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    If bed bugs invade your life, there are some key steps one should always remember.                                                                                         

    As Joe Friday from Dragnet would say:                                                "Just the facts Ma'am"                                                                                                       

    1.        Most importantly, take a deep breath and Don't Panic! I assure you, this is a fixable problem. Don't be embarrassed, you have done nothing wrong. Human nature dictates that we tend to make rash decisions under stress. Not only that, this is a process that cannot be rectified “immediately or within a day” It is impossible.

    FACT#1 The Nymph or birth cycle of the bug is 14 days. This means it takes 14 days for an egg to hatch once it has been laid. It will not impede the success of your remediation or manifest into a severe infestation if you take a day or 3 to process what has happened here in your home. Consult an ethical professional and do your due diligence. Don't feel pressured to act hastily. Take your time and do it right the first time.  FACT#2 Having Bed Bugs is binary, they are either there or they are not, which leads me to the next step.

    2.        Get a neutral inspection done, either visually or with a K9. This is a harder task to accomplish then you might think. It is of paramount importance for this inspection to be objective. The way to secure objectivity is by not giving clues. Let the inspector inspect unbiased or blind. There is no reason to set the stage. FACT#3 If using a K9 inspection and the dog alerts to something in your home, that does not necessarily mean you have a bed bug problem. The K9 is a tool that the inspector should use. It is not the do all or say all. A hammer can not build a house. The carpenter uses the hammer the same way an “Inspector” should use the K9.                              Repeat this line out loud:                                                                                                   “the dog said I have bed bugs”                                                                                            Sounds silly right?                                                                                                   That’s because it is. You should not take this as a thorough inspection. If the animal alerts, the inspector should take out his or her flashlight AND INSPECT! This by definition is what you are retaining them for.                                                                   Miriam Webster's definition :



    in·​spect | \ in-ˈspekt  \


    Definition of inspect

    transitive verb

    1: to view closely in critical appraisal look over

    2: to examine officially inspects the barracks every Friday

    intransitive verb

    to make an inspection

    If this is not done, you have not gotten an inspection. Someone just walked their pet around your home. Don’t be fooled. FACT#4 The smartest Lassie caliber level of intelligence in K9s, equals the mental capacity of a three year old child. Don't take our word for it, watch this video from Lou Sorkin, the head entomologist at the Museum of Natural History here in NYC and the worlds foremost expert on Bed Bugs on ABC's 20/20:

    Which leads me to my next point...

    3.        Bed Bug remediation and preparation can be very expensive. It is also an extremely enduring and arduous task. Your entire life stops as you know it for 14 to 21 days. All of your belongings MUST remain sealed in plastic while this is going on. When you add children into the mix, take it from me it is far from fun. FACT#5 You must have actual proof that bugs exist before moving forward. Meaning finding legitimate activity (a live bug or bugs). On the other hand, FACT#6 If you have already found a live bug or bugs there is no reason to waste your money on an inspection. You already know they are there. Do not fall victim to the scent detection scam. If a dog told you that you needed to put a new engine in your car would you blindly do it or would you want proof? There are checks and balances in everything else in life. This should be no different. If you need help finding the right inspector we can recommend vetted professionals. I would never recommend a person I wouldn't use in my own home. Lastly, call us and ask for me, Richard Kane. I am the founder of Pest Prep NYC and am always here to help. Kindness is free to give, and priceless to receive. 

                          -RK                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    How to ID a Bed Bug
      From its appearance Bed bugs are small insects that feed mainly on human blood. A newly hatched bed bug is semi-transparent, light tan in color, and the size of a poppy seed. Adult bed bugs are flat, have rusty-red-colored oval bodies, and are about the size of an apple seed.
      Bed bugs can be easily confused with other small household insects, including carpet beetles, spider beetles and newly hatched cockroaches (nymphs).
      Markings, droppings, eggs and blood stains, can be found in several locations including:
      • Mattress seams and tufts, sheets, pillow cases and upholstered furniture.
      • Crevices and cracks in furniture.
      • Baseboards of walls

      Common Bed Bug Misconceptions

      Misconception 1

      Bed bugs only live on bed frames, mattresses, bed sheets, and pillow cases.

      Bed Bugs live on beds, and everywhere else in your home!


      Misconception 2
      Only the lower class of society has bed bugs.

      Bed bugs don’t discriminate! They affect all classes of society, whether you are clean or dirty, and regardless of how much money you make.


      Misconception 3
      Bed bugs are so small that they are invisible to the human eye

      Incorrect. Hatched babies are 1-2mm in size, and a fully grown adult bed bug can grow up to 3-5mm in size and are reddish brown in color.


      Misconception 4
      You can eliminate your bed bug problem by throwing out your mattress.

      Bed bugs infest all kinds of items, including dressers, sofas, electronics, and more!


      Misconception 5
      Bed bugs are not the problem because only my partner gets bitten.

       Scientists believes that up to 70% of the population do not react to bed bug bites

      Frequently Asked Questions


      Q: Do bed bugs only come out at night?
       No. Although a bed bug prefers hiding in dark places, they will feed during the day if conditions are favorable. E.g.; Curtains closed, blinds down, lights out, no disruptions, desperately seeking food, etc.

      Q: Do bed bug mattress covers work?
      Mattress covers do not eliminate the problem, but do take away common hiding spots such as the seams. This makes a bed bug easier to spot. A mattress cover will also preserve the mattress by protecting it from feces and blood stains.

      Q: Can I get rid of bed bugs myself?
      Not likely. A trained pest control technician has expertise and experience that is essential for successful bed bug eradication. To properly treat the problem, there are multiple areas of the home that need to be prepared and treated, not just the bed. Moreover, over the counter pesticides are ineffective compared to professional grade treatments.

      Q: Can bed bugs spread diseases?
      At this point, there is no scientific evidence that bed bugs can spread diseases.

      Q: Can I solve my problem by leaving the house for a month or two?
      No. A bed bug can survive without food for up to a year! Therefore unfortunately, leaving the home for several months will not force the extinction of your bed bug problem.

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life cycle
BBC details the dreaded bed bug bite in the video above

The above video is the main reason you should never use over the counter pesticides. Bugs are evolving and becoming resistant to pesticides. Leave it to the professionals.

        ABC's 20/20  video

Fortune favors the           prepared mind                -Louis Pasteur