Bed bugs are small insects that feed mainly on human blood. They can be confused with other insects, and many people are not even aware of their presence until they have been bitten. However, not everyone has a reaction to bed bug bites. You may not discover that you have bed bugs until you see other signs of the pests. These can be the bed bugs themselves, their eggs or droppings, or the blood stains they leave behind, found in the tufts and folds of mattresses, box springs, chairs and other material.
Bed bugs spread mainly by hitchhiking onto furniture, luggage and clothing, and by travelling along spaces that connect apartments, and rooms in commercial and institutional settings. Effective control requires cooperation with your neighbors, landlord and pest management provider. It is hard but not impossible to get rid of bed bugs. Do not try to get rid of them on your own. Get help from a well trained and licensed pest management professional.
Anyone can get bed bugs. Seek help immediately if you find them.
Bed bug & health
Although bed bugs and their bites are a nuisance, they are not known to spread disease. Other health-related consequences have been noted:
Bed bug bites can be very itchy and irritating. Most welts heal in a few days but in unusual cases, the welt may persist for several weeks. An anti-itching ointment can help, but if bites become infected, people should see their doctor. Read More
Prevention and Control
In New York City, building owners are required by law to provide apartments free of pests, but residents can also take steps to prevent the spread of bed bugs:
Never bring bed frames, mattresses, box springs or upholstered furniture found on the street into your home, and check all used or rented furniture for bed bugs. Read More
- NYC DOHMH – Pest Control Company
- NYC DOHMH – Preventing and Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Safely
- NYC DOHMH – Stop Bed Bugs Safely
- National Center for Healthy Housing – What’s Working for Bed Bug Control in Multifamily Housing