Tag Archives: New York

Bed Bugs Keep Biting in NYC Schools

8 Feb

Bed bugs keep on biting in NYC public schools, with no signs of slowing down.  According to the latest figures from the Department of Education, city schools have reported 1,700 confirmed bed bug cases in just the first five months of the school year — a rate set to triple last year’s total of 1,019 cases.

And for those who thought the bed bug season wouldn’t extend into the Winter, think again.  Upwards of 80% of bed bug cases have been reported in November, December and January.

And where are the bed bugs in NYC schools coming from?  According to spokesperson Marge Feinberg, the latest surge in cases is a result of children bringing bed bugs into school from their homes.  “It is important to know that schools are not hospitable places for bed bugs,” Feinberg said. “They are brought into schools from the clothing.”

Last year, city officials acknowledged the recent surge in bed bug cases, and pledged to combat the crisis with $500,000 to raise public awareness.  In schools, that included a new four-step protocol for dealing with cases and increased communication between schools and parents.  But those efforts have been futile because so many homes are already infested.

With 1.1 million students and 100,000 teachers, New York’s schools are inevitably going to be a major transportation hub for bed bugs.

What can you do to help limit the spread of bed bugs in your schools?  Send your child to school with as few belongings as possible.  Have them use simple bag for their books rather than a bulky book bag that can offer many potential hiding spots for bed bugs.  Hats, scarves and jackets are sure to be potential vehicles, so handle these carefully when your child returns home from school.  Brush off their items, and place them in a secure area — preferably in an isolated hallway or garage closet.

If you are a parent or a school administrator and are interested in products to help protect yourselves from bed bugs, please contact us today and a professional will gladly assist you.



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Bed Bug Stats: What people are (or aren’t) doing to prevent bed bugs

12 Jan

Metropolis, the blog of the Wall Street Journal, just released an article containing a number of startling stats regarding what preventative measures people are taking to avoid bed bugs in their lives. Here’s a snapshot of these (shocking) bed bug stats:

Bed Bug Overview

  • 79% of survey respondents have seen, heard or read about bed bugs in the last few months
  • Residential bed bug complaints in New York City rose nearly 7% in 2010, according to the city’s Department of Housing, Preservation and Development. There were 4,846 bed bug-related violations and 13,472 complaints, up slightly from 4,811 and 12,594 in 2009.

What are people doing to prevent bed bugs?

  • 54% of respondents have not changed their behavior in order to avoid contracting bed bugs
  • 29% of respondents wash newly purchased clothing
  • 27% inspect and wash clothing after returning from a trip
  • 25% check their hotel rooms for bedbugs
  • 16% examine second-hand furniture
  • Only 14% of those surveyed have purchased any bed bug-preventative products

When all else fails, blame the government.

  • 72% of respondents said the federal government wasn’t doing enough to control the issue

And who is most likely to encounter a bed bug problem? According to the WSJ:

“The demographic profile of those most likely to contract bedbugs is “younger, a renter and from an urban environment.” By age, people in the 18-34 category were 28% more likely to have encounters with bedbugs than other groups to have bedbugs, the survey found.”

Bed Bug Stats from WSJ

Avoid the $100 Fine with Bed Bug Mattress Disposal Bags

6 Jan

As you may have read, NYC (and other cities to come) is now imposing a $100 fine on anyone caught leaving their potentially bed bug-infested mattress on the curb without being sealed in a plastic bag.  A reasonable request, placing your mattress in a mattress disposal bag can drastically reduce the spread of bed bugs in your community.  BedBugsy.com is now proud to offer you low-cost mattress disposal and mattress storage bags to help you avoid the new fine, and keep your family and neighbors safe from bed bugs.

These mattress disposal bags, which are available in four standard mattress sizes, will allow you to contain an infestation when moving your mattress to the curb for disposal without any bed bugs or bed bug eggs coming loose during transport.  Simply place the mattress into the bag, and securely seal the open end using duct tape.

These mattress bags are also perfect for protecting your mattress from bed bugs when in storage or during transport.

Bed Bug Mattress Disposal Bag, Mattress Storage Bag