Bed Bugs

Monday, August 02, 2010

Bedbug couch Bedbug couch (Kathleen Horan/WNYC)

Bed bugs are coming back strong, but the city has a half a million dollar plan to help eradicate them. Gil Bloom, entomologist on the City’s Bed Bug Advisory Board, and president of the pest control company, Standard Pest Management, and Gale Brewer, City Council Member, discuss the return of bed bugs and the plan to rid the city of them.


Gil Bloom and Gale Brewer

Comments [23]

Aldo N. from SOUTH TEXAS

Wawawawa! Crybabys! try a Texas size cockroach with thirty of his homeboys crawling up your drawers every night. Bedbugs?! PHTTTTTT!!!! I WISH i had bedbugs i am quite sure they are a sight more cudly than 3 inch Roaches!

Aug. 31 2010 01:28 PM
Harry from North Highlands, CA

By the early 1950’s bed bugs were nearly eliminated from the North American continent as a result of the widespread use of DDT. Their numbers were so decimated that generations raised after that time thought they were a myth, perpetuated in a nursery rhyme. Unfortunately, bed bugs are very real. The banning of DDT and the marked increase in international travel, have rapidly given us a resurgence of these nasty pests. Their increase started slowly at first, sort of like the front side of a bell curve, but then accelerated and intensified. We now appear to be on the steep and rapidly rising back side of the curve, with no idea of when the population will peak or when the curve will flatten out. See the entire post:

Aug. 06 2010 05:00 PM
Caroline from Reading, UK

Oops - I did not realize my shortened link would not work so here is the full link for the scary bed bug video - well worth watching!

Aug. 06 2010 06:08 AM
Caroline Mytton from Reading, PA

Great info and scary video on Bed bugs here:

Aug. 06 2010 06:06 AM
michelle from Brooklyn

The law requiring landlords to inform prospective tenants about previous BB infestation seems silly to me. Tenants can bring in BB's as easily as the tenants can move into a BB infested apartment. The point of this is treatment-policy should focus on making treatment accessible and enforceable for all.

Aug. 02 2010 04:15 PM
Bitten By Bedbugs in Costa Rica

To: John in Queens,

If you did not have your apt treated before sealing your mattress all you have done is entrap some of the bugs in the plastic on your bed.

If you did not have the bed sprayed by a professional exterminator who has had EXPERIENCE with bedbugs, the bugs in the plastic will live at least 18 months without your blood. Their descendants will also live that long. They need to be killed before you wrap up the mattress.

The most important thing you can do is to contact an experienced exterminator who will know how to treat your apt and what to use.

While the images on the Internet are terrifying -- especially when blown up to the size of an alien from Mars -- you should get on it and research this topic.

Aug. 02 2010 11:07 AM
Jean Freely from NYC

MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION; If someone is out and about how do we prevent bringing it home on our clothes? I am concerned about learning prevention!

Aug. 02 2010 11:00 AM

what kind of chemicals are they using to get rid of these bugs? and what is the effect of these chemicals on us?

Aug. 02 2010 10:59 AM
Priya from Brooklyn

Dry steam, isn't that an oxymoron?

Aug. 02 2010 10:59 AM
Bitten By Bedbugs in Costa Rica

The reasons bedbugs are back is that DDT -- which eliminated them decades ago -- can no longer be used!

Aug. 02 2010 10:58 AM

I live in a rent stabilized building and my lease is up in September. Rather than having to decide to move out now or commit to another year in a bedbug infested apartment (and building, as far as I can tell), I want to demand that I am able to go month-to-month. Any advice? Am I within my rights? I started to experience bites as soon as I moved in, have been using an exterminator since the spring but they keep coming back. I wouldn't put it past the management company to have known of the infestation when they leased to me. On top of that, my rent is going up 3%.

Aug. 02 2010 10:57 AM
Tim from UWS

This month i'm subletting my apt to a couple recently transferred for a UN job. They'll have stayed 1 month in a hotel before they arrive. What is my risk for getting bedbugs? How should I find them? What could I get rid of them if I see one?

Aug. 02 2010 10:56 AM
Bitten By Bedbugs in Costa Rica

Three years ago, I was bitten by bedbugs in a luxury hotel in Costa Rica. While they do not cause disease, the guest commentator should know that eliminating and controlling them can be a nuisance and very COSTLY! I did not bring any bugs back to NYC, but I still had to have everything I own washed, dry cleaned and my apt treated two times.

If you go on the Internet, the images of bedbugs are scary. And -- get this -- they can live 18 months without food! So, your protection (plasic covering on beds, etc.) and prevention by definition must extend that long

Aug. 02 2010 10:54 AM
eli from Chelsea

We live in a brand new luxury high rise owned by Related. We recently threw out our mattress and the bldg immediately contacted us to inform us there was a bed bug infestation on our floor. Shouldn't they have alerted us beforehand? Is it required by law that they alert all tenants regardless of whether the apartments are infested or not? We feel that Related have acted negligently because they wanted to keep the infestation quiet.

Aug. 02 2010 10:51 AM
eastvilliage from eastvillage

Renter's Insurance and Bed bugs: does renter's insurance cover a bed bug infestation, the cost of clean up and any property loss?

Aug. 02 2010 10:51 AM

One of the leading mattress retailers was found to be shipping _new_ mattresses already infested with bed bugs.

Landlords don't do squat to address bed bugs. Try get a clause in your lease that there are no bed bugs and that the landlord is responsible for bed bugs -- fuhgeddaboudit.

This problem is not going away. The only reason that it is now getting attention is that bed bugs are just as happy to infest the beds of people like Mike Bloomberg.

Aug. 02 2010 10:50 AM
Alice from Queens

I did battle with the pests two years ago. My landlord took action to eradicate them and sprayed my mattress and the cracks and crevices in my apartment. I was free of them since but have just now been bitten recently and saw a large bug crawl across by sheets recently. Ewww. Help. What is the best approach. I would rather not subject myself to having my mattress sprayed again with those chemicals.

Aug. 02 2010 10:50 AM
linda from Manhattan

I do not understand why the city has waited so long to pay attention to spreading of bedbugs. In more recent years this problem was reported a few years ago and has been building up ever since.

Aug. 02 2010 10:49 AM
john from Queens

I live in a Coop. I suddenly got bedbugs. I wrapped my mattress and boxspring in a sealer bag, and now fog the room once a week. Can I keep the infestation at bay (or to only a few bugs) doing it this way?

Aug. 02 2010 10:47 AM

"More enhanced best practices"?!!! What were the "best" practices before they were "enhanced"?

If one-tenth of NYC's residences have bed bugs and the cost per unit of eradication is $2,000 (a conservative estimate), then the total cost of eradication is in the neighborhood of $400,000,000 -- that's four hundred million dollars.

"Best practices"?

Aug. 02 2010 10:46 AM

and traveling? hotels?

Aug. 02 2010 10:42 AM
Jennifer from Staten Island

Can you please ask your guest on any advice about looking for a new apartment and how to tell if bedbugs are in the building? I want to make sure when i look at new apartments, I can know what to look for, what to ask, or what resources are available so i can avoid moving into an infested building.

Aug. 02 2010 10:33 AM

Maybe Craigslist should have a warning about bedbugs in their "avoid scams, deal locally" disclaimer blurb.

Aug. 02 2010 10:10 AM

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