Bedbugs: Tiny, year-round invaders no one likes to think about

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This is a must read even if you don’t want too:

Telling someone they have bedbugs is the hardest thing I do on my job.

Why? Because bedbugs don’t care how clean your home is. They don’t stop spreading at the doorway of an apartment, and they can get into all kinds of crevices in your home — making them hard to get rid of.

Let me just put it this way, if you live in an apartment building or duplex and you know for sure your neighbor in the building has bedbugs then you do too — or you will have them soon!

Never do this:

If you discover bedbugs do not donate any of your clothes, furniture or other items to Goodwill, you will just spread the infestation to them.

Know your enemy!

I always tell people, rather they’re battling a pest in the house or garden the best plan of attack and/or defense is to understand your enemy. Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) hosts a web page with links dedicated to bedbugs visit http://cceoneida.com/environment/invasive-nuisance-species/bed-bugs. The links also include dealing with infestations. Our local Oneida County government website also has a wealth of information through links visit https://www.ocgov.net/health/BedBugInfo.

If you’re traveling remember hotels and motels also deal with bedbug problems. So check your rooms thoroughly when you arrive.

A link from our CCE bedbug page to the EPA’s website states, “When not feeding, bed bugs hide in a variety of places. Around the bed, they can be found near the piping, seams and tags of the mattress and box spring, and in cracks on the bed frame and headboard. If the room is heavily infested, you may find bed bugs: in the seams of chairs and couches, between cushions, in the folds of curtains, in drawer joints, in electrical receptacles and appliances, under loose wall paper and wall hangings, at the junction where the wall and the ceiling meet, even in the head of a screw.

Since bed bugs are only about the width of a credit card, they can squeeze into really small hiding spots. If a crack will hold a credit card, it could hide a bed bug.”

Go online to epa.gov/bedbugs/how-find-bed-bugs for more details.

If you think you have a bedbug problem, please call us at 315-736-3394 and push extension 100, you may have to leave a message. Don’t be embarrassed, because this problem is more common than you think.

The important thing is to help you figure out how to deal with getting rid of them! If you are in a rental you must contact your landlord and let him or her know too. We ask that you not bring bedbugs to our building but a photo sent to my email — law287@cornell.edu — will help us identify the bug.

For more information call us or visit our website cceoneida.com, phone 315-736-3394, Ext 100. Be sure to like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cceoneida) and check out our YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/user/cceoneida) for great gardening talks.

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