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Bed Bug Guide – Experts on bed bugs and bed bug extermination

October 28th, 2020 by admin is designed to educate and inform the general population about the risks of bed bugs, in addition to offering advice and tips on preventing them from spreading. We use real case studies from bed bug sufferers combined with helpful tips to help you and your family eliminate the bugs and and stay bed bug free.

Weve been operating in the bed bug industry for 4 years. In that time we've developed an incredibly effective, safe solution to completely eradicate bed bugs from your home.

As anyone who has suffered from them will tell you - bed bugs are no joke.

Theyre more than a harmless phrase that you say to your kids at bedtime.

More than folklore, or a problem that only affects the lower classes.

Bed Bugs are now present in all 50 states and the epidemic is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. According to a study by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky, bed bug numbers increased by over 500% between 2004 and 2009. Certain states such as Ohio, went from zero bed bug related issues, to hundreds of calls to pest management companies in just a few years.

13% of Americans have either experienced bed bugs personally, or know someone who has. Alarmingly, this figure has actually increased from 10 years ago, with families in urban areas (80% of the US population) being more at risk than rural ones. There have even been reports of bugs appearing in laundromats, on public transportation, and in movie theatres.

Its not just the average US home either - in 2010 clothing giant Hollister had to temporarily close its flagship store in New York City after a reported bed bug outbreak.

The adult male bed bug can live for up to one year without eating. And, the adult female lays up to 250 eggs, with these eggs being near invisible to the naked eye.

Even though the physical effects of beg bugs are harmless to humans, youd be a fool to discount a bed bug invasion as anything less than serious.

If youve never had bed bugs before it can be a terrifying experience to say the least. The paranoia alone is something that keeps you up at night in a state of worry and anxiety. The emotional pain and distress that comes with them is a traumatic experience. Its a position that no one wants to be in, especially no one with a family. aims to separate fact from fiction when it comes to dealing with bed bugs. Helping you, the consumer, make informed decisions if you do happen to find yourself in a situation where you are forced to deal with them.

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What Explains the Difference Between Estimated COVID-19 …

October 28th, 2020 by admin

One of the points raised by critics of two recent California studies that estimated a surprisingly low fatality rate for COVID-19 can be summarized in four words: What about New York? If just 0.1 percent of people infected by the COVID-19 virus can be expected to die from the disease, as the low end of the range indicated by antibody tests in Santa Clara County and Los Angeles County suggests, the current death toll in New York City would imply that more than 100 percent of the population has been infected.

We probably can rule out that possibility, even without taking into account the test results that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today, which suggest that a fifth of the city's residents have antibodies to the coronavirus. By comparison, the Santa Clara County and Los Angeles County studies estimated that the share of residents infected by the virus as of early April was around 3 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Given New York City's population density, it makes sense that a substantially larger share of residents would be infected there than in most other areas of the country. But population density alone does not account for the remarkably severe impact of COVID-19 in New York, and other possible explanations have been floated, including demographic factors, social distancing policies, overburdened hospitals, and multiple sources of infection from international travelers.

The current crude case fatality rate (CFR) in New York Cityconfirmed deaths as a share of confirmed casesis more than 7 percent. If you include "probable deaths"cases where infection was not confirmed by virus tests but suspected based on symptoms and circumstancesthe crude CFR rises to nearly 11 percent. By comparison, the national average is currently 5.7 percent.

That average disguises wide geographic variation. In Texas, where I live, the current crude CFR is 2.6 percent. It is 1.5 percent in Wyoming, 3.3 percent in Florida, 3.9 percent in California, 5.4 percent in New Jersey, and 6.2 percent in Louisiana.

New York state accounts for nearly a third of COVID-19 deaths in the United States, and New York City by itself accounts for a fifth (including just confirmed fatalities). The city has recorded more than 100 deaths per 100,000 residents, compared to about 15 nationwide, two in Texas, four in California, and 60 in New Jersey.

So what's going on in New York City? Even judging from confirmed cases, it's clear that a relatively large share of the population is infected. And we know that confirmed cases underestimate total infections, since testing has been skewed toward people with severe symptoms, which are not typical. The size of that gapthe issue at the heart of the controversy over the California studiesis crucial in estimating the overall fatality rate among people infected by the virus.

