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How to prevent bed bugs from spreading on Long Island

If you notice bed bugs in one room, it’s important to isolate the infestation to stop the spread – to other rooms in your house, and to other homes in Long Island.

The best way to prevent the spread of bed bugs is to immediately contact your local bed bug exterminator, and follow these steps:

  • DON’T throw out any infested furniture. An experienced bed bug technician can salvage your furniture so you can go right back to using it normally
  • Take caution in transporting infested bedding by securing it in a sealed plastic bag
  • Tidy up clutter and vacuum your floors often and thoroughly
How to Prevent Bed Bugs From Spreading in Long Island |  Arrow Exterminating

How do bed bugs spread from one room to another?

Although bed bugs aren’t fast movers, once they’re inside your property they spread quickly. They can travel from room to room, or even from one apartment unit to the next through shared walls, ceilings, pipes, cables, doorways, and more.

Bed bugs also spread when people move infested bedding or furniture. In an apartment complex, a shared laundry room is one of the most common vectors for bed bug spread.

How quickly do bed bugs reproduce and spread in my home?

One good thing about bed bugs is that they don’t multiply as quickly as other household pests. Adult bed bugs can lay anywhere from 1-12 eggs per day, then the eggs take about ten days to hatch, followed by up to six weeks in the larval stage before reaching adulthood.

The problem is that bed bugs are excellent at hiding, and can go unnoticed, so even if they reproduce slowly a small bed bug problem can easily explode into a big one right under your nose.

Prevent bed bugs from spreading on Long Island

Contact your local bed bug control team as soon as you notice them. This will minimize the extent of the infestation.

While awaiting treatment, follow best practices so that you don’t spread bed bugs to other homes or other parts of your home. When transferring clothes or bedding to the washer, always transport them in plastic bags. Avoid moving infested furniture, and definitely DO NOT THROW IT OUT!

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