Bedbugs are small insects that are common in New York City. Adult bedbugs have flat, brown oval bodies and are about the size of an apple seed. They are usually active at night and feed on blood in order to grow and reproduce.
Bedbugs do not cause or spread diseases, but their bites can lead to infections. Some people do not have a reaction to bites and may be unaware that bedbugs are in their home until they see them.
Bedbugs like to hide inside of mattresses, under the mattress seams, and especially in the cracks and crevices on the box springs. Other than beds, these bugs often hide in cracks in furniture, floors, walls and other areas near where people sleep or lounge.
If you spot bedbugs in a residence or public place, you can submit a bedbug complaint online or by calling 311.
- Check used furniture before buying.
- Get rid of clutter to reduce the number of places bedbugs can live.
- Vacuum often.
- If you use public or shared laundry areas, carry your laundry in clean bags. Remove your clothes from the dryer and put them directly in the bags. Fold your clothes at home.
- Seal any cracks or crevices around your home.
- Place bed bug traps on the legs of bed frames and furniture.
- Protect mattresses and box springs with bedbug-resistant covers.
Bed bug infestations can be safely controlled. You can wash clothes and, in most cases, treat furniture to get rid of bedbugs. You should only throw away furniture if there are no acceptable treatments that can rid them of bedbugs, or if advised to do so by a pest management professional.
The New York City area has more than a thousand pest control companies and thousands of licensed pest management professionals. To get rid of bedbugs, you need to be clear with companies about what you want done and monitor the service you get.
There is a chance of picking up bedbugs when you travel, and it is important to take simple precautions. Bedbugs can hitch a ride on clothing and luggage, especially in places where travelers sleep. They are rarely found in planes, trains and motor vehicles. If you have bedbugs at home and will be traveling, take precautions so you do not spread them to other places.
Businesses and Data
- Stop Bedbugs in Hotels Safely (PDF)
- Sample Basic COTA (PDF)
- Sample Elevated COTA (PDF)
- Sample Affidavit of Correction (PDF)
- Sample Pest Management Plan (PDF)
Bed bug data from the NYC Community Health Survey can be viewed on theEnvironmental Public Health and Sustainability Tracking Portal.
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- Preventing the Spread of Bed Bugs in Donated Items (PDF)
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- Identifying a Bed Bug (PDF)
- Stop Bedbugs Safely (PDF)
- Disposal Protocol (PDF)
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- Preventing and Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Safely (PDF)
Learn how to control bed bugs in your home
- Pest Management Tips for Shelter Residents (PDF)
- Responding to a Possible Bed Bug Incident at the Office (PDF)
- Bedbugs: Information for Tenants and Building Owners
- Bedbugs: Information for Pest Control Professionals
If you’ve been exposed to bed bugs or if you have any questions, our New York Bed Bug Injury Attorneys will help you through the process of filing a claim, and we will fight for your right to compensation. Call and speak to one of our New York Bed Bug Injury Attorneys at 646-504-7384 or via our contact page to learn more about your rights so that we can obtain the best outcome for you.