Frequently Asked Questions
Prep 4 Bed Bugs vehicles are unmarked, our technicians do not wear uniforms bearing our name and our material and equipment are concealed carry bas. In fact, we pass ourselves off as a cleaning company, so your neighbors would only know why we’re in your home if you choose to tell them.
No, don’t panic! Although bed bugs are annoying, you can get rid of them. In the majority of cases, it is not necessary to dispose of furniture, prior to treatment. Throwing furniture away and buying new mattresses won’t solve the problem. Most infested furniture can be cleaned and treated. Our Technicians will advise you if they believe you should dispose of something.
Yes, you should first vacuum the items in question. Then you should deface it--making it less attractive for others to pick up. Finally, to prevent bed bugs and/or their eggs from being knocked off the furniture in uninfested areas, the items that you are discarding must be wrapped in plastic or placed in impenetrable encasements prior to removing anything from your apartment. This will prevent bed bugs from spreading into other homes. Best if you hire professionals to do it for you. You should know that Department of Sanitation requires that all mattresses and box springs set out for collections be encased in a securely-sealed plastic bag. Failure to properly wrap, bag, encase and label any bed bug infested items that are placed on the curbside or other designated area for collection by the Department of Sanitation, is a direct violation of 16-120 of the New York City Administrative Code. Violators will be fined $100 per instance. Enforcement of this code began on January, 2011.
Landlords and property owners have a legal obligation to provide safe and habitable accommodations for tenants. This is called "Warrant of Habitability. Landlords have an obligation to eradicate infestations quickly and take the necessary steps to keep neighboring apartments from getting infested and infested units from getting reinfested. Failure to do so in an expeditous manner is a breach of the Warrant of Habitability. Landlords of rental apartments are responsible for the cost of bed bug treatment; however, the tenant is responsible for the cost of the preparation. Condominium owners are responsible for all costs associated with eradicating bed bugs from their apartments. Governor David Patterson signed a New York's bed bug disclosure bill, which requires landlords to disclose incidents of bed bugs in a building within the preceding year to prospective tenants.
Tenants have an obligation to cooperate with owners and landlords. The the case of leased apartments, Landlords are responsible for the cost of extermination and tenants are responsible to thoroughly prepare their apartment prior to treatment. In some cases, Landlords will absorb the cost of prepping in low income and senior housing facilities. Condominium owners are responsible for all costs assocatied with eradicating bed bed from their homes.
Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown, flightless insects around 1/4" long. They’re flat when unfed and football-shaped when engorged with blood. Nymphs (babies) have similar heads, mouthparts and bodies as adult bed bugs, but their coloration is very different. They’re tan in color and bodies translucent. When a bed bug molt to adult stage, they are sometimes waxy in appearance and more orange in color.
Bed bugs wander between adjoining apartments through voids in the walls and through holes around shared conduits. Bed bugs are easily carried by humans from place to place because they “hitchhike” on personal belongings such as luggage, furniture and mattresses, sometimes even clothes. Bedbugs do not normally travel or seek harborage on a person’s body.
Once a home is infested with bed bugs, treatment is expensive, difficult and time-consuming and should be done by a pest control specialist. Call Prep 4 Bed Bugs, LLC to help you prep your apartment properly. If an apartment isn’t prepared properly, it reduces the effectiveness of the treatment by 75%-regardless of the treatment method used. Then call a reputable pest control specialist who is experienced, knowledgeable and committed to eradicating bed bugs safely and effectively--one who minimizes the use of chemicals while maintaining an effective, diligent pest management program.
- Bed bugs infestations occur worldwide. They became relatively scarce during the latter part of the 20th century, but their population has resurged in recent years throughout the United States, Canada, parts of Europe, Australia, India, even Africa to pandemic proportions.
- Bed bugs don’t prefer locations based on sanitation or hygiene. They can be found in the cleanest places, but clutter makes it harder to get rid of them.
- Bed bugs can be found in hotels, motels, airports and resorts, apartments, barracks, buses, cabins, churches, community centers, cruise ships, homes, hospitals, laundromats, moving vans and trucks, nursing homes, office buildings, restaurants, schools, public transportation, theatres, subway stations, used furniture stores, clothing stores and any other public place.
- Bed bugs travel on clothing and things such as luggage and furniture we bring into our homes. Avoid purchasing and/or picking up used furniture.