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More Bed Bugs in New York City Hotels – Bed Bug Blog

October 11th, 2018 by admin

A New Years bed bug nightmare went viral on YouTube last month when a California couple documented their experience staying at Astor on the Park, an upper Manhattan hotel. In the video, we learn that the faulty outlets and broken heater are not what ruined the couples vacation. The blame instead rests onthe hundreds of bed bugs infesting the rooms bed and biting both guests in their sleep.

This itch-inducingdepiction is certainly not the first bad case of bed bugs in New York city hotels that weve seen. It only serves as a reminder that the nationwide bed bug epidemic isnt going away any time soon, and that the Empire Stateis getting more than its fair share of the critters. In fact, bed bugs may be on the rise yet again in the Big Apple.

Bed Bug Registry, an independent database for bed bug complaints, has reported a 44% increase in bed bug reports in New York City hotels last year versus the year before. That same 44% rise is shown when comparing January of this year to January 2015. This suggests that the recent bed bug growth rate will continue into this year.

Two-thirds of New Yorks Hotel Association members have had bed bug complaints reported on the registry. This bed bug alumni includes some of the swankiest hotels in Manhattan, like the Millennium Hilton and the Waldorf Astoria.Keep that in mind the next time someone tells you that bed bugs only infest cheap motels.

More cases of bed bugs in New York City hotels are being reported every day. However, theres no point in trying to find a hotel that hasnt had any complaints. Instead, its up to youto learn how bed bugs spread in hotels and what to do to protect you. Armed with the right knowledge, you can reduce your risk of bringing bed bugs home from wherever life takes you.

The risk of bed bug infestations in hotels begins as soon as a guest checks in. When most people arrive at a hotel room after a busy day of travel, the first thing they do is dump their luggage on the bed, lie down, and relax. I dont blame them airports are exhausting nowadays. Unfortunately, this seemingly innocent act is what exposes so many people to the risk of bed bug infestation.

Bed bugs travel from place to place by hiding on clothes, in suitcases, or in other personal belongings. When a visitor brings bed bugs to a hotel on their items, the bed bugs can spread into the room. Once a room has an established infestation, pregnant bed bugs can then hitchhike with future guests to their next destination, where they can lay their eggs and start a new colony.

While there is no 100% foolproof way to ensure you dont bring home a hitchhiking bed bug, these precautions will give you the best chance to enjoy a bed bug free trip.The main thing you need to do before your trip is prepare your luggage. Your luggage is the most likely place that bed bugs will hide to go home with you, so youll want to take some steps to protect your suitcase or carry-on luggage.

The clothing and other items you might pack into your luggage offers bed bugs a ton of potential hiding places. We can cut off most of these hiding places by using a sealed luggage liner.It has a patent-pending zipper that is tested and proven by entomologists to stop bed bugs from getting inside.When you start packing your bags, put a liner inside the empty suitcase first, then put your clothes and other personal belongings inside the liner. Close the liner zipper to seal it, and youre good to go.

When you arrive at your hotel room, resist the urge to throw your luggage on the bed and rest. Now is the time to be proactive and reduce your chances of encountering bed bugs during your trip. Bed bugs in the room couldhitchhike home with you on the clothes youre wearing or tucked away in your belongings. To help avoid this, dont put your luggage on the bed and dont put anything in those drawers.

The best way to protect your luggage from bed bugs is to leave it in your car. Just bring your toiletries and a change of clothes and leave those items in the bathroom. If you must bring your suitcase or other items into the room, leave them in the bath tub. Bed bugs are much less likely to go in there since its far away from the bed, and they will have a really hard time climbing up the into the smooth porcelain tub.

The last thing to do before you lay down and unwind is todo a quick inspection of the room for any signs of recent bed bug activity. Check the seams, folds, joints, and corners of the bed for things like bed bug shells, eggs, blood spots, or fecal matter. If you find anything, put a sample in a zippered bag or take a good picture and present the evidence to the front desk. They should be able to move you to another room; if they do, repeat your inspection there just in case.

When you get home, you want to make sure that your luggage, laundry, and even the clothes youre wearing now dont make it too far inside. Change out of your clothes into clean clothes from your home closet, and start washing your laundry from the trip. The washer and dryer cycles will kill any bed bugs or eggs that might be hiding in your laundry.

The luggage itself should be inspected for any signs of bed bugs. Check the zippers, seams, folders, and other tight spaces for live bugs, eggs, or discarded shells. If you find anything, seal the luggage in an airtight plastic bin until you can treat it with some bed bug sprays that are labeled for use on luggage.

If youre a frequent flyer and this sounds like a lot to do in between trips, you could pick up a portable bed bug heater. This is an easy way to treat your luggage inside and out, killing any bed bugs or eggs that might be hiding inside. With a bed bug heater, all you have to do is unfold and assemble the unit, put your luggage inside, zip it closed, and plug it in.

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October 11th, 2018 by admin

About Bedbugs

My Rights Related To Extermination

Issues with Extermination

Methods: What Works, What Doesn't

Bedbugs, the tiny, biting pests that have been tormenting sleepers for thousands of years, have become a common scourge in New York City. Research suggests that bedbugs originally preyed on bats in caves, and that they added human blood to their diet as soon as human beings began to move into the caves. After World War II, bedbugs all but disappeared from New York City, but in recent years, an enormous growth in global travel, changes in pestcontrol measures (the use of baits instead of residual sprays for cockroaches, for example), and the lack of general knowledge about bedbugs and how they spread have all contributed to a huge increase in bedbug infestations in New York and other cities around the world.

