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Pick Me! Renters offer landlords and agents free stuff to beat the competition for NYC apartments – Brick Underground

Monday, June 27th, 2022

Unless youve been living under a rockand even thats probably too pricey in New York City these daysyou know that rents here are wilding right now. Inventory is low, listings are flying off the market, and bidding wars are trending. Lines snake around the block for open houses as if a sneaker drop is about to happen.

So New York City rentersalways a savvy and creative bunchare trying to beat the competition by sweetening the deal for landlords and agents by offering things like designer clothing discounts, tickets to showseven fancy cheese. Others are offering to do things in the apartmentat their own expense. (The agents quoted here did not accept these gifts, it should be noted.)

Does waving a gift get the right kind of attention? You be the judge. Read on for ways renters are trying to win over renters and agents in this crazy rental market.

NeighborhoodManhattanBronxBrooklynQueensStaten IslandWestchesterJersey CityHoboken

Priceup to $2,000up to $3,000up to $4,000up to $5,000up to $6,000up to $7,000up to $8,000up to $9,000no maximum

Bedroomsstudioat least 1 bedroomat least 2 bedroomsat least 3 bedroomsat least 4 bedrooms5 or more bedrooms

Bathroomsat least 1 bathroomat least 1.5 bathroomsat least 2 bathroomsat least 2.5 bathroomsat least 3 bathroomsat least 3.5 bathroomsat least 4 bathrooms4.5 or more bathrooms

At 173 Luquer St. in Carroll Gardens, I just rented a lovely, top-floor one-bedroom with office, which listed at $3,000 per month.After one night of showings, we had 19 applications. Some renters offered $3,550 although neither the owners nor I were asking for higher offers. In the end, the owners chose a well-qualified tenant who offered to repaint the living room from blue to white at their own expense and kept the rent at $3,000. I was sad to have to advise [the other, higher bidders] about the owners first choice. Its a very difficult rental market at the moment!Dena Driver, an agent at Brown Harris Stevens

My landlord client was offered a 50 percent discount at Gucci and Chanel. Apparently the prospective renter works at a luxury clothing store and promised to pass along their discount. The apartment was a two bedroom, one bath in Williamsburg, but the candidates did not meet the financial criteria and their offer was declined.The apartment was listed at $3,900 and ended up getting rented at $4,200 to a different tenant. Marisol Banuelos, an agent at Keller Williams NYC

My client and her husbandownthree restaurants in Queens and offered to let meeat for free indefinitely in return for securing them a great apartment: A two bedroom in Forest Hills for $2,695. Parking is an additional $250 a month. They got it the apartmentand the family is so grateful. Kunal Khemlani, an agent at Living New York

Two renters offered to give tickets to the Jimmy Fallon show to the landlord of an Upper West Side two-bedroom apartment asking $3,750 that I was showing. They happened to work at the show.They got the apartment anyway, no tickets needed, because they came fully qualified and even offered a guarantor if needed. Meni Tsoukalas, an agent at BOND New York

Some people almost went crazy for a three-bedroom rental with private outdoor space I listed in East Village for $6,350! Mostly I gave tours to students who wanted to rent it with their roommates and who intended to use their parents as guarantors.One mom told me because I amFrench, she would offer me nicecheeseif shecouldget theapartment for her child. When you areFrench, people don't try to buy you with money but withcheeseand wine! Claire Collet, an agent at Living New York

One of my clients wanted to secure an 800-square foot, one-bedroom apartment in Tribeca. At just $3,870 per month rent, it was a lot cheaper than other rentals in the area. The apartment that she wanted history of bed bugs. She offered to pay for K9 bed bug inspections in her unit as well as neighboring units for one full year. This was a win-win for her, because now she will be aware of any bed bugs issues in the neighboring apartments. Diana Ludwiczak, CEO of Doctor Sniffs Bed Bug Dogs

Having been in a committed relationship for 35+ years we never felt the need to get married. We have happily lived together for most of these years in a large, two-bedroom, rent-stabilized apartment on the Upper East Side with a dining alcove, sun-filled rooms and plenty of closet space. Did I mention it is in a luxury doorman building right by the subway? We are paying less than a third of what everyone else in the building is paying. But now because we are getting older and only one of our names is on the lease, we asked management to allow both of us to be on it. We were told only married partners can be added. So this spring we went to the justice of the peace and tied the knotall for a rent-stabilized apartment. Till death do us part. Anonymous Upper East Side renter

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Netflix: The 43 Absolute Best Movies to Watch – CNET

Monday, June 27th, 2022

Netflixhas an extensive library of moviesand as each week brings new content, it becomes an exercise of sifting through the best of the bunch.

To cut time, you'll find highlights of new content below, as well as CNET's full list of best movie originals on Netflix.

Here are this week's highlights.

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At time of writing, these films all score at least 70 on Metacritic.

This YA movie tells the story of Ellie Chu, a shy Asian American discovering her sexuality in the remote town of Squahamish. A straight-A yet friendless student who has a side-hustle writing papers for her classmates, Ellie helps footballer Paul Munsky write a love letter to Aster Flores. But it turns out Aster is perfect for Ellie instead. A story of self-acceptance told with a delicate touch, The Half of It is a joy.

The Incredible Jessica James (2017)

The Incredible Jessica James introduces a delightfully self-possessed main character played by an equally delightful Jessica Williams. The confident and independent Jessica James goes on a blind date where she ends up talking about nothing but her ex. A fresh take on the breakup movie with an empowering lead, this is an easy hit for an entertaining night in.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

One of the best family movies on Netflix. From some of the same people who made Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse comes this adventure to save the world involving Mom, Dad, the kids and their slobbery, bug-eyed dog. But amid the robot apocalypse, led by Olivia Colman's sinister Siri, really The Mitchells vs. the Machines is about a strained relationship between movie-loving daughter Katie and her technophobe father. The technology-inept parent gags are rife, the colors frenetic and the character growth moving. A near-perfect package with the timeless message that embracing your weirdness is a superpower.

This award-winning French film begins with asevered handescaping a refrigerator in a laboratory and embarking on a Paris-wide search for the rest of its body. What an opening! With a few flashbacks and elegant animation, this strange, satisfying story delves into loss, both physical and emotional, in the most poetic of ways.

2017's Okja comes from Parasite director Bong Joon-ho -- which should be incentive enough to watch it. Part cheeky dark comedy, part surreal environmental thriller, Okja follows a young South Korean farmer girl whose pet pal is a genetically enhanced super-pig. But Okja is the target of a big corporation that wants her delicious flesh. With an English supporting cast including the likes of Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, Okja sucks you in with its sweetness before showing you a distressing close-up of the meat industry.

Spike Lee's fierce war drama follows a group of aging Vietnam War veterans who return to the country in search of the remains of their squad leader -- as well asburiedtreasure. With a frenzied energy coursing through it, Da 5 Bloods gives you a look at the Vietnam War through Black experiences, delivering an all-too-timely critique of racism and warfare.

Spanning the lives of its mobsters over multiple decades, The Irishman pulls off a 3-and-a-half-hour crime saga. But don't worry -- you can break up this tour de force if you need to. Always clever and entertaining, with Martin Scorsese favorites Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci commanding the screen, The Irishman creeps up on you, offering a haunting look at aging mobsters and the havoc they wreak.

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Director Cary Joji Fukunaga gives you a sobering look at the life of a boy who becomes a child soldier in a West African country embroiled in civil war. Idris Elba stars as the ruthless Commandant along with the astonishing Abraham Attah as the young Agu. A confronting yet quietly hopeful snapshot of war from a human perspective, Beasts of No Nation needs to be on your radar if it isn't already.

The Forty-Year-Old Version (2020)

The title of this comedy-drama might sound familiar, but its focus is an unconventional tale. The Forty-Year-Old Version follows Radha, a playwright and teacher who finds herself drawn to the forgotten passion of her youth: rapping. Inspired by writer, director and star Radha Blank's real life, this beautiful diary of a struggling artist will inspire and hit home, with relatable themes of failure and unfulfilled potential.

Tennis-playing buddies Michael (Mark Duplass) and Andy (Ray Romano) receive devastating news: Michael has terminal stomach cancer. Struggling to let go of his dying friend, Andy joins Michael's road trip in search of medication to end things before they get too painful. Folding comedy into melancholy, Paddleton eases the touching friendship at its core into deftly-affecting places.

Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

Eddie Murphy returned from his acting break with a glorious performance as Rudy Ray Moore, a comedian who played a character called Dolemite in stand-up routines and blaxploitation films from the '70s. Dolemite Is My Name follows Moore from his job at a record store to the big screen. Tracking Moore's rise to fame and its bizarre and enthralling turns, Dolemite Is My Name does justice to both Moore's and Murphy's talents.

Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn starring in a comedy-drama with something to say about modern marriage? Private Life is a unique and relatable slice of a New York middle-age couple's struggles with different avenues to have a child. But because Hahn and Giamatti are in it, it sparkles with wit and charm. Add Kayli Carter to the mix as Sadie, a college dropout, and you have another layer to this compelling movie about the unpredictability of heading into a new stage of life.

