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July 7th, 2020 by admin

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Bed Bug Hiding Places

Common Bed Bug hiding places are usually behind pictures, tapestries or anything else mounted on the wall. Anything with seams, cracks or crevices present are prime nesting areas.

Picture frames are also classic and common hiding locations as are heating and air ducts. Also be sure to check inside clocks, phones, televisions and smoke detectors. The bottom line is that you need to treat any location if you as much as suspect activity.

Many people have the misconception that getting rid of bed bugs is done through traditional pest controls which uses harsh pesticides. The truth of the matter is that bed bugs have grown immune to the pesticides exterminators are using. That is why there has been such an enormous increase in bed bug infestations throughout the US.

Bed bugs can live in almost any crevice or protected location. The most common place to find them is the bed. Bed bugs often hide within seams, tufts and crevices of the mattress, box spring, bed frame and headboard.

Bed bugs tend to congregate in certain areas, but it is common to find a single bug or some eggs scattered here and there. Persistence and a bright flashlight are requisites for success. A thorough inspection and treatment may take up to several hours. Some companies are beginning to use canines for detecting hard-to-find infestations. When properly trained, the dogs can be very effective. However at this time very few companies are using them due to the expense of training and maintaining such animals.

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New York City NY Bed bug Hotel and Apartment Reports

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Hotel had decent reviews and was declared to be bed bug free. I always check the beds upon checking in, just in case. I didn't have to look very hard for this one. It was right on one of the pillows. ...

1. I stayed at the hotel from 14-19 Oct. I got insect bites but didn't know what caused them. I returned home and saw my physician to confirm they were bed bug bites. 2. I reported the problem to...

Found and killed bed bug. Showed it to head housekeeper, said she wasn't sure it was bed bug. No manager on duty at time of stay (weekend). Flew home, after repeated calls, spoke with manager who said...

1/20/2019 Bedbug!!! I saw one crawling and didnt have any bites yet. I trapped it under a glass and mgmt carried it out. They gave me a refund but were nonchalant about the issue. DO NOT STAY HERE I...

I stayed at MADE Hotel from Wednesday, November 20th - Friday, November 22nd. 2019. I'm urging anyone reading this to not stay at this place. I was bitten by bed bugs during my two nights stay here, a...

Room 2619 stayed 2 nights,13and 14Feb2019. I was bitten with bed bugs in my face and arm. The hotel added 50,000 points to my Hilton Honors account for the incident and offer to let them know few days...

My friend and I stayed in Room 2939 and we didnt notice bedbugs the first night but we did the second night. We complained and filed a report. The hotel moved us to another dirty room. The staff ...

Checked into hotel on 7/13, on 7/18 discovered bites all over my back and torso-pulled back sheets on both beds, both mattresses were soiled with bed bug waste. Management notiifed- they offered us an...

Stayed over Christmas break 2018. Were given smaller room than we reserved, but it was quieter with views so took it without arguing though had to use pull-out sofa for two of us. Our first morning we...

10/4/18 - Live adult bed bug found under the comforter. Front desk was notified and we were immediately moved to another room....

March 23rd 2018 at 9:00am I found/squished a bedbug at the foot of the bed. I then realized the notes on my neck, right hand, right shoulder, and left elbow were all from bedbugs the previous 4 days a...

Unit 14 of this co-op is riddled with bed bugs and mice. The landlord and person renting rooms in this unit won't and haven't done a thing to remedy this infestation. People there had to sleep i...

Found multiple bed bugs, spoke to the staff in the middle of the night. They offered to move me, but I packed up and left. Ill plan on being reembursed for my stay and cleaning. ...

There are recurring bedbugs problems since I have moved into this place in October 2015. Neither the landlord(s) nor the overtenants have taken any actual actions aside from replying emails. On top of...

At the time I did not realize it was bedbugs that were causing red bumps on my skin. Because I also have allergies for dust mite but it was bedbugs and this hotel did not even clean the room good. We...

My whole body was full of bites. Same goes for my friend who stayed separately in a different room. Management handled this very lightly, and asked us to go buy a spray ourselves to get rid of the b...

Report: 2/23/2017 We stayed here over night for a school field trip and each and every child was covered in bed bug bites the next morning. When we reported it to the front desk they did not believe ...

Bed bugs found under the sheets upon arrival to this hotel, and online there reviews have countless comments stating they saw bugs as well. Was there this past week on Wednesday January 9th to check i...

My daughter and her friends traveled with a group from our local college to visit NYC. My daughter noticed she was all bit up (this was Thursday July 12,2018). Turns out it was bed bugs. Management of...

Sept 13, 2017. I discovered i had bed bug bites all over my lower back. Management handle the situation poorly and adamantly denied that they had bed bugs. They gave us some generic report the next d...

1. 11/24-11/25 2. Management was very sympathetic. Refunded us for our entire stay, and sent detailed email with how to handle our bites and reduce risk of spreading bugs to our homes. ...

Itchy for a few nights but didnt even think it could be bedbugs, we are very unfamiliar with them. Then on the last night there was a bug walking around on the bed. We caught it under a cup. Before t...

My partner and I went to The Beekman for a stay on March 17, 2018. We had a positive experience going into the evening -- beautiful decor and quality service. It's hard not to be impressed by the well...

My family and I have suffered from multiple bedbugs bites (arms, legs, hands, face) while staying at this apartment from March 30th to April 2nd, 2018, that we had rented through Airbnb. The two bedro...

June 26, 2018 Brought a live bed bug to the manager who proceeded to take several attempts to kill it with his fist. Was not immediately comped. Received a phone call hours later saying our roo...

First discovered and reported on 9/14/18. Management moved me to a new room. Upon checking out the next morning, I was told I would get an email of the pest control report, which I still haven't r...

I stayed in three different rooms because I had booked online and for some reason it broke down into three different reservations and three rooms. The first night I didn't notice bites. The second nig...

Recommended tips after hotel check-in: 1. Pick up the mattresses in the rooms and look under it. Check around the edges of the box springs. 2. Check under the box spring. 3. Lift up each headboard an lie it on the bed. Carefully inspect the hole where the headboard was lifted out of. Also, inspect all niches and corners of the headboard. 4. If you decide to stay in the hotel, do not put any clothes in dressers. Keep them in your luggage and your dirty clothes in plastic bags.

