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Bed Bugs in New York City

Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, wingless, reddish-brown insects that feed on blood, usually at night while people are asleep. Their bites may leave itchy, red bumps on exposed areas of the body.

In New York City, bed bugs are all too common due to high population density, crowded housing, and a constant influx of travelers. Approximately 1 in 20 multi-family buildings experienced at least one infestation in 2023, according to data from annual bed bug filings.

Infestations begin when bed bugs hiding in luggage, bags, clothing, or other personal items are unknowingly brought to new locations, where they rapidly reproduce and spread. They also spread easily within apartment buildings by crawling from an infested unit to neighboring units.

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Freezing (Cryonite) + ULV Injection

Cryonite is an eco-friendly carbon dioxide snow that kills bed bugs by freezing them to death, and is ideal for appliances, electronics, and sensitive surfaces. This is combined with an ultra-low volume (ULV) injection of eco-friendly chemical micro-droplets to penetrate deep into cracks and crevices where bed bugs hide.

  • Cryonite + ULV treatment requires at least 2 visits scheduled 14 days apart to eliminate any newly hatched nymphs.
  • Depending on the scope of the infestation, we can either treat only the affected room (Spot Treatment), or the entire premises (Full Treatment).
  • MMPC is an authorized applicator of Cryonite technology.

Ambient Heat Treatment for Bed Bugs

Ambient heat involves raising temperatures within an enclosed area to a minimum of 118° Fahrenheit to kill bed bugs at all life stages, including eggs. When exposed to this lethal temperature, bed bugs die within 20 minutes, and their eggs die within 90 minutes.

  • Ambient heat treatment typically requires only 1 visit and may take anywhere from 6–12 hours, depending on the size and number of rooms being treated.
  • Depending on the scope of the infestation, we can either treat only the affected room (“Spot Treatment”), or the entire premises (“Full Treatment”).

Core Treatments (Wall Void + Exclusion)

Both of our freezing (Cryonite) and ambient heat services include the core treatments of “Wall Void” and “Exclusion.”

  • Wall void treatment involves injecting an eco-friendly pesticide into wall cavities via electrical outlets and existing gaps to target any bed bugs harboring inside.
  • Exclusion involves sealing cracks and crevices along the home perimeter to limit the potential of new bed bugs from entering and prevent existing bed bugs from escaping during treatment.

Fumigation for Bed Bugs

Structural fumigation is our most powerful and aggressive method of eradicating bed bugs throughout a home or building. This treatment involves sealing the entire structure and using an odorless, EPA-approved fumigant gas, sulfuryl fluoride (Vikane), to kill the bed bugs inside. Fumigation has been documented to be 100% effective at eliminating bed bugs and other insects at all life stages (including eggs).

  • Our licensed fumigation team inspects, prepares, and seals the property for treatment before carefully introducing the fumigant gas into the sealed structure.
  • Prior to the fumigation process, all people, pets, and plants must be removed from the premises. Food and medicine not sealed in airtight metal or glass containers must be removed or sealed in protective bags.
  • Your home or building must remain sealed for a specific period of time (depending on the temperature, humidity, and sealant), allowing the gas to completely penetrate and eliminate bed bugs.
  • After the exposure time, the fumigant is safely removed and the structure is thoroughly aired out before we conduct final clearance.

Off-site fumigation is another option that specifically targets bed bugs harboring in clothing, bedding, and other personal items. The items are carefully placed in an airtight chamber or truck, then treated with the same odorless and residual-free fumigant gas. This method can be used to treat virtually everything, including clothing, luggage, books, paintings, antique furniture, and even vehicles.

About MMPC

MMPC is a small business proud to serve our fellow New Yorkers and surrounding areas. Our team combines 25 years of pest control experience with cutting-edge, eco-friendly technologies and methods — all to ensure the most effective, discreet and customized solutions for our clients.

We are one of the first companies in the pest control industry to adopt the EPA’s Integrated Pest Management Practices (IPM), an environmentally-sensitive approach in which all forms of pest control are explored before resorting to pesticides.