Cuomo said about 14 percent of 3,000 people randomly selected from shoppers across the state tested positive for antibodies to the COVID-19 virus. That sample may not be representative of the general population, since people who are sick or think they may have been exposed to the virus are probably less likely to be out in public. But assuming the sample is representative, the results suggest that something like 2.7 million New Yorkers have been infected, which in turn implies a statewide infection fatality rate (IFR) in the neighborhood of 0.6 percentthree times the upper estimate from the California studies.

Cuomo said the antibody tests suggest that 21 percent of New York City's population has been infected, which implies about the same IFR. By comparison, antibody prevalence was about 17 percent on Long Island, 12 percent in Westchester and Rockland counties, and less than 4 percent elsewhere in the state.

It makes sense that the virus would be especially prevalent in New York City. With 27,000 people per square mile, the city has by far the highest population density of any jurisdiction in the United States. With so many people living in close proximity to each other, jostling each other on sidewalks, and crowding together in subways, stores, bars, and restaurants, it would be surprising if New York City did not have an unusually high infection rate.

But population density is not the whole story. When George Rutherford, an epidemiologist and biostatistician at the University of California, San Francisco, looked at COVID-19 cases and deaths across boroughs and counties within New York City, he found they were not correlated with population density. Staten Island, for example, had a lot more cases per 100,000 residents than Manhattan did.

Richard Florida, an urban studies scholar at the University of Toronto, argues that economic class also plays an important role in the epidemic. "Covid-19 is hitting hardest not in uber-dense Manhattan but in the less-dense outer boroughs, like the Bronx, Queens, and even far less dense Staten Island," he writes in aCityLab essay. "The density that transmits the virus is when people are crammed together in multifamily, multi-generational households or in factories or frontline service work in close physical proximity to one another or the public.There is a huge difference betweenrich dense places,where people can shelter in place, work remotely, and have all of their food and other needs delivered to them, andpoor dense places, which push people out onto the streets, into stores, and onto crowded transit with one another."

The spread of COVID-19 in New York City also was hastened by the introduction of the virus via many travelers from other countries. "Studies of the viral genome have shown that whereas California had about eight initial introductions, mainly from Asia, dozens of people (up to 100) brought the virus into New York, mainly from Europe," Jeanna Bryner notes onLive Science. "Each of those introductions creates its own 'chain of transmission,' passing the virus to individuals who then, in turn, pass it to others." According to modeling by researchers at Northeastern University, New York City may have had more than 10,000 infections by March 1, when its first confirmed case was reported.

Another possible factor is the timing of mandatory social distancing policies. Cuomo issued a business closure and stay-at-home order on March 20, the day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom imposed similar restrictions and four days after six counties in the San Francisco Bay Area ordered lockdowns. Assuming three weeks from infection to death, Rutherford, the epidemiologist, told Bryner earlier this month, the first case in the Bay Area happened about two weeks before the local lockdown. In New York City, he said, about four weeks elapsed between the estimated introduction of the virus and the stay-at-home order.

In light of the newly documented COVID-19 death in Santa Clara County on February 6, that comparison seems dubious. That case involved a woman who apparently was infected through transmission in the local community, which suggests the virus was already spreading in the Bay Area by mid-January, two months before the lockdowns there.

It may turn out that New York City not only has more infections per capita than other jurisdictions but also has a higher infection fatality rate, which would be consistent with Cuomo's numbers and the city's relatively high crude CFR. Rutherford thinks a stressed health care system may help explain that difference. "As the hospital systems get overwhelmed, the mortality rate goes up proportionately," he told Bryner, citing data from China.

Epidemic-related hospital use peaked in New York state on April 8, according to data from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). At that point, the IHME says, the number of available ICU beds fell about 5,500 short of what was needed.

New York City's experience with COVID-19 could mean that the IFR estimates from the California studies are wildly off (although the New York prevalence figures make it seem more plausible that 3 to 4 percent of people in places like Los Angeles County and Santa Clara County had been infected by early April). It also could mean that a much larger share of the population is infected in New York City, as Cuomo's numbers suggest, and that people with the disease tend to do worse there for reasons that may include an overburdened health care system. Or all three of those things could be true to some extent. We won't have a clearer answer until additional research sheds light on the actual prevalence of the virus in different parts of the country.

