It’s official: bed bugs in New York City are an epidemic and now it’s also a booming industry. It’s pretty well established that bed bugs are spreading, but now we have to deal with those wishing to profit from this $5.5 billion industry.
In addition to dealing with the pesty critters, New Yorkers will now have to deal with sub-par exterminators wishing to make a quick buck. The State Department of Environmental Conservation provides licenses to legitimate pest control companies, and they say to be sure and ask to see a license to avoid getting scammed.
Three established professionals from the front lines – two hardware stores in business for decades, and a family-owned pest control agency, want New Yorkers to know that there is hope in dealing with this epidemic.
Joan Puccio has been working at the popular Pintchik Hardware Store on Flatbush for 4 years. She shares with customers tips and first hand knowledge of how to deal when you’re surrounded by bed bugs.
Joan Puccio Pintchik 1-2 by purpley
Tomas Orama works at King Penny Hardware in Astoria, NY. King Penny has been in business for over 80 years, so Orama’s advice comes with a history of experience:
Mike Dakis, president of Alpha Pest Management, who uses their own specially trained pest super dog, tells people to be calm.
Kona, the Alpha Pest Management’s trained K9 super sleuth, demonstrates with his handler Matthew Brewi how he finds bed bugs hidden in a shelf of books. Canines are important to determining if the problem is related to bed bugs, and helps to locate the central points.