New York is known for many things – it's known for its nightlife, great food, winning sports teams, and Broadway plays, to name but a few NY attractions.
"NYC is known as the city that never sleeps ..."
But with SecureSleep™, now they can!
But lately, a new topic has taken the spotlight, and frankly, New Yorkers are ‘itching’ to get rid of it. We’re talking about bed bugs, aka cimex lectularius.
New York Pest Control Professionals are very busy these days, with a variety of treatments for bedbug infestations – some effective, some not. But statistics show that 52% of U.S. pest control firms routinely utilize bedding encasements in bedbug treatment protocols.
NYC is known as the city that never sleeps... but with SecureSleep™ anti-bedbug encasement products, now they can! Watch this space as this page will keep you informed and help you stay clear of bed bug infestations.
Bed Bug Infested Neighborhoods
Bedbug Infestation Statistics in NYC
Updated February 10th, 2010
The blood-sucking bedbug has spread worldwide, but perhaps no place more so than New York.
There are several compelling reasons why bedbug infestations are rampant in New York – lots of international visitors, millions of people in close proximity, multi-unit apartments, large numbers of hotels, to name but a few.
NYC areas with the highest bedbug infestations:
- Central Brooklyn
- Midtown Manhattan
- Northern and Eastern Bronx
- Eastern Queens and the Rockaways
- North Shore of Staten Island
New York City Bed Bug Statistics
- In the 6 months from February to August 2010, newspapers have reported bed bugs in upscale New York locations such as Hollister in SoHo, Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, Victoria Secret, the Time Warner Center, and even the Empire State Building!
- New York State has the greatest concentration of bed bug reports in the United States. (Bedbugregistry.com)
- In 2009, the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development received 13,152 bug infestation complaints. (NYC DHPD)
- From 2008 to 2009, bed bug complaints in New York City have increased by almost 800%! (NYC DHPD)
- Out of the 5 boroughs, Brooklyn has had the highest number of bed bug reports. (NYC DHPD)
- In 2009, bed bug infestations have been reported in public housing, shelters, daycare centers, and even upscale hotels! (NYC DHPD)
- In the past 5 years, bed bug complaints in New York City have been on the rise, and are expected to continue to rise, if drastic preventative measures are not taken. (NYC DHPD)
- Bed bug extermination services can cost up to, and even exceed $4,000! (Bedbug.com)
- There is no definitive treatment for bed bugs, but covering mattresses and box springs with encasements that prevent escape of bed bugs is one of three recommended methods of bed bug preventions. (JAMA 301:13; April 2009)
- 52% of U.S. pest control firms routinely utilize bedding encasements. (Potter, Romero & Haynes, 2008)
Can I Protect My Family from Bedbugs?
About the "Bed" in "Bed Bugs"
Over 80% of bedbug infestations are found in the mattress or box spring! You can be pro-active and take preventative steps to avoid bed bug infestations in your home by protecting your bedding.
"Over 80% of bed bug infestations are found in the mattress or box spring..."
The problem with bed bugs is that they infiltrate every aspect of your family's life. Even the most basic necessity, a good night's rest, can no longer be taken for granted. With the rapid increase in bed bug infestation, bed time is now fraught with anxiety. Read the tips below and learn what steps to take to protect your home and family.
Important tips to protect your home and family from bedbugs:
- Avoid dust ruffles/bed skirts on your bed as this serves not only as a good hiding place, but as an easy means for the insects to travel from the floor to your bed, box spring, mattress and you. If you must have them, make sure they are not touching the floor.
- If you have a headboard, have a minimum 2 inch space between it and the wall in order to make access to your bed and you that much more difficult for the pests.
- When you travel, be sure to inspect your hotel room for bed bugs. Travel is the #1 most common way bed bugs are spread. Using anti-bed bug travel products from Bedbug.com will aid in protecting your personal belongings as well as making it easier to unpack directly into your washer at home for added peace of mind.
- When possible, take off your shoes BEFORE entering your house, and make sure your visitors do the same. Bed bugs have been known to travel on peoples shoes and lay their eggs there.
- Never bring used bedding or furniture into your home until you have inspected the items thoroughly and are comfortable with the means in which the items have been transported to your home. Unfortunately, many delivery vehicles have unknowingly become infested with bed bugs due to removing infested items from customer’s homes.
- Protect your bedding! Use SecureSleep™ encasement products from Bedbug.com. Protect your bedding by covering your mattress and box spring, and pillows with anti-bed bug encasement. Encasements are an important component in protecting your property, making the inspection and treatment process much easier for your Pest Management Professional, and help eliminate added stress and expense of replacing these items.
- NYC.gov provides a great illustrated guide on where to search for bed bugs and how to best prevent them!