NBC on the current bed bug frenzy in New York City

by nobugsonme on July 28, 2010 · 5 comments

in bed bug treatment, bed bugs, new york city

Remember Liza Biggers, and her wonderful graphic PSA about bed bugs?

She features in a story last week from NBC’s Andrew Siff about the recent bed bug frenzy in New York City.

I like how Siff mentions the need to keep de-bugged clothing sealed in bags until the bed bugs are gone. That kind of detail seems to have escaped journalists for so long, often making the information they managed to get across not very helpful.

As for Cryonite, featured in the story, we are still a bit skeptical. We hear it works, we’ve just heard it does not always work as quickly as some pest pros may claim.

Some forum participants have needed as many as 3-4 Cryonite treatments before their bed bugs were gone.

If the embedded video does not work for you, you can view it on NBC’s website.

More after the Mayor’s bedbug press conference today.

1 N July 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm

I didn’t quite understand the part about mattress/box spring encasements preventing the bugs from getting to people. I thought they were just to keep bugs from getting into the mattresses. Is there something I don’t know about?

2 nobugsonme July 28, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Hi N,

The idea behind encasements is that if you already have bed bugs, and encase your mattress and box springs with an encasement designed for this purpose, they will keep bed bugs already in the mattress on the mattress and away from you.

If you do not already have bed bugs, the idea is that if you do introduce bed bugs, they will not be able to get into the mattress. They can still infest the outside of the encasement, bed frame, etc., but they will not get into the mattress itself.

You should regularly inspect the outside of an encasement and frame to make sure no bed bugs have been introduced. (ClimbUp Interceptors are another option for detecting if bed bugs are trying to get onto the bed.)

All encasements are not properly designed to keep bed bugs in or out of the mattress. Even some labeled as such may not be tested by an entomologist for this. More on Encasements.

3 Rob August 1, 2010 at 1:50 am

This Cryonite is a complete waste of money. If the technician misses an area that has bed bugs then it’s not effective. Heat is so much easier with less prep work. I can’t wait to see the next gimmic to eliminate bed bugs.

4 Concerned August 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Hi there, question for you. First of all, thanks for your site, I have had these awful pests before, years ago, and it was a nightmare. I found two bites on my leg the other morning after I had been wearing jeans the day before, so that got me mildly concerned, but my main question is with regard to a bug I found wandering across my bedspread yesterday evening at about 10pm. It looks like a bed bug, brown, apple seed like and kind of flat, but it’s shell is even and smooth, not ridged like all the pictures iv ever seen, and it is thinner than I think of them being, not fat like most pictures, and its flat but not that flat. Any idea what it could be? The location concerned me (bed and all) but the light is right above and it could have fallen- trouble is it doesn’t seem to fly. I can send a picture if it would be helpful. Thank you so much for any assistance you can provide!

5 nobugsonme August 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm


You can post a photo in our active user forums, where a number of bed bug pros (and a few educated laypeople) can ID your bug: http://bedbugger.com/forum/

(Use a service like shutterfly or flickr.com, which I prefer, to upload it and then post the link.)

More photos of bed bugs for comparison here: http://bedbugger.com/photos-of-bed-bugs-and-signs-of-bed-bugs/

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