Jake Johnson co-writes this comedy from prolific indie director Joe Swanberg (he was behind the Netflix anthology TV series Easy as well). Win It All follows Eddie, a gambling addict who agrees to stash a duffel bag of cash for a local thug heading to prison. Making one of many questionable decisions, Eddie dips into the funds. If you're a fan of simple, grounded storytelling with a focus on character, Win It All is a delight that brings out Johnson's humor and charisma.

The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)

The Meyerowitz Stories is a bittersweet comedy-drama told through Noah Baumbach's grounded lens. The titular stories concern dysfunctional adult siblings, played by Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller, trying to live in the shadow of their father. An effervescent cast, including Dustin Hoffman, play these intelligent, albeit miserable, characters as they weave their poignant tales.

This indie gem might have flown under the radar, so if you're looking for a modern romcom overflowing with charm, definitely give Tramps a watch. Callum Turner and Grace Van Patten star as Danny and Ellie, a sincere good kid and a streetwise girl who attempt to carry out a shady deal for a little cash. Tightly scripted and deftly avoiding hackneyed territory, Tramps will effortlessly win your heart.

Vampires vs. the Bronx (2020)

Vampires vs. the Bronx is a unique comedy-horror in more ways than one. Set in the New York borough of the Bronx, it follows young Miguel Martinez, a big-hearted kid helping to raise money for his struggling local bodega. But it's not just new designer clothing stores threatening to move in: Creepy pale residents with a taste for blood are eating up people and their properties. A commentary on gentrification with goofy charm, twists and thrills, Vampires vs. the Bronx is a fresh, entertaining spin on the genre.

His House is a horror flick that, yep, hits close to home. Revealing its supernatural evils through a harrowing human story, it follows Bol and Rial, a refugee couple from Sudan, who struggle to adapt to their new life in an English town. Don't expect straightforward jump scares -- His House plays into the psychological specters of the past, adding even more corridors of torment. A heartrending, powerful piece.

This smart psychological horror is partially drawn from co-writer Isa Mazzei's experiences as a camgirl (or webcam model). Yet Cam is no documentary, following Alice Ackerman, a young camgirl who one day discovers an exact replica of herself has taken over her show. This unique thriller flashing red with the threat of technology is an excellent feature to hit play on.

One of the more successful Stephen King adaptations, this horror drama based on the novella 1922 is a slow burn with a mesmerizing performance at its core. Thomas Jane, who you'll also know from Boogie Nights and 2004's The Punisher, gives one of his career best performances as the ever proud Wilfred James, a farmer who makes the totally wise decision to murder his wife with the help of their teenage son. The consequences are harrowing on multiple levels (if you don't like rats, you really won't like rats after this).

If you were mesmerized by The Haunting of Hill House, then Mike Flanagan's adaptation of Stephen King novel Gerald's Game is a must-watch. A couple goes on holiday at an isolated lake house, where one thing leads to another... and Carla Gugino's Jessie ends up handcuffed to the bed with no visible escape. Gugino puts in an immense performance, packing out the enclosed bedroom setting. Expect narratively and emotionally satisfying conclusions, with melancholy-suffused horror that surges into quiet triumph for its haunted characters.

The Power of the Dog (2021)

More than a decade after her previous film, Bright Star, extraordinary filmmaker Jane Campion has unfolded the director's chair again to oversee The Power of the Dog. She ended up winning an Oscar, so it was a good move. The Western centers on Phil Burbank, a domineering rancher who uses the power of toxic masculinity to have his way, mocking his brother for falling in love. The Power of the Dog is a mesmeric exercise in the subtle shifts of emotion and power in relationships. Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons and Kirsten Dunst are immense, helping to bring Campion's masterful vision to life.

Paul Greengrass (Jason Bourne) directs Tom Hanks in in this moving Western. Civil War veteran Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd discovers a young girl years after she was captured by Native Americans as a baby. While helping return her to her family, he does his usual job of traveling to towns and reading newspapers for a small fee. Don't expect high-octane action: This road movie is fueled by character development and the beautiful views. Still, you'll want to settle in for a comforting ride with pure sympathetic Hanks at the steering wheel.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

The Coen Brothers kick up the western dust with an anthology film that gives you six vignettes all set on the American frontier. One of them is about the titular Buster Scruggs, a chipper singing cowboy who casually sets off a shoot-up in a cantina. But there's a dark twist that keeps you on your toes. Sewing the rest of its stories together with a constant black humor, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a Coen Brothers winner.

Rebecca Hall makes her directorial debut in magnificent fashion with her adaptation of Nella Larsen's 1929 novel Passing. It tells the story of two light-skinned Black women, one of whom chooses to "pass" as white. Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga embody the duality at the heart of this delicate story, shot in black and white. Gracefully handled, Passing is a tender portrait revealing powerful psychological depths.

Tick, Tick... Boom! (2021)

Andrew Garfield takes the spotlight for this biographical musical drama about Jonathan Larson, the late composer behind Rent and Tick, Tick... Boom! The movie, helmed by Lin-Manuel Miranda in his directorial debut, follows Larson's career and the time pressure he feels to leave a lasting impression. With joy-inducing music, a meaningful narrative about the creative process and a passionate performance from Garfield as Larson, Tick, Tick... Boom! is a graceful and feel-good tribute.

This fine British drama excavates a whole lot of buried treasure with a distinguished cast in Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, Lily James and Johnny Flynn. It's based on the true events around the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo, yielding a priceless trove of Anglo-Saxon artifacts hidden in a burial ship. Romantic, intellectual and moving, The Dig is a full sweep of elegance.

The Boys in the Band (2020)

The Boys in the Band sets a new stage for an ensemble cast who all performed the classic play-by-the-same-name's 2018 Broadway revival. Among them, Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto and Matt Bomer. The movie brings new perspectives to a birthday party celebrated by a group of gay men in 1968 New York City. The party takes an unexpected turn when a visitor from the host's past calls in. With a cast that knows how to play off each other and compelling themes such as self-loathing and internalized homophobia, The Boys in the Band is a thought-provoking, engaging drama.

A black-and-white David Fincher tale about the unsung screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz who helped Orson Welles write Citizen Kane. Step back into Old Hollywood, with beautiful cinematography and take in the behind-the-scenes of how studio systems functioned in a different time. Gary Oldman and Amanda Seyfried are among the exceptional cast of this biographical drama filled with the lightness and darkness of its hero's life.

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

An Aaron Sorkin drama based on a true story? The Trial of the Chicago 7 lives up to its pedigree, following the real-life trial of a group of anti-Vietnam War protestors charged with conspiracy to incite riots. With a stellar ensemble cast, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, The Trial of the Chicago 7 is both topical and full of compelling theatrical energy.

This sports drama from 2019 marked the second occasion director Steven Soderbergh used an iPhone to shoot a feature film (the first was 2018's Unsane). High Flying Bird tells the story of a sports agent facing the ax unless he pulls off a company-saving plan in 72 hours. Capturing the high tensions of professional sports through a unique shooting style, High Flying Bird is a fascinating piece put together with expert direction, editing and performances.

A movie about divorce might not sound like the best viewing experience, but Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story is a journey you'll want to take. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver give two of the best performances of their careers as Nicole and Charlie, a couple who embark on the emotionally and logistically complicated legal processes involved in prying a partnership apart. Painted with an emotional complexity that includes poignantly funny moments along with the painful ones, this is happy-sad at its best.

Set primarily in Vatican City, this biographical drama follows Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio in the aftermath of the Vatican leaks scandal. It's as fascinating as it sounds. The Two Popes carves up a slice of real-life drama with a first-class two-hander featuring Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins.

Alfonso Cuaron's semi-autobiographical snapshot of the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City tells a small story with staggering prowess. Let Cuaron steer you through the ups and downs of a live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family. His lens captures intricately beautiful scenes in an album that quietly envelopes you with wonder and grace.

This Italian film has the seal of approval from Bong Joon-ho, so let's listen to the Oscar-winning director of Parasite and add it to this list. Written and directed by Alice Rohrwacher, Happy as Lazzaro is set in the '70s on a tobacco farm, where good-hearted young peasant Lazzaro dutifully works. When a nobleman convinces him to help him fake his own kidnapping, a story of friendship, innocence and social commentary unfolds. A gorgeously shot, cinematic fairytale.

This elegant Spanish film will steep you in its rich imagery and phenomenally good performances from its two leads. Susi Snchez and Brbara Lennie star as Anabel and Chiara respectively, an estranged mother and daughter who reunite for reasons that aren't as clear as they first seem. The precision of the filmmaking here is worthy of soaking up for those who are partial to deliberately paced meditations on pain, love and loss. Masterful.

The Kindergarten Teacher (2018)

Maggie Gyllenhaal gives a career best performance in The Kindergarten Teacher, a drama about, yep, a kindergarten teacher. Lisa is dissatisfied with her own life, which leads her to make some questionable decisions regarding one of her young students. When Jimmy exhibits child prodigy levels of poetry writing talent, Lisa may or may not take credit for it. The Kindergarten Teacher's slightly disturbing character study might leave you feeling conflicted, but there's no question about Gyllenhaal's mesmerizing performance.

