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Harrisburg, PA Bed Bug Laws, Information & Resources

"Learn how to prevent bed bugs in hotels, apartments and houses, find local resources in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and how to choose a bedbug exterminator."  

Pennsylvanias bedbug problem is on the rise. Many towns in PA have been reporting Bed Bug control problems, one of the most common areas for a bedbug problem to occur is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Recent reports from as far North as Erie County have indicated an increase in bed bug infestations. This trend has been confirmed by Steve Jacobs, an Entomologist at Pennsylvania State University.

On April 30, 2009, an infestation was reported at the Tara Station Restaurant and Bar. Infestations can happen in any hotel if people bring in bed bugs that are hiding in furniture and luggage.

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overview on bedbugs

National Geographic Video on Bed Bugs

Steps for Eliminating a bedbug problem and preventing a second pest infestation

Step 1: Clean

Remove and wash in hot water any items such as clothing. Do not transport clothes unless they are in a plastic bag, to avoid dropping any bed bugs along the way. Once clean, place in a sealed plastic bag. A great choice are Ziploc Double Zipper Big Bags, which will protect against bed bugs (they are also good for protecting luggage from bed bugs when in a hotel room). Vacuum any bed bugs that you can spot and then dispose of the vacuum bag in a sealed plastic bag.

Step 2: Use a Bedbug Spray

Use a safe bed bug spray such as Sterifab or Phantom. Be sure to spray in cracks and along seams in mattresses. After mattress dries, buy a zippered casing to trap any remaining bugs. Also spray around the edges of the room. As an added level of protection, you can use a hand steamer around the seams and cracks to super heat and kill bed bugs and any eggs you find.

Be sure to treat both the mattress and the box spring.  Be sure to inspect under any mattress levels and inside the box spring (remove or peel back bottom cover).

Step 3: Use Bed Bug Dust

Spread bed bug dust around the room. If any bugs are left or if any eggs haven't hatched, the dust will attach to the bed bugs shell and kill them.

See our guide for detailed instructions on how to get rid of bed bugs.

Pennsylvania Bed Bug Government and University Resources

Pennsylvania Department of Health - Bed Bugs Fact Sheet

PennSate Department of Entomology

Local Bed Bugs Harrisburg News Regarding Bed Bugs Control

Tara Station Restaurant and Bar reopens; hotel still closed for bedbug fumigation
- Patriot-News -

"Study: Harrisburg among most bedbug-infested cities"
- ABC27

How to Find An Experienced Local  Exterminator in or around harrisburg

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