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How to Prevent a Bed Bug Infestation and Avoid Bed Bug Problems

Preventing a Bed Bug Infestation

While Long Island, New York City and the entire New York region has seen a dramatic increase in bed bug infestations, you can avoid getting bed bugs. Here are some tips on how to prevent bed bugs from crawling into bed with you.


Bed Bug Training

The following video presented by the Family & Children’s Association of Long Island, featuring Knockout Pest Control President Arthur Katz, includes some great tips on how to prevent, identify, and treat a bed bug infestation.

Inspect Your Hotel Room for Bed Bugs

    • Travel is the top source of bed bug infestations. Either you or your guests could be bringing home unwanted guests. Prevent a bed bug infestation: A little extra vigilance goes a long way.
    • When you travel, inspect your hotel room. Put your luggage in the tub and then conduct a bed bug search. Pay extra attention to the bed and nearby furniture, but also check drawers, cracks around the baseboard, luggage racks and closets. Bring a flashlight and do the search with the lights off to improve your chances of finding these light shunning creatures.

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  • Just because you haven’t found evidence of bed bugs in your hotel room, doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Play it safe and don’t leave clothes, shoes or luggage on the floor, the bed or other furniture. Hang things up—even your purse—and use the racks.
  • When you arrive home, leave your luggage outside or in the garage or seal it in a plastic bag until you have time to deal with it. Washing and drying clothes in extremely high heat or freezing belongings for many days can kill some bed bugs, such methods are not practical and are far from fool proof. A better option is to use the Packtite® Hot Box . The Packtite is a collapsible container that holds anything that has been exposed to bed bugs and heats them at a temperature that is safe for your belongings, but deadly to bed bugs and their eggs. Contact Knockout to rent a Packtite—or, if you are a frequent traveler, you can buy one from us.
  • While politeness might prevent you from treating the belongings of your guests through this same treatment, do be extra vigilant for bed bugs after their departure. Conduct a thorough inspection of their room and stay alert for several weeks to make sure they haven’t unwittingly left any bed bugs behind.
  • Once you get home and shake out and clean all your belongings, keep alert for signs of bed bugs. If you aren’t sure if you have bed bugs, calling in a professional to make an inspection can be inexpensive peace of mind. Many professionals will install early warning devices so you can detect their presence before they become an infestation. (You can get ClimbUp™ bed bug interceptors from us)

When You Have Bed Bugs You Need the Best

If you don’t prevent a bed bug infestation and find yourself with a bed bug problem, call us. Bed bugs are a serious problem that requires choosing the most qualified help you can find. Knockout Pest Control exceeds the New York licensing requirements with both QualityPro and Quality Pro Green ratings, awarded to fewer than 10% of pest control companies nationwide. You are assured of:

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  • Employee screening, hiring practices, and comprehensive background and reference checks
  • Rigorous financial responsibility criteria
  • Service vehicle and employee appearance requirements
  • Job safety and environmental stewardship obligations regarding pesticide handling and use
  • Integrity, accuracy and clarity in marketing, advertising and warranty conditions
  • Provision for comprehensive technician training in integrated pest management including inspection, pest identification, establishment of threshold levels for pest activity, appropriate application of control and management measures, and effectiveness evaluation, with testing and certification to a standard in excess of New York licensing requirements.

Knockout Pest Control Can Knock Out Your Bed Bug Infestation

knockout-bed-bugs-pestsIf you find yourself facing down a bed bug infestation, we can knock them out and keep them down for the count. Our innovative, green treatments, like Cryonite®, and our deep knowledge and bed bug expertise puts them down for the count. We serve all of Long Island, New York City, and Westchester, Rockland and Bergen Counties. Call 1-800-244-PEST or 1-800-244-7378 for fast, 24 hour service seven days a week. We don’t have the big red boxing glove in our logo for nothing!


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