Mudbound gives you a historical look at class struggle through the lens of a Black veteran and a white veteran who both still have one foot stuck in World War II. Dealing with PTSD and racism in the Mississippi Delta, with a cast that includes Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell, Mudbound's tempest will rivet you to the spot.

I'm Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

A psychological thriller that dives deep into the surreal. I'm Thinking of Ending Things definitely won't be for everyone, but it connects you to the frustrations of the young woman (Jessie Buckley) at its heart, who grapples with breaking off her seven-week-relationship with her boyfriend Jake (Jesse Plemons). While it overstays its welcome a little, I'm Thinking of Ending Things always keeps you on your toes, with atmospheric cinematography and strong performances from Toni Collette and David Thewlis as Jake's fairly odd parents. Fans of director-writer Charlie Kaufman will be pleased.

Two movies named The Call came out in 2020. Watch the South Korean one, a time travel thriller revolving around, yep, a phone call. Twenty-eight-year-old Seo-yeon finds a phone buried in a closet in her childhood home. It rings -- and the caller, it turns out, is living in the same house 20 years earlier. Twists right up to the final moment, plus a wild cat-and-mouse chase that alters the past and present make this a must-watch.

This taut thriller set in the remote Scottish Highlands is far from an idyllic getaway. Prepare for a full-on nerve-wringing nightmare that its protagonists are desperate to wake up from. Vaughn and Marcus set out on a lads' weekend hunting trip, but after a night of drinking, they find themselves facing events they never could have planned for. Calibre lives up to its name, delivering a slick package of grim, gripping drama. Let the full force of this one wallop you.

First They Killed My Father (2017)

The fifthfilm on Angelina Jolie's directing CV turned out to be her best. Based on Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung's memoir, the biographical thriller recounts the horrors Ung suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge. With an empathetic lens framing a shocking story from the perspective of a child, First They Killed My Father is a unique war movie made with control and finesse.

I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)

If you've had a bad day, this might be the movie for you. When the police refuse to help with a robbery, nursing assistant Ruth and her weird neighbor Tony take matters into their own hands. I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore spots the idiosyncrasies of everyday life, before escalating its story into dark places with even darker humor. With a touch of Coen Brothers' flair, its perfectly packed 96 minutes will leave you surprisingly emotional.

From Netflix's impressive stash of international films comes Spanish sci-fi horror The Platform. Its high-concept story centers on a tower that delivers food to people on each of its many levels via a platform. Those at the top snag the best and most abundant spread, which is devoured as the platform lowers down the levels. Social commentary rings throughout this dystopian thriller, which takes shocking, occasionally gruesome turns all the way to the bottom.

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Free New York Lease Agreements | Residential & Commercial – PDF – eForms

Friday, June 17th, 2022

Updated June 13, 2022

A New York lease agreement is a binding contract that allows a landlord to rent residential or commercial space to a willing tenant. Prior to signing a lease, the landlord will require a fee to cover the cost of running a credit report on the applicant. Once approved, a lease will be signed between the parties with the first (1st) months rent and a security deposit due prior to occupancy.

Apartment Lease Agreement For a residential unit located in a multi-family.

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Commercial Lease Agreement To be used by landlords seeking to rent space related to office, retail, or industrial use.

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Condominium Lease Agreement Residence that is owned usually in a property with other individuals sharing common space.

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Month-to-Month Lease Agreement Contract pursuant to 232-b that can be canceled at any time with a notice of at least one (1) month by either party.

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Real Estate Board of New York Lease Agreement Fixed term contract provided by the Real Estate Board of New York.

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Rent-to-Own Lease Agreement Tenant/Buyer has the right to buy said property on terms agreed upon by the owner/lessor during the course of the occupancy.

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Room Rental (Roommate) Agreement For the parties living in a shared home to explain the rules and fees of each living companion.

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Standard Residential Lease Agreement A fixed arrangement that is commonly for a one (1) year term.

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Single-Family Home (House) Lease Agreement For a residential house that usually has a yard and driveway.

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Sublease Agreement The act where a person, the original tenant, decides to allow another person, the sublessee, to take over their lease for a partial or end of its term.

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Allergen Hazards (NYC Admin Code 27-2017.1)(NYC ONLY) The landlord is required to make an annual inspection of indoor allergen hazards such as mold, mice, rats, and cockroaches. (NYC Admin Code 27-2017.1)

Bed Bug Disclosure (NYC Admin Code 272018.1) (NYC Only) Landlords are required to acknowledge the existence of bed bugs in the rental unit.

Copy of Signed Lease (Tenants Rights Guide) (Rent Stabilized Tenants ONLY) The landlord must give a signed copy of their lease within thirty (30) days of tenancy.

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Per federal law requiring all residences built before 1978 for the landlord to issue this notice to inform the tenant of the hazardous paint within the walls and ceiling.

Security Deposit Receipt ( 7-103) No matter the amount, if a deposit is accepted by the landlord the name and location of the financial institution must be relayed to the tenant in writing.

Smoking Policy (NYC Admin Code 5, 17-505) (NYC ONLY) Buildings of three (3) or more units must have a policy outlining where smoking is prohibited.

Sprinkler Disclosure (Article 7, Section 231-A) Must contain notice of whether or not a sprinkler system exists.

Stove Knob Covers (NYC Admin Code 27-2046.4(a)) (NYC ONLY) For tenants with children under six (6) years of age, the landlord must provide knob covers for gas-powered stoves.

Window Guards (NYC Admin Code 272043.1) (NYC ONLY) In the City of New York if the tenant has a child that is ten (10) years of age or younger the landlord is required to fit the apartment with window guards.

There is no State law that requires the landlord to give any type of notice before entering the tenants space for any type of repair or non-emergency issue.

Interest ( 7-103(2-a)) If the tenant is living in a building that has at least six (6) residential units then the landlord is required to deposit the Security Deposit into an interest-bearing account. The benefit of the interest shall be to the tenant upon vacating the property at the end of the lease.

Maximum (Emergency Tenant Protection Act 576/74(f)) The landlord may charge up to one (1) months rent.

Returning ( 7-108 (e)) The landlord must give the funds back within fourteen (14) days after the tenant has vacated the premises. If there are any funds that are held by the landlord then the tenant is required to receive a list of itemized deductions.

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Chicago Takes Another Top Spot for Pests, This Time Ranking #1 on Orkin …

Monday, May 9th, 2022

ATLANTA (January 10, 2022) Chicago settled in for the second year in a row as the #1 city on Orkins 2022 Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List, with Philadelphia and New York moving into the second and third place spots, respectively. These two Northeast cities saw the largest jumps with Philadelphia moving up 12 spots and New York moving up nine spots. As for newcomers to the list, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, landed at #42 and Lincoln, Nebraska, barely snuck in at #50.

Over the last year, as travel began to resurge in the U.S., restless Americans and bed bugs were hitching rides across the country for a getaway. As consumers plan for travel in 2022 amid the evolving pandemic, its easy to forget that bed bugs are still very much a threat. Taking into consideration the staffing shortages associated with the hospitality industry, it might be the case that bed bug introductions are not being monitored as often as desired, which is why diligent examination is key.

The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from December 1, 2020 November 30, 2021. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.

Chicago

Philadelphia (+12)

New York (+9)

Detroit

Baltimore (-3)

Indianapolis (+1)

Washington, DC (-4)

Cleveland, OH (-2)

Columbus, OH (-4)

Cincinnati (-2)

Grand Rapids, MI (-1)

Los Angeles (-3)

Champaign, IL (+2)

Atlanta (-1)

Charlotte, N.C. (-4)

Dallas-Ft. Worth

Denver (+3)

Louis, MO (+7)

San Francisco (+3)

Pittsburg (-1)

Greenville, S.C. (+2)

Charleston, W.V. (-4)

Flint, MI (-2)

Raleigh, N.C. (-7)

Norfolk, VA (-1)

Richmond, VA

Omaha (+3)

Buffalo, N.Y. (+1)

Knoxville (+7)

Cedar Rapids, IA (+5)

Toledo, OH (-4)

Dayton, OH (-4)

South Bend, IN (+8)

Nashville (-3)

Davenport, IA (+3)

Wayne, IN (-3)

Youngstown (+3)

Milwaukee (-6)

Miami (+8)

Tampa (-1)

Houston (-4)

Harrisburg (new to list)

Greensboro, N.C. (-9)

Seattle

Peoria, IL (+4)

Orlando (-1)

Lexington, KY (-4)

Lansing, MI

Louisville, KY (-3)

Lincoln, NE (new to list)

Typically, bed bugs are 3/16 inch long, red to dark brown in color and are mostly nocturnal insects that come out of hiding to take blood meals from sleeping humans. These pests are hematophagous, which means blood is their only food source. They can travel from place to place with ease, clinging to items such as luggage, purses and other personal belongings.

Bed bugs are a concern for everyone because they are master hitchhikers, traveling home with people when they likely dont realize it, said Ben Hottel, an Orkin entomologist. Their nature of hiding in difficult-to-find cracks and crevices can make them hard to control, which is why involving a trained professional at the sight of an introduction is recommended.

