How To Search And Destroy The Bedbugs In Your Home
A few years ago, before the recession, at a time I’m somewhat nostalgic for now, I remembered hearing about Deep Cleaning Services NYC. “You mean, like the saying, ‘sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite’?” I’d say. I had only heard of them in historic fiction. To me, they might as well have been monsters in fairy tales.
What a wonderful time it was.
Now, if you so much as mention that you think there might be bedbugs in your apartment, people will rearrange their schedules to meet you in a safe, bug-free zone, putting you on a no-call social list until it’s figured out. People used to throw out brand-new mattresses all the time, which only added to the problem. (Now, they’re supposed to be wrapped in plastic first.) Hotel chains have been driven up a wall, even some of the nicest ones. People seem to have “a touch of the bedbug post-traumatic stress disorder.” These days, if I wake up at all itchy for any reason, I, like many New Yorkers, jump up in a panic and rush to the mirror to make sure I don’t have bedbug bites.
Bedbug bites … it seems like someone’s playing a joke on us, but they’re not. Adding to the fear is the fact that some bedbugs reportedly can, in theory, carry horrific, deadly diseases. Bedbug Awareness Week is this week, but I’m sure it’s what a lot of people think about anyway. Here’s the official guide to taking care of them, but I’ll share some of its top takeaways.
The Signs of Bedbugs
One way to handle this is to contact a pest control company. If you moved in and suddenly now have bedbugs, but your landlord has been unresponsive to the problem, you can call 311 to file a complaint. Note that attempting to do it yourself with bombs and foggers isn’t safe and often doesn’t work, unfortunately. There are ways to take care of the problem yourself, but it’s always labor-intensive.
Things You Can Do