[This post has been revised to update fatality figures and correct the timing of lockdowns in the San Francisco Bay Area.]

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The benefits of hospice – Citrus County Chronicle

September 30th, 2020 by admin

Douglas S. had a very hard life. He was living in a hotel in Homosassa and was very ill when he was brought onto hospice service. When the admission nurse arrived she quickly realized he had little food and was unable to care for himself. He was unkempt, there were feces on the floor, an oxygen concentrator that was filthy, and the room had bed bugs.

During this visit, Douglas confided to the nurse that he was running out of funds to continue living in the hotel. Quickly, she admitted Douglas onto HPH Hospice services and communicated his living conditions and financial circumstances to the care team.

Because of the generosity of the Citrus County Community Charitable Foundation and a grant they awarded to the Citrus Hospice Care Center, HPH Hospice was able to immediately moved Douglas to the care center. When he arrived he had a sore on the top of his foot from a rat bite, his beard was long and mangled, he was filthy and he had bed bugs in his belongings.

The staff immediately gave him several baths, a haircut, and shaved his beard. They fed him and treated him like he was royalty. They had won his trust and he confided in them some aspects of his life.

He shared that he had a son who had been estranged from him for many years. He also shared that he was a Vietnam veteran. With tears in his eyes, he shared what it was like when he returned home from Vietnam. He and other veterans were not respected, and once he was even spit on for being part of that war.

The team rallied and arranged for a bedside veteran pinning ceremony. During the pinning, Douglas became very emotional and cried. He stated that this was the first time anyone had thanked him for his military service. He could not thank the team enough for the recognition.

As an added blessing for the patient, the team worked diligently to locate Douglass estranged son. They found that he lived in New York City and was working as a security guard at Mount Sinai Hospital. They contacted him and talked about his dad. The son recounted that he also was a military veteran and was a decorated Marine.

Unfortunately, due to the stay-at-home orders from the COVID pandemic, the son would not be able to come and visit for one last time. The care team arranged to provide a FaceTime visit for the father and son, to allow them to reconnect and say their goodbyes.

During this very emotional encounter, Douglas asked his son for forgiveness for being less of a father than he deserved and thanked him for growing to be a better man than he was.

Very shortly after the Face Time visit, Douglas developed respiratory distress. He died two days later. His son expressed that he was so very grateful to the team for the care they gave to his father. He was at peace knowing that he and his father had resolved their hard feelings and his father died with respect, dignity and honor.

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The Onion Dip: Who Needs Parties, Friends, and In-Person Class? I Have Fruit Snacks. – The College Reporter

September 22nd, 2020 by admin

By Sarah Nicell || Staff Writer

A couple of days after moving into my new home in Bonchek, I Facetimed one of my best friends from back home in Jersey, Rebecca. She was very curious to learn about how my college experience was going.

How was the move-in? Is everything situated?

It was a workout, I confessed. I lugged suitcases up the stairs by myself and dropped my mini-fridge in the elevator.

Oh. Your family couldnt help you? she questioned, raising an eyebrow. Rebecca is attending Montclair University, a school that is a short train ride away from New York City and has somewhat looser coronavirus restrictions. Its not the place I ever imagined for myself, but she loves it there and was able to make friends quickly through her suitemate.

Corona, I offered, which seems to be the universal explanation for everything at this point.

Can I meet your roommate?

In response, I panned to the sitting image of my stuffed goat that my girlfriend bought for me from CVS, who now resides in the empty desk chair in my dorm room. Say hello to Gerald.

She frowned.

So youre all alone? Her voice was drenched in pity. This observation was not necessarily true. Despite my mom, my dad, my twin, my sister, my pets, and my snow globe collection all being in another state, I had my own sense of normal within my jail cell of a dorm.

That feels exclusionary to Gerald, the three browning bananas in my micro-fridge, my string lights held up with dry Scotch tape, and my one dollar zebra print pillows that I bought from Thrift Village that may or may not contain bed bugs. Say youre sorry to the bed bugs.


