Several news agencies including the New York Daily News recently reported that at least three ‘N’ Line subway trains were taken out of service earlier this month and sent for fumigation due to bed bugs. Allergy Technologies LLC, manufacturer of ActiveGuard® Mattress Liners, recommends preventative steps for straphangers and New York City visitors to protect their personal vehicles as well as their homes from bed bug infestations.
“Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers and can easily crawl into the luggage, clothing or other personal belongings of those riding infested subway trains. These tiny parasites can then easily drop off into a home or personal vehicle, ultimately resulting in a full blown infestation,” said Joseph Latino, Chief Operating Officer at Allergy Technologies. “Anyone who rode on an infested train or was exposed to bed bugs in any setting should strongly consider proactive measures to protect themselves.”
Taking a few simple steps now to prevent a full blown bed bug infestation in either your personal vehicle or home can save you thousands of dollars as well as an exorbitant amount of time and aggravation in the long run. Allergy Technologies recommends that anyone who feels they may have been exposed to bed bugs cover their mattress and/or box spring with an active mattress liner. Active mattress liners kill bed bugs within 72 hours of contact with this fabric device treated with an active ingredient. This simple step can literally save travelers thousands of dollars should they unknowingly bring bed bugs home with them.
If you travel often, ride New York City Subways or are concerned about picking up bed bugs, consider these other ways in which you can protect yourself:
- Educate yourself on the signs of a bed bug infestation. Early detection is key to quickly controlling bed bugs.
- Be vigilant about inspecting your personal items before placing them in your vehicle or returning them to your home. Vacuum items thoroughly that you feel may potentially be infested.
- Never store items like luggage, briefcases or other items that travel with you in your bedroom or other sleeping area.
- Keep your personal vehicle and sleeping areas free from clutter so you can quickly identify signs of a bed bug infestation.
According to a National Pest Management Association survey of 4,500 Pest Management Professionals conducted in 2010, 18% of them reported bed bug infestations in trains, buses, and taxis, up 9% from the year before. While passenger vehicles are not exposed to the volume of people (and luggage) that other modes of mass transportation are, people do use their personal vehicles to access these modes of public transportation, as well as numerous public places including motels/hotels. All of these places represent potential sources of bed bugs that can hitchhike on your belongings and find their way into your personal vehicle.
Killing bed bugs that are newly introduced into your home is your number one defense in preventing a full blown infestation. Cover your bed and/or box spring with an active mattress liner today to protect your home and family from bed bugs.