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May 17th, 2020 by admin

The bed bugs that recently tried to make themselves at home at one 217-unit Manhattan co-op didnt have a prayer. Thats because the building, near Times Square, is blessed with a board of directors that didnt hesitate when confronted with an age-old stigma that has become the citys newest scourge.

Instead of burying its head in the sand, the board took action against the blood-sucking pests swift, coordinated, ruthless, expensive and, in the end, effective action. And theyre not ashamed to admit it. In fact, theyre proud of it.

Were so proud that weve taken care of it and have a good maintenance program in place, says board vice president Rose Keough, who also sits on the co-ops Bed Bug Committee. Because of what were doing, whatever happens, well be able to keep it localized and deal with it.

Every co-op and condo board in the city should take notice of whats happening at this property, a linked trio of 10-story brick towers built in 1923 as a residence hotel. Quite simply, the board realized it didnt have the luxury of going into denial or taking half-hearted measures. This was war.

The first alarms were sounded last spring when a shareholder alerted the board that he had bed bugs in his apartment. Assured Environments, the buildings exterminator, came in and determined that there were bed bugs in the mans apartment, in several adjacent apartments, and in a relatives apartment down the hall. Eventually, it was discovered that two stairwells and some of the basement storage lockers were also infested.

We had so much to learn, it was very frustrating, says Kit Cowan, president of the board for the past two years. Not only about exterminators, but about how to get into apartments, what rights the proprietary lease gave us, whos responsible for the costs.

Who is responsible? In 2004s Ludlow Properties v. Young case, a housing court judge awarded a rental tenant a 45 percent rent abatement because of a severe bed bug infestation in his apartment. But responsibility in co-ops and condos is a murkier legal issue. Theres no case law involving co-ops and condos right now, says Timothy Wenk, a lawyer with Shafer Glazer, who has been handling a mushrooming number of legal cases involving bed bugs during the past five years. But I would recommend that boards hire a pest-control specialist once they know about a bed bug condition. Liability could fall on them if bed bugs travel between apartments.

The board realized it didnt have the luxury of figuring out who brought bed bugs into the building or who was responsible for getting rid of them. Its virtually impossible to pinpoint the source of an infestation, says Keough. If you wait around for that to be settled, it can turn into a massive problem.

Dissatisfied with the progress Assured Environments was making, the board followed the recommendation of its property manager, Elliot Davis of Advanced Management Services and hired Pest Away Exterminating, a smaller company that works in concert with other companies to coordinate major assaults on bed bug infestations.

Every buildings different, says Jeff Eisenberg, president of Pest Away. Our biggest strength is strategic; we look at the building as a whole. The problem was in the basement. Youve got to plug the dam, not just keep bailing water. We laid out a plan [concerning] how that would take place.

That multi-pronged blueprint was hammered out by Pest Away and the board, then spelled out at a building-wide meeting last September. It involved contracting with K-9 Bed Bug Detective to bring in a new bed bug-sniffing beagle named Russell; treating the insides of the infested apartments walls with a powder called Delta Dust (deltamethrin); heating cracks and crevices to 285 degrees, then treating them with a chemical cocktail; and packing everything in the basement storage lockers in air-permeable containers.

Two porters and a security guard were hired to make sure the packing was done properly and the basement quarantine not breached. The containers were then removed by a company called Moving Right Along, which placed them in fumigation vaults and transported them to its facility in Ozone Park, Queens. There, Bed Bugs and Beyond Fumigation Specialists treated them with sulfuryl fluoride, commonly known as Vikane. Meanwhile, the empty basement storage rooms were treated with heat and repeatedly vacuumed.

Once all items and the building were declared bed bug-free, the items were moved back in. New rules for the storage bins, hammered out with the co-ops lawyer, were prominently posted. Every item in all 81 bins must be double-wrapped in air-tight plastic or placed in a plastic bin with an air-tight gasket. No exceptions. Russell, the beagle, now visits once a week. Hell check every apartment three times a year to make sure the scourge has not returned. The total cost to the co-op so far has been about $250,000, which came from the reserve fund and the sale of three apartments that the co-op took over during the S&L crisis in the 1990s.

If we let those bugs move into this building, its going to cost us way more than the money were currently spending, says Keough. Until they come up with a cure for bed bugs, its just pro-active vigilance. As of this moment, we have no bed bugs.

Cowan quickly raps the wooden table with a knuckle. Then, addressing one of the most stubborn and erroneous myths about bed bugs, he adds, If your building has bed bugs, it doesnt mean youre dirty. It means youre unlucky.

Ben Weisel opened Metro Pest Control in the 1970s, during that dark age when President Gerald Ford was telling a financially hobbled New York City to, in so many words, drop dead. Back then, there were plenty of pests to keep Weisels exterminators hopping: cockroaches, termites, carpenter ants, mice, rats, and water bugs. But not bed bugs.

They were pretty well wiped out, says Weisel, now 67 and semi-retired. Much of the credit for their scarcity goes to DDT, Weisel says, a pesticide that was widely used during and after World War II, later vilified by Rachel Carson, and finally banned in the U.S. in 1972 because of environmental concerns. Only recently did bed bugs begin making an unwelcome return to New York City.

What happened, says Weisel, was that people started traveling to Europe and a lot of Third World countries and bringing bed bugs and eggs back with them. The population started exploding about eight years ago.

Today, Metro Pest Control gets a staggering 150 calls a month to treat bed bugs. The problem has become so severe city-wide that Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently created a 10-member Bed Bug Advisory Board and gave it nine months to produce recommendations on dealing with infestations in residences and institutions; disposing of infested items such as clothing and furniture; and creating a list of rights and responsibilities for landlords, tenants, and homeowners.

Information about bed bugs is becoming more plentiful and easier to find. The Bed Bug Registry, for instance, has a detailed website (www.bedbugregistry.com) that offers a report of bed bug infestations in hotels and apartment buildings across North America.

One, located on Avenue D in Manhattan, offers these words of wisdom from an exasperated tenant named Anit: The bed bugs came because a tenant on the fifth floor went camping, brought them home with her and decided not to mention anything to her roommates or the super for three weeks, even after having noticed them. Bed bugs are an unfortunate reality here in the city. It helps when people are pro-active about taking care about them.

Right you are, Anit. In fact, pest control experts will tell you that the worst thing you can do after sighting bed bugs is to procrastinate or go into denial. Since a female bed bug can lay up to 500 eggs during her lifetime and since the eggs hatch after incubating for one to three weeks a co-op or condo board needs to take prompt and forceful action as soon as theres a bed bug sighting in the building.