Common bedbugs (Cimex lectularius) are small, wingless insects that live on the blood of warm-blooded creatures. Although they can't fly, they can run very fast. From rod-shaped white eggs that are only about 1/32nd of an inch (1 mm) long which is about the thickness of a credit cardtiny translucentwhitish nymphs emerge, hungry for their first meal. Hungry bedbugs are flat seen from the side and oval when seen from above; after they've fed, their bodies swell up and get longer, and the blood they've taken in is visible inside their bodies first bright red and then darkening to a brownish color.

The nymphs pass through five stages of growth in which they become larger versions of themselves, becoming a translucent-amber or straw color when hungry and shedding their skins (which are really a waxy outer skeleton, or exoskeleton) as they go; right after molting, they may appear paler and waxier.They need to have at least one blood meal to pass from one stage to the next, and usually reach adulthood in four to five weeks. Adult bugs are about 3/16ths to inch long. Over the course of her lifetime, an adult female may lay 200 to 500 eggs, sometimes at the rate of up to 4 or 5 a day; the eggs hatch in anywhere from 6 to 17 days, depending on temperature conditions. Average bedbug life expectancy is a few months to a year, longer in cooler temperatures though obviously, we the people hope to cut it much shorter.

Modern cities, with their high population densities, controlled indoor temperatures, and infinite number of cracks, crevices, and stuff to hide in, are an ideal environment for bedbugs. They've been found everywhere in urban environments in commercial spaces, subways, theaters, cars, and even courtrooms, to name just a few.

Bedbugs are predators rather than parasites, so they do not live on people. They are usually nocturnal, and feed every few nights if they can. If an infestation is very large, they may also try to feed during the day, but because it takes them anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes to get a full meal, they prefer a sleeping host. If they're disturbed while feeding or aren't getting a good blood flow, they may take more than one bite. While they're biting, bedbugs inject anticoagulants into their victims to keep the blood flowing; most people have an allergic reaction to the anticoagulant, which causes itching welts to appear on their skin. A significant number of people have no reaction to bedbug bites at all, and this can make it possible for a bedbug infestation to grow quite large before it's detected so if you're in a relationship and your partner is complaining of insect bites while you remain blissfully itch-free, you should take those complaints seriously.

Bedbugs are not known to carry any diseases, but scratching the bites increases the irritation and itching and can lead to infection. Bedbugs do cause considerable psychological harm, described in a 2009 report by the Toronto Bed Bug Project Steering Committee as high levels of anxiety, stress, depression, sleep deprivation, insomnia, constant vigilance, and an incredible preoccupation with bedbugs, sometimes resulting in psychological trauma.

If you react to bedbug bites, your first clue that there are bedbugs in your apartment is likely to be the appearance of multiple bites that begin to appear and itch sometime during the day. Because different people react differently to being bitten by bedbugs, you can't necessarily identify what bit you from the way the bites look and feel. Bedbug bites range from small red pinpricks to large inflamed welts, and often resemble mosquito, spider, or mite bites. Bedbugs tend to feed in groups and sometimes take more than one bite nearby where they started feeding, so unless you have swarms of mosquitoes in your environment, multiple bites are likely to be indicative of bedbugs.

Because bedbugs like to cluster together and prefer to stay close to their food source, you may be able to find them in and around a bed they've infested, especially in the seams and tufts of mattresses, in the box spring, around the headboard or footboard, or in the bed's structure. They often leave evidence of their presence where you can see ittiny, dark-red feces, eggs, dead bedbugs, and the cast-off skins that nymphs leave behind when they grow to a larger size. Bedbugs that have been crushed during the night by a restless sleeper leave bloodstains on the sheets. You can get a good idea of what the bugs look like at their various growth stages and levels of infestation hereand here (video).

Nevertheless, because of the bugs' extremely small size (ranging down to almost impossible to see with the naked eye in their early nymph stages) and ability to hide in the tiniest cracks and crevices, a visual inspection may not yield any clues, especially if the infestation is small. The sticky traps some exterminators use to catch stray bugs in order to verify their presence are not always effective, because bedbugs are as likely to crawl under them as into them. You may want to try an interceptor that traps bedbugs as they're crawling onto or off of the legs of a piece of furniture; these are usually specially designed concentric plastic cups with talcum powder or diatomaceous earth inside, which can trap bugs going in both directions.

Dogs that have been trained to sniff out bedbugs, together with handlers who are skilled at making visual inspections, are generally considered to be an effective method of detection where the bugs aren't visible to you, though even then there may be false positives or negatives. You should make sure that both dog and handler are highly trained and skilled, and that a different dog is used for each follow-up visit.

Bedbugs are spread in a variety of ways. Hitchhiking on suitcases, backpacks, clothing, bedding, or furniture is probably the most common way they enter an apartment. They can also move on their own from one apartment to another, especially vertically along a line of apartments as well as next door or across the hall, which is why it's important to make sure that neighboring apartments are inspected, and treated if necessary, when a known bedbug infestation is being eradicated. Once they enter a new space, bedbugs track down their prey (that's you) by following the trail of carbon dioxide that human beings breathe out; when they get closer, body heat guides them the rest of the way.

Bedbugs are especially hard to get rid of because they multiply so quickly and because they're so good at hiding during the day. Their small, flattened bodies make it easy for them to disappear into bedding, mattresses, box springs, the structure of the bed, out-of-the-way cracks and clothing folds, electrical outlets and wiring conduits, electronic devices, papers bedbugs like to congregate in clutter and all kinds of furniture, as well as under loose wallpaper and behind wall hangings. Usually at least 70 percent or more of an infestation stays within the bed structure and bedding, but as the size of an infestation increases, the adult females will start moving away to lay their eggs, and bedbugs will travel as far as 20 feet to and from a food source. This is why just getting rid of infested furniture and bedding won't always solve the problem in fact, it may just move the bedbugs around in your building and neighborhood and make the problem worse. Most furniture can be made bedbugfree with effective extermination methods.

