and out to prevent bring home insect hitchhikers. Great for travelers
who don’t want to bring home bed bugs, fleas, ticks, or roaches.
$13.99 & tax6 oz Bottle
Clear Contractor Bags
42 gallon, 20 count, clear bags. Heavy duty, 3 mil thickness. Tear resistant.
Used to bag up potentially infested clothing and belongings while preparing for a bed bug treatment. Additionally,
they can be used to store cleaned and treated belongings until you are sure the bed bugs are gone for good.
$22.99 per box
Bed Bug Detection System
This product is a heavy duty card board piece that contains dots of glue and is folded over with a gap
for bed bugs to slide in. The product has a very small profile and conceals any evidence of bed bugs once
they are inside. It has NO blood meal lure, but provides
a “safe” harborage site for Bed Bugs if they are present.
$6.99 & tax (sheet of 6)
Alert Passive Bed Bug Detection Device
Since bed bugs like to hide in small, narrow places, this BB Passive Alert is good low-tech way to track and test for bed bugs. This compact yet incompressible
bed bug detection tool is part of a pro-active approach towards bed bug detection.
$19.99 & tax each
BB Alert Active Bed Bug Detection Device
like the above Passive Device, this Active Device uses the same principals of detection however, in addition there is a special
new attractant that imitates a “warm blood meal”. This device is a stand alone bed bug monitor/detection
tool and is part of a pro-active approach towards bed bug detection.
$24.99 & tax each
Bed Bug Tape
Bed Bugs can not cross this slippery bed bug tape. Use on any vertical
surface including any size or shape bed leg, bed heads and headboards, walls & skirting boards, electrical outlets, air
vents, furniture legs, bases and more! This tape is not a sticky tape for catching bed bugs.
Rather it is a slippery tape that prevents bed bugs from crossing to keep them from spreading further.
Taupe color, 0.75” x 32.81 ft roll
Price $54.99 & tax
Hefty Bed Bug Travel Bags
Due to the severity of the be bug infestations, Hefty, has created
these new extra large bags which are perfect for travel or for packing up before and after a bed bug infestation, or even
for prevention. These extra large bed bug bags are available in 2 sizes: 24” W x 32” T 3 in a box 24” W
x 20” T 4 in a box
$13.99 & tax (each)
Bed Bug Inspection Kit
This bed bug inspection kit is designed for both home and travel
inspections. The easy-to-follow instruction guide takes you through the process of inspecting any room you think could be
infested with bed bugs. The kit contains: 1 magnifying lens, 1 powerful LED light, 1 handy tape dispenser, 3 zip lock specimen
bags, 1 step-by-step instruction guide for travel and a separate one for home use.
Price 24.99 & tax
All BugZip® Encasements are made of heavy duty
clear vinyl that resist tears and can easily hold large objects inside. The specially designed three sided
bed bug resistant zipper allows easy access to your clothes and belongings while “zipping” out bed
bugs when they move at night. All BugZip® Encasements come flat folded in a 10x13x1 in. bag which fits nicely in most suitcase
pockets for travel.
Garment Bag/storage Encasement
W x 25” L x 9” H
Price $20.49 & tax
Dimensions 30” W x20” L x 15” H
$27.49 & tax
Large suitcase/storage Encasement
W x 25” L x 18” H
Price $34.49 & tax
Clear Vinyl Suit Bag
durable construction, clear design for easy identification, reinforced seams for extra durability, 5 in gusset offers sufficient
room. Dimensions 30” tall x 24” wide x 5” deep
Price $6.99 & tax
Clear Vinyl Suite Closet
You can hang your suits and even dresses
in this closet bag to protect them form dust, snagging, and insects. It is made of high-quality vinyl that
can bear the weight of your suits and dressed. It’s clear design, lets you view your clothes without
having to open the bag.
Dimensions 42” T x 15” W x 20” D
Price $18.99 & tax
Jumbo Frameless Dress Bag
Made of high-quality clear vinyl material, this bag is tall and wide enough to hold all sizes of garments.
It protects them form dust, snagging and insects. It’s clear design, lets you view your clothes
without having to open the bag. Dimensions 56” T x 24” W x 22” D
Price $23.99 & tax
Jumbo Garment Closet
Organize and protect your clothes with this jumbo bag.
It’s clear design lets you view your clothes without opening the bag. The nylon zipper seals
the bag, protecting the clothes from dust, insects, and other damage. Dimensions 54”
T x 24” W x 20” deep
Price $27.99 & tax
Frameless Storage Bag
You can hang your suites and dresses in this storage bag to protect them from dust, snagging, and insects.
It’s clear design lets you view your clothes without opening the bag. Sturdy nylon zippers seal the
bag shut for protection.Dimensions 42” T x 22” W x 15” D
Price $18.99 & tax
Vinyl Sweater/Storage Bag
These bags are
perfect for sweaters, shirts, skirts, blankets, etc.. It’s clear design lets you view your items
without opening the bag. The Sturdy zipper seals the bag, protecting the items stored form dust, insects, and other damage. Dimensions 4” T x 14” W x 18” D
Price $ 7.99 & tax
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Bedbug epidemic attacks New York
Sunday, December 30th 2007, 6:45 PM
epidemic has exploded in every corner of New York City - striking even upper East Side luxury apartments owned by Gov.
Spitzer's father, the Daily News has learned.
The blood-sucking nocturnal creatures have infested
a Park Ave. penthouse, an artist's colony in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a $25 million Central Park West duplex and a theater
on Broadway, according to victims, exterminators and elected officials.