This conversation represented my early college experience quite well. With necessary virus restrictions preventing us from having the opportunity to offer more than a greeting to those that live just one room down, the reality of isolation quickly set in. All alone with my thoughts for a good week of quarantine, I had lots of time to ponder my circumstances.

And you know what? Its not that bad. Who needs college when you have fruit snacks?

Who needs parties when you have a bed that requires some professional Mount Everest climbing training to get up into?

Who needs friends when you have bingo games with four people on Zoom where every single persons microphone is turned off and the winner is promised merchandise you never technically receive?

Who needs dinners out with friends when you can have the luxury of walking only ten feet to quickly grab a cold personal pizza and flee back to your room to avoid disease?

Who needs in-person classes when you have patchy wifi, a mute button, and sleep deprivation?

Who needs any of it?

Despite the horrendous nature of it all, I have found myself surprisingly satisfied with these new circumstances. Yes, a sneeze is a modern equivalent to yelling Fire! in a crowded movie theatre. Yes, orientation was less of a meet-and-greet and more of a binge-watch. Yes, the most socialization I get most days is an outdoor class where the lawnmowers and acorn-yielding squirrels are far louder than my professor. Yes, some days are hard.

Most days are hard.

However, we are working through this crazy time together, whether we can agree on the best route for our current situation or not. Before my arrival, I was not familiar with Canvas, had never lived without my family, and had no clue what a DipDeal was. I still dont, really (can someone explain?), but I live in solace knowing that at least half of the student body buys at least five smoothies per week with them at Blue Line. I recommend the Maui one.

I have never been one for excessive optimism, but I think things are truly going to be okay. Ive figured out how to properly do my laundry, I havent locked myself out of my dorm (yet), and I still have enough fruit snacks to fuel a kindergarten class.

So, the moral of the story is: if anyone is hungry, I have lots of snacks in Room 124. Like, an exorbitant amount of snacks. But only come if you are in Bonchek. Because of COVID. God, maybe I do need college.

First-year Sarah Nicell is a staff writer. Her email is

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How To Look For Bed Bugs – Bed Bug Infestation New York …

September 20th, 2020 by admin

How to check for bed bugs: Vermins are the little oval-shaped pests with a coffee-brown color that flourish on the blood of human beings and animals. An adult bedbug can grow as much as the size of an apple seed, and it has a flat body. However, after they feed, their bodies will experience swelling and will have a reddish hue. Though these pests do not fly, they can move incredibly quick in walls, floors, and ceilings. Female bed bugs can produce numerous eggs over their life time. These eggs are so small; they are nearly the same size as a speck of dust.

Young vermins are referred to as nymphs. They shed their skin at least five times before they reach maturity. Nevertheless, they need to consume blood before they can begin shedding. If they are exposed to the perfect environment, bed bugs can grow in simply a month and lay three or more generations each year. Though frustrating, they do not transmit any form of the disease.

If youre wondering how to check for bed bugs, you must know that being incredibly tiny, insects can enter your house unnoticed. They can connect themselves to clothing, travel luggage, couches, throw pillows, bed linen, and other family products. Their flattened bodies permit them to get in narrow areas, even those with a width of a credit card.

Nevertheless, insects do not have a breeding ground, though they typically come in groups in concealing areas. Typically, their hideout includes box springs, bed mattress, headboards, and bed frames. These are practical places for them to feed upon their victims in the evening. In the future, they might spread out through different parts of the bed room, huddling into any covered areas. They likewise tend to scatter to surrounding houses or rooms.

Considering that bed bugs eat blood, having them in your living location does not suggest that you are unhygienic or dirty. As a matter of reality, you can even discover them in houses and hotels that are spick and period, in addition to those that have clutter.

The More You Know: To find out if you have a bed bug problem, you might want to start by seeing a bed bug up, close and individual. Heres what a bed bug looks like.

Before we discuss how to check for bed bugs, its important to know when they bite. Usually, bedbugs are active during the night and they usually feed on sleeping individuals, biting, and sucking blood while their human host sleeps. Utilizing their long beak, they pierce through the skin and drink the blood for intake. Their feeding process takes at least 3-10 minutes prior to they become satisfied and move away undetected.