Bed bugs are known for rapid population growth. Females can deposit one to five eggs a day and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in their lifetime. They can survive for several months while waiting for their next blood meal, so theyre likely to emerge when a food source, e.g., humans, become available.

"Unfortunately, many hospitality businesses are facing staffing shortages, and while the industry remains committed to cleanliness, now more than ever, travelers should be mindful of bed bug sightings and proactive in inspection efforts. said Hottel.

Here are proactive tips Orkin recommends for homeowners and travelers to prevent bed bugs:

At Home:

Inspect your home for signs of bed bugs regularly. Check the places

during the day, including mattress tags and seams, and behind baseboards, headboards, electrical outlets and picture frames. Inspect when you move in, after a trip, when a service worker visits or after guests stay overnight.

Decrease clutter around your home to make it easier to spot bed bugs on your own or during professional inspections.

Examine all secondhand furniture before bringing it inside your home.

During travel, remember the acronym S.L.E.E.P. to inspect for bed bugs:

Survey the hotel room for signs of an infestation. Be on the lookout for tiny, ink-colored stains on mattress seams, in soft furniture and behind headboards.

Lift and look in bed bug hiding spots: the mattress, box spring and other furniture, as well as behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper.

Elevate luggage away from the bed and wall. The safest places are in the bathroom or on counters.

Examine your luggage carefully while repacking and once you return home from a trip. Always store luggage away from the bed.

Place all dryer-safe clothing from your luggage in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting after you return home.

With well over a century of knowledge and experience with bed bugs and state-of-the-art tools and products, Orkin is well-equipped to assess your bed bug problem, offer trainings for short-staffed hospitality teams and mount a strategic response to rid your home of the pest and provide maximum protection.

For more information about bed bug prevention and bed bug control, visit Orkin.com. You can also find additional detection tips in Orkins video on How to Check for Bed Bugs in Hotel Rooms.

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects. The company is committed to excellent service and operates more than 400 locations with more than 8,000 employees. Through Orkins Points of Service process Investigate, Protect, Fortify, Keep Watch, Report and Follow Up Orkin provides customized services to approximately 1.7 million homeowners and businesses in the United States and has nearly 100 international locations in more than 65 countries. Orkin is committed to studying pest biology and applying scientifically proven methods. The company collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and eight major universities to conduct research and help educate consumers and businesses on pest-related health threats. Learn more about Orkin atOrkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary ofRollins Inc.(NYSE: ROL). Follow us onFacebook,LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.

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Worst cities for bed bugs: Heres where New York City ranks – SILive.com

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. As more Americans begin to travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, bed bugs are also hitching rides across the country and some cities are seeing a surge in bed bugs more than others.

Orkin, a company that provides essential pest control services, ranked the cities where bed bugs have been most reported. Its list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments from Dec. 1, 2020, through Nov. 30, 2021. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.

So where does New York City rank on Orkins 2022 Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List?

New York ranks third, according to the list up nine spots from 2021s list.

Chicago and Philadelphia took the number one and two spots, respectively.

As consumers plan to travel this year, Orkin reminds Americans that bed bugs are still very much a threat. And taking into consideration the staffing shortages in the hospitality industry, its possible that bed bugs are not being monitored as often as desired, which is why diligent examination is key, Orkin says.

Bed bugs are typically 3/16 inch long, red to dark brown in color and are mostly nocturnal insects that come out of hiding to take blood meals from sleeping humans, according to Orkin. They are hematophagous, which means blood is their only food source. They can travel from place to place with ease, clinging to items such as luggage, purses and other personal belongings.

Bed bugs are a concern for everyone because they are master hitchhikers, traveling home with people when they likely dont realize it, said Ben Hottel, an Orkin entomologist. Their nature of hiding in difficult-to-find cracks and crevices can make them hard to control, which is why involving a trained professional at the sight of an introduction is recommended.

The pests are known for rapid population growth as females can deposit one to five eggs a day and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in their lifetime. They can survive for several months while waiting for their next blood meal, so theyre likely to emerge when a food source, like humans, become available.

Here are the top 10 bed bug cities, according to Orkin. The numbers in parentheses indicate if a city has ranked higher or lower than last years list.

Orkin also provided some tips for homeowners and travels to prevent bed bugs.

Inspect your home for signs of bed bugs regularly. Check the places during the day, including mattress tags and seams, and behind baseboards, headboards, electrical outlets and picture frames. Inspect when you move in, after a trip, when a service worker visits or after guests stay overnight, Orkin says.

You should also decrease clutter around your home to make it easier to spot bed bugs on your own or during professional inspections. And examine all secondhand furniture before bringing it inside your home.

During travel, Orkin says to remember the acronym S.L.E.E.P. to inspect for bed bugs.

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Chatham Neighbors Who Say Their Apartments Are Crumbling And Bug-Infested Demand Meeting With Owners: ‘It’s Horrible’ – Block Club Chicago

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

CHATHAM JoLondon Jamerson slept in her living room for weeks, terrified the bubbles in her bedroom ceiling might collapse, she said.

But sleeping in her living room wasnt much better, as her apartment at 7908 S. Prairie Ave. didnt have heat for months, Jamerson said. On freezing nights, she used her gas stove and electric heater for warmth, she said.

Its horrible, Jamerson said.

Residents of three Chatham apartment buildings say BSD Realty, a Chicago-based property management company, isnt fixing shoddy living conditions in apartments they manage at 219 E. 79th St., 7908 S. Prairie Ave. and 319 E. 79th St.

Residents allege the apartments have mold, broken light fixtures, busted windows, rodents, bed bugs and asbestos. Sometimes they dont have heat or clean running water. Ceilings have caved in, and wooden floors have buckled, they said. Sometimes the water is turned off without notice; when it comes back on, its yellow, one resident said.

Some also said they have been illegally locked out of their apartments and threatened by security guards.

Representatives of BSD Realty, who say they oversee the buildings on behalf of the owners, said problems at the Chatham apartments predate them. They began managing the buildings approximately three and half months ago, and any issues in the buildings before that date had nothing to do with the new owners.

The buildings are now owned by a New York-based company whose agent and manager is Eli Sieger, according to the Sun-Times.

BSD Realty said owners have spent abut $130,000 to address longstanding problems, like replacing old boilers and fixing a faulty heating system. Despite the ongoing repairs, property managers said heat in the buildings is functioning properly and theyve worked with a tenants rights group to respond to complaints.

These expenditures are to make sure that the tenants have the best and most reliable heating, and that there are no long-term problems, the company said in a statement. The owners have done and are planning to do a lot more, and they are committed to bring the buildings to the best possible conditions so that the tenants have a good and safe place to live.

But residents say living conditions havent significantly improved since BSD Realty started managing the buildings. They want city officials to intervene and the company to meet with them directly to respond to their complaints.

Jamerson said the conditions arent fair for us, our children and our community.

Where are the tenants rights for people to live like decent human beings in a community that weve been in all of our lives? Jamerson said at the press conference organized by the Metropolitan Tenants Organization. You cant own a building and then dont want to take care of it.

Marminta Dunnigan, a resident at one of BSD Realtys buildings, said she came home Oct. 7 and couldnt get inside her apartment. Her door was kicked in, items were removed from the apartment and the locks were changed, Dunnigan said.

Dunnigan believes the realty company illegally locked her out of her apartment. She needed to get back into the apartment to grab her sons medicine, but she was being forced out, she said.

I called BSD. They told me they dont know anything about it, Dunnigan said.

The next day, she called police and a locksmith, she said. Then, BSD representatives showed up with security, she said.

Carlos Banks, a Prairie Avenue tenant, said people he thought were representatives of the property manager threatened him.

Theyll come by at 1 or 2 in the morning and say you have to move out, and if youre not out by tomorrow or whenever, You know whats going to happen, Banks said. Whats going to happen? Now, Im being threatened. No one feels safe when someone tells you something like that and theyre in your building.

Tenants said they dont know who these people are.

During the news conference, a man went up to the group and shouted at them to leave. One of the tenant organizers said theyve seen the man in the buildings, armed and yelling at people and blocking them from getting inside.

Dunnigan said her special needs son is afraid to stay with her most nights because of the armed security.

When people are locked out of their homes, their furniture is usually stolen, Banks said. Tenants sometimes find their items thrown out in the alley, Banks said; other times, they might find a few pieces in vacant apartments throughout the building.

Its ridiculous, Banks said. They dont want to be held accountable.

In a statement to Block Club, a BSD spokesperson said the company has not illegally locked out tenants. The company did hire a watchman in response to tenants complaints about security.

Its that watchmans job to call the police if there is any illicit activity at the building, company officials said.

We dont [employ] individuals who threaten our tenants with guns, company officials said.

In response to tenants complaints about knocks on their doors in the early hours of the morning, the realty company said its rare that they visit tenants or knock on doors. When they do, its never in the early morning, company officials said.

We know that the sheriff or the process server serve court papers to tenants homes, company officials said. There were several tenants that refused to pay rent, and we exercised our legal right to file eviction on them. Serving papers is not handled by BSD and is outside our jurisdiction, these servers operate on their own.