Once linked to flophouses
and fleabags, bedbug outbreaks victimize the rich and poor alike and are spreading panic in some of the city's hottest
"In the last six months, I've treated maternity wards, five-star hotels,
movie theaters, taxi garages, investment banks, private schools, white-shoe law firms, Brooklyn apartments in Greenpoint,
DUMBO and Cobble Hill, even the chambers of a federal judge," said Jeff Eisenberg, owner of Pest Away Exterminating on
the upper West Side.
The numbers are off the charts: In 2004, New Yorkers placed 537 calls to
311 about bedbugs in their homes; the city slapped 82 landlords with bedbug violations, data show.
the fiscal year that ended in June, 6,889 infestation complaints were logged and 2,008 building owners were hit with summonses.
They must get rid of the pests within 30 days or face possible action in Housing Court, the city
Department of Housing, Preservation & Development says.
The scourge has left no section of
the city untouched: Complaints and enforcement actions soared in 57 of the 59 community boards.
the most bedbug-riddled district, Bushwick in Brooklyn, HPD issued 172 violations this year, up from four in 2004; it responded
to 476 complaints, up from 47.
Central Harlem chalked up 269 complaints, up from nine. Williamsburg
and Greenpoint, home to the city's hippest galleries, racked up 148, up from 11 in 2004. Astoria and Long Island City
saw the tally climb to 345 from 41.
Bedbugs come out of the woodwork at night to feed on human
blood, biting people in their sleep and leaving large, itchy skin welts that can be painful. They are not believed to carry
or transmit diseases.
A surge in global travel and mobility in all socioeconomic classes, combined
with less toxic urban pesticides and the banning of DDT created a perfect storm for reviving the critters, which had been
virtually dormant since World War II, experts say.
Prolific reproducers and hardy survivors,
they can thrive in penthouses, flophouses or any environment where they can locate warm-blooded hosts, said Louis Sorkin,
an entomologist at the Museum of Natural History who keeps a colony of 1,000 bedbugs in his office and lets them feed on his
"The female hatches as many as 500 eggs a year, and they can survive for a year and
a half without a blood meal," he said. "They're at home in every neighborhood in the city, including Park Ave.
and Fifth Ave."
The small, wingless, rust-colored insects hitch rides on clothing, luggage,
furniture, bedding, bookbags, even shoelaces. They've been spotted in cabs and limos, as well as on buses and subways.
Those travel patterns account for the 1,708 verified bedbug cases in 277 public housing projects
this year, the city Housing Authority says. The Department of Education has documented another 74 cases, spread across 50
They even contaminated five or six apartments in the swanky rental tower at 220 E. 72nd
St. owned by Bernard Spitzer, the governor's 83-year-old father.
Several tenants described
a persistent, if intermittent, infestation on the 15th, 16th and 17th floors.
One resident had
to throw away rugs, bedding, curtains, 20 cashmere sweaters, an Armani suit, a couch, a headboard, a night table, a bedframe
and an exercise bike. During extermination, he stayed at the Carlyle Hotel.
Spitzer, a prominent
developer, said he was unaware of contamination problems in any of his buildings. He referred calls to the managing agent,
"The company has worked aggressively and proactively to address this issue
through ongoing extermination and apartment inspections," a spokesman said.
28-story building sits atop the six-story home of Marymount Manhattan College, which discovered seven infestations in two
residence halls. The problem was under control by October, a spokeswoman said.
say HPD inspectors are increasing enforcement as complaints mushroom and the Health Department is handling education and prevention
efforts. It's not more actively involved because its focus is on disease-spreading pests, officials said.
"That's not good enough," said City Councilman Gale Brewer (D-upper West Side.) "It's great
that we're not smoking as much, and great that we're not eating trans fats, but we need to focus on bedbugs in the
same aggressive manner."
Brewer wants to create a Bedbug Task Force and bar the sale of
reconditioned mattresses, which the Bloomberg administration opposes because it "would adversely impact lower-income
New Yorkers," a mayoral spokesman said.
I was getting up to 20 bites a night
Tiny bedbugs can take a huge psychological toll on their victims, like Caitlin Heller, a Queens College student
whose Jackson Heights apartment was twice infested.
"I was getting 15 to 20 bites a night,
and it was driving me crazy," said Heller, who runs Yahoo's Bedbug Support Group where sufferers commiserate. "I
suffered mentally. I couldn't sleep at night, and I couldn't focus during the day because I had itchy, painful welts
all over my body."
For therapy, Heller (photo inset) started her online support group in
January 2006. In eight months, she had 70 members; today there are 555, almost all New Yorkers.
also take a steep financial toll - and can even keep families apart for the holidays, like the Delgados of Woodside in Queens.
Joyce Delgado, an office manager at a midtown firm, and her husband Joseph, who works in the
back office of a brokerage house, always went upstate for Thanksgiving to see family in Wappingers Falls. Not this year. They
used up all their vacation time battling an infestation in their apartment of 35 years and didn't want to risk contaminating
the homes of loved ones.
It all began in September when Joyce Delgado saw a single bedbug on
her husband's pillow at 2 a.m. "We threw out everything - a rug, couch, two upholstered chairs, wall-to-wall carpeting,
drapes, towels, curtains, bedding - because we thought everything we owned was contaminated," she said. "We checked
into the Grand Motor Inn in Maspeth during extermination. All told, we must have spent $2,000, and we still won't go back
into our bedroom. We're living on a makeshift bed in the living room."
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