New York City hotels are fighting a tiny menace that makes life miserable for guests. Bed bugs have packed their bags and moved in to some of the top hotels in the city.
The tiny bloodsuckers infiltrate bedding, walls, drawers, curtains, suitcases, tote bags, clothing, or anything else they can attach themselves to for a free ride to a new destination. Upon arrival the bed bugs set up housekeeping, then wait for the food buffet – which is the guests – to arrive.
Bed bugs can bite multiple times leaving red, itchy welts. While not disease carriers, some people do have an allergic reaction.
According to a report from the Bedbug Registry, New York has experienced an increase in bed bug complaints of over 44 percent in two years. This is alarming as the hotels used for the report are members of the Hotel Association of New York City.
Out of 272 association members, a whopping 65 percent had received at least one bed bug complaint. Another 18 hotels had a total of 363 bug complaints which equals 42 percent.
NYC bed bug control is at the top of the list for members of the association and to fight the insects, they have implemented anti-bedbug programs.
Whether you have a rental property, home, or business, consider NYC bed bug control for your property. Contact Stern Environmental Group for an inspection and treatment by our experienced staff.
Bed bugs have been a frequent problem at firehouses for a number of years. Firefighters pick up the blood-sucking pests while fighting fires in infested buildings. Bed bugs hitchhike back to the firehouse on clothing and equipment and infest bunks.
Bed Bugs Enter Ambulances with Patients
Paramedics are experiencing similar problems with bed bugs infesting ambulances. When paramedics treat patients living in an infested home or apartment, bed bugs can be transported into the ambulance along with the patient. The tiny insects may be clinging to the patient’s clothing or may hide in medical bags and equipment while paramedics are examining the patient in his home. When the patient is carried into the ambulance, the bed bugs come along for the ride.
Once in the ambulance, bed bugs can crawl into cracks and crevices to hide, coming out to nibble on the paramedics or next patient. Professional extermination is of needed to de-bug ambulances and other infested vehicles.
Bed Bug Drug Hoax Debunked
Don’t be fooled! If you heard those stories about kids getting high by smoking or snorting crushed bed bugs, take a deep breath. It was an April Fool’s hoax. Pranksters altered a television station video about drug use and posted it on YouTube. The only thing you can get from bed bugs are itchy bites! Get the facts on the hoax-busting website Snopes.com.
Bed bugs will live wherever they can get a human blood meal. They don’t seek out pricey apartments but they will gladly live in one if humans are living in it. New York City’s Upper East Side has an increasing number of bed bug infested apartments. Unfortunately the value of apartments may be lowered if it’s known they have bed bugs. Upper East Side residents would probably prefer to be invaded by cockroaches than bed bugs.
When seeking a blood meal, the clever little bed bugs inject humans with two little tubes, one tube provides an anesthetic so the human victims won’t know they are being attacked and it also provides an anti-coagulant so the the blood will flow. The other tube extracts the blood. Sometimes the bed bug bites are placed in threes in a straight line or a triangle.
Bed bug monitors are valuable assets for those living in bed bug infested areas such as New York City or New Jersey and elsewhere.