Initially, bedbug bites wont sting, however with time will become scratchy and irritated. Compared to flea bites that are normally found in ankles, bedbug bites are discovered in parts of the skin that are exposed while sleeping. Furthermore, the affected area does not display a red area in the middle, unlike flea bites.

People discover it tough to discover a bed bug infestation since they are minute pests. In truth, the irritation from bed bug bites is normally related to other causes, including mosquito bites. In order for you to understand how to find bed bugs, you need to discover how to check for bug bites. By being able to differentiate a bed bug bite, you can safeguard against these annoyance bugs and totally free your house from such problem.

Bed bugs bite into a human by placing 2 tubes into its skin. One tube secretes saliva that makes the bite location numb. This likewise thins the blood, so its simpler for the bug to consume it. The second tube is referred to as the feeding tube and is used for one purpose just; sipping the blood from the human.

Its not surprising that vermin bites are tough to discover. Not only are their bodies tiny, however their bites are likewise impossible to see utilizing the naked eye. Normally, when people are bitten by bedbugs, they generally complain about a subtle pinch while they sleep at night. But despite this, usually, the bites wont instantly trigger soreness or swelling on the skin.

Nevertheless, later on, irritation and inflammation will appear once your skin responds to the saliva of the vermin. In the case that you experience this, it means that you have already been bitten a number of times and your room has now end up being a den for bed bugs, which can potentially result in a break out. Bed bugs enjoy biting in rows. They generally feed for 3-4 times along the part of the skin they travel to. The pattern of the bite is in some way associated to flea bites, and this is the primary reason misdiagnoses always happen.

If theres something that bedbugs abhor, its light. Thats why they constantly strike throughout the night when their victim is fast asleep in an infested bed. It is impossible to capture living bed bugs in your bed linen. Nevertheless, when figuring out how to look for bed bugs, there are signs that will tell you if they are feeding upon your skin. These signs include the following:

You Might Be Interested In: Learning you have bed bugs can be a shock. And it frequently requires expert intervention. However, here are some home remedies for bed bugs you can follow.

When bedbugs are satisfied with their meal, they go back to their safeguarded space up until they are all set to feed once again. The significant feeding locations for insects are bed mattress straps, buttons, creases, and tags. When trying to find how to discover bed bugs, take note that these locations are convenient since as it is where they can easily find and connect to their victims.

As mentioned previously, you need to watch out for bloodstains, husks, and feces to figure out if your bed is vermin plagued. Moreover, you can also look for nymphs, fully grown insects, and eggs. The fastest method to analyze your bed mattress is by utilizing a flashlight and an old credit card.

Carry out these easy steps:

If you believe you have actually discovered all there is about how to inform if you have bed bugs, bear in mind that there are eggs to consider. Insect eggs are small and round, which are practically comparable to a poppy seed. However, these eggs are loosely put on the bed mattress or bedding, where they are typically laid by an adult bedbug and are simple to scrape and remove from the fabric.

On the other hand, mature and nymph bed bugs have a transparent color. With this, their blood usage is visible in their stomach in the kind of a red dot. Typically, a mature bed bug is comparable in size to a grain of rice.

You can instantly remove any insects from material utilizing the same technique that you use to check your bed mattress and bed linen. When considering how to inform if you have bed bugs, bear in mind that although bed bugs dont have the capability to leap or fly, they are quick travelers. Generally, they crawl onto individualss clothing and attach until they find potential bed linen to infest.

To assist you determine further insect infestation in your fabrics at home, follow these easy actions:

Get a trash can or tarp and use it to capture fall out husks, eggs, or feces when you wave loose materials such as drapes, clothes, and linens.

Before you throw away vacuum bag or cylinder, look for signs of eggs, nymphs, vermins, and husks.

Thoroughly examine the creases and seams of your family furnishings. You can utilize an old charge card, just like what you finished with your bed mattress, to scrape undesirable feces, husks, and eggs.

Earlier, we talked about how to tell if you have bed bugs based on their hiding areas. So how do you capture them? Because bed bugs are afraid of the light, they are difficult to eliminate considering that they stay in dark areas. You require to carefully search every dark corner of your house to catch them.