It isnt clear when BDS Realty began managing the buildings. Company officials said it was October 2021 but residents said they began hearing of their involvement as early as July.

City records show a litany of problems. For example, the building at 210 E. 79th St. failed an inspection in July because of defective light fixtures, inadequate hot water temperatures, broken doors, rotting floorboards, chipped walls and other problems cited by tenants.

The Prairie Avenue building lists mice infestations, defective smoke detectors, leaking water, faulty plumbing and rotting walls in a failed inspection from May 2021.

A BSD Realty spokesperson said they worked to address all issues inherited from previous owners in the most amicable way possible. As of Thursday, all claims have been indeed resolved, the company said, crediting involvement from the Metropolitan Tenants Organization to help respond to the problems.

The problems persist, however.

Samuel Clendenning, community organizer with Metropolitan Tenants Organization, said even after the realty company said it turned on the heat, photos from residents showed frigid indoor temperatures in the middle of winter.

None of the commitments theyve made to me have been followed through on, Clendenning said. Ive checked in with the tenants after they tell me the heat is back on, and I get photos of thermometers at 52 degrees.

Residents also say the company rebuffs them when they complain. The company has met with tenants organizers and officials like Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th), but balks when organizers ask the company to speak directly with residents, Clendenning said.

The only person who they havent made commitments to [and] the only group thats been involved since I got in were the tenants, Clendenning said. Those are the people who you should be making the commitments to first.

Jamerson said Sawyer needs to help.

Roderick Sawyer, I voted you in, Jamerson said. Help us. Help us because we voted for you. I used my civil rights and I voted for you. Now make a stand, Roderick, and do something.

Sawyer said his office will work with tenants to make sure theyre accommodated, but ultimately, its up to the city Buildings Department to sort out the situation.

I think whats happening with these buildings is totally unacceptable, Sawyer said. We expect landlords in our area to provide quality housing. Tenants need housing with heat and amenities. I support the tenants, and if they need additional support, they can reach out to our offices and wed be glad to help them. We want to be kept in the loop.

BSD Realty officials said they will meet with the tenants rights organization and an agreed-upon tenant representative.

Banks, the Prairie Avenue tenant, said they are ready.

We want them to come out, speak to us and get these conditions fixed, Banks said. Well be tenants as long as they be a landlord.

If the property management company decides to ignore their concerns and move more people into the building, tenants will be front and center, ready to set the record straight, Banks said.

We need them to speak with us, Banks said. They are trying to evict us, but were not going to let nobody else come in the building and get treated the same way they treat us. We will be out in front of their building every day, and if they try to move somebody in, were going to tell them exactly what happened.

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A Holocaust survivor spends her 110th birthday knitting the craft that was key to her survival – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

(New York Jewish Week via JTA) A recent fall meant Rose Girone spent her 110th birthday in a Long Island rehab facility. But nothing could stop her friends and family from giving her exactly the right gift: red wool and brand-new knitting needles.

Rose cannot imagine her life without knitting, Girones daughter, Reha Bennicasa, 84, told the New York Jewish Week.

Dina Mor, who owns The Knitting Place in Port Washington, New York, was among the guests to join Girone for the birthday celebration Jan. 13 that turned her dear friend, mentor and former employee into a supercentenarian the official term for someone who lives to 110 and beyond.

When Rose turned 105, she turned to me and said, I need to retire, Mor recalled. At 110 and even after a COVID-19 scare, Mor said, Girone still had it.

Girones passion for knitting has made her well known in the New York-area knitting community in recent decades, but it also played a critical role in her familys survival earlier in her life.

Girone (ne Raubvogel) was born in 1912 in Janov, Poland. After a brief move to Vienna, the family settled in Hamburg, Germany, where they ran a theatrical costume shop. She loved playing there especially sliding down the banisters of the two-story building. In Hamburg, Girone learned to knit from an aunt, according to Bennicasa, and she enjoyed it immediately.

Rose married Julius Mannheim in an arranged marriage in 1938; later that year, the couple moved to Breslav, Germany (now Wroclaw, Poland), just as the Nazi-run pogrom known as Kristallnacht initiated waves of violence against Germanys Jews. Mannheim was arrested and transported to the Buchenwald concentration camp and Girone, eight months pregnant, briefly fled the city with her mother and uncle to stay out of harms way.

Alone and afraid, Girone was determined to get out of Nazi Germany. She found a brief window of opportunity when, in 1939, her cousin, Richard Tand, sent her a paper he said was a visa, written in Chinese. Shanghai was one of the last open ports in the world and Girone presented the visas to the Nazi authorities and was able to get her husband released from Buchenwald.

As Bennicasa recalls, They let my father out with the proviso that we pay them and get out of the country within six weeks, and so we did.

They was allowed to leave with 10 reichsmarks roughly $40 today and no valuables or jewelry. After a month-long voyage aboard a German liner which required Jews to dine and swim separately from non-Jewish Germans the young family arrived in Shanghai.

Conditions in the Chinese city were difficult. The family traded whatever linens and trinkets they brought with them and then needed to depend on aid from relief agencies. Eventually, Mannheim found work as a taxi driver. Girone recalls living on oodles of noodles, according to her 1996 interview with The USC Shoah Foundation.

Still, Girone was able to find wool, and she knit clothes for her baby girl. An entrepreneurial Viennese Jewish man saw her creations and thought she could put her talent to use, earning them both money. He invited her to sell her work, saying he would teach her about business. Together, they brought her sample knits to an upscale store in Shanghai where the boutiques owner suggested ways to make the pieces more elegant. Girone took the feedback and began to design and knit sweaters, with help from Chinese women, as a way to make a living.

Rose Girones family was forced by Japanese occupiers into the Shanghai Jewish Ghetto, seen above circa 1943. (Wikimedia Commons)

Knitting was more than a source of much-needed income: She credited her colleagues with giving her the strength she needed to survive. Girone, according to Bennicasa, lived a sheltered life in Germany. The other women in Shanghai made her stronger.

In 1941, Nazi-allied Japan, which occupied parts of China, forced the Jewish refugees into a one-square-mile ghetto in Hongkou, the poorest part of Shanghai. Girones family moved into a tiny room under a staircase that once served as a bathroom. There was a single bed for the three of them; the mattress was infested with roaches and bed bugs. Rats would gnaw their way through the hardwood floors and climb over the family while they slept.

There was a bright spot of ghetto life: At one of the Heims, or community homes set up for refugees, a rabbi would give inspirational sermons to the community. He was a fabulous speaker and I would always stand in line to hear him, Girone said in the Shoah Foundation interview.

The final years of the war were filled with frequent bombings. It was really horrible, Girone continued. I was panic-stricken. Bennicasa remembers playing with hot shrapnel in the streets once air raids ended.

Fortunately, another voyage would provide refuge. In 1947, the family was granted a visa for the United States. Girone insisted on completing her knitting commissions before they set sail. I had to finish what I promised, she said.

Again, there were limitations on what the family could take. Each person was only permitted to leave China with $10, but Girone hid $80 cash inside buttons on her hand-knit sweaters, according to a Patch article about her 99th birthday. They traveled by ship to San Francisco, ultimately ending up in New York via train where they were reunited with Girones mother, brother and grandmother, who had all survived the war.

The couple and Bennicasa, then 9, moved into a hotel as part of a refugee settlement program. Girone was determined to help provide for her family. She found work as a knitting instructor but her husband did not muster the same motivation. After years of Girone urging him to find his footing in America, they divorced.

In 1968, she met and married Jack Girone and they moved to Whitestone, Queens. Rose Girone was thriving as a knitting teacher and was cultivating her own knitting community. She soon opened a knitting shop in Rego Park, Queens, with another knitter; after a short while they expanded to a second locationin Forest Hills.

Rose Girone, center, flanked by knitting friends Pam Sapienza, left, and Dina Mor, Dec. 30, 2019. (Courtesy)

After a year or two, the partners split and they each kept a store Girones design expertise made her store on Austin Street stand apart.

Mother was pretty proud of all her designs, Bennicasa said. People would bring ads from Vogue and the like and say they wanted something just like this particular picture. Some with intricate patterns, Mother would sit, figure it out, lots of times with graph paper. She loved it.

When Girone turned 68 in 1980, she sold her business. But she never stopped knitting. She began volunteering at a not-for-profit knitting shop in Great Neck which is where Girone first met Mor.

One day, according to The Knitting Place podcast, Mor arrived at the shop; she was struggling with a sweater she was knitting for her husband, Erez. Girone offered to rip out the back panel and urged her to go distract herself at an adjacent cafe so it would hurt less to see her stitches unfurled.

Girone took great care to help Mor improve her knitting technique, and the two became close. Mother saw that Dina had a knack for knitting, so that when Dina voiced that she would love to open her own store, she was happy to help, Bennicasa said.

If you go, I go, Rose said to me, Mor said and subsequently Girone worked at Dinas shop in Port Washington for nearly 15 years.

