When people think of New York City, Manhattan is often the first place they picture since the borough is home to Central Park, the Empire State Building, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, world-class museums, restaurants, concert halls, Broadway and Times Square. With all of these famous sites, more than 50 million tourists visit Manhattan every year. With such a huge number of visitors also comes a pest pressures caused by bed bugs.
Manhattan, NY Local Pest Pressure
The homes of Manhattan, NY, offer German cockroaches ideal shelter. These pests know no boundaries while seeking moisture, food, and shelter. Cockroaches eat crumbs, pantry goods, and meat, leaving fecal matter in food and on walls, countertops, and kitchen utensils. Clearing away clutter and regularly wiping down food prep areas can help prevent the pests. As German cockroaches can actually hide inside items brought into the house, it never hurts to double check groceries or clothing before taking them inside.
Come early spring, termites begin swarming inside residences in the Manhattan area. These unwanted intruders hide within wooden structures, consuming buildings from the inside out. This practice can create dangerous weak points in flooring or porch steps, with damage often going unnoticed until injury occurs. One way to check for termites is to look for the tan-colored mud tunnels they construct on floors, walls, and along foundations. Warm, moist conditions are required for these pests to survive, which is why they’ll also congregate around leaks or damp soil at any opportunity. Contact Western Pest for rodent and pest control services near you.
Bed bugs are known for their cryptic behavior and the capability to be transported by travelers from both foreign and domestic locations. But the bed bug problem doesn’t just involve transporting these critters to the hotels, motels and other public buildings of Manhattan, issues often arise when occupants of businesses, residences and hotels unknowing take bed bugs back home with them. When that happens, it can be a huge problem that may go unnoticed for a while and may lead to a lot of expense to resolve.
So, what should you do when traveling? Some of the more important actions to take are:
- Conduct your own inspection and determine if you find bed bugs. The more obvious signs of these insects are finding them in the bed’s mattress and box springs, plus cracks and crevices in the headboard, nightstands and other places close to the bed.
- Keep your luggage and clothes elevated off the floor and inspect anything you put in a nightstand or chest of drawers before putting it back into your luggage.
- Upon returning home, unpack your luggage outdoors in the garage for example, and immediately place your clothing in a hot-water wash and dry on the highest heat setting of the dryer. If you have clothes that cannot be hot water washed and dried that way, keep the clothes encased in a plastic bag and take the clothes to a dry cleaner.
- Finally, if you discover or suspect a bed bug problem, don’t wait. Rather, immediately contact a professional bed bug specialist at a Western Pest Service near you who can provide a science-based, comprehensive control program.
About Western Pest
Western Pest is a longstanding pest control company serving the Eastern United States. We offer residential and commercial pest control services near you, including termite protection, bed bug control, and rodent removal. Our comprehensive service offerings also include our Home Protection Plan, a year-round program designed to keep pests out for the duration. If a pest infestation occurs in your home or business, trust Western Pest to take care of the problem safely and effectively.