We All Know about NY City Bed Bugs. Now Here’s the Hope…

Kona and Mr. Brewi at Alpha Pest Management - C.Hodge

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:

Tomas Orama Copy 1-2 by purpley

Mike Dakis, president of Alpha Pest Management, who uses their own specially trained pest super dog, tells people to be calm.

Mike Dakis 1-2 by purpley

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.

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  2. Karen Vickery says:

    Hi I am looking at visiting New York I have read a lot about bed bugs and I am not sure where to stay that has no bed bugs I live in Sydney and have stayed in many hotels I have been lucky so far not to get bed bugs what is a good hotel that any one can recommend

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    I agree, pest control companies are springing up everywhere and there are a good many who know nothing about bed bugs. I was unfortunate enough to employ one of them!
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