Bed Bug Solutions on Long Island, NYC, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens
Almost completely eradicated after World War II, bed bugs have made a worldwide comeback. You can find them almost anywhere these days from fancy hotels to hospitals, college dorms, schools, airports, bars and restaurants. Why? Many experts consider globalization a major culprit. People are traveling more widely and in greater numbers than ever before.
Bed bugs are nocturnal, small, shy and easily overlooked. Adult bed bugs can live for half a year without food, making them perfect stowaways while travelling. The lack of familiarity with bed bugs and the density of people in cities also play an important role in the spread of bed bugs.
Scientists believe that bed bugs followed us from cave to tent to house. Evidence of their long association with humans includes a 3,500 year-old fossilized bed bug found in an Egyptian village, and references in the works of Aristotle, Pliny, and Aristophanes. Bed bug populations rise and fall following natural cycles. In the mid-1900s, they were a common pest, but their populations declined so dramatically after World War II that today, many people have still never seen a live bed bug.
Why did their numbers drop this way? One of the most significant causes was probably the widespread use of DDT to control cockroach populations. Although not the target, bed bugs were also killed by DDT. But changes that had nothing to do with pest control also contributed to their decline, including new home fashions and improvements in vacuum cleaners. As tastes in furniture and home design changed, our homes became less hospitable to bed bugs. Elaborate wooden headboards which provided excellent daytime hiding places are now far less common than they once were. Also, modern homes usually contain fewer oddly-shaped corners than their predecessors. The redesign made homes cheaper to build and easier to vacuum, and that encouraged people to clean more often— more bad news for bed bugs.
What should I do if I see or suspect bed bugs in my home?
Be calm. Although they feed exclusively on blood, bed bugs are not known to transmit any diseases to humans. They may be horrifying to some, but they pose less of a risk to us than do mosquitos.
Call the experts at Paramount. We have dedicated a significant amount of time and resources learning how to defeat bed bugs and our overall Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy of inspection, preparation and treatment can eliminate bed bugs from even the worst scenarios.
The first step in your IPM plan is to have Paramount Pest Management perform an inspection to make sure that you’re dealing with bed bugs and not some other insect. Paramount Pest Management bed bug inspectors are highly trained and a pre-inspection is an essential part of our protocol so we can gather the information needed to develop the proper attack plan.
Bed bugs cannot be effectively controlled without a coordinated effort that includes cooperation on your part. There’s no getting around it: if you want to get rid of bed bugs, you will need to clean…a lot. It is also important to free the home of all clutter, especially in bedrooms and sleeping areas. Paramount Pest Management has developed a comprehensive preparation guide that will walk through the proper process of preparing and cleaning your home for treatments. Our goal is to create partnerships with our clients that are based on honesty and accountability. We have learned from experience that an educated and prepared client will be satisfied with the results and bed bug free.
Paramount Pest Management has its own bed bug division and our teams are comprised of highly trained, certified and insured technicians. Our treatments incorporate various methods including traditional liquid pesticide application, residual insecticide dust applications in cracks, crevices and wall voids, steam disinfection, HEPA filtered vacuums for cleaning and the physical removal of bed bugs, and more.
If you see or suspect bed bugs at your home or business on Long Island, New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, or the Bronx, call us at
888-959-1754 to schedule an inspection today...you've got nothing to lose except pests!