MMPC was called one of “The Best Exterminators in NYC” by New York Magazine and “America’s 15 Favorite Local Home Service Businesses” by Yelp and Entrepreneur Magazine.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are bed bugs, and how do I know if I have them?

Bed bugs are small, reddish-brown insects that feed on blood.

Adult bed bugs are flat, oval-shaped, and mahogany to red in color. They grow no larger than ¼ inch. Baby bed bugs (nymphs) resemble the adults, but are smaller and somewhat lighter in color and can appear translucent.

Signs of a bed bug infestation include:

  • Itchy bites
  • Bloodstains on sheets
  • Fecal marks
  • Musty odors
  • Shell casings
  • Bed bug eggs
  • Actual bed bugs

Can I get rid of bed bugs on my own, or do I need professional help?

While some DIY methods may help reduce the number of bed bugs temporarily, a professional exterminator is usually required to completely eliminate an infestation. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to eradicate without specialized equipment and expertise. In many cases, unsuccessful attempts at getting rid of bed bugs on your own may cause the infestation to worsen by giving bed bugs more time to reproduce and spread.

If you’re considering trying to deal with bed bugs yourself, we highly recommend first getting a certified canine bed bug inspection to help determine where bed bugs are hiding and the scope of the infestation. If the presence of bed bugs is limited and isolated, you may be able to get rid of them with a combination of diatomaceous earth, interceptors, mattress encasements, and thorough cleaning and vacuuming.

How much does bed bug extermination cost?

The cost of bed bug extermination can vary widely depending on the extent of the infestation, the size of your home, and the methods used. Please contact us for a customized quote.

What’s the difference between spot treatments and full treatments?

Depending on the scope of the infestation, you can choose between treating only the affected room (spot treatment), or the entire premises (full treatment). While this decision is up to you, we typically recommend full treatments because bed bugs can travel quickly, and it is impossible to control where bed bugs travel before and during treatments.

What preparation is needed before a bed bug treatment?

Regardless of which strategy or method, proper preparation is critical to the success of any bed bug treatment program. This typically involves washing and drying bedding, removing clutter, vacuuming thoroughly, and moving furniture away from walls. Bed bugs harboring inside personal items such as clothing, bedding, books, and picture frames should be manually inspected and removed.

Preparation can be overwhelming, but there are professional companies that can expedite this process by manually inspecting, cleaning, and bagging everything before extermination services begin. There are professional preparation and/or moving companies we recommend, and that you can find by clicking here.

How long does it take to get rid of bed bugs completely?

The time it takes to eliminate bed bugs depends on the extent of the infestation and the treatment method.

  • Traditional chemical applications and freezing (Cryonite) require at least 2 visits spaced 14 days apart. This is because bed bug eggs are resistant to chemicals and may hatch after the initial visit (the second follow up visit is needed to exterminate any newly hatched bed bugs).
  • Ambient heat treatment only requires 1 visit, since heat effectively kills bed bugs at all life stages — including their eggs.
  • DIY methods like diatomaceous earth can take several weeks or more, depending on where and how it’s applied.

Can bed bugs come back after treatment?

While professional bed bug treatments are highly effective, there is always a small chance of bed bugs coming back. This can be for various reasons:

  • The infestation had already spread outside of the treatment area (such as in neighboring apartments), allowing bed bugs to return afterwards.
  • The treatment area was not prepared properly prior to treatment.
  • Bed bugs were reintroduced from clothing, bedding, or other personal items that were not cleaned or fumigated.
  • Bed bugs were reintroduced due to recent travel from a bed bug infested area (a new infestation).

How can I prevent future bed bug infestations?

To prevent future infestations, regularly inspect your home, avoid bringing used furniture or items of questionable origin into your home, and be cautious when traveling to places known for bed bug problems. Additionally, consider using mattress and box spring encasements and regularly wash and dry bedding on high heat.