Bed bugs biting in Saratoga Springs

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Updated: 7/19/2011 6:25 pm
Surprisingly, one of the areas seeing the biggest boom in bed bugs is Saratoga Springs.

"I would say one or two calls every week," says Luis Pabon, technical director of Catseye Pest Control. "I think in the next few years, we're going to be like New York City."

Without naming names, Pabon says Catseye has treated infested hotels, apartments and stores. Pabon says people are bringing them during their travels.

"They are the most professional hitch hikers I know," he says. "They know how to get into cracks and crevices and wherever you go, they'll follow."

That could be bad news for the city, as thousands head this way for track season, starting Friday.

"That's disgusting! I hope there's no bed bugs in my bed," says Mia Jeffries, of Saratoga Springs.

"I don't want to know about that. That's so gross," says Rosalie Dirado, also of Saratoga Springs. "But still, if I knew that'd be good so I could go somewhere else."

Before you check into any hotel room, Pabon recommends looking around.

Some tell tale signs: tiny blood spots on the bed and furniture.

Another tip: keep your suitcases in the bathroom. Pabon says it's the last place the bugs will hide because it's too slippery for climbing.

"You really have to be vigilant," Pabon says. "And as long as you do your own inspection when you check in, you're going to minimize the potential problem you may have with bed bugs."

FOX23 News spoke with Saratoga Springs Mayor Scott Johnson. He says his office hasn't received any complaints about bed bugs being a problem in the city.
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terrijordan - 7/20/2011 9:57 PM
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How do we find out what hotels were involved? I think it should be posted.

GreenTerry - 7/20/2011 5:12 PM
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I had bed bugs. There, I said it. I got them on a business trip and my doc told me I had 'dermatitis' sop they kept multiplying. My son's school nurse figured it out and by then we were inundated. I did not want chemicals so after freezing and heating and still having bed bugs and a lot less furniture, I found Greenbug for People online. I bought it, treated my home myself, got rid of the bed bugs for a fraction of the cost of each of the other options. Great stuff.

OswegoWoody - 7/20/2011 2:34 PM
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It figures, now that it's track sesaon the bottom feeders in the media perform the annual tradition of finding something horribly wrong with Saratoga. It's either prices at restaurants, horrible traffic or some other "the sky is falling" issue. Hard to believe that there are no bed bugs in Albany hotels with all those lobbyists and legislators staying there? Also, how about getting a hotel operator or chamber official to give another point of view? There must not have been any time left after that rivetting interview with the two teenage locals.

bedbugchaser - 7/20/2011 7:24 AM
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Frank the BedBug Chaser again and I saw this in Pest Management & Green Lodging. There is now an economical way for hotels, exterminators or anyone for that matter to use clean 100% Chemical Free & Green electric heat to get rid of bedbugs http://www.mypmp.net/pest-mgmt-content/news/bedbug-chasers-announces-nationwide-rental-program-7894 or http://www.greenlodgingnews.com/bedbug-chasers-announces-nationwide-bed-bug-heater
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