Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Dear Home-Ec 101,

I recently moved to the NYC area…and as of yet, I haven’t had any problem with bed bugs, but I was wondering if there is a good method of prevention I should be following? I’ve noticed a few condemned apartment buildings around my area that were condemned due to bed bugs, so I think about it a lot!

Thanks!
Bugged in Brooklyn

Heather says:

Bleh, bed bugs are certainly a growing problem, especially in areas with high population density, and the obnoxious part is that it’s starting to require stronger and stronger pesticides to control them.

This time I’m not going to reinvent the wheel to answer your question about bed bugs. The University of Minnesota has two great factsheets that clearly explain how to prevent and treat bed bug infestations.

Preventing Bed Bugs from Hitchhiking to Your Home

Prevention and Control of Bed Bugs in Residences

Now I’m all itchy and going to shower (again). Thanks for that!

Good luck and I hope you never have to deal with the nightmare of treating your home for bed bugs.

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1 Comment

  1. Christina on August 8, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Check out Cedarcide! I found them because of a flea problem but they are really great for bed bugs as well; and no poison/ safe for pets and humans! Christina S in S.F.

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