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Bed Bugs & Pest Control NYC | Bell Environmental

March 24th, 2016 by admin

Bell Environmental is a leader in providing bed bug control services in the greater New York Metropolitan area. We have a dedicated and separate division that provides bed bug services including canine inspections and InstantFreeze treatments for our residential, commercial, and health care customers. Bell Environmentals bed bug solutions are distinct from our Integrated Pest Management efforts, as the intensity and thoroughness of the treatment needs to be much greater. Black-speckled droppings, molted skins, and white poppy seed sized eggs in your furniture Bed bug bites appear as red marks, blemishes, and/or blotchy rashes. They often appear in a cluster or a line of three bites. It can take up to 5 days after being bitten for the appearance or an itch from bed bug bites to occur Bed Bugs hide in seams & cracks in furniture, are typically nocturnal, and feed around once per week. Bed bugs may live in or hide close to the bed including areas such as the mattress, box spring, headboard, and night stand. Bed bugs can also occupy other furniture, as well as curtains, electronics, picture frames and wall voids.

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Nice, clean, but there are bed bugs!!! – Review of Pod 51 …

March 24th, 2016 by admin

I stayed at The Pod Hotel when I took my 78-year old mother on a trip to New York City (I myself was 33 at the time, if that is helpful). It was a first time to NYC for both of us, and needed a good price as I was paying all of the expenses for the trip. I didn’t feel we needed a place with large rooms, as we were pretty much only going to be using the hotel as place to sleep, shower, and store our luggage. I used TripAdvisor to learn more about the rooms and level of service and cleanliness, and decided it would be a good fit for our trip and that a Queen room would be the best for us, as I wasn’t sure how my mother would handle the “shared-bathroom idea”. Due to using TripAdvisor I knew exactly what to expect so we had a marvelous experience! We had no problems with our reservation. We didn’t have much need to talk to the manager, concierge, or front desk staff during our stay, but the doormen were quite nice and we did interact with the women who made the bed and cleaned the room and they were very pleasant and helpful. Of course, it may have also helped that I left a good tip for the housekeeping staff every day! We were late risers, but I just made sure to get the attention of housekeeping on our floor as we were leaving for brunch every day and by the time we got back our room was always made up. Our room was small but clean and the bed was more than adequate for two women of 110 to 135 pounds each, and there were plenty of blankets and I liked the pillows too. The heating unit in the wall worked well for us when we needed it. We watched the television briefly at times during our 6-day stay; they had a fair variety of channels, but hopefully when you are visiting NYC you aren’t spending much time watching the “idiot box”. The bathroom was cute and modern, but very small (the shower was fairly roomy though). The door to the bathroom in the Queen rooms is definitely transparent glass, so I would recommend that you be VERY comfortable with whomever you are traveling with. I took the opportunity to look at the shared bathrooms and even used them a few times and they really were nice and clean and much larger than the private bathroom that we had. One night the hot water in our room shower wasn’t working. I resolved to mention it to the manager the next day and had my mom use a shared bathroom shower that night which she liked just fine. (By the next morning the hot water problem had resolved itself.) We loved the decor both in the lounge and in our room and I was a big fan of the piped music in the hallways. Very hip! I didn’t get to use the outdoor spaces of the hotel much as it was October and a little chilly but I looked at them and they seemed nice. The elevators were quite fast considering how big a building it was. No smoking allowed in the building, so my mother quickly adjusted to sitting on a stoop a little ways down the block from the hotel for her smoke breaks, and I would sit with her; it made us feel a bit like NYC natives! The concierge recommended a 24-hour diner (Morning Star Cafe) around the corner from the hotel and we ate there every day for brunch; I highly recommend the toasted croissants there. Morning Star serves good diner food if you like diner food. There was a drugstore down the block and a grocery store around the corner for any necessary sundries and snacks and the local subway train stations were only a few blocks away. The neighborhood seemed pretty safe by my standards (but I grew up in a sort-of-bad area in Chicago so that may affect my frame of reference) and was pretty to walk through. Unlike in some cities, the concierge doesn’t call for a cab for you; the doorman helps you with that or you flag down a cab yourself on the street. I’ve stayed in much larger rooms in other towns for similar prices but NYC’s an expensive town, so I think I got a good deal, and as I said before, what do you need a big room for anyway when you spend more time out of it than in it? I would stay there again, and both my mom and I thought we would be just as happy opting for the less expensive shared-bathroom option.

