Bed Bugs in NYC 

 October 26, 2010

By  Dr. John Vilkelis


If you watch the news you’ve heard the stories about bed bugs on the rise in NYC.  In fact the quote from the Associated Press is “New York City’s bedbugs have climbed out of bed and marched into landmarks like the Empire State Building, Bloomingdale’s and Lincoln Center…”  This is doing damage to NYC’s tourist trade.  People are deciding not to visit the Big Apple because they don’t want to deal with this growing problem.

Channel 11 (WPIX) in New York says, “A recent survey of pest control companies found bedbugs are now prominently invading commercial businesses — such as offices, clothing stores and hotels — rather than private residences.  This means if you live here you are less likely to have  problem with bed bugs but you are not completely safe.

So what are bed bugs you ask?  They are a parasite that lives off the blood of warm blooded animals.  The most common species prefers human blood but will be happy to live off of your pet too.  They are very small and may not always be seen.

So how do you know if yo have bed bugs in your house or a hotel room?  The New York City Housing Authority has the following to say, “Bed bugs are small insects that feed on human blood. They are usually active at night when people are sleeping. Adult bed bugs have flat, rusty-red-colored oval bodies. About the size of an apple seed, they are big enough to be easily seen, but often hide in cracks in furniture, floors, or walls. When bed bugs feed, their bodies swell and become brighter red. They can live for several weeks or months without food or water.”

So what are the dangers of having bed bugs?  First they are not known to carry any diseases so you can stop worying about getting sick from them.  Next,  some of the health concerns that do occur are skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic symptoms.  Treatment is generally symptom based.

How do we get rid of them?  If you discover you have bed bugs in your home you will need an exterminator to get rid of them.  Some tips for keeping them out of your home are never bring used furniture or mattresses into your home, wash your clothes immediately after returning from a trip and put all new clothes, sheets, towels an other cloth products into the dryer for 20 minutes on high heat before putting them away or wearing them as this will kill any bed bugs in your new stuff.

Please let me know what you think of this post.  I would love to share your experience.

Dr. John Vilkelis

Dr. Vilkelis has been in private practice for over 27 years. He has a reputation for truly caring for his patients and goes the extra mile to make sure people get the help they need. He accepts patients of all ages and is eager to help you get well and stay healthy. Give him a call today at (914) 618-4330.

Dr. John G. Vilkelis

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