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Bed Bugs Overrun NYC Mental Health Department

In an odd twist of fate the very people responsible for guarding the health and happiness of New York City’s residents find themselves under attack — by bed bugs. The blood-sucking insects have infested the city’s 21-story Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in midtown Manhattan. Five floors (and counting) of the building are infested with the nasty creepy crawlies, creating more than a little consternation among the 4,000 employees that work in the building. Workers fear not only being bitten as they’re working but inadvertently taking bed bugs home with them.

This is the second time this year that bed bugs have infiltrated the health department’s 3-year old, $316 million headquarters. But the health department doesn’t stand alone. This year bed bug infestations have also been reported at the Lincoln Center, New York Public Library, Waldorf Astoria hotel and United Nations.

In recent years New York City has consistently ranked among the most bed bug infested cities in the U.S. In the past year, New York City has logged more than 9,200 bed bug complaints. NYC bed bug infestations have risen steadily since 2004 when only 537 infestations were reported.

Bed bug extermination is a job for a licensed pest control professional with expertise in bed bug elimination. If you get bed bugs; call Stern. We are the bed bug experts in New York and New Jersey.

It’s Hard To Keep A Bed Bug Infestation A Secret

Reports of bed bugs in the office place have increased throughout the United States report NYC pest control professionals.  It is not surprising as bed bugs can easily hitch a ride in computer bags, gym bags, purses, or even on the clothing that people are wearing.

DNAinfo.com New York reported on October 16, 2012 that workers at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services offices in lower Manhattan have been battling bed bugs for the past month when a building maintenance worker was bitten by bed bugs while sitting in the client waiting room area.  Reports are that a spokesperson for the Administration for Children’s Services is denying that there is a bed bug infestation in the building.

Some employees believe that the agency is doing all they can to combat the bloodsucking creatures by fumigating the affected areas.  Other employees believe that not enough is being done because the problem still persists, despite the claims from administration that there is not an infestation present.

Because of their transient nature, it is important for companies to be forthright with information regarding bed bugs.  If employees were to accidentally take the pests home with them, it is very likely that they will transmit the bed bugs right back into the workplace.  If the public is not aware that the problem exists, they will not be proactive in protecting themselves against the pests while visiting the facility.  It is always better to be honest about having bed bugs so that pest control professionals have the best chance of combatting the pests in the early stages of the infestation.

In this particular case, hiring a bed bug sniffing dog so that Manhattan pest control professionals can pin-point the exact locations of the hidden bed bugs would be a wise choice.

Bed Bugs Attack Makes Jailed Suspect Happy To File A Lawsuit Over NYC Bed Bugs

In 2012, NYC bed bug specialists report that NYC bed bug infestations have been on the decline in comparison to previous years thanks to the efforts of NYC pest control professionals, the City’s efforts to educate the public, and legislation that has been implemented to protect the public.  Despite the decline in numbers, bed bug infestations do still pop up at various public locations due to the frequency of people that come in and out of facilities.  It is the responsibility of any business or government agency to take swift action to eradicate the bloodsucking pests so that they will not spread or be transmitted to other locations or attack humans.  Failure to act according to protocol could result in a lawsuit being filed by anyone who is subject to the attacks of the little vampires.

Silive.com com reported on September 6, 2012 that Eric Marrero (22) was arrested in June of 2011 and charges were later dropped against him.  While in custody, he claims that he was forced into a known bed bug infested jail cell as a punishment by officers who accused him of “mouthing off.”  The suspect claims that the bed bug bites began 30 minutes after he was placed in the cell and the bugs continued to severely bite him throughout the night.  He also claims that his repeated requests to be removed from the infested cell and taken to a hospital fell upon deaf ears as the officers required him to stay put in the cell with the blood thirsty pests throughout the night.

A few weeks after the incident, the holding cells at the precinct were closed down for several days due to a massive bed bug infestation.  Exterminators were called because officers were afraid that they were taking bed bugs home with them and because of the continuous complaints by prisoners.

It is likely that had the NYPD responded quicker to the bed bug complaints by hiring a NYC bed bug specialist, this lawsuit would not have been filed.  It will be interesting to see if other prisoners will also decide to file as they too were likely bitten by the pests.

HUD’s New Guidelines For Public Housing Authorities In the USA Part 1 Of 2

Any confusion as to who is responsible for a bed bug infestation within any public housing facility may now be put to rest.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has created new bed bug protocol that will protect the tenant and the landlord that will go into effect immediately.

It has been recommended that Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plans be implemented to help control bed bugs as well as other types of household pests and HUD is strongly encouraging Pubic Housing Agencies (PHAs) to incorporate a good IPM plan.  According to HUD, the procedures include:

“Raising awareness through education on the prevention of bed bugs.

Inspecting infested area, plus surrounding living spaces.

Checking for bed bugs in luggage and clothes when returning home from a trip.

Looking for bed bugs or signs of an infestation on secondhand items before bringing the items home.

Correctly identifying the pest. Keeping records indicating dates and locations where pests are found.

Cleaning all items within a bed bug infested living area.

Reducing clutter where bed bugs can hide.

Eliminating bed bug habitats.

Physically removing bed bugs through cleaning.

Using pesticides carefully according to the label directions.

Following up on inspections and possible treatments.”

In the new guidelines, PHA must respond to complaints of bed bugs within 24 hours and discuss what measures will be taken to get rid of the pests with tenants.  Inspection of the unit in question, as well as the units above, below, and on the sides must also be performed within three business days.  If bed bugs are not found, re-inspection must be completed periodically over the next several months.

Please check back on Friday for the conclusion.

It’s Bed Bug Awareness Week! Part 2 Of 2

Continuing from Wednesday…

• Always keep your luggage zipped shut.  For added protection, consider using the BugZip Luggage Bags and Zippered Hotel Drawer Liners Bags when you travel.   You’ll have the added peace-of-mind knowing that you have done all you can to avoid bringing bed bugs home from your vacation if you properly secure your luggage or seal your belongings in these zippered encasements when you use a hotel/motel dresser.

• What you do upon your arrival home could make the difference between having a bed bug infestation and not having a bed bug infestation in your home.  NYC pest control experts recommend that all luggage be emptied outside of the home.  Bed bugs cannot stand the heat so all clothing should be placed directly into the washing machine (clean or dirty) and washed on the hottest temperature setting.  All clothing should then run through the dryer on the hottest temperature setting to kill any hitchhiking bed bugs or their eggs.

• Luggage should be carefully vacuumed (inside and out), paying particular attention to the zippered areas and folds in the luggage.

• In locations known to have hot temperatures, placing the luggage in a sealed trash bag and placing it in the sun will help kill any bed bugs that could have been missed during vacuuming.

• Store the luggage in a sealed trash bag in the garage.

Despite your best efforts, you still may be unlucky enough to bring bed bugs home with you this summer.  Bed bugs are not a do-it-yourself type of pest that can be handled with a bug bomb or other type of store bought chemical.  Bed bug treatments require a trained professional with specialized equipment and knowledge of eradication procedures.  For expert bed bug extermination service in Secaucus, New Jersey, the greater New York City Metro areas, and Connecticut regions, contact Stern Environmental Group.  Our trained technicians will offer the best alternatives for fast bed bug eradication.