Obviously, multiple dwellings offer bedbugs a perfect environment, since the bugs can hide in the walls while one unit is cleaned and then appear in another, or return to reinfest rooms or apartments. Hotels traditionally have been especially problematic: their populations are transient, bedding is often carried from one room to another, and while one infested unit might be cleaned, it's rare for the entire hotel to be shut down so that all the rooms can be cleaned at once. College dormitories, nursing homes, and shelters for homeless people are also extremely prone to bedbug infestations, for similar reasons.

Bedbugs can go for months without feeding, which means they can lie low and wait patiently if an apartment is empty for a while. Some strains of bedbugs have developed resistance to pesticides; according to the Toronto Bed Bug Project Steering Committee's report, by the 1950s it was "widely recognized that bedbugs across the world had become resistant to DDT." In any case, very few pesticides kill the eggs, which means that more than one treatment may be necessary if pesticides are being used for eradication.

The apartment-by-apartment treatment favored by many landlords can also cause a bedbug problem to persist throughout a building. When an infested apartment is being treated, all adjoining apartments and even apartments across the hall should be inspected, and extermination should be carried out in them as necessary; certainly the landlord should be taking measures, such as caulking and sealing, to prevent the spread of bedbugs from one apartment to another.

Generally, a professional exterminator will have to be called in to get rid of all of the bedbugs and prevent a reinfestation, and you will have to do a lot of work both to prepare for the extermination and to make sure that the bedbugs stay away. It is not recommended that you try to get rid of them by yourself, but there are some things, outlined below, that you can do to mitigate the problem while you're waiting for the exterminator, if you have the kind of landlord who is likely to make you waitor if you have no alternative to the do-it-yourself method. Most people with a lot of experience in the field agree that there's no "magic bullet" there's no one pesticide or technique that will solve the problem by itself.

And by "lots of company," we don't just mean the six-legged kind. Major bedbug infestations are occurring everywhere, including the wealthiest neighborhoods, and they have nothing to do with being "dirty." Bedbugs don't care whether your house is totally unkempt or as neat as a new pin: they're only interested in the presence of human beings to feed on.

Many people put off getting help with a bedbug problem because of the stigma; it's like the old schoolyard bugaboo about having "cooties" (although cooties are actually body lice, which are really a rarity) the fear of getting them from the person with the problem can be pretty intense. But you'd be surprised at how many other people have bedbugs, or have had them, so forget the stigma and get help immediately! Given the rapidity with which the bugs reproduce, every day you put off getting help will only multiply the severity of the problem.

As soon as you learn that you have bedbugs, you need to advise your landlord of the problem in writing if you don't get an immediate response by other means (send by certified mail, return receipt requested, and keep the receipt with a copy of your letter). Also, you should inform your neighbors that you have a bedbug problem. If they don't already know that they have a problem of their own and they may need encouragement to address it immediately they should be checking to see whether they also have bedbugs, or taking steps to keep the bugs out of their apartments. And you may need to organize your building so that you can work as a group to put more pressure on the landlord to take care of the problem (see "How to Organize a Tenants' Association").

No, it is not! For tenants in New York, the right to a bedbug-free environment is included in the city's housing and maintenance code, Subchapter 2, Article 4, which specifically names bedbugs in the list of insects the landlord is legally obligated to eradicate. The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) lists bedbugs as a Class B violation, which means that they are considered hazardous and that the landlord has 30 days to correct the problem. The landlord must eradicate the infestation and keep the affected units from getting reinfested.

If your landlord refuses to take the necessary steps, you can file a complaint with the city department of Housing Preservation and Development (call 311) or take the owner to Housing Court in an HP action; you can also file a complaint with the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (if you are a rent-regulated tenant), but this can be time-consuming and may not be as effective in getting relief. As with any problem you have concerning repairs or services, in addition to calling the managing agent or speaking with the superintendent, it's important to notify the landlord or managing agent of the condition in writing (send by certified mail, return receipt requested, and save a copy of your letter with the receipt), and let the owner and/or manager know what steps you expect them to take.

The exterminator will let you know what steps you have to take in advance of extermination and you should follow those instructions to the letter. Usually, it will involve dry-cleaning or washing and double-drying all bedding, clothing, and linens; some items that can't be washed, such as woolens and luggage, can be put directly into a hot dryer for 30 minutes rather than sent out to the dry cleaner. You need to determine whether infested furniture can be cleaned and treated or whether you have to discard it. If you discard infested furniture, seal it in plastic and clearly label it as bedbug-infested before taking it out of your apartment. You should also take steps to make infested furniture unusable such as ripping the fabric so that people are less likely to bring it into their homes. Just hauling an unwrapped mattress out to the curb can scatter bedbugs throughout your building which means they'll soon be back in your apartment. All items discarded because they're infested with bedbugs should also be kept out of common storage areas, unless they're sealed in plastic.

Generally, the landlord is only liable for property damages and out-of-pocket costs when you can show that there was negligence on the landlord's part that the landlord didn't take reasonable steps to eliminate bedbugs. This could include a situation where the landlord knew that there was an infestation in a neighboring apartment or apartments and failed to take appropriate steps to stop the infestation from spreading into your apartment. If you have proof that the original infestation or an ongoing infestation is the result of the landlord's negligence that the problem was caused by the landlord's failure to act in a reasonable manner to address the bedbug problem then you might have a claim for compensation for out-of-pocket costs and property damages related to bedbugs.

Landlords take the position that it is the tenant's obligation to do this work or to pay someone to do it for them. Tenants take a risk by not doing the work themselves, since they can be held liable for failing to comply with the protocols for extermination. However, where the tenant is simply unable to do the work him- or herself the tenant is physically unable to do the work and economically unable to pay someone else to do it the tenant should make a request to the landlord in writing with an explanation that the landlord have its employees assist the tenant, since packing, etc., is part of the "work" required to eliminate bedbugs. Adult Protective Services will help some elderly tenants with preparation work; for information about this, call 311. There are commercial companies that will do the preparation for a bedbug extermination, but they can be very expensive.

