13,000 Apartments In NYC Are Still Waiting For Rat and Bug Infestation Complaint Response

Cities House Large Populations.... and Pests, Too.
Cities House Large Populations…. and Pests, Too.

Why is NJ pest control such a serious issue? Just look across the river, where more than 13,000 NYC apartments are awaiting an official response to reports of rat and bug infestations.

Fighting Pest Infestations in NYC Housing

Data comes from a report issued by Bart Schwartz, federal monitor of the New York City Housing Authority. Nearly two months after initial complaints were filed, there was a backlog of 2,645 apartments with open work orders along with 10,580 adjacent units.

This is the second quarterly report from Schwartz as a follow-up to his initial missive in late summer 2019. At that time, Schwartz found the NYCHA out of compliance with a mandate to have infestation complaints handled by August 1.

The Road to Progress

Despite these numbers, Schwartz’s report acknowledged a certain amount of progress by the NYCHA. Original totals indicated 23,531 “primary impacted units” and 74,527 “adjacent impacted units” requiring relief, of which 6,000 had been addressed over the two months.

One specific problem, unnamed in the report but confirmed by the NYCHA, involved the Washington houses in East Harlem. These units were added to NYC’s rat reduction program, resulting in the eventual reduction of rat burrows and the reopening of closed trash compactor rooms.

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Bed Bugs Don’t Just Stay At Home – Bed Bugs Found At 911 Dispatch Center

Bed Bugs Are Everywhere... Even 911 Dispatch Centers.
Bed Bugs Are Everywhere… Even 911 Dispatch Centers.

People tend to think of bed bugs as being pests that are typically found in bedrooms. But we’re seeing more and more stories about people finding them in schools, in libraries, and even on public transit buses. Your NJ pest control experts came across a story about bed bugs infesting a 911 dispatch center in the Bronx, and even we were surprised at that one.

A Lengthy Infestation That Was Largely Ignored

Most people would assume that if bed bugs were found at a 911 dispatch center, the problem would be corrected right away. But that’s not what happened in the Bronx. In fact, employees reported that the problem went on for at least two weeks, but NYPD refused to do anything about it.

Bed bugs can multiply rapidly once they get established, so the call center’s lack of action only made the problem worse and more expensive to treat.

It didn’t take long for the bed bugs to spread. What started in a training room on the sixth floor quickly moved to other areas of the facility, including in the vendor and lobby areas. Steaming treatments did nothing but drive the bugs to other parts of the building.

It’s Time to Call NJ Pest Control

The best time to call NJ pest control professionals is before the problem gets out of hand. At Stern Environmental, we use the latest technology to deal with bed bugs fast. Contact us for help.

Good News, NYC Isn’t The Worst For Bed Bugs – Bad News, It’s Second Worst

What to Know About Bed Bugs.
What to Know About Bed Bugs.

There’s good news and bad news about bed bugs in the NYC area. These pests have been increasing in many cities around the country, but some places have been hit worse than others. How did NYC do in terms of bed bug problems?

Second Place for Bed Bugs

NYC didn’t come in at number one on a recent report on bed bug incidents. However, the city did come in at number two just behind Philadelphia. NYC had a total of 1,178 bed bug violations reported between July 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019. Certain parts of the city have had more problems with bed bugs than others, such as Flatbush and West Harlem. With so many bed bugs around, it’s important for property owners to know what to do about these pests.

Bed Bug Prevention Tips

Bed bugs can get into your home on luggage, clothing, secondhand items and other objects. Always inspect used items and luggage before bringing them into your home, and check for signs of bed bugs in your home or building on a regular basis. If you spot any, you should get NJ pest control services to deal with them as soon as possible in order to stop a larger infestation from forming.

If you have bed bugs or other pests in your commercial or residential property, contact Stern Environmental for reliable NJ pest control services.

Landlord vs. Tenant, Who’s Responsible For Bed Bug Treatment?

Who Is Responsible For Bed Bugs?
Who Is Responsible For Bed Bugs?

Warm-blooded humans are the favored target of bed bugs, which makes apartment buildings an attractive home for them. When it comes to treatment for bed bugs, is NJ pest control the responsibility of the landlord or tenant?

Dealing with a Bed Bug Infestation

This question was recently put to the test for a couple living in a Plattsburgh, NY apartment. According to Dan Hill, he and his wife Kim found numerous bed bug eggs under the arm of a chair, underneath their mattress and throughout their apartment. The pair disposed of their bed, couch and chairs and were forced to replace them with folding chairs and an air mattress.

Kim decided to shave her head rather than deal with the daily procedure of removing bed bugs from her hair. When Dan reported the situation to landlord Scott Booth, Dan claims that they were threatened with eviction.

Bed Bug Removal: Who’s Responsible?

Upon learning of the story, a local TV station contacted Jim Welch, an inspector with the Plattsburgh Housing Code. According to Welch, bed bugs found in a single apartment would be the responsibility of the tenant, but if they’re discovered in more than one apartment, the landlord is required to take action.

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Myth Busters: Bed Bug Edition- 10 Bed Bug Myths Busted

Bed Bug Myths
Bed Bug Myths

Your NJ pest control experts know that a lot of bed bug problems happen because people believe various myths about these pests that aren’t true. It’s possible that you’ve even believed some of them, and we want to do our part to help set the record straight.

Top 10 Bed Bug Myths

1. The chemicals needed to kill off bed bugs are now illegal. They are not illegal, but only professionals have access to them.

2. Remedies like diatomaceous earth, dryer sheets and essential oils will keep bed bugs away. They don’t.

3. Plastic, wood and leather are immune to bed bug infestations. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

4. There must not be any bed bugs present because only one person has bites. Everyone could have them, and just not show symptoms.

5. Bed bugs don’t move from room to room. They’re actually really great hitchhikers.

6. Bed bugs will stay away if a place is too clean. Cleanliness really has nothing to do with infestations.

7. Mattress covers will keep bed bugs away. That’s not entirely true, but they will keep the bed from getting infested.

8. Heat will get rid of bed bugs. It can work, but cold has been shown to work better.

9. You have to get them from another person’s home. This isn’t true at all. These pests can be anywhere.

10. All NJ pest control specialists are the same. Again, not true. You want to choose one that uses only the most modern treatment methods.

Bed bugs can be a real problem, and one that you count on us to exterminate. Contact us for help today!

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