Below is a list of a few of their typical hiding areas:

Bed bugs are well-known for infesting numerous houses. Being minute; they can fit in any little and dark area in your house, infesting your beds, bed mattress, and other fabric products each time they have the possibility. They go undetected most of the time, that makes them a problematic bug.

Nevertheless, because bed bugs reside in nests, an infestation will produce a smell that is in some way similar to cilantro or coriander. If you occur to discover this unusual smell, call a credible bug exterminator right now. They are educated in taking down these bugs, and they can prevent a damaging break out.

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Behind The Song: Shattered by The Rolling Stones – American Songwriter

September 11th, 2020 by admin

Just as Canadian Robbie Robertson wrote some of the most penetrating songs about the American South as a member of The Band, Brit Mick Jagger took the temperature of late 70s NYC as well as any of the myriad authors, songwriters and cultural observers who have made their home in the city that never sleeps.

Jagger did spend a lot of time in the city not too long before he started writing the songs that would make up Some Girls, the Stones 1978 album that oozes a New York vibe. For the most part, the album was Jaggers baby, as his fellow Glimmer Twin Keith Richards was preoccupied with legal issues at the time. Still, Richards contributions to Shattered, which included the grimy main guitar riff and the shadoobie refrain, were integral.

In a 1978 interview with Rolling Stone, Jagger spoke about the songs origins. In Shattered, Keith and Woody [Ron Wood] put a riff down, and all we had was the word shattered, he said. So I just made the rest up and thought it would sound better if it were half-talked. Id written some of my verses before I got into the studio, but I dont like to keep singing the same thing over and over, so it changed. I was noticing that there were a lot of references to New York, so I kept it like that.

The New York that Jagger was referencing was a different animal from the shiny-surface, Today Show-ready haven it is now. In the Stones rendering, the city is a voracious living entity, fed by a heady mix of love, joy, sex, dreams, laughter, loneliness, sex and sex and sex, pride, greed, dirty dreams, and, just in case you didnt hear Mick the first 19 times, sex. The narrator is taking the worst of it though: And look at me, Im in tatters.

Some of the descriptions play up the surreal nature of the surroundings: People dressed in plastic bags, directing traffic. At other times, Jagger easily slips into the towns lingo to play up this guys frustration: All this chitter-chatter, chitter-chatter, chitter-chatter bout/Shmata, shmata, shmata, I cant give it away on Seventh avenue. The clever repetition of words hints at the excess of everything available to the citys denizens.

Jagger delivers this murky monologue brilliantly, his been-there, done-that cool giving way to itchy tension. Dont you know the crime rate is going up, up, up, up, up? he bellows. Things get really ugly as the song progresses: We got rats on the west side, bed bugs uptown. Go ahead, bite the big apple, dont mind the maggots, Jagger dares the listener. His final line suggests that its best to just go along for the tawdry ride rather than rail against the squalor: Pile it up, pile it up/pile it high on the platter.

Whether the it in that closing salvo refers to food, money, or drugs, the implication is that too much of it, while it might be pleasurable for a while, will eventually catch up to you. Shattered is one of The Rolling Stones most memorable depictions of street life, all the more remarkable considering that the streets in question werent their native ones.

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Tenants Withhold Rent from City’s Worst Landlord – BKLYNER – BKLYNER

September 8th, 2020 by admin

Tenant activists held a rally on Aug. 25 to support tenants of 1616 President St., who have been on rent strike since May to protest poor living conditions within the building. Photo by Alex Williamson/Bklyner

CROWN HEIGHTS The property owner who currently holds the title for New York Citys worst landlord is facing a tenant uprising at one of his distressed properties in Crown Heights. Neighbors at 1616 President St. have banded together on a rent strike, refusing to make monthly payments to owner Jason Korn until he makes vital repairs to their building.

During a demonstration outside of 1616 President St. on Aug. 25, Angela Robinson, who has lived in the building for 18 years, took the megaphone to share her story.

The ceiling fell down on me from the bathroom. I had to get surgery on my knee, said Robinson, adding that she once went eight months without a kitchen sink. My other neighbors in here, weve all suffered different tragedies inside this building. And we are fed up.

Korn was named the citys worst individual landlord last year by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, whose office publishes an annual list meant to shame the citys most notorious alleged slumlords into providing better living conditions for their tenants. (The only landlord in the city ranked worse than Korn last year was NYCHA).