Most landlords probably won't pay temporary relocation costs voluntarily. Trying to recover these costs or trying to get the landlord to relocate you while the apartment is being exterminatedwill probably require a court proceeding, and there's no guarantee that the court would grant the relief; it all depends on the circumstances and the facts of the case. Remember, though, that if you move out while the eradication is being carried out in your apartment, you must make sure that you do not bring any bedbugs with you which means that you must take the necessary steps to make your clothing and luggage bedbug-free by laundering them and/or putting them in a hot dryer before you pack.

You must give a landlord access to your apartment to take measures to get rid of bedbugs. If you have a lease, it will in all likelihood set forth the notice requirements for access. Unless you have a lease that specifically addresses access and bedbugs, bedbug infestation is not an emergency that allows access without notice it is a Class B violation that allows the landlord 30 days to correct so the landlord should be notifying you ahead of time that it needs access to your apartment to inspect for bedbugs or exterminate. Nevertheless, you delay giving access at your own risk: if there are bedbugs, you should be acting in a reasonable manner in giving access, and you should cooperate with preparation for extermination. Bedbugs reproduce at such a rapid rate that every day of delay means that you (and potentially your neighbors) have to suffer through a worsening infestation.

Yes, you can. Housing Court has awarded rent abatements for bedbug infestations. But you should be prepared to document the infestation, the notice that you gave to the landlord of the infestation, the steps that you took to prepare the apartment for extermination where relevant, and all steps that the landlord took, if any, to get rid of the bedbugs. If you are thinking about withholding rent to force the landlord to exterminate the bedbugs, you should know that because court records are obtained by "tenant screening bureaus" that then sell them to landlords, you will be placed on a blacklist for future rentals, could have your credit score damaged for 20 years if you agree to a stipulation that includes a judgment even if you win the case or be evicted if you have not saved the money to cover all the rent that is due and owing if the judge does not find in your favor.

You must establish that the bedbug infestation constructively evicted you from your apartment to be legally entitled to break your lease because of bedbugs. Whether a bedbug infestation amounts to a constructive eviction depends upon the extent to which the infestation interferes with your life and/or deprives you of the use of your home. If you break your lease, you risk the possibility of the landlord suing you for the rent due for the remainder of the lease term and any other damages that the landlord may be entitled to under the law and/or the lease and if the landlord sues you, it will be up to the Court to decide whether the bedbug infestation was so bad as to amount to a constructive eviction, and therefore allow you to break your lease. Bear in mind that if you move out without making sure that all the possessions you take with you are bedbug-free, you will just be taking the problem with you.

This can be a tough call. If you refuse to let the landlord's exterminator do the work, then you may be accused of being the problem. Generally in court cases involving contractors of any kind, judges in Housing Court will say that that you need to let the landlord use the company it picks, and when the work isn't done properly, you have to return to court and complain. The best practice is probably to document what the company is doing, show that what it's doing isn't working, and try to compel the landlord to get a new company that will employ better methods.

Insecticides are highly toxic chemicals, so you should educate yourself about a particular product before using it or allowing an exterminator to use it. This is particularly important when trying to eradicate bedbugs, since peopleespecially children, who are most susceptible to toxinsspend a lot of time in bedrooms and in bed. For information about insecticide components and their dangers, look at Web sites like the Children's Health Environmental Coalition or the Natural Resources Defense Council. You should also bear in mind that most pesticides don't kill bedbug eggs, making multiple treatments necessary. Some insecticides are repellant to bedbugs and may simply cause them to scatter, and since most kill only on contact, a bedbug deep in a crack or crevice may not get a lethal dose.

NEVER use insecticide "bombs" or "foggers": instead of killing the bugs, which rarely come into contact with enough of the insecticide to be affected by it, the bombs only drive them further into their hiding places, and perhaps even into neighboring apartments.

If you have a documented medical condition and/or a doctor advises against contact with certain chemicals, you should notify the landlord immediately, before an exterminator is sent to your apartment. If you don't have a documented medical condition or advice from a doctor, toxicity becomes a more difficult issue. If you refuse to allow an exterminator in because of a general concern about chemicals, you do face the risk that the landlord may take legal action against you for failing to take the necessary steps to allow for the elimination of the bedbugs; continuing to harbor bedbugs where the landlord claims to be making a good-faith effort to get rid of them can lead to a holdover eviction proceeding for causing a nuisance.

Taking matters into your own hands is essentially a question of assessing the risk. If you don't cooperate with the landlord's arrangements and your apartment continues to be infested, you'll be at risk of legal proceedings against you, regardless of the reason for the ongoing infestation.

You can hire your own exterminator, but if you do, there is no guarantee that you will be compensated for the cost of the extermination. If you are compelled to hire your own exterminator because the landlord refused to do so, you can try deducting the cost of the extermination from your rent. Make certain, however, that you have written proof that you asked your landlord to hire an exterminator before you hired one yourself. If the landlord takes you to court, you can ask for a rent abatement for the time that elapsed between your notice to the landlord that there were bedbugs and the time that the bedbugs were eliminated, in addition to the cost of the extermination and you may very well get it. You do risk not getting the abatement and having to pay the rent and, as in the case of withholding rent to force the landlord to exterminate, your name will also be picked up by tenant screening companies and you might have trouble getting a new apartment in the future, as well as having your credit rating damaged. Make sure that any exterminator you hire is licensed and make sure to get references. You must have proof of payment to the exterminator, and you always need to make certain that you have saved the rent money there is never a guarantee that the Court will find that you had the right to deduct the cost of extermination from the rent.