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Bed Bugs – Review of The Manhattan Club, New York City, NY …

March 24th, 2016 by admin

We had planned this trip to Manhattan back in Oct. 2011. Having been to NY 2 times before we felt we had a feel for the area and where we wanted to stay. I reviewed The Manhattan Club here on TA and had some concerns but felt it was worth a try. I have a time share in Las Vegas with HGV and used some points with RCI to stay at TMC for 7 nights 2/24-3/02. It was a very good trade. We arrived on a wet and rainy Friday evening. From the moment we steped out of the taxi to the second we left we had no regrets other then we had to return to our home in California All of the staff at TMC made us feel welcome and were very helpful.

I would like to give a tumbs up to Jerry at the front desk who greeted us when we checked in and was very helpful and answered all of my questions. Great going Jerry 🙂 I also would like to thank all of the staff from the Door Man who help us arrange a return ride to JFK that was better then a taxi, the house staff who made sure our room was cleaned and in order every day and did some extra things we did not expect, the fast security man who fixed a faulty room safe in a timely manner, and the Bell Hops who made sure our luggage was brought up to our room and put away, to holding it in storage before we left so we could spend our last few hours taking in the scenes of New York. Now for the facts. 1. Check in was fast and without issues. Same with check out.

2. We never had a issue with the elevators. I can see were they do become busy at check out

3. We did have a slight sewer smell in the hallway but it was not something I would not expect in a older building. Never in the room!!!!!

4. We had a One Bedroom Suite on the 22nd floor (2219) that gave us a small view up 7th Ave. and Central Park.

5. The room had a private bedroom with a king bed and a tub/shower bathroom. The bed was comfortable and the room had plenty of space. The closet has a ironing board and iron. The bathroom has a hair dryer and a adjustable vanity mirror. The window can be opened to let in some freah air. Also a flat screen tv. The bathroom was large and layout worked for me.

6. We had a small living room with a hideabed that my college age daughter found to be a pain. Putting some extra blankets that where in the room made it worth while. I would not expect a older and heavy adult to find sleeping on this bed a good thing but what do you want for a hideabed. I have one at home that I would not sleep on. This room also also has a flat screen tv and a view out the window.

7. The kitchenette has a dishwasher, frig, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, all of the dishes you would need. THC provides diswasher soap, coffee, tea, popcorn, suger and creamer that was replaced as it was used.

8. A small dinining table is near the front door.

9.A smaller bathroom also comes with this room, It has a shower and also comes with a hair dryer and a adjustable vanity mirror. The toiletries are Bath and Body Works and are replaced as they are used.

10. TMC does charge $30.00 a night fee. Not sure what you get for the money?

We did not use the gym being we walked our feet off or eat upstairs. The business center came in handy for printing our boarding passes. We did get the phone calls to do a timeshare preview but I just did not answer the phone.

The location of TMC was everything you would want. Everything was in walking distance. Subway stations are just around the corner or if needed a taxi is just ouside the door. Plenty of places to eat and you have a Whole Foods on Columbus Circle that great for stocking your kitchenette. They also have some great ready made meals that can help keep cost down.

As for the size of the rooms I would say it was large by NY standards.

When we return to New York this will be Hotel we will be staying at. Great job TMC.

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Affordable Pest Control Service In NYC, New Jersey …

March 24th, 2016 by admin

Welcome to Green Eco Environmental

Green Eco Environmental is the foremost pest control provider in the New York metropolitan area. We offer a variety of green extermination services that are as conscious of the well-being of our clientele and a cleaner alternative for the environment as they are effective. Inspired by our eco-friendly principles, we use organic substances to eliminate pests while simultaneously raising awareness that this is simply the best extermination choice for our clients and their loved ones.

For professional green extermination services in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut, residents and businesses should contact us to schedule an appointment. You can always rely on Green Eco Environmental to be fully discreet when arriving to do any services.

Pests can harm commercial buildings in the same way as they infect residential ones. In commercial buildings there is the danger of these pests and bed bugs damaging important official files and documents.

Moreover, since the government has imposed strict health care standards on commercial establishments, pest control in these buildings has assumed even greater importance.