Its a jungle out there. So, watch your back. Literally.

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May 8th, 2020 by admin

Before a person can prevent an infestation, it is important to know what they are, how they live and what they look like. Once you know what they look like, hopefully, before you bring them home, you can avoid staying in hotels that have them.

Simply, they are small parasites that live in mattresses and other types of soft furniture. They are nocturnal and are hard to spot during the day. They are oval-shaped, and once they have fed on blood are reddish brown in color. If you ever see an insect in your home or hotel room that is flattish, oval-shaped and reddish brown, you should catch it and try to identify it.

These parasites feed on blood, primarily human blood. This is a major creep factor is associated with them beyond simply having a home pest. They come out at night, crawl on your sleeping body and make a meal of you. Some people may find the vampire myth sexy but nobody, except maybe an entomologist, can say the same about these insects.

For most people the idea of having them is completely repulsive. They are sneaky, gross and hated around the world. They attack people when they are at their most vulnerable and leave few signs behind.

New York City is #1 in many things, but it was not prepared to become the American city with the heaviest infestation. There is a simple reason for this resurgence. International travel gives these bugs new homes quickly. New York City is certainly a major travel hub. Vacationers head to NYC but the main culprit of the outbreak is people who travel for business.

Vacationers simply go from their home to a hotel and back. They are much less likely to drop these parasites in enough hotels to cause a major problem; although vacationers are often a victim, and bring them home unknowingly. People in business spend weeks or months hotel hopping. As our society has become global these bugs have staged a comeback.

The U.S. almost got rid of them early in the last century. Then international travel became more common and people were staying in hotels in countries that were still dealing with them. People would go to different countries and bring home a little something extra in their luggage and clothing. The U.S. now has a new booming industry eradication of these pests.

New York City may have them but how does one avoid staying in a hotel that has an active infestation. The insidious thing about these pests is that they do not always live in the flea-bag motels. It would be easy to stay in a slightly more expensive hotel but that is no guarantee of an infestation-free accommodation. Actually, the more expensive hotels are just as likely to have infestations.

With the Internet age in full force there is a website that is devoted to the places with reported infestations. The Bed Bug Registry is a website where people can report their sightings and experiences. People can use this free resource to avoid bringing home an unwanted souvenir.

These insects are sneaky little devils. They only come out in the dark unless the infestation is extreme. When you turn on the lights of your hotel room, they will quickly scurry away. Although it is hard to spot them, they do leave visible signs behind.

The most prevalent signs are blood smears on the sheets and waste along the bedrails. They hide behind the headboard, along the railings of the bed and between the mattress and bedsprings. If you cannot spot the little beasties, you should become accustomed to the other signs. These pests shed skin and leave fecal matter behind. This looks like a pile of pepper or coarse ash in areas where they nest.

People may not want to spend their evenings hunting for these bugs but that is better than bringing them home. Just strip the bed, check under the box springs and glance behind the headboard. If you see any signs, ask for a new room or find a new hotel.

Normally the vehicles that you ride in are not a problem when it comes to these insects. Places where people sleep or gather cause problems. There are things that you can do to keep the bugs from coming home with you. The use of a hard suitcase is one of the best things that one can do to keep them from hitching a ride home with you. Putting your clothing into a re-sealable plastic bag before putting them into the suitcase keeps them out of your clothing.

Remember that the hotels are there to serve you. You can ask them about their policy. How often do they inspect? Do they have an exterminator come in on a regular basis? Is the housekeeping staff knowledgeable? Asking these questions will not offend the staff at a quality hotel.

Once you are in the room, you want to keep your suitcase on top of a table or dresser. You should keep your clothes packed for a brief stay. You do not have to put your clothes in the bureau or closet.

When you come home unpack in a room that plenty of hard light-colored surfaces. Shake out and wash your clothing before putting them away. Inspect your luggage. Pay close attention to the handle and wheel area of the suitcase.

Even if you accidentally stay overnight in a hotel that has an active infestation there are ways to prevent bringing them home. Wash everything that is washable prior to re-entering your home. This includes clothing, linens and bags that contain clothes. If you cannot wash it, wipe it down. If you cannot wipe it down, put it in a bag for a year. That may sound extreme but these insects can survive for an entire year without feeding again.

Hotels are not the only place that one can pick up these bugs. Guests to your home can bring them in; children can get them at sleepovers or at camp and you can even get them by picking up a castoff piece of furniture that someone left at the side of the street. The owner of that free couch or mattress may have thrown it away because of bugs. Clean every previously owned item that comes into your home.

Even the most cautious people may still end up with a hitchhiker in their suitcase. Anyone can get them but you need to get rid of them as quickly as possible. The easiest way to rid your home of these pests is to contact a pest control company and let them deal with it. You can try DIY extermination but they are very hard to kill. Only a few chemicals will work on them. If you use the right pest killer but miss a few bugs, you will be right back where you started.

Talk to your neighbors. One of the best ways to find the best service is to find out whom your neighbor uses. Sure, it may be a little embarrassing but you do not have to be too specific about why you need a pest company.

Check the ads of the company. If they do not specifically mention these bugs, they may not be experienced their eradication. Ask questions of your pest control company. Make full use of your free consultation and inspection prior to making a decision. Do not listen to grandiose claims. It is difficult to get rid of these bugs. A reputable company will not claim that they can get rid of your problem with one visit.

When the pest company comes to treat your home, they will give you some homework. All homeowners need to do their part by following the instructions that the pest control company suggests. Remember, they are the professionals and you are paying for that knowledge. Follow their advice.

Although they bite, they do not transmit any diseases. However, some people are allergic to the bites. This can cause red and itchy circles to appear on the body. A little cortisone cream will control the itching but the only way to avoid bites is to rid your home of the infestation. Severe scratching of the bites may potentially lead to an infection but this is unrelated to the bugs themselves. If you itch until you break the skin, wash the sore area with soap and water to avoid infection.

The bites normally occur in clusters. There will be a line or collection of little circles on a part of the body. If you notice an unexplainable rash on your body that presents itself as itchy circles, check for an infestation. The inner arms, face and neck are prime feeding spots. These areas are often left uncovered during sleep and are easy places for the bugs to feed.