Korns 15 properties across the city carried an average of 2,877 open violations with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) in 2019, including citations for rodent infestation, mold, heat outages and lead paint.

Jillian Edgar says shes encountered each of those hazards since moving into 1616 President St. in 1995. Temperatures inside her apartment are often frigid in the winter, despite frequent calls to 311. Leaky pipes have led to a proliferation of black mold in her bathroom, which she says the management company, Lilmor Management, has attempted to address by sending workers to re-paint the walls several times per year.

According to Edgar, she typically has to make multiple complaints before management sends someone over. Even then, the repairs usually dont address the root issues for instance, the leaky plumbing that causes the mold leading Edgar to feel trapped in a cycle of temporary fixes that soon need to be done again.

Me personally, I get tired, said Edgar. I know the contractors by their names. They say, How you doing, you alright? I say, Yeah, enjoy your Christmas. Im tired of yall coming in.

Vincia Barber, who moved into the building last year, says her time at 1616 President St. has been a disaster so far. She says she couldnt open her daughters bedroom window until recently due to the rat infestation in the buildings rear court, an area thats frequently overflowing with garbage. Barber says shes made seventy-one calls to 311 report the rats. The black mold that grows and regrows in her bathroom is especially worrying because of her daughters asthma.

Its an issue thats ongoing thats internal. We have to take care of it, but hes not. But hes also collecting the rent. A judge has to say, no, this is wrong. This is not right. What youre doing is totally wrong, Barber said.

The citys past efforts to pressure Korn into making repairs at 1616 President St. have not been successful. In 2018, the building was placed in the citys Underlying Conditions Program, which selects properties with a high number of mold or leak violations for stepped-up enforcement from HPD. Only about 50 buildings citywide are selected for this program each year. Landlords who fail to make the needed repairs can have their buildings placed into HPDs Alternative Enforcement Program, which is exactly what happened to 1616 President St. in 2019.

Buildings singled out for alternative enforcement receive more frequent inspections for housing code violations. If landlords dont make the corrections within four months, the city can perform emergency repairs then bill the owner. Between 200 and 250 buildings across the five boroughs are placed into the program each year.

While 1616 President was discharged from alternative enforcement in 2019, indicating that all immediately hazardous violations and 80% of violations related to mold had been corrected, the building still has 62 open violations with HPD for issues including mold, roaches, mice, unsafe wiring, defective front doors and lead paint.

Public shaming also hasnt proven effective. Korn was ranked ninth on the Worst Landlords list in 2018, then jumped to the top of the list the following year as his properties continued to rack up violations.

Tenants are hoping that the rent strike will succeed where other measures have failed. Barber helped to form the buildings tenant association in February and became one of its leaders. When the coronavirus crisis hit, tenants started working with organizers at HOPE, a neighborhood tenant union, and on May 1 sent a letter announcing their rent strike to Korn, joining dozens of other buildings across the state withholding rent during the pandemic.

Their rent strike officially began May 1, but several units at 1616 President St. had already stopped paying rent by that time out of necessity. Seventeen units in the 24-unit building have officially signed on to the rent strike. Of the remaining units, at least one is vacant and others are unable to pay rent, although not officially participating, according to a HOPE spokesperson.

While others across New York are striking to protest the injustice of paying rent during an economic and health crisis, the tenants at 1616 President are attempting to use their collective power to leverage repairs. Although Barber, who lost her job as a nanny in March when her employers moved away due to the pandemic, says the first reason applies as well.

Its a decision that a lot of families are making in this country as we speak. Are they going to eat, have a meal today, or are they going to have shelter? They shouldnt be worried about that in a pandemic, she said.

Ricky, a spokesperson for Lilmor Management, who did not wish to provide her last name, said the company has not been able to make repairs at 1616 President St. since the pandemic began because tenants have not allowed workers into their units. When asked why the list of HPD violations stretches back years before the onset of the pandemic or the strike, she reiterated that, even then, the problem lied with tenants denying workers access to their apartments.

Its a beautiful building and were committed to doing the repairs for the tenants, she said.

Barber confirmed that the management company has been calling tenants and offering repairs in exchange for rent.