Green Eco Environmental brings you an ultimate pest control program designed for your residential pest control needs in NYC. The exterminator (Eco-Pest Technician) programs are customized to suit your needs. We believe in eliminating pests so that you do not have to keep bearing those unwanted guests again and again.

For this we take up treatments both within and outside

We offer pest control services across NYC & NJ including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

We have been offering non toxic and environmentally friendly exterminating services including bed bugs NYC, bedbug dog, green pesticide solutions, pest control in NY region.

“The ants in my garden had really become a nuisance for me. When one of my friends told me about NYGreenEco, I called them to have a look on the garden and offer a solution. They cooked up a customized solution to help me get rid of the miscreants. The way they work is really amazing!”

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Bed bugs exterminators in New York City

March 24th, 2016 by admin

Bed Bug Exterminating

Magic has been a leader of bedbug removal solutions in New York City, Queens, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Nassau County. We have learned what is effective and our overall strategies of inspection, preparation and treatment can eliminate bedbugs from even the worst infestations. Our Bed Bug Resource Center is dedicated to providing NY residents and businesses the most knowledge when it comes to bed bugs and bed bug treatment methods from our pest control experts.

A bed bug inspection is the opportunity to begin the dialogue with the homeowner about the upcoming process. Our inspectors all have over a decade of experience in pest management and are kept up to date with monthly training seminars. Magic uses dogs to help detect bed bugs – did you know they have a 95% detection rate?

Successful treatments begin with access and this can only be accomplished with preparation. Magic has developed a comprehensive preparation sheet for our customers; our goal at Magic is to form a partnership with our clients. We have learned from experience that an educated and prepared consumer will be a satisfied and bedbug free customer.

Magic has specially trained teams dedicated for bedbug work and always sends two technicians at the minimum. We come fully equipped to complete the treatment within one day and utilize vacuums and dry steam machines for every bedbug clean-up. Our Bedbug heat chamber is the safest way to get rid of bed bugs and other pests.

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Bed Bug Laundry NYC | Reclaim Your Home from Bed Bugs Now!

October 24th, 2015 by admin

The team at Bed Bug Laundry NYC is glad you are here, but sorry you are having bed bug or other insect infestation problems. Our discreet pickup and delivery for laundry and dry cleaning comes to you no matter where you are located in New York City and neighboring areas. If you want to reduce the time and effort it takes to get rid of these biting pests, you have come to the right place.

Waking up with bed bug bites can be terrifying. You want to know how to get rid of them as soon as possible. We work with your exterminator or pest control operator to more efficiently and effectively rid your home of these and other insects. Because bed bugs can live in any part of your home including clothing, purses, shoes, bags, draperies, and other textiles, it’s important to handle your laundry properly as well. You want to remove those items carefully from your home, have them treated for bed bugs, then stored until your home is free from pests. We help our customers be thorough when dealing with bed bugs, because if you fail to kill even one bed bug or its egg, you are at risk for re-infestation.

Bed bugs can be tricky to eliminate, but our bed bug laundry service in NYC removes the guesswork from one part of the job. Comprehensive treatment for bedbug infestations requires specialized laundry services for all the linens and textiles in the affected home. Heat treatment is the only way to kill all the bed bugs and their eggs. This requires use of a high temperature dryer for an extended period of time. Our discreet and diligent support and service assist our clients in killing both adult bed bugs and their eggs by providing in-home pick-up and delivery, customized laundry treatment, and dry cleaning for all the homes affected items. Then we can provide storage for some or all of your items for the duration of the homes extermination treatment.

Using a bed bug laundry like ours saves you time and work, but may also save you money. Often, items you might have to throw away can be saved by using our heat treatment. Our sterile, dedicated facility is well-equipped to handle this demand, and our machines are serviced after each treatment. We store your items in a separate, eco-friendly, climate-controlled storage facility at no extra cost for the entire duration of the home’s pest control or extermination treatment. Our free storage service and high cleanliness level set us apart from other NYC bed bug laundries.

Our bed bug laundry treatment process is also 100% chemical-free, which is very important to our customers with small children, pets, or health concerns. Please bear this in mind when considering the chemicals your exterminator may recommend for your laundry.

We pride ourselves on our professional service! We work closely pest control companies as well asprivatecustomers.Trust us with your laundry and textiles while pest control operators treat your home. Our storage solutions will give you peace of mind while you focus on exterminating the bed bugs.

