Tips to help keep your home bed bug free
NEW YORK (WABC) -- Eyewitness News talked to an expert about how you can help keep your home free from bed bugs.
The chances are slim, but Mike Bubolo wants to be sure.
He's having his house inspected for bed bugs after his daughter came back from camp with red marks on her arm.
An independent contractor called "Inspector K9" uses a dog to check for the pesky parasites, by far the most effective method.
If there's a positive finding, a visual inspection follows.
It is the kind of work that has kept JP McHale Pest Management busy.
But, can you keep bed bugs from entering your home or apartment in the first place?
Experts say that's tough.
McHale says you can try to visually inspect your clothing if you think you've been exposed to bed bugs say at work.
When traveling, it's important to protect your luggage.
McHale says he's found bed bugs on folding suitcase stands in hotels.
Some products will heat your bag to a temperature that will kill any bugs and eggs.
Also, cover your mattress and box spring, because 98% of bed bugs will be concentrated around where you sleep.
Zippered enclosures are a must McHale says for any college student living in a dorm.
In the end, the Bubolo home was declared bed bug free.
Experts say early detection is key for successful eradication.
bed bug, bed bugs, local news, marcus solis
- South Africans pay tribute to Nelson Mandela
- AccuWeather Forecast: Rollercoaster weekend
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- Get WATCH ABC for your mobile device
- Photos: Nelson Mandela through the years
- Mandela's influence felt in New York City
- Bill Bratton tapped to return as NYPD commisioner
- Police search for suspect in Brooklyn shooting
- Search for suspects in subway attack on two women
- World Cup teams hoping for luck of the draw 27 min ago
- Long Island Rail Road massacre, 20 years later
- Photos: Long Island Rail Road massacre
- Metro-North derailment victim Jim Lovell to be laid to rest
- Freeze takes an icy grip on much of the nation