You can bring an H.P. (Housing Part) proceeding against the landlord to compel him or her to exterminate. An H.P. proceeding is commenced in Housing Court. Once you file the proceeding, inspectors from HPD will inspect your apartment to verify the presence of bedbugs. HPD inspectors only accept evidence of actual bedbugs in the apartment or signs of their presence (bloodstained sheets, for example) as proof of a bedbug infestation dead bedbugs or live bedbugs that you have in a container are not proof for HPD. HPD inspectors will not move furniture or bedding to look for bedbugs. You do not need an attorney to do an H.P. proceeding; there are attorneys from HPD in the courtroom in H.P. proceedings who will sometimes assist you. But these attorneys do not represent you.

If the landlord is refusing to exterminate the apartment and you want to try to work toward abating the problem of bedbugs on your own, you can talk with a reputable pest-control supplier to discuss purchasing products to help exterminate the bedbugs. (See below, "How to rid an apartment of bedbugs.") You may still be able to deduct the costs of purchasing such products if you've notified the landlord of the problem in writing. If the landlord takes you to court, you can ask for a rent abatement for the time that elapsed between your written request to the landlord and the time when you were able to make your apartment bedbug-free, in addition to the costs of the extermination.

The landlord is under a legal obligation to compel uncooperative tenants to allow for extermination in their apartments through a court process if necessary. You could sue the neighbor for nuisance, and/or take the landlord to court to compel the landlord to exterminate in the neighbor's apartment.

Co-op owners have the same obligations to each other that tenant neighbors have. Likewise, the landlord of a co-op (the cooperative corporation) has the same obligation to its tenants (proprietary lessees) as do other landlords. However, at least one Court has held that the co-op owner and not the co-op is responsible for paying for the cost of extermination. Whether the co-op or the proprietary lessee (tenant) is responsible for paying for the cost of extermination will depend on the terms of the proprietary lease.

Yes, you can. A landlord has an obligation to keep your apartment bedbug free, so the landlord should take reasonable steps to keep bedbugs from coming into your apartment from a neighboring apartment. If your landlord isn't automatically inspecting neighboring apartments and treating them if necessary or sealing up holes and cracks that provide access for bedbugs, you should make a written request that it do so. If the landlord doesn't comply, and you get bedbugs, then you will have a stronger claim of negligence, potentially giving you the right to compensation for out-of-pocket damages and other related damages.

If you live in public housing, you can call the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) directly, at 718-707-7771. It's especially important to communicate with your neighbors in public housing about the presence of bedbugs, because if NYCHA doesn't address your problem promptly, you may get more prompt attention if all of the tenants who have bedbugs in their apartments join together to complain as a group.

To date, it appears that the most effective method for getting rid of bedbugs is extreme heat: bedbugs can't survive temperatures over 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Exterminators use a variety of devices to heat a space and belongings that are infested, but since even heating isn't a "magic bullet" this kind of treatment may need to be accompanied by the use of fumigants, along with high-power vacuuming and the application of insecticide powders in likely hiding places, followed by sealing all cracks, crevices, and openings around pipes or electrical conduits. This last procedure should be part of any eradication program and is also useful for keeping away other pests, such as mice and cockroaches.

A bedbug-certified mattress encasement that can both trap bedbugs inside and prevent them from hiding in a mattress or box spring is indispensable for managing and preventing infestations. You may want to tape up the zipper. If you use less-expensive encasements that aren't bedbug-certified, use two, put them on with the zippers facing in opposite directions, and tape both zippers.

The New York State Integrated Pest Management Program recommends three steps for getting rid of bedbugs: Find the bedbugs' hiding places, clean those places thoroughly, and then make it hard for the bugs to get back in. As part of cleaning the hiding places, the IPM program recommends washing all bedding, rugs, and clothes in hot water, and drying them in a hot dryer to kill bugs living in these materials. Articles that can't be washed but won't melt can simply be put into a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes. There are also portable heating units that can be used to rid your possessions of bedbugs. Carefully clean or vacuum all surfaces in the room and all items that can't be washed or put into a clothes dryer or heater; after vacuuming, seal the vacuum-cleaner bag in a plastic bag and dispose of it outdoors. Vacuuming should usually be repeatedbedbug eggs are usually stuck onto the surface where the female lays them, and may not be picked up on the first pass. To prevent the return of bugs, all cracks, crevices, and openings around pipes or electrical conduits should be sealed. If you're following these steps yourself, however, you should be very careful to make sure that you're actually eradicating bedbug clusters and not just breaking them up and sending them scurrying off elsewhere.

Cooling or freezing bedbugs doesn't seem to be very effective. Cooling just slows down the bugs' metabolism, which means they can live for astonishingly long periods of time without eating, and even bedbugs that have been frozen have been known to revive after they've thawed out. Techniques that freeze bedbugs instantly only work on contact if there's anything between the freezing substance and the bedbug, the bedbug will survive. Even something as insubstantial as a piece of paper between a bedbug and a freezing substance will allow the bedbug to live to bite another day or night.

And it bears repeating: NEVER use "bombs" or "foggers." They don't work, and they can make the problem worse by driving the bugs further into their hiding places or into a neighboring apartment, from which you may be fairly sure they'll return to yours.

It often requires more than one visit from the exterminator to rid an apartment of bedbugs, so you can't assume that your apartment and property are bedbug-free after a single extermination. Repeated rounds of treatment are not uncommon.

Heat is the most effective nontoxic method for eliminating bedbugs. Except for the portable devices for ridding smaller personal items of bedbugs, however, heat treatments can only be applied by a licensed exterminator. A number of sprays that are safe for children and pets will kill bedbugs on contact, but usually not their eggs. A 91-percent solution of rubbing alcohol, applied with a plant mister, will also kill bedbugs on contact, and if the eggs are sufficiently soaked in alcohol, it will kill them, too. However, alcohol is a fire hazard, and if you use it, you should be aware of the very real risks it entails.