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Bed Bugs – Myths & Facts – Welcome to NYC.gov | City of …

October 18th, 2015 by admin

Bed bugs only bite in the dark. False. Although bed bugs tend to be more active at night, they can bite at any time.

Only dirty, cluttered homes get bed bugs. False. Anyone can get bed bugs. Bed bugs have been found in the homes of the wealthy and poor. Unsanitary conditions will not cause bed bugs but getting rid of clutter will help to reduce the number of places bed bugs can live and hide.

Bed bugs cannot be seen with the naked eye. False. Bed bugs are small but can be seen with the naked eye. A magnifying glass will help. Young bed bugs are about the size of a poppy seed and mature ones are about the size of an apple seed.

If I see bite marks I have bed bugs. False. Other insect bites may resemble that of bed bugs. Presence of live bed bugs or their eggs will confirm their infestation in an area.

If you have bed bugs you need to get rid of infested clothing and furniture. False. Clothing can be laundered to get rid of bed bugs. In most cases furniture can be treated and should only be discarded if there are no acceptable treatments that can rid them of bed bugs.

Bed bugs are not known to cause or spread diseases. True. Bed bugs have not been shown to cause or spread diseases. Some people will react to bed bugs bites and excessive scratching can lead to secondary infections.

Bed bugs cannot fly and will not jump from the floor to the bed. True. Bed bugs have no wings and cannot fly, jump or hop.

Bed bugs are only found on the bed. False. Although they are called bed bugs they are not only confined to the bed. Bed bugs are commonly found in beds, on sofas, in chairs and areas near where people sleep or lounge.

Some people are not affected by bed bugs. True. Some people do not have a reaction to bed bug bites and may be unaware that bed bugs are in their home until they actually see them.

Bed bugs can live for many months without feeding. True. Bed bugs can live for many months without feeding.

A bed bug inspection needs scent detecting dogs to really tell where bed bugs are. False. Bed bug scent dogs can be helpful, but are rarely necessary. Some bed bug scent dogs can signal the presence of a bed bug even when there is none, and may even miss some, with results varying according to the training the dog receives, the experience of the handler, and other factors.

Encasing a mattress and box spring will prevent future bed bug infestations in your home. False. Encasements will help prevent a mattress or box spring from becoming infested or being a reservoir for bed bugs, but bed bugs can still find their way onto a bed to bite. And if bed bugs cannot live in a mattress or box springs, they will live somewhere else. Encasements are a good tool, but are not sufficient to prevent or treat an infestation.

Products can claim to be effective for bed bugs without proof. True. Pesticides registered with the Environmental Protection Agency do have to have data to back their claims. But products without pesticides, or with pesticides that are exempt from registration requirements may make exaggerated claims without proof. Use common sense. If it sounds like a miracle product, it probably isnt.

Insect foggers provide very little control of bed bugs and may even cause the bed bug population to disperse, making control more difficult. True. Insect foggers do not effectively control bed bugs. Insect foggers are dangerous in that they can leave unwanted residue throughout the treated area. Most insect foggers contain a flammable propellant and some have been associated with a number of fires.

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Bed Bugs Pest Control & Exterminator Service In NYC, New …

September 30th, 2015 by admin

Bed bugs are nocturnal, blood-sucking parasites that can be especially difficult to exterminate because they are tiny, flat insects that retreat into hard-to-reach hiding places. They are referred to as bed bugs because they are usually found in the mattresses, box springs, and corners of beds. However, they can also often be found in the cracks and crevices of any type of wooden furniture, as well as on paper surfaces.

The adult bed bug is oval, flat, rusty-red or mahogany in color, and measures 3/16 of an inch long. The bed bug is flat and thin when unfed, but becomes more elongated, plump, and red when it is engorged with blood. Four-segmented antennae are attached to the head between prominent compound eyes. The three-segmented beak, or proboscis, is located beneath the head, and passes back and forth between the front legs. The bed bug cannot fly as its wings are reduced to short wing pads.

Bed bugs generally leave their areas at night to feed on their hosts, and although they prefer to target humans, they often seek out pets as well. The duration of their meal can last anywhere between 3-10 minutes. While one may not feel any sensation while the bed bug is actually feeding, the subsequent bite may cause a skin rash, a severe itching reaction, and/or allergies.