With the high number of infestations occurring in New York City the city has had to put a few recommendations into place to help combat the problem. Disposing of infected material is a major problem. When people put household items at the curb for the New York City sanitation department to pick up, people who may need the items salvage them for their own use. This spreads the infestation from home to home.

When disposing of a household item that has an active bug population New York City recommends the owner put a sign on the item that announces that it contains bed bugs. This gives the potential new owner a heads up as to what they may be bringing home with their new treasure. If the person disposing of the item can place it into a trash bag, they should do so. This keeps the bugs from leaving and keeps people from knowing what you are throwing away.

People should cut or damage larger items prior to placing them at the curb. A large slice in a mattress, box springs or couch will make it less attractive to scavengers. Do not bring new items into the home until the infestation has been eradicated. Failure to do so just gives them new places to hide and breed. An infested item is not something that one should donate. Giving to charity is great but giving something that will simply cause additional problems to the person you are trying to help is not very nice.

Apartment owners in New York City have the additional problem of keeping them from moving from apartment to apartment. Ask all tenants to report an infestation to the building management immediately. The owner or manager of the building will then be able to call an exterminator in to handle the problem. One should inspect all vacant apartments prior to finding a new tenant. It is easier to treat an empty apartment instead of one that is occupied.

Places where people come to stay for short durations are typically hit hard. The homeless, elderly and medically vulnerable do not need the additional stress of suddenly discovering that their sanctuary is also a haven for these parasites. This is a sensitive issue but one that does need to be addressed.

It is much easier to prevent an infestation than it is to treat one. All staff in any group living situation should be trained to interview new guests. The home should develop a regular set of questions that pinpoint possible carriers while allowing the person answering the questions to maintain their dignity and self-respect. Staff should ask the questions in a respectful and compassionate manner. When one feels as though someone is interrogating them, they may not give truthful answers.

Keeping bugs out can mean getting rid of plush and upholstered furniture. Bed frames should be metal, plastic and metal furnishing and no headboards are the best defense against them finding a hiding place. Linens and anything made of wood should be white. It is easier to spot them on a light colored surface. Box springs should be in a plastic sleeve. Do not use anything made of wicker. The open weave of wicker gives them too many places to hide.

Make eradication part of the culture of the home. Talk openly about them and encourage all residents to report any that they see. Getting rid of the taboo and shame associated will go far toward an open discourse within the home.

Have an exterminator on contract. If you have, or have had a problem, keep your exterminators coming by. They can check for pests and correct any problems early.

Reports of bugs being spotted in New York City public schools have parents concerned. The schools are required by law to report any instances. The infestations are not severe but do show just how prevalent they are. The schools claim that there are just a few bugs here and there but people should still be on the lookout.

Nobody expects to get these bugs from their movers. The surprising fact that movers are spreading them shocks people moving to a new home. The bugs hitch a ride in the moving truck and just wait for a comfy sofa to come in. This is the type of housewarming gift nobody wants or needs. It is important to ensure that you use a quality moving company. Many small unreliable companies out there are more than willing to take your money without offering a great service. Check the references of any moving company that you may be thinking of hiring.

According to ABC News, tourism is being adversely affected by these bugs. The Empire State Building and Bloomingdales, both top tourist attractions, have had recorded these bugs being spotted. When people read about this, they sometimes choose to take their vacation dollars elsewhere. People simply do not want to vacation is an area that has such creepy crawlies creeping around. A city that gets a reputation for being unclean or buggy quickly drops on the list of potential places to visit.

They do not bite if the lights are on. This is a myth. While they are most active at night, they will bite if the lights are on and there is a tasty body part handy.

Using pesticides will eradicate an infestation. This is a myth. The chemicals will not get into all the areas where they reside. You need to do a careful visual inspection and properly clean all infested rooms and items.

If an item is infested, the only option is to throw it away. This is a myth. If you can clean it, you can get rid of the bugs. If you cannot clean it, bag and store it for one year to control a new outbreak.

They are not known to spread disease. This is a fact. This was previously mentioned as a fact but bears repeating. While they are annoying and gross most experts believe that they do not carry illness.

Their bites give you itchy welts. This is both true and a myth. People that are allergic to bug bites will have a strong reaction, while those that are not allergic often times will have no reaction to the bite.

You cannot see one. This is a myth. This bug is small but is not microscopic. They are difficult to see only because of their color and that they are nocturnal creatures.

One visit from an exterminator is all you need for eradication of an infestation. This is a myth. Eradication and control requires a minimum of two visits. The exterminator should return to ensure that all bugs and their eggs are dead.

You can get a quote from a qualified exterminator over the phone. This is a myth. The price of a visit will be determined by the extent of the infestation and the size of your property. A good pest control company should offer a free consultation and then give a price estimate.

Only dirty people get them. This is a myth. Anyone can get them. The test of the sanitation of a home is how long they remain.

If you find them in your home, you are in good company. When you discover them and the owner of the property does nothing about it, call the NYC 311 line and report them. Everyone needs to do as much as they can to help combat the epidemic in New York City. It is everyones responsibility to help. Remember to be on the lookout for these pests, check your home and always use common sense in your travels.

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Up to 2.7 Million in New York May Have Been Infected, Antibody Study Finds – NBC New York

April 24th, 2020 by admin

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Preliminary results from New York's first coronavirus antibody study show nearly 14 percent tested positive, meaning they had the virus at some point and recovered, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday. That equates to 2.7 million infections statewide -- more than 10 times the state's confirmed cases.

The study, part of Cuomo's "aggressive" antibody testing launched earlier this week, is based on 3,000 random samples from 40 locations in 19 counties. While the preliminary data suggests much more widespread infection, it means New York's mortality rate is much lower than previously thought.

As of Thursday, nearly 16,000 people in New York have died of virus-related complications. With 260,000-plus confirmed cases, the mortality rate would be as high as 6 percent. With 2.7 million cases, it would be around 0.5 percent -- much lower, though still much higher than the seasonal flu.

Cuomo was quick to caution, though, that the death toll was higher than even the state's own official report -- it counts deaths in hospitals and nursing homes, but not at-home deaths or other "probable" cases. In other words, the mortality rate is still hard to determine properly.

New York City had a higher rate of antibodies (21.2 percent) than anywhere else in the state and accounted for 43 percent of the total tested. Long Island had a 16.7 percent positivity rate, while Westchester and Rockland counties saw 11.7 percent of their samples come up with the antibody. The rest of the state, which accounted for about a third of those studied, had a 3.6 percent positivity rate. There were early variations by race/ethnicity and age as well.