Even after Girones retirement five years ago, the two remained close. During a visit last fall, Mor recalled, the first thing Girone said was: Hows business?

Mors affection for Girone runs deep. For her 100th birthday, she commissioned a surprise painting of Girone at the center of a table in The Knitting Place, surrounded by her knitting friends and students.

Looking at it gives [my mother] memories and makes her feel good, said Bennicasa.

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Chicago Takes Another Top Spot for Pests, This Time Ranking #1 on Orkin’s Bed Bug Cities List – KPVI News 6

Thursday, January 13th, 2022

ATLANTA, Jan. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicago settled in for the second year in a row as the #1 city on Orkin's 2022 Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List, with Philadelphia and New York moving into the second and third place spots, respectively. These two Northeast cities saw the largest jumps with Philadelphia moving up 12 spots and New York moving up nine spots. As for newcomers to the list, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, landed at #42 and Lincoln, Nebraska, barely snuck in at #50.

Over the last year, as travel began to resurge in the U.S., restless Americans and bed bugs were hitching rides across the country for a getaway. As consumers plan for travel in 2022 amid the evolving pandemic, it's easy to forget that bed bugs are still very much a threat. Taking into consideration the staffing shortages associated with the hospitality industry, it might be the case that bed bug introductions are not being monitored as often as desired, which is why diligent examination is key.

The list is based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatmentsfrom December 1, 2020 November 30, 2021. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.

Typically, bed bugs are 3/16 inch long, red to dark brown in color and are mostly nocturnal insects that come out of hiding to take blood meals from sleeping humans. These pests are hematophagous, which means blood is their only food source. They can travel from place to place with ease, clinging to items such as luggage, purses and other personal belongings.

"Bed bugs are a concern for everyone because they are master hitchhikers, traveling home with people when they likely don't realize it," said Ben Hottel, an Orkin entomologist. "Their nature of hiding in difficult-to-find cracks and crevices can make them hard to control, which is why involving a trained professional at the sight of an introduction is recommended."

Bed bugs are known for rapid population growth. Females can deposit one to five eggs a day and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in their lifetime. They can survive for several months while waiting for their next blood meal, so they're likely to emerge when a food source, e.g., humans, become available.

"Unfortunately, many hospitality businesses are facing staffing shortages, and while the industry remains committed to cleanliness, now more than ever, travelers should be mindful of bed bug sightings and proactive in inspection efforts." said Hottel.

Here are proactive tips Orkin recommends for homeowners and travelers to prevent bed bugs:

At Home:

During travel, remember the acronym S.L.E.E.P. to inspect for bed bugs:

With well over a century of knowledge and experience with bed bugs and state-of-the-art tools and products, Orkin is well-equipped to assess your bed bug problem, offer trainings for short-staffed hospitality teams and mount a strategic response to rid your home of the pest and provide maximum protection.

For more information about bed bug prevention and bed bug control, visit Orkin.com. You can also find additional detection tips in Orkin's video on "How to Check for Bed Bugs in Hotel Rooms."

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects. The company is committed to excellent service and operates more than 400 locations with more than 8,000 employees. Through Orkin's Points of Service process Investigate, Protect, Fortify, Keep Watch, Report and Follow Up Orkin provides customized services to approximately 1.7 million homeowners and businesses in the United States and has nearly 100 international locations in more than 65 countries. Orkin is committed to studying pest biology and applying scientifically proven methods. The company collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and eight major universities to conduct research and help educate consumers and businesses on pest-related health threats. Learn more about Orkin atOrkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary ofRollins Inc.(NYSE: ROL). Follow us onFacebook,LinkedIn, YouTubeand Instagram.

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The INDY’s 21 Most Impactful Stories of 2021 – INDY Week

Wednesday, December 29th, 2021

Its been a long yearthe longest, we wrote back in March in a story about Zoom fatigue, online learning, and COVID-related school closuresand here we are, emerging on the other side, not necessarily better off but, as many of our most impactful stories of the past year suggest, with at least some glimmers of hope for the future. From our breaking reporting from inside Durhams COVID hotel to our exclusive feature on Pioneers Durhamand all the stories of feral cats, contaminated water, affordable housing, and the challenges facing the restaurant industry that have come in betweenrevisit 2021 with us through our most widely read, affecting, and important stories.

1.Released Inmates atDurhams COVID Motel Say It's Just Another Prison

In early January, Leigh Tauss got an exclusive look inside a Quality Inn on Hillsborough Road in Durham where the state's Department of Public Safety (DPS) held inmates recently released from prison who may have been exposed to COVID-19. But the former inmates say they were being held involuntarily and complained of poor conditions, bed bugs, rodents, leaky roofs, no access to laundry facilities, bad food, and other issues. They couldn't access health care, they said, and the risk of contracting and spreading disease was ever-present. While this was undoubtedly a scary timepre-vaccine, when COVID cases were beginning to surge and hospitals were filling upthe COVID hotel, which the state closedin May, was controversial and protesters demonstrated outside the hotel regularly, decrying conditions inside. Several ethical questions arise from such a setup, and our reporting brought deserved scrutiny to DPS and how it treated inmates who were, by all other accounts, entitled to go free.

2.After a Month of Public Comments, Orange County Sends Buc-ees Back to the Drawing Board

Last winter, Sara Pequeno followed plans for Bucc-ees, a Texas-based gas station chain, to build a massive gas station, restaurant, and convenience store hub in Efland in the northern part of Orange County. Pequeno followed the story for several months, from when the Buc-ee'splans first came into view for Efland residents and when they went before county commissioners in a series of public hearings to when the county commissioners sent plans for the gas station back to the drawing board and when the Buc-ee's plans ultimately were scrapped in early February. The stakes for residents, who were facing a 120gas nozzle behemothone of the largest gas stations in the United Statesbuilt on top of a watershed that feeds directly into Seven Mile Creek, then the Eno River, then the local water supply, couldnt be overstated. This story shows the power res- idents can have in shaping what kind of a community will exist for them in the future.

3.Family Members of Inmates Who Died Allege Negligence at Johnston County Jail

In January, prison staff at Johnston County jail found Eric Cruz, a 23-year-old arrested on burglary charges, dead in his cell. Another inmate in the jail told the INDY he had heard Cruz, who had kidney disease, begging the jail staff for help in the days before he died. Thomasi McDonald reported that Cruzs death was the latest in a series of inmate deaths at the Johnston County jail over the past two years. Two inmates died at the jail in 2019; another died of suicide in 2020; and a fourth man, Robert Perniciaro, was found hanging in his cell on January 6. Perniciaro later died at the hospital. Johnston County sheriff Steve Bizzell defended his staff, but the pattern is troubling. We hope to bring you an update on the situation at Johnston County jail next year.

4.Women Came to Hope Church Looking for Fellowship and Healing. Disrespectful Behavior from Church Leaders Drove Them to Leave.

In February, writer Katie Jane Fernelius put the spotlight on Hope Community Church, the fast-growing, multicampus megachurch where women had come for healing but were met with disrespectful behavior from church leaders instead. In her long, throughly reported piece, Fernelius details the accounts of three women who allege a range of transgressions spanning several years, from sexual assault and harassment by church staff to being ignored when they brought their concerns to church leadership. Pastor Mike Lee, who founded Hope Church in 1994 and led it for nearly three decades, left the church after our story was published. (Readers have toldus Lee retired.) Churches, by way of their spiritual influence and attraction for those who may be vulnerable, hold powerful positions in our communities, especially here in the South. Thats why churches and religious organizations should be held accountable for their roles, the work they do, and the positions they take.

5.White-Dominated Arts Institutions Are Keen to Diversify. But Are They Willing to Give Up Power?

In July 2020, in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests, a group called North Carolina Black Artists for Liberation released a petition calling on local visual arts institutions to develop and implement racial equity plans with measurable goals in the areas of hiring, organizational culture, leadership, and organizational transparency. It was specific, and it had a goal: six months to get the work going. Brian Howe, former arts and culture at the INDY, reported on the petitions (which took the form of local and statewide institutional asks) in 2020 and followed up in early 2021 to see what changes, if any, had been made. The result is a detailed, up-close piece with leaders at Ackland Art Museum at UNCChapel Hill, Duke Universitys Nasher Museum of Art, VAE Raleigh, and the North Carolina Arts Council.

6.Scott Crawford's Journey to Sobriety Guides His Vision for a Healthier Industry

When a sprawling, multipart as told to interview with Scott Crawford was first on the table, we were hesitantcould an interview stand on its own at that length? It could. Crawfords story about alcohol- ism, addiction, and the sharp edges of the restaurant industry is gripping. I will never forget how much I enjoyed the feeling of that burn, Crawford began the interview, speaking of his first drink at the age of 11. It was warmth, confidence. It was all the things I was lacking in one sip. Certainly no one would accuse Crawford, now sober and a five-time James Beard Award nominee, of lacking confidence. His journey to falling in love with the restaurant industry and becoming sober feels essential during a time when the hospitality industry, long known for being neither particularly supportive nor sustainable, is shifting its norms. Restaurants are truly magical, amazing places, Crawford concluded toward the end of the piece, but the magic cant exist if the culture is toxic.