Diatomaceous earth, which is marketed as a fine powder (make sure you get the kind that's designed to kill bedbugs), is the fossilized remains of tiny crustaceans. It tends to be slow acting: when bedbugs and other insects come into contact with it, it damages their skins, causing them to dehydrate. You can use diatomaceous earth to fill cracks and crevices (you may want to seal it in), behind switch and outlet plates, or in some kinds of interceptors. Diatomaceous earth can cause serious health problems if you inhale too much of it, so it's not a good idea to scatter diatomaceous earth around your apartment or on furniture.

You can also use barriers to bedbug travel to keep the bugs from getting into your bed or other furniture. Putting the legs of furniture into glass jars or metal cans is not as effective as has been popularly believedbedbugs can climb up glass and metal and have been known to live on plastic items. You can coat the legs of furniture with petroleum jelly, or wrap them in double-sided carpet tape. Carpet tape can be strong enough to pull off paint or finish when removed, so you may want to put it on over a layer of masking tape that is the same width. Be sure to seal all cracks that might make it possible for the bedbugs to avoid the petroleum jelly or tape. Double-sided carpet tape tends to lose its stickiness over time, so you should check the tape regularly and replace as needed and you may want to experiment with different brands.

You can make a nontoxic bedbug spray repellant by putting 5-10 drops each of essential oils of peppermint, cloves, lavender, and eucalyptus in a spray bottle, filling the bottle with water, and spraying liberally everywhere where there may be bugs and particularly where you don't want them to be, such as in or nearby your bed, or in or on your luggage if you're traveling. It won't kill the bugs, but it will keep them away from you while traveling, between an exterminator's treatments, or while a slow-acting substance that will kill them, like diatomaceous earth, is doing its work.

Make sure that bedclothes don't touch the floor, and keep the bed and other furniture some distance away from the wall.

If you choose to use insecticides yourself, buy them only from a reputable extermination supply store and make sure that their use is explained to you by a salesperson. Follow all directions to the letter.

Of course, even if you follow every possible precaution, you can't necessarily protect yourself from bedbugs, but here are some measures that might help:

NEVER bring discarded furniture into your apartment! Avoid rebuilt mattresses (which should be clearly labeled). A bedbug-certified mattress encasement is also a good preventive measure. You may want to tape up the zipper; if you use less-expensive encasements that aren't bedbug-certified, use two, put them on with the zippers facing in opposite directions, and tape both zippers.

If you buy second-hand clothing, have it dry-cleaned or put it in a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes before bringing it into your apartment.

Be careful when you travel! Never put your suitcase or clothing onto the bed or into any furniture or closets in a hotel room. Put your suitcase on the luggage rack and live out of it. You may want to bring with you a plastic bag large enough to seal your suitcase up while you're not using it. Check the mattress and box spring for signs of bedbugs. Even if you don't see any signs of bedbugs, you may want to take other precautions: there are nontoxic sprays available in sizes approved for air travel that will keep bedbugs out of the bed while you're in it. You can make a nontoxic bedbug spray repellant by putting 5-10 drops each of essential oils of peppermint, cloves, lavender, and eucalyptus in a spray bottle, filling the bottle with water, and spraying liberally the bed, around the bed, and your luggage. The bottles the essential oils come in are small enough to meet TSA specifications, and you can leave the spray bottle empty until you need it.

If you've been in an environment where you think there may be bedbugs, there are things you can do when you get home to make sure they don't move in with you. Strip as soon as you get in the door, put all your clothes into a plastic bag and seal it up until they can be washed and dried, and take a hot shower. If you think your suitcase may have become infested and it doesn't have any components that might melt in a dryer, put it directly into a dryer for 30 minutes. Remember that a visual inspection of your clothes and luggage may not be sufficient eggs and newly hatched nymphs are very difficult to see with the naked eye.

If you own a car, make sure that it's kept bedbug-free, too. Your apartment can become infested, or reinfested, by bedbugs that have been joyriding in your car.

The measures outlined above for keeping bedbugs from getting back into your bed or your apartment once you've had an infestation will also work to keep them out in the first place especially sealing up all cracks and crevices.

There are any number of changes that could be made in the way that state and city governments support landlords and tenants who are struggling with bedbug infestations. A bedbug advisory board issued a report in the summer of 2010; one of their recommendations was implemented when Governor David Paterson signed into law a provision requiring landlords to inform tenants if there has been a previous bedbug infestation in an apartment they are about to rent; another, the creation of a web portal, has been funded by the City Council. More recently, New York City has enacted a law requiring a landlord to notify HPD of past and present bedbug infestations, as well as notifying current tenants of the building's bedbug history, either with their lease renewals or by posting the information in a prominent location in the building. If you want to remind the state and city governments that there is much more they can do about bedbugs such as provide funds to help replace possessions that have had to be discarded and help small landlords with extermination costs, as well as coordination of services that can help tenants with the preparation work prior to an extermination and that this is an urgent matter that requires immediate action, contact the office of the mayor, the office of the Speaker of the City Council, and your local City Council member, State Assembly member, and State Senator. To find out who your City Council member, State Assembly member, and State Senator are, and for contact information, click here.

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New York City Department of Health: call 311 and ask for the Health Department, or go to the Health Department fact sheet on bedbugs.

New York State Integrated Pest Management Program: 1-800-635-8356, or go to New York State's fact sheet on bedbugs.

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Bed Bugs Or Bat Bugs? – Get Bats Out – Bat Removal Experts

October 4th, 2018 by admin

Nearly everyone has been bugged by gnats, flies, and mosquitoes, possibly even lice. But how many have ever heard of, much less been the victim of bat bugs or scientifically known as bat mites? Instead of being someones bad idea of a comic book antihero, bat mites are real. And they can be a real nuisance.