Cuomo says further analysis of the antibody study findings is underway. The early estimates mirror findings from a study in Los Angeles County, California. Researchers there found COVID-19 could have been 55 times more prevalent than reported, which would mean a far lower morbidity rate than believed.

One prominent New York City doctor reacted to the results by saying they were plausible but by no means certain, and that even if 21 percent of NYC residents had antibodies, it didn't mean they were immune.

"It means a lot of us in NYC have been infected. But that's not surprising news - we've seen high levels of cases for over a month. It means the virus is STILL spreading in NYC. It means that the MAJORITY of us are still very susceptible! It means we still need to #StayHome," said Craig Spencer, a Manhattan emergency room doctor, Ebola survivor and prominent social media voice during the crisis.

About a quarter of the state's total fatalities have been in long-term care facilities, which have been dubbed ground zero of the national crisis.

By law, nursing homes must provide personal protective equipment and temperature checks for staff. They must isolate COVID-19 residents, ensure separate staff for virus patients and notify all family members within 24 hours if any resident tests positive for COVID-19 or dies from infection.

That's not always happening. More families are finding themselves blindsided by a loved one's nursing home death before they were even told a particular facility had a virus problem. In some cases, that reflects a home's lack of awareness. In others, it's an absence of reporting.

Declaring nursing homes a "top priority since Day 1," Cuomo said the state would crack down on centers that don't comply with current regulations and executive orders. Attorney General Letitia James will lead that investigation in coordination with the state Department of Health, the governor said.

The federal government has pledged better tracking and information-sharing on nursing home outbreaks, which the Associated Press reports have been linked to at least 8,500 deaths across the country. The real toll is likely much higher; the virus is adept at killing, Cuomo has said, and the people in nursing homes, the frail and the elderly, are most vulnerable to its attack.

Experts say the outbreaks have been fueled by the industry's chronic challenges with controlling infections and staffing shortages. Many homes have not reported their deaths and state counts may not include those who die without ever being tested for COVID-19.

Cuomo has incorporated nursing home data into the New York state coronavirus tracker; it currently lists nursing homes and adult care centers that have reported fatalities by name and breaks out the total numbers by county. As of Wednesday, 22 percent of the state's 15,740 fatalities came from nursing homes or adult care centers. The state tracker does not list all the centers that have reported infections. Last week, the governor ordered nursing homes to begin supplying this information to the state. Noncompliance may lead to civil penalties.

Some of the nation's biggest outbreaks have been local, including 55 deaths at a nursing home in Brooklyn. The borough now has the highest virus death toll (3,540) of any county in America, per state and NBC News data, accounting for 7 percent of all U.S. deaths. Five homes in the outer boroughs have reported at least 40 deaths each. Part of the issue is the vulnerability of the population itself; part of it is reporting and access to testing. Supplies and personal protective equipment for staff have been problematic as well.

Earlier Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled stepped-up efforts to fight that battle in the five boroughs. He says his administration has sent nearly 10 million N95 and surgical masks, gowns, gloves, face shields and other PPE to the city's 169 nursing homes in weekly distributions to date. On Thursday, he announced the city would increase its weekly shipment by at least 50 percent, adding to the over 40,000 N95s, 800,00 surgical face masks 40,000 face shields, 1.5 million gloves and 105,000 gowns or coveralls that went out last week.

To help with urgent staffing needs, de Blasio has sent 210 clinical staff volunteers to 40 NYC nursing homes and will double that, bringing the total number of personnel to more than 420, the mayor said Thursday. His administration has established a task force to work with about half the nursing homes citywide, collecting data on staffing, PPE, death management and other metrics to ensure nursing home needs are continually met through the crisis.

Our citys nursing homes are home to some of those most at risk for COVID-19, de Blasio said Thursday. They need our support more than ever, which is why we are stepping in and sending more staff and support to assist those who protect and care for our most vulnerable.

New Jersey, which has seen about 40 percent of its total COVID-19 deaths come from nursing homes, launched a new webpage earlier this week that names all 446 long-term facilities where outbreaks have been reported and those where residents have died. One home in particular, a sprawling facility in Andover, came under fire after an anonymous tip led to the discovery of 17 bodies piled inside a makeshift morgue. According to the New York Times, they were moved there after being temporarily stored in a shed. Gov. Phil Murphy said he was outraged by the gruesome find and pledged a thorough investigation.

Current and former employees at the Andover home described vile conditions there even before the pandemic hit.

"There would be urine and fecal matter on the floor, in the hallway, in the bedroom, like it was just gross ... I have seen bedbugs in patient beds," one former employee said. "We have reported this a couple of times and nothing is being done about it. Nothing. And then with the virus happening ... things just got 10 times worse."

Cuomo has said reopening states will be a gradual process -- and that can't really begin until the data supports it, meaning hospitalization and death rates are completely under control. The numbers have been trending in the right direction, but the volume is still high overall. Cuomo says it'll never be zero.

"The number will decline to a level that is basically a low constant. You can't stop all transmission of the virus," Cuomo said during an interview on The Daily Show late Wednesday. "When you get down to the lowest level you can, that's your low point. Once we hit that number, then we can talk about starting to reopen."

New projections from the widely watched Gates Foundation-backed IHME model, the one relied upon by infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci and often cited by Cuomo, suggest New York and New Jersey could relax restrictions after May 27, presuming strong containment strategies remain in place, including testing, contact tracing, isolation and crowd limitations. Connecticut's timeline would be a bit later, after June 9, the model says.

The new "nation-leading" contact tracing program Cuomo announced Wednesday will help with the containment part of the equation. The plan is still in its very early stages; former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has committed $10.5 million to develop and implement it in partnership with Johns Hopkins researchers.

Cuomo said the plan would be regional in its approach, rolled out in coordination with New Jersey and Connecticut. Gov. Ned Lamont later said he was still evaluating it.

IHME revised its death forecasts upward for Connecticut again Wednesday night, for the third time in a week. The state could now see 3,006 deaths through June 2; it has reported about half that to date.

The new model slightly lowered projections for New York (23,232 deaths through May 23) and New Jersey (7,058 deaths through May 21), though those numbers are still higher than in the model's April 17 iteration.

The newer forecasts take into account New York City's reporting on probable fatalities (it has 5,121 of those to date) and data compiled by The New York Times.