7.A Teenager Was Attacked at a Black Lives Matter Vigil. Now, Shes Working to Fix the States Hate Crime Law.

In her April story, Sara Pequeno wrote about Kalkidan Miller, a teenager who was attacked by a man at a Black Lives Matter vigil and is now working to change North Carolina's hate crimes law. Following the terrifying physical attack against her, Miller, who was 19 at the time, began working with lawmakers in the state house and senate to craft language for the state's Hate Crimes Prevention Act. The bill aims to change the definition of a hate crime, consider it a felony, and require reporting of hate crimes at the state level. North Carolina's current hate crimes statute, at two sentences long, is woefully inadequate. And while House Bill 354 didn't get a hearing this session, it's certain to be back in future sessions. Meanwhile, Miller, who was successful in adding ethnic intimidation to the charges against her attacker, is continuing her work as a speaker and advocate.

8.Asian American Business Owners in Durham Describe Fear Amid National Rise in Hate and Violence

One of the most important aspects of the INDY's hyperlocal reporting is the way our writers can take national trends and contextualize them for our readers. This is what writer Hannah Miao did in her story about Asian American business owners in Durham during a time when discrimination, violence, and hate crimes against Asian Americans were spreading in the United States due, in part, to misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. In the weeks after a shooter in Atlanta targeting Asian American businesses killed six women, Miao spoke to Secrets Pho & Noodle Bar owner Kenny Wong and manager Henessee Asaro as well as ZenFish Poke Bar owner Janet Lee about the hardships they were facing. These hardships included attempted burglaries of their businesses as well as racist abuse and harassment leveled against themall compounded by an unprecedentedly trying time for all those working in the food service industry nationally.

9.Nikole Hannah-Joness Experience with UNC is Emblematic of a Common Struggle for Black Women in Academia.

One of the most maddening, politically volatile, and frankly depressing stories to emerge in the Triangle this year was the saga of UNCChapel Hills botched hiring of Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist (and UNC alumna) Nikole Hannah-Jones. To quickly recap: UNCs journalism schooland dean Susan King wanted to hire Han- nah-Jones for a Knight Professorship in Race and Investigative Journalism but were stymied after megadonor Walter Hussman Jr.the journalism schools new namesakeraised objections. After agreeing to hire Hannah-Jones without tenure, the Board of Trustees then voted again to hire Hannah-Jones with full tenure, but by that time, Hannah-Jones had had enough and turned down the offer. In her story, Sara Pequeno chronicled similar experiences Black women professors have had with the university and how the dearth of Black women on the faculty has hampered the universitys ability to recruit faculty and students, educate students, and create a vibrant, inclusive campus culture.

10.To Survive, Many Triangle Arts Organizations Applied for Federal Aid. Are They Getting the Help They Need?

For nearly two decades, Byron Woods has been writing for the INDY Week and charting the world of Triangle theaterits ups and downs, its three- and five-star productions. During COVID-19, that attention has been trained entirely on the pulse of the local theater ecosystem: How would local companies, already running on razor-thin margins and dependent on live productions, continue to make art and survive? Over the course of several pieces, including this one, Woods conducted dozens of interviews, closely reporting on music venues and local arts organizations as they clung to fundraisers, Zoom improvisations, and federal grants like the Save Our Stages Act. By June, when this piece was published, numerous local organizations still had not gotten the relief they needed; by October, when Woods published the follow-up, Post-Vaccines, LocalTheater Companies Take Stock of What Was Lostand What Comes Next, the stakes had become clearer, as some organizations folded and others soared ahead. Its import- ant documentation, all of it, but as we head into the new year with the threat of a new variant, the work is ongoing.

11.How Crooks Corner Lives On in Kitchens across the United States

In early June, Crooks Corner announced its closurenews that marked the end of 40 years of business, and the end of an era. Within a day, the news was in The New York Times and the subject of national tributes, and for good reason. Though it would be impossible to pay a full tribute to the legendary southern restaurantand its lore of honeysuckle sorbet, Atlantic Beach pie, and shrimp and gritsa worthy tribute also gives flowers not just to the current Crooks but the Crooks of founders Bill Neal and Gene Hame, the Crooks that has made its way into restaurants around the Triangle through mentorships, and the Crooks that has traveled by cookbook recipes to kitchens all over the world. Infused with academic research and admiration, Maddy Sweitzer-Lammes tribute does just this. Good restaurants, she wrote, beget good restaurants.

12.Several Prominent Triangle Restaurants are Shifting Away from Tipping. Is a Fairer System on the Way?

During the past several years, consumers have begun to find unfamiliar new terms like fair wage charge and automatic gratuity appearing on restaurant bills. Tipping, long the norm in the hospitality industry, has come into question, especially duringthe pandemic, when restaurants have been struggling to break even and restaurant workers are even more at the mercy of things out of their control. During this time, Lena Geller wrote, the discourse around tipping grew more critical, and some Triangle restaurant owners saw an opportunity to start chipping away at the industrys cast-iron conventions. She went on to interview workers and restaurant owners at local institutions like Pizzeria Toro, Lantern, and Monuts that have shifted their tipping models. Geller, a part-time editorial assistant at the INDY, is also a longtime restaurant worker and writes from the keen, knowing perspective of both a journalist and someone who has refilled hundreds of drink orders. So much of the inner workings of restaurants is obfuscated; heres a story, though, that untangles the system and clearly spells out the terms.

13.After Years as Mandolin Orange, Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin Knew It Was Time for a Change

Sarah Edwardss summer story on one of the Triangles most beloved homegrown bands neatly captured the past year and a half, especially for those who work in the arts, in a COVID-cracked nutshell. Partners Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin, known for years as the band Mandolin Orangea name and a band both synonymous with North Carolina, as the story noteschanged their performing name to Watchhouse in an era that itself has been synonymous with change and released a self-titled album under the new moniker. Theres a line in the Watchhouse song Beautiful Flowers, Edwards wrote, that seems to speak to that restless tension, as it trickles planetary decline down to its particulars. In the song, lamenting a butterfly that has been crushed against a window shield, Frantz gently croons, The summer- time blues, theyre burning red hot. Its one of the best lines on the album, landing with a perfect spark in 2021.

14. Legacies of Lincoln: Parts I, II, & III

In a three-part series we published this summer, writer Joel Sronce connected the dots between the civil rights movement in Carrboro and Chapel Hill to the legacy of the Mighty Tigers, the Lincoln High School football team whose players and members were active in the fight for equality in the region and across the state. Taking us back to the high school homecoming games and drug store sit-ins of the 1960s, Sronce documented, through dozens of interviews and archived material, how Lincoln players would lead theirteam to victory on some nights, while on others, they would be arrested for refusing to leave Chapel Hills Colonial Drug store. The movement extends to the present day, where studentswith some football players among themare carrying the mantle of equity and equality in a school system that has some of the highest levels of learning disparities in the state.

15. Is Raleighs Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin Breaking City Code by Feeding Feral Cats?

In one of the years strangest and most entertaining stories, Leigh Tauss looked at the hypocrisy that sometimes undergirds decision-making by elected officials and the unfairif unintentionalconsequences of those choices. In response to a venomous pet cobra escaping and roaming a North Raleigh neighborhood, the city council weighed an ordinance that would prohibit keeping dangerous animals as pets and would, among other things, ban feeding feral cats. At a meeting, Raleigh mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin said the feeding-feral-cats piece went too far, remarking that she feeds feral cats and doesnt think people should get in trouble for it. Turns out feeding feral cats has already been illegal in Raleigh for years, and people have been cited for doing it. Immediately after the mayors comment, the citys animal control department suspended enforcement of the code that outlawed feeding feral cats at the behest of the city attorney. To make matters worse, an animal control employee who publicly criticized the mayors comment was placed on leave.

16.A Pandemic Plus Longstanding Lack of Support from Legislative Leaders Means Wake Educators Are Leaving the Profession

Reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemicschool closures, mask mandates, virtual academystudents, parents, and educators alike have experienced a tough year. In a story this fall, Jasmine Gallup report- ed on the staggering number of teachers who, during the pandemic, have opted to leave teaching. Their reasons varied. Some educators hadnt received a raise in years; others were stressed out about the pandemic, overworked, and anxious. On top of this, school support staff, including nurses, teach- ing assistants, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and janitors, were quitting in droves as well. It was enough to make the Wake County school board take notice. This month, the board voted unanimously to give raises to all school employees and raise the minimum hourly wage to $15 an hour.

17.At Ideals Sandwich &Grocery in East Durham, There Are a Lot of Layers

There are always a lot of layers in any enterprise, but at Idealsa sandwich shop that opened in late summer on Angier Avenuethe layers are especially thick. And the parts are integral, with drool-worthy, oozing cross-sections, as Lena Geller wrote: Eating an Ideals sandwich sans bread would be like carving the minerals out of a geode; sure, the insides can stand on their own, but the outer casing is integral to the magic. Owners Ian Bracken and Paul Chirico opened it quietly over the summer as they settled and got to know neighbors. For a while, the shop functioned as something of a partially open sandwich speak- easy, though lines down the block quickly betrayed its burgeoning popularity. Another layer: Ideals opened in a quickly gentrifying part of Durham, and when Bracken and Chirico applied for grants, city council members were initially skeptical of Ideals promises of community accessibility but were won over. Under Gellers attentive reporting, the story of a sandwich shop is about much more than just meat and cheese.

