Sure most people would think heart attacks and being attacked by a wolverine could easily be regarded as emergencies but the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development consider NYC bed bugs complaints to be emergencies which places the complaints near the top of the list.
Most of the time, NYC bed bugs complaints are regarded as Class B violations which provides the owner 30 days to fix the problem. However electricity outages or no hot water are Class C violations and need to be fixed in 24 hours. I’m wondering how many New Yorkers think running out of hot water is a bigger emergency than being bitten by bed bugs on a nightly basis.
NYC also has the 311 for calling in bed bug complaints. Apparently numerous New Yorkers have been calling in with skin rashes that have nothing to do with bed bugs.
Another big New York City bed bug problem is due to some people living in apartments that don’t have a reaction to bed bug bites and so they don’t realize they have bed bugs and they don’t report them. This gives the critters plenty of time to spread to other apartments.
Have a bed bug pest control professional get rid of the insects.