"People are about to burst, on one level. On the other hand, we had 474 people die yesterday," Cuomo said Wednesday of reopening. "You tell me how many people go outside and touch other people, I'll tell you how many people go into a hospital three days from now. It's an impossible balance."

On Thursday, Cuomo added another 438 fatalities to New York's growing toll, it's lowest single-day toll in weeks and a fourth straight day below 500. The state now has 15,740 dead, not counting NYC's probable fatalities. New Jersey's toll has reached 5,368, while Connecticut has seen 1,639 lives lost.

Casewise, the tri-state area has reported more than 385,000 infections -- 263,460 in New York, 99,989 in New Jersey and 23,100 in Connecticut. New York City reported its first confirmed case on March 1. A new model from Northeastern University suggests nearly 11,000 people could already have been infected in the city by then, according to The New York Times. De Blasio said Thursday he still believes half of the entire city could ultimately become infected.

The stark numbers and the uncertainty have New Yorkers, tens of thousands of whom have lost their jobs amid this crisis, torn between their desire to get back to normal and their fear of what could happen when restrictions relax.

Evidence of the state easing some rules on construction can already be seen in the city. On the Upper West Side, work on a high rise is being allowed because it includes affordable housing which is considered essential. So is work at a west side hotel project, which was newly designated as essential.

Mayor de Blasio admitted that seeing an apparent recent uptick in traffic on NYC streets and sidewalks gives him some cause for concern. He said that even though COVID-19 admissions at city hospitals has plunged from 850 in late March to 227 on Wednesday relaxing on social distancing would undo any progress that's been made.

"I've been seeing it personally and I am worried about it," the mayor said. "If it's folks starting to get too loose, that's a problem."

People may not look at a crowded subway train the same way again; they may be leery of walking into a Broadway theater. The New York area has endured debilitating hardships since the shutdown; hardships will linger when it lifts.

The stresses of this crisis -- physical, psychological, financial and otherwise -- are profound. Cuomo says they'll lead to lead to "PTSD for an entire generation."

New York and New Jersey have launched mental health hotlines amid the pandemic. Here are more ways to get help.

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How to Stop Rats from Taking Over a City – The National Interest

March 23rd, 2020 by admin

It took only a few seconds to spot one. Then another. As I walked into the small park around noon, dozens of rats could be seen scurrying in every direction. They dashed in and out of burrows scattered around the planting beds. They scampered between the safety of shrub cover and the trash bins containing a smorgasbord for them to feed on. They leaped on and off the unoccupied benches encircling the park. The rats of Churchill Square had returned.

I study urban rats, but this tiny park in New York City at the intersection of Bleecker Street and 6th Avenue in the Greenwich Village section of lower Manhattan has been a side curiosity of mine. The first time I visited the square, I was just looking for a place to sit for a few minutes during a family excursion.

But an urban ecologist is never really off the clock in the city. I had never seen so many rats in such a small area. Rats are generally nocturnal, so the high activity during daylight probably meant the infestation was severe, which increases the risk of disease transmission to people, damages urban infrastructure and even takes a toll on the mental health of residents. The health, economic and social impacts of rat infestation can be significant.

Public enemy number one

While rats Rattus norvegicus, to be specific in New York City are not unfamiliar to residents, the Churchill Square rats had become too comfortable. Too established. Too numerous. The following year, rodent bait stations appeared around the park. The familiar black boxes are filled with edible bait containing rodent-killing compounds rodenticides that technicians can replace easily on a set schedule. It seemed to work remarkably well; there wasnt a rat to be seen in Churchill Square during my visits that year.

Yet rats are superbly adapted to forage efficiently, breed often and produce enough progeny to repopulate quickly. So despite the millions of dollars spent annually to combat rats, their numbers appear to be increasing in cities around the world. Most rat populations also rebound quickly after a control campaign ends a phenomenon known as the boomerang effect. Churchill Square is an example of this effect; when the rodenticide stations were removed, the rats returned.

Theyre back, but theyre different

While the return of the rats is nearly assured, my colleagues and I recently found that the repopulating rats are fundamentally different than the rats present before lethal control was carried out.

For example, an intensive eradication campaign in 2015 in parts of Salvador, Brazil succeeded in cutting the rat population in half, but also led to a 90% reduction in the genetic variation contained within those populations. This included the loss of many of their rarest gene variants. A broad variety of genetic information is thought to be essential for organisms to respond to and remain viable in changing environments. In addition, because the survivors were more closely related to each other, there was also a greater risk of inbreeding among the remaining rats. All of these impacts observed in the Salvador rats constitute what scientists call a genetic bottleneck and a particularly severe one by any standard.

Genetic bottlenecks are almost always considered in the context of vulnerable populations of conservation concern, not a notorious pest. And the overarching concern is usually long-term survival of the imperiled population. But, pest species like rats, mice, roaches and bed bugs are subject to repeated intentional attempts to deplete their populations through lethal control.

The problem is that there is rarely coordination between pest management staff working with cities or property owners, often with short timelines and insufficient budgets, and scientists interested in tracking the long-term viability of urban pest species.

As the environmental health coordinator for the city of Somerville, Massachusetts, Georgianna Silveira is on the front line of efforts to integrate pest management and policy decisions with a scientific perspective on long-term trends. Most of these partners are not thinking in the long-term for rat populations, Silveira notes. In a practical sense, its about putting out fires with quick solutions, often because there is too little communication among residents, city agencies, pest management professionals and scientists about sustained goals.

Survival of the fittest super rats

For the city rats that survive lethal control, there are two long-term outcomes that our research team is investigating now. The first, and most concerning, is tied closely to the idea of survival of the fittest.

A successful rat control campaign removes many, maybe even most, individuals from the population. The survivors are likely to have certain traits that make them more fit able to avoid the onslaught of exposure to rodenticides, snap traps and other sources of mortality. These survivors then produce more baby rats, which inherit the same helpful traits.

If only the fittest rats make it through the control campaign, the survivors may be even better adapted to take advantage of the high-resource minefield of modern cities, leaving a new population of super rats to breed and repopulate. In fact, scientists have identified specific versions of some genes that render common rodenticides ineffective. These beneficial gene variants have been observed in some natural populations of rats regularly exposed to these poisons.

or evolving into sickly rats

On the other hand, biologists know that there can be severe negative consequences for populations that lack genetic variation, similar to the risks of inbreeding in people.