18. A New Bill in Congress Would Allow Survivors Exposed to Contaminated Tap Water at Camp Lejeune to Sue the U.S. Government for Damages

This summer, Lewis Kendall wrote a long piece about a bill in Congress that would allow former Camp Lejeune service members and their families to sue the federal government for damages related to contaminated drinking water. Kendall spoke with several former service members and their relatives whose health had been impacted by water contaminated by volatile organic compounds, including PCE (tetrachloroethylene) and TCE (trichloro- ethylene). Thousands of people who served at Lejeune during the 1950s through the 1980s saw family members and them- selves get sick with illnesses ranging from cancer to adverse birth outcomes, which was attributed to drinking contaminated tap water. For years, these families have been prohibited from suing the federal government for damages but the billthe Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021would change that. The bill has stalled in a U.S. House committee since it was introduced in March, but advocates say they are hopeful it has a chance at getting through.

19.The Triangle Housing Shortage Has Escalated Since the Onset of the Pandemic and The Triangles Municipalities Can Address the Regions Dwindling Stock of Affordable Housingif They Act Quickly and Decisively

In this two-part series, Jasmine Gallup looked at the Triangles affordable housing crisis and how the regions major cities, including Durham and Raleigh, arrived at this point. But instead of simply spell- ing out doom and gloom, dire as the situation is, Gallups solutions-oriented pieces suggested steps local officials, developers, nonprofits, residents, and many other stakeholders can take to address the problem and help stem the tide of homelessness and displacement before its too late. In the first part, Gallup spoke with home- owners and renters at risk of displacement and talks to housing experts about how cities like Raleigh can slow gentrification through loans, tax relief, rent control, land trusts, and affordable housing preservation. In part two, Gallup looked at some differentsolutions, such as using inclusionary zoning, pursuing land banking, and, aspirationally, getting the state legislature on board with policies that lead to the creation and preservation of affordable units. The takeaway from both pieces is clearthe housing supply is dwindling, but local leaders still have the opportunity to act quickly and decisively to address the problem.

20.What Happens When a Non-LGBTQ-Affirming Church-Meets-Coffee-Shop Comes to a Particularly Queer Part of Durham?

The prospect of a homophobic church with a millennial aesthetic and emphasis on food, friends, and fellowship opening in prime real estate space in the heart of down- town Durham had social media all abuzz before writer Sarah Edwards spoke with the church/coffee shops leader to confirm that, yes, Pioneers Durham, set to open this winter, really is non-LGBTQ-affirming. But the story does much more than establish this basic fact. Its a look at a changing down- town in a growing city and what role, if any, a conservative church with an enterprise aspect built-in will have in shaping a grow- ing, changing community into the future. This well-written, deeply reported story is an astute character analysis, toonothing is more telling than when Pioneers pastor Sherei Lopez-Jackson tells Edwards she had a vision of her running away from something in a wedding dress. Well definitely be following this story into the new year.

21. Her Take

Kyesha Jennings knows every corner of Carolina hip-hop. Since 2018, Jennings, who teaches at NC State, has been covering festivals and reviewing records for the INDY; since mid-2020, shes trained her focus on educating and uplifting readers through the recurring column Her Take: On Carolina Hip Hop. In this past year, Jennings has followed buzzy up-and-coming artists like Charlottes DEVN and Kaze4Letters, but Her Take has also shone light on other essential parts of the industry, from local hip-hop podcasts and videographers to creatives and graphic designers like Joseph Headgraphix Headen. The column also honors the writers who have paved the way: in her August 11 column, Jennings interviewed nurse and pioneering blogger Nancia Odom, who spent several years documenting the local hip-hop scene. Every column ends up functioning like an oral history, scholarly lecture, remixed playlist, and love letter all rolled into one. Were lucky to run it.

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Contrary to what you may think, bed bugs dont have a preference between a spotless space or a filthy environment. As long as they have access to a food source, they can live anywhere, so claims that bed bugs are attracted to dirt and debris are simply unfounded. That being said, clutter does make it easier for these insects to hide, which may fuel the misconceptions. Their ideal environment is warm and provides access to a blood meal. Given those conditions, you may be wondering how fast bed bugs spread? Lets look at some of their travel habits and what you need to know about how quickly they can make themselves at home.THINK YOU HAVE BED BUGS?Use BugID to find out

There's no escaping them. Bed bugs can be found in all 50 states, warns Oregon State University. And the news gets worse: Not only are bed bugs present everywhere, but the university's researchers warn that these pests "are on the rise...and not just in unsanitary locations."

Contrary to what you may think, bed bugs don't have a preference between a spotless space or a filthy environment. As long as they have access to a food source, they can live anywhere! Claims that bed bugs are attracted to dirt and debris are simply unfounded and misleading. That being said, clutter does make it easier for these insects to hide, which may fuel such misconceptions. Their ideal environment is warm and provides them with access to a human blood meal.

Given those conditions, you may be wondering how fast bed bugs spread? Let's look at some of their travel habits and what you need to know about how quickly they can make themselves at home.

Bed bugs spread so easily and so quickly, that the University of Kentucky's entomology department notes that "it often seems that bed bugs arise from nowhere."

Bed bugs don't have wings, but they spread quickly by hitchhiking and are agile and fast-moving once they're in your home. Typically, you pick up one or more of these unwanted hitchhikers when you visit a home or hotel that already has a bed bug infestation. The bed bugs hide themselves in your clothing, luggage, furniture and other items, and you inadvertently introduce them to your own house when you return home.

"Once bed bugs are introduced, they can crawl from room to room, or floor to floor via cracks and openings in walls, floors and ceilings," warns researchers at the University of Kentucky.

Bedare typically only found within about 8 feet of a person's resting space. However, what's more concerning is the distance that bed bugs spread from one infestation site to another. This distance is almost limitless due to the ability of bed bugs to survive without food for extended periods of time.

Research shows that adult bed bugs can survive for over a year without food. This means that the pests can hide on furniture, used items, clothing, footwear, luggage and other materials you've brought. They can then wait until they've traveled great distances, only to be unpacked and brought into a new home with a fresh supply of food (i.e., you and your family).

Ultimately, it can take mere minutes to travel from room-to-room, with infestations growing in a matter of weeks or months. Every day, bed bugs can lay between one and 12 eggs, and anywhere from 200 to 500 eggs in a lifetime. Those numbers should speak for themselves if you're wondering how long it takes to get an infestation of bed bugs and how quickly those bed bugs can spread. It doesn't take long for a problem to grow out of control, so the sooner you contact a pest control professional for inspection and treatment, the better off you'll be.

Bed bugs need to take blood meals from warm-blooded hosts preferably humans to survive, and they'll hide near their sources until ready to feed. How fast bed bugs spread from room to room depends partly on how long it takes to move an infested piece of furniture, clothing, luggage and/or another household item from one room to another. They can also move throughout the house in search of other hosts. If the conditions are favorable, they'll continue breeding wherever the item (or items) is moved.

The rate of how quickly bed bugs spread from house-to-house increases the more time you spend traveling or inviting people over to your home. Bed bugs are great hitchhikers, and hotels, hostels, airplanes, cruise ships and public transportation are ideal places to pick up these uninvited guests.

Bed bugs need blood meals to survive as well as to breed, but they don't physically live on human hosts. In fact, how bed bugs spread from person-to-person really doesn't have anything to do with people themselves but rather, the movement of infested items. For example, house guests could unknowingly bring them into your home from their travels and kids could bring them back on their backpacks after attending school.

Bed bugs are opportunistic, hiding and waiting until it's convenient to feed. And if their areas are disturbed, they'll find a way to move to a neighboring location, which can make the situation much more difficult to inspect and treat. Contact a Terminix bed bug control professional to get professional help in stopping the spread of bed bugs in your home.

Stopping the spread of bed bugs is all about slowing and preventing the transmission of these pests as they migrate from location to location.

First, always inspect anything that you're bringing into your home, especially if it's items from another household (e.g., used books, used clothing, used furniture, used children's toys, etc.) or if it's your own items that you used and stored in a hotel room, airplane, train, cruise ship, etc. Signs of bed bugs you should look for include:

If you notice any signs of bed bugs on your possessions, isolate the items and treat them for bed bugs before you bring them into your house.

If you're trying to stop the spread of bed bugs in the midst of an ongoing, current bed bug infestation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the following strategies are the most effective for keeping an infestation from spreading:

A bed bug infestation needs immediate professional treatment and control to keep these resilient pests from spreading throughout your entire home. Even one single missed bed bug can lead to a re-infestation if you are not careful.

At Terminix, we can help provide on-site inspections and put together a bed bug treatment plan tailored to the severity of your problem, the layout of your home and your personal lifestyle needs and preferences. Contact Terminix's bed bug professionals today!

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