Most people are familiar with bed bugs or dust mites, so when we find ourselves bitten by annoying little insects, we assume we should treat the area to get rid of those insects. We usually treat an infested area with insecticides, believing that will end the infestation. Many a landlord has hired a professional insect control company, only to have his tenants complain of re-infestation within a short time after the treatment was applied. These landlords have found out the hard way that, if so-called bed bugs return, it is quite likely that those bed bugs are actually bat mites.

As the name would suggest, bat mites are tiny little parasites that feed on bats. Bat mites, like their hosts (especially brown bats that roost in colonies), love to live in dark, protected areas and narrow retreats where it is difficult to find and get rid of them. They live a relatively long time for such little creaturesup to a year in cool areas.

Property owners will sometimes use aerosol bombs or other insecticide treatments, hoping to drive the bats away or kill any nesting bats while killing the insects. However, this is not a good course of action. Assuming that the bats are driven out by the aerosol, they will soon return. And a new infestation of mites, carried in on the returning bats, will soon replace any mites killed by the aerosol. The only effective way to get rid of the mites is to get rid of the bats first, making sure they cannot return. Only then will any mite control be effective.

Even if all the bats have been excluded and the site is now officially bat-free, there is still a likelihood that bat bugs are lurking in the corners, behind the wallpaper, in the carpets, or possibly in beddingsearching for a new source of food. This source may end up being human tenants or their pets, so steps should be taken to get rid of the mites.

Suppose there is evidence of bat mites in bedding. Should you use an insecticide on the bedding? The answer is an emphatic No! Bedding should always be protected from insecticide. Rather, frequent washing of the sheets in hot water and the use of mattress covers specifically designed for control of mites are recommended. Special mattress covers can be found online or in stores specializing in allergy-control bedding.

If bats are suspected and a buildings tenants are itching, or youve already employed a pest control service but still have bugs, take these steps in order to assure your bat mite problem is solved:

There is no need to continue to coexist with bat mites (or bats). By calling in a bat control specialist, you will be able to control both problems, saving yourself time (no other exterminators needed), money (only one exterminator at one price and any tenants will not be tempted to leave because of the bugs), and hassle (letting the professionals handle the pests is the safest, most effective way of ridding yourself of both bats and bat mites). Be sure to call if you suspect bats or bat mites. Youll be pleased with the results.

Your local bat removal expert,Michael Koski

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State-Specific Bed Bug Laws – Bed Bug Law by State

October 3rd, 2018 by admin

NPMA has compiled state specific bed bug laws and rules into one document.Click here to review the information.In a nutshell, twenty three states have passed or enacted bed bug specific legislation orrule making, including Alabama, Arizona, California,Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Many of the bed bug laws or rules are "legacy" statutes or regulations, ranging from 30 to 90 plus years old. The laws and rules focus on bed bug infestations in a variety of specific settings such as multifamily housing (Arizona, Florida, Maine, New York) vacation homes (South Dakota), trains (Illinois), hotels (Kansas, Nevada, Minnesota, Ohio, West Virginia), schools (New York) and migrant labor camps (Iowa). Laws in Arizona and Texas deem bed bugs a public health nuisance.

Arizona, Illinois, Maine, and New York bed bug laws (particularly vital to NYC) were passed or enacted since bed bug populations rebounded 10 plus years ago. Legislation on bed bugs is pending by state, with California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and North Carolina considering additional legislation.

This compilation of bed bug laws in the 50 states only includes those states that specifically include bed bug in their statutory or regulatory scheme. Liability imposed on landlords and tenants concerning bed bugs continue to vary from state to state regardless of whether bed bug laws have been implemented, this is due to the implied warranty of habitability. Inn keepers may also have a heightened duty depending on state law. Therefore this list is a reference point but not an exhaustive nor definitive list of how each state may handle a bed bug incident.

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While I do know that a Keurig coffee maker, coffee & condiments are available for asking (ask as soon as you book the room for better chance of getting this), I have never requested a mini fridge. It doesn't hurt to call and ask. And if "at first" you don't get an answer, ask for someone else to help you with answering this question, on the 3rd try ask for the "Manager on Duty"!What this forum asks of you, is to report back once you have made 3 attempts and let us know if you succeeded or not!!!Patty (a repeat Sofitel customer, would take a lot to stay anywhere else in mid Manhattan near Theatre District/Restaurants/Times Square/Rockefeller Center, and for those train riders, N-S subway real close by too!)!!

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Bedbugs Information for Homeowners & Tenants – New York City

August 4th, 2018 by admin

Bed bugs can enter homes by latching onto used furniture, luggage and clothing, and by traveling along connecting pipes and wiring. The resources on this page can help home owners, renters,and tenants prevent bed bug infestations and safely control them when they occur.

Right to a bed bug free environment : For tenants in New York, the right to a bedbug-free environment is included in New York City's Housing and Maintenance Code, Subchapter 2, Article 4 , which specifically names bedbugs in the list of insects the landlord is legally obligated to eradicate.

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) lists bedbugs as a Class B violation, which means that they are considered hazardous and that the landlord has 30 days to correct the problem. The landlord must eradicate the infestation and keep the affected units from getting reinfested. Learn more by reading the Metropolitan Council on Housing Fact Sheet on Bed Bugs .

Notice of Bed Bug Infestation History : New York City Administrative Code 27-2018.1 , which the Governor signed into law on August 31, 2010, mandates that new residential tenants in New York City be given a one-year bed bug infestation history. All State supervised rental and mutual housing companies in New York City are required to provide new residential tenants with a completed copy of this notice, which is also available on the agency's website . Learn more by visitingthe Metropolitan Council on Housingpage on Bed Bugs .

If a landlord fails to disclose bed bug history : Tenants can use the form DBB-N Tenants Complaint of Owners Failure to Disclose Bed Bug Infestation History/Notice and Order: Tenants have to call 1-866-275-3427 or call/visit one of the borough offices to request a copy of the form; the form will be mailed to the tenants address.