Our data from Salvador suggests that rats can lose most of their genetic variation very quickly during a lethal control campaign. This variation is the key by which species can respond to changing environments through natural selection. And city environments can change rapidly.

So the second long-term outcome for rats subjected to repeated control programs could be a gradual reduction in survival, reproduction and other traits related to evolutionary fitness. This was observed in crows, where inbreeding was associated with lower survival and weaker immune function. Progressively weaker, more sickly rats is certainly the preferred scenario when dealing with persistent rat infestation.

So what will happen to the rats of Churchill Square, Salvador and other places where they are frequently targeted for lethal control? To understand if city rats are evolving toward the super or sickly set of traits, our research team is studying populations before and after rat control campaigns to determine how survival, reproduction and other beneficial traits change during intense control campaigns.

Jonathan Richardson weighs a rat as part of a study in New York City. Jonathan Richardson, CC BY-SA

But it is immensely challenging to study these aspects of rat biology in wild populations, especially in urban environments. Genetic insights may provide the most practical way to assess the impacts of control efforts, including a way to measure these impacts in a standardized way for cities around the world. Regardless, we know that urban rat control needs to progress beyond just trying to poison them.

Comprehensive rodent control will need to focus on long-term and sustainable goals, reducing populations to tolerable numbers using varied tools like rodenticide, dry ice and even applying contraceptives to reduce fertility. And of course the low-tech yet most effective approach of reducing trash availability and installation of rodent-proof garbage cans must be included. Meanwhile, research will shed light onto what effect all of this money and effort is having on urban pests is it eroding their viability, or turning the gears of evolution to create unintended super organisms?

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Jonathan Richardson, Assistant Professor of Biology, University of Richmond

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Planning a Vacation? Here’s How to Make Sure You Don’t Bring Any Bed Bugs Home With You – Mental Floss

March 4th, 2020 by admin

Many places have undergone name changes at some point in their past, often because the land came under new rule or because the settlement outgrew its old designation. But some towns and cities had more unique reasons to transform their titles. Scandal, shame, or a desire to honor their history can spur a community to present a fresh identity to the world. Here are five places whose name changes arent your average rebranding.

A lot of German immigrants settled in Southern Ontario in the 19th century, and the city of Berlin was named as an homage to their motherland. This was fineuntil the 20th century, when said motherland started bombing Canadas allies during World War I. That, combined with the large population of pacifist Mennonites in Berlin, spelled trouble for the city. All the pacifists meant a large number of local men werent signing up for the war effort, which caused people from other towns to look at the heavily German-populated Berlin with suspicion.

Soon, there was a referendum (not supported by the majority) to change the citys name. Citizens were given a variety of new names to vote on, but there was no space on the ballot to keep Berlin Berlin. Anyone who supported the status quo was, according to the National Archives of Canada, immediately perceived, by those who wanted change, as being unpatriotic and sympathizers with the enemy.

Violence, riots, and intimidation followed. Only 892 people out of a pool of about 5000 eligible voters voted on the referendum. A meager 346 votes were enough to change Berlin to Kitchener, named after Britains Minister of War.

Today, Regina is a city more than 220,000 people strong. But in the 1880s, it was a barren grassland frequented mainly by buffalo and the Cree Indians who hunted them. Its original name, oskana k-asastki, means where the bones are piled. The macabre moniker references the enormous piles of bones the Cree would construct in the hopes that living buffalo would return to visit their dead ancestors. Later settlers shortened the name to Pile O Bones. In 1882, the wife of Canadas governor general, Princess Louise, suggested they change the name to honor her own mother, Queen Victoria. Regina is Latin for Queen, and all female monarchs sign their name using it. Thus the Saskatchewan settlement was elevated out of the boneyard to royal heights.

Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie made a movie called Changeling, about a mother who is sure the kidnapped son returned to her is not actually her boy. The film was based on true events, and those events are why the town of Wineville, California, became Mira Loma (its since been incorporated into Jurupa Valley). The real-life kidnapped boy, Walter Collins, was likely murdered in Wineville along with at least three other boys by Gordon Stewart Northcott. The case became known as The Wineville Chicken Coop Murders, as the partial remains of Northcotts victims were recovered around the criminals chicken coop. Northcott was hanged in 1930, and the town sought to escape its appalling notoriety by changing its name in 1931.

Americans have come to loathe or love Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat or Bruno. In his native Britain, he was first known as the character Ali G, an obnoxious wanna-be white boy rapper. Part of Ali Gs background is that he grew up in the mean ghettos of Staineswhich is actually a lovely middle-class town in Surrey. His fame was such in the UK that the people of Staines didnt appreciate being associated with his image. The borough council opted to change the towns name to the more elegant Staines-upon-Thames, partly to distance themselves from Ali Gs obnoxious antics, and partly to advertise their proximity to the River Thames to encourage tourism. Though Ali G may have put the town on the map, as Alex Tribick of the Spelthorne Business Forum said, he also put the stain in Staines.

On the western edge of the island of Marthas Vineyard, there is an outcropping of craggy, brightly tinted rock. The white settlers who arrived there in the 1600s described them as the gaily colored cliffs. The association stuck to the settlement that grew nearby, and thus, the town of Gay Head was born. In 1997, the people of Gay Head voted to change their towns name to Aquinnah, to honor some of the residents ties to the Wamponoag tribe, who were the original holders of the land. As Carl Widdis, the tribesman who started the petition in 1991, said, I guess it's simple. An Indian place should have an Indian name."

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New Yorks Worst Bedbug Neighborhoods – The New York Times

February 19th, 2020 by admin

As some of us know from personal experience, finding bedbugs in your apartment is jarring. While they dont carry diseases to humans (that we know of), their bites are itchy and can get infected.

Bedbugs are adept hitchhikers, easily picked up in hotel rooms, car shares, movie theaters and other public spaces. And once they settle into your home, they are difficult and expensive to get rid of and notorious for spreading to the neighbors apartments.

We asked Localize, a website that can provide information on any address in New York City, to analyze the last five years worth of bedbug violations (through August 2018) for rentals in the five boroughs, to find out where the problem has been the worst and if it is getting any better. (Violations are issued by the city to landlords who fail to properly address an infestation.)

The Bronx, it turns out, has consistently had the most violations per rental household, followed by Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Overall, violations are on the decline, but bedbugs are far from being under control, according to the Localize report. Any improvement, experts say, may be the result of new laws that have spurred landlords to take infestations more seriously and address them sooner.