Managements harassing for their rent. Theyve been calling. But we have a form of saying to management, we are in a tenant association, we make decisions collectively, she said.

Barber said management has not yet acknowledged the tenant association or the demands laid out in the rent strike letter, which include cleaning common areas, fixing the front door, giving tenants access to security cameras and generally ceasing the pattern of incomplete, shoddy repairs which inevitably cause tenants to make repeated calls for the same issue.

Korn could not be reached for comment.

The President Street renters have started meeting with tenants at another Korn-owned building at nearby 776 Crown St., which currently has 102 open HPD violations for issues like mold, bedbugs, mice and roaches. Theyve hosted the Crown Street tenants at their weekly meetings and are encouraging them to join the strike and boost their collective bargaining power.

After 25 years at 1616 President St., and countless calls to 311 to report violations and to the management company for repairs, Edgar hopes that the rent strike will be the strategy that finally improves living conditions for herself and her neighbors.

This man is getting his money. Hes able to thrive in life. But, we should live in an inhumane situation, because, who are we? Were nobody, she said. But were the people that keep money in your pocket. We deserve some type of respect.

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How to find out if your building or hotel has bed bugs …

September 3rd, 2020 by admin

Encountering bedbugs is never a pleasant experience, and there are many unexpected places for them to hide. So when you're traveling or looking to rent a new home or office, it's always a great idea to do your research.

Since bedbugs can happen in almost any place at any time and for many of these websites reports are not confirmed or verified, you can't always be certain that reports about bedbugs are accurate.

That being said, here are some websites that allow you to check for bedbug reports.

The World BedBug Registry Project says it allows users to search hotels for any reported bedbug issues, dating back to 2012. The project was launched by bedbugs.netin 2012, and it gathers its information based on user reports of bedbug sightings.

According to the website, the Worldwide Bedbug Registry aims to be "the go-to bedbug reporting source for the public."

"Our goal is to provide the public with knowledge to make informed choices on where they should stay," the site creators wrote on the FAQ page.

Once you get on the website, you can search the reports by entering a specific hotel name or address. You can also search by a hotel chain, city, or state.

On the site,more than 12,000 user-submitted reports have been made about hotels in the US, including about 400 made so far in 2018. But that's just in the US the database is worldwide.

You'll want to keep in mind that these reports are submitted by users, so there's no way to confirm their accuracy and while the site says they cannot control what is posted, they do allow hotel management to dispute claims in the comments.

"This is a global public bedbug registry," the site states in their FAQ "As such, we can't control exactly what's posted. However, we do provide a medium for hotel management to respond to any claims made against them via the reply comments."

In addition to user reports, the site includes information about the hotel's response rate to the bed bug claims and how many bedbug-related reports have been disputed.

It's also important to keep in mind that once a sighting has been reported, it cannot be taken down even if the supposed bedbugs have since been exterminated.

The official government website for New York City suggests using the NYC Housing Preservation & Development website to search a building's address in order to discover data about that building including a list of complaints about the building (including bed bug-related ones) as well as any recent health and safety violations.

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August 19th, 2020 by admin

The common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) is an insect that has various stages inits life cycle: eggs, five juvenile or nymphal stages, and adult males and females. All stages feed on blood but they are not known to transmit any pathogens that cause diseases. Once an infestation is established, bed bugs can be found anywhere in a room; not just on the bed. They dont jump or fly but move around by crawling.

Bed bugs have a long history with humans and are found worldwide. Bed bugs were eradicated in the US after World War II, but since the mid-1990s, bed bugs have made a comeback due to many reasons including increased international and domestic travel and the used-furniture trade.

According to Cornell University, the best strategy to deal with bed bugs is integrated pest management (IPM), which combines a variety of practical or non-chemical techniques (e.g. vacuuming, removing clutter, steam) and chemical products that pose the lowest risk to human health and to the environment. To learn more about bed bugs and treatment, visit

The list below is provided to help you direct your concerns about bed bugs to the proper authorities.

If you believe you have bed bugs in your home, take the following steps:

An easy-to-follow guide for property owners, managers and tenants entitled "Preventing and Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Safely" is available for downloading and printing on New York Citys Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website.

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