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July 28th, 2018 by admin

You can report bed bugs in:

If you report bed bugs in a residential building, hotel, or SRO, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) will conduct an inspection. HPD may conduct inspections with a bed bug-sniffing dog. If bed bugs are found, the residential building owner may get a ticket. To report bed bugs in a private house or apartment, you must be a tenant in the building, and you must provide your contact information.

Under the NYC Bed Bug Disclosure Act, landlords must notify prospective tenants in writing about any bed bug infestations that have occurred in their building in the past year. If you want to make a complaint about a landlord who is not complying with this law, you should contact NYS Homes and Community Renewal at (718) 739-6400.

To report bed bugs in businesses, nonprofit organizations, or child care facilities, you should contact the manager or owner of the facility.

If you are a private homeowner, you should hire a pest control professional licensed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to evaluate the pest problem and to exterminate if necessary. Licensed exterminators should always provide proof of their license upon request.

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Bed Bugs Solutions | Bell Environmental

July 22nd, 2018 by admin

Bell Environmental provides safe, thorough, and effective bed bug solutions so residences, schools, libraries, offices, stores, hospitals, vehicles and others no longer have bed bug problems. Thoroughness and service quality are the real keys to eliminating bed bugs. Our full range of treatments give you all the tools necessary to resolve any bed bug situation.

What We Do explains our exclusive InstantFreeze program and our other unique tools such as top quality preparation, fumigation, storage services to make your bed bugs go away. Our solutions are environmentally friendly and do not damage computers, furniture, and sensitive items.

What We Dont Do explains why we dont use steam or thermal/radiant heat methods. Steam is not thorough enough to treat your whole home and can damage your electronics and damage your furniture. Thermal heat carries significant fire risks putting your life and home in danger during and after treatment. Radiant heat can also damage your personal items, fail to eliminate bed bugs, and can often spread them to neighboring rooms and apartments.

Where We Go shows our entire service area. Bell Environmental serves both of ourTri-Stateregions that are centered around New York City (NY-NJ-CT) and Philadelphia (PA-NJ-DE). We treat homes and officesin New York City and Philadelphia and their suburbs every day. Bell Environmental frequently gets calls to solve bed bug problems in Pennsylvania camps, Hamptonsbeach houses, Connecticut offices, New Jersey hospitals, and Philadelphia-area schools and colleges- and everywhere in between!

Whom We Serve describes how our bed bug solutions eliminate problems for residents of single family homes and multi-dwelling units. We also eliminate bed bug issues for schools, libraries, hospitals, computer data centers, stores that want effective solutions that allow them to stay open rather than shutting down. Our solutions can safely treat sensitive medical equipment, computer servers, and other electronics.

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Does Suffocating Bed Bugs Work? | Atlantic Bed Bug Inspection

July 13th, 2018 by admin

Over the years, I cant tell you how many times Ive been in a bed bug infested residence, and talked with customers that become extremely frustrated as they face the task of solving a bed bug problem. What if there are bed bugs in my shoes? What if there are bed bugs in my radio? What if there are bed bugs in my lap top? What do I do?

All legitimate questions, and the answers havent always been easily available. We know that bed bugs will crawl inside of electronics, because we routinely read examples of bed bugs being found there. We know that bed bugs can be found on shoes, especially as in many instances, bed bugs may have hitchhiked into a home on a persons shoes. During our inspections, weve found bed bugs inside newspapers, magazines, on a persons belt, on hats, on lap tops. You get the idea.

We know that a Zapp Bug heating chamber has been a fantastic option to address many of a households items that cant be treated with pesticides. Heat kills bed bugs, theres no question about that. But what if you dont have access to a Zapp Bug? Is there another option, a less expensive option, that will also eliminate bed bugs on those items that cant be chemically treated? Which is why weve asked the question:

Does suffocating bed bugs work?

Our experience has been that it does. Weve placed hundreds of bed bugs in air-tight vials including eggs and have never seen one survive past 5 days. During these 5 days, were never opening the vials, and the vials are being maintained at room temperature.

Can suffocation be a practical, useful tool then? Absolutely when supplemented with other remediation measures.

The items youre going to want to deny air to are going to have to be on the small side: lap tops, cell phones, small electronics, shoes, toys, books, CDs, paperwork, etc. Youre going to need large enough air-tight bags that stand no chance of air finding their way inside once sealed, and no chance of tearing. Examples we can point to, and items you can Google search, would be: jumbo slider zip bags, vacuum storage bags, and space bags. All of these bags can definitely be closed and sealed properly.

Youll need to prepare to be without an essential item for a few days if suffocation is the way you wish to proceed. If being without an essential item is just not possible (ie. lap top, cell phone), then vacuuming that item can be sufficient. But for those items you can air-tight and let them sit undisturbed, then suffocation should be considered as another useful piece of ammunition in the fight against bed bugs.

If you have any question about this measure, or any other remediation measure, please call us anytime.

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July 11th, 2018 by admin

Information for New York City Residents

Bed bug infestations are increasingly common, but there are steps that can be taken to prevent bed bugs from infesting your home. When bed bugs are present, they can be safely controlled. This web site will help you learn more about how they thrive, how to recognize and inspect for their presence, steps to take to prevent them from infesting your home, how to safely rid your home of bed bugs if they do occur, and also how to select and work with a pest management professional.

Read the guide, Preventing and Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Safely (PDF)

Bed bugs are small insects that are usually active at night when people are sleeping. Adult bed bugs have flat, brown oval bodies and are about the size of an apple seed.

The New York City area has more than 1,000 pest control companies and thousands of licensed pest management professionals. To get rid of bed bugs, you need to choose the right company, be clear about what you want done, and monitor the service you get.

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