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The Off Broadway Alliance to Present Panel Discussion WHAT THINGS COST: BUDGETING YOUR OFF BROADWAY SHOW – Broadway World

February 14th, 2020 by admin

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hold the next event in its Seminars series focused on the Off Broadway producing process on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

The seminar, titled "What Things Cost: Budgeting Your Off Broadway Show." Industry experts will discuss the ins and outs of budgeting for Off Broadway plays and musicals of all sizes; in theatres with 99 to 499 seats, from one to eight performances a week. They will also share their insight on where to spend and where to save, and how to stretch the dollars and get the biggest bang for your buck. The panelists will include Lisa Dozier King (Be More Chill, A Letter to Harvey Milk), William Franzblau (Say Goodnight Gracie, David Mamet's American Buffalo), and Evan Bernardin (Afterglow, We Are the Tigers). Robert Driemeyer (La Cage aux Folles, Tennessee Williams' The Two-Character Play) will moderate.

"What Things Cost: Budgeting Your Off Broadway Show." will be held on the 3rd floor of The Theater Center (210 West 50th Street). Check-in will begin at 10:30am for networking and complimentary coffee and bagels. The panel discussion will take place from 11am to 12:30pm with additional time allotted afterward for conversation with fellow attendees.

Admission for the seminar is $5 (to partially cover the costs of presenting the seminar), and pre-registration is a must. Attendees are encouraged to pre-submit questions for the panelists when they submit their reservations. Questions will be asked live at the seminar.

Lisa Dozier King - is the founder of LDK Productions, a New York City based theatrical general management and producing firm. Current/recent productions include: Be More Chill (Broadway, Off Broadway, London, Chicago), the American Premiere of Red Devil Battery Sign by Tennessee Williams, Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo at New World Stages, Hit Her with the Skates (Chicago), Sacrifice, A Sign of the Times, Kenney: Bobby's Last Crusade, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, A Letter to Harvey Milk, The Crusade of Connor Stephens, Vincent, Bedbugs the Musical, Breakfast with Mugabe, F#%king Up Everything, and more. She has been on staff at the New 42nd Street, Manhattan Theatre Club, Symphony Space, American Repertory Theatre and New York Stage & Film. Lisa was the BFA Theatre Management program director at the University of Miami from 2013-2018 and served as the general manager for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's annual Festival of New Musicals for over a decade. She is also the founding producing director of Miami New Drama, a new regional theatre that produces and manages the 400 seat historic Colony Theatre on Miami Beach, and has been a professor of practice at the University of Florida since January 2019. LDKProductions.com

William Franzblau - created and produced the TONY Nominated Best Play Say Goodnight Gracie, produced David Mamet's American Buffalo on Broadway, and the tour of Little House on the Prairie the Musical starring Melissa Gilbert. He also served as the Executive and Lead Producer for Broadway's Wonderland. He licensed and produced the off-Broadway shows, Sistas the Musical (shot and broadcast on BET) Jewtopia, Evil Dead the Musical, The Male Intellect: an Oxymoron, and Iluminate (America's Got Talent Finalist). He recently produced and co-created Rocktopia (6-week limited run on Broadway) a national pledge show for PBS. Mr. Franzblau served as Executive Producer of three tours of the Moscow Circus on Broadway and throughout North America and produced the touring productions of the Broadway hit Beatlemania.

Evan Bernardin - founded Evan Bernardin Productions seven years ago. Quickly his office grew to be a leader in Off Broadway production where they developed the shows like We Are the Tigers, and the long-running Afterglow. Internationally, Evan's team has managed a selection of productions including Million Dollar Quartet, Charlie Brown, and Counting Sheep. He has worked with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Madison Wells Media, and The New York Musical Festival; collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, Culture Project, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has had the opportunity to speak about nontraditional development models at New York University (NYU), Marymount Manhattan College (MMC), and Theatre Resources Unlimited (TRU).

Robert Driemeyer (Moderator) - Robert's Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles starring Kelsey Grammar and Douglas Hodge and Elling starring Brendan Fraser and Denis O'Hare. Off Broadway he produced Tennessee Williams' The Two-Character Play starring Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif, and Party Face starring Hayley Mills and directed by Amanda Bearse. Other Off Broadway credits include Shear Madness and Forbidden Broadway and Happy Birthday, Doug, He and producing partner Morgan Sills formed Driemeyer-Sills Productions which focuses on new works, classic revivals, and offers consulting and executive producing services, dsproducers.com.

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Worried About Bed Bugs in NYC? Treatment & Signs in New …

February 12th, 2020 by admin

Sleep tight, dont let the bed bugs bite is a common -- if not totally gross -- thing many parents tell their children at night. But chances are, you never gave those creepy crawlers a second thought until you moved to New York City.

Unfortunately, the horror of a bed bug infestation is a pretty common experience in NYC. According to pest control company Orkins annual Top 50 Bed Bugs List, confirmed cases of bed bugs increased during 2015, making New York City the fourth-worst urban regionin the nation for these pests.Local exterminators at M&M Pest Controlagree.

The bedbug threat has definitely gotten worse over the years, confirmed client service representatives at M&M Stephanie Kollgaard and Hunter Konkle, as well as directors Kevin Carrillo and Timothy Wong. Incoming requests for bedbug treatment or inspections have grown consistently by 20% annually for the past several years.

But lets back up a little bit. If you dont already know, bed bugs are parasitic insects that have a particular penchant for human blood. While they have not been known to transmit diseases, they are literal ankle biters and will turn your mattress into a colony. And its not something a New Yorker should take lightly: Bed bugs can be picked up everywhere from the R train to a swanky hotel.

Despite common misconceptions, bed bugs do not target messy or dirty apartments (though that certainly makes it easier for the insects to go unnoticed). Everyone is at risk, and the chances of picking up a bed bug are infinitely greater in metropolitan areas, where people move often and quickly.Increased travel and foot traffic brings a spike during the summer months.

More than anything, bed bugs will screw with your head. After my own traumatic bed bug experience, I slipped into what can only be described as post-traumatic infestation disorder. I had nightmares about them, thought every piece of fuzz on my comforter was a nag, and scoured my sheets obsessively before bed.

Whether you think you have an infestation or want to protect yourself against the enemy, this step-by-step guide will tell you everything you need to know (and hopefully never have to use) about dealing with bed bugs.

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