Bed bugs are blood-sucking parasites that are nocturnal pests. They hide during the day and come out at night. What makes the extermination of these pests very difficult is the fact that they are very small, flat insects and secondly, they are very difficult to trace due to their hiding places, which are not easily reachable. Termed as bedbugs, since they are mostly found hiding on the corners of bed, where people sleep. They also prefer to hide in cracks or to rest on wood and paper surfaces. They may hide in bedside furniture or dressers. The presence of bedbugs cannot be noticed therefore the need for a pest control technician who personally inspects the area to identify the main problem is much needed.

It is a usual notion that pests appear in areas with poor sanitation. But this is not the case with bed bugs, they can make their home anywhere they like. The only way to prevent them is to keep things less cluttered.

Bedbugs leave their areas at night time to feed on humans. They prefer to feed on humans but don’t mind feeding on birds or family pets. The time duration of the blood meal is between three to ten minutes. The disadvantage of the host is that they don’t feel any sensation but the bite can cause a severe itch.

We have a huge bed bug registry and employ a team of exterminators in New York and NJ who use organic substances that are more effective than chemical pesticides. Over the years bed bugs have developed resistance to many chemical pesticides. However, the organic methods that we use for bed bug extermination are such that bed bugs cannot develop resistance to them. The other advantage of using organic substances is that it is highly effective on bedbugs and does not have any side effects on humans or the environment. By using organic materials for killing bed bugs, we are not only protecting ourselves but also making the environment around New York safe. The emphasis is on the green way of life in NYC, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Nassau County, which is the only way of protecting our environment from these harmful chemical pesticides.

We do treatment in hotel rooms, homes, offices and other complexes in NY, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Nassau County and provide the best extermination services for bed bug NYC.

The adult bed bug is 3/16 inch long, oval, flat, and rusty-red or mahogany in color. The bed bug is flat and thin when unfed but becomes more elongate, plump, and red when it is full of blood. Four-segmented antennae are attached to the head between the prominent compound eyes. The three-segmented beak, or proboscis, is located beneath the head and passes back between the front legs. The bed bug cannot fly as its wings are reduced to short wing pads.

As the female bed bug lays her eggs (i.e., one to five per day and 200-500 within her lifetime); she uses a clear substance to attach them in cracks and on rough surfaces. Under ideal conditions, eggs hatch in about seven days and the nymphs molt five times, taking a blood meal between each molt. Development time from egg to adult is 21 days. The adult can live for almost one year.

The bed bug hides in cracks and crevices during the day, preferring to rest on wood and paper surfaces instead of stone and plaster. It leaves these harborage areas at night to feed on its host, which include humans, birds, hogs, and family pets. The blood meal requires three to ten minutes and usually goes unnoticed by the victim. After feeding, the bite site may become inflamed and itch severely in sensitive people. Although the bed bug has been associated with over 25 diseases, transmission has not been conclusively proven. Over time, the harborage areas become filled with the molted skins, feces, and old egg shells of the resident bed bugs. These areas have a characteristic “stick bug” smell caused by secretion emitted by the bed bug.

We provide Commercial as well as Residential NYC Bed Bug Extermination services.

Our team of professionals does a thorough inspection of the area of infestation along with trained dogs. We then make a full-fledged plan to provide Permanent Solution to the problem. We use specialized equipment with a variety of eco-friendly insecticide formulations to treat your hotel, office or residence and keep your facility out of bedbug registry list for New York City. For the best bed bug exterminator, New York residents and hotel managers can call us.

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Alpha Bed Bug Exterminator NYC | Destroy Bed Bugs Now …

September 25th, 2015 by admin

If youve ever had the unfortunate luck of dealing with bed bugs, you know just how difficult it can be to get rid of them once and for all. It seems like from the moment you discover them, youre fighting a battle for weeks or even months and its tiring. And even worse, bed bugs arent just a nuisance theyre also a health hazard. Finding yourself in this situation is, needless to say, something you dont ever want to deal with. However, it can happen to anyone at any time and when that happens, you need to be able to quickly get a hold of a bed bug exterminator in NYC. Why You Should Choose the Best Lets say youve just discovered that you have bed bugs. Now youre probably wondering how to deal with the problem in an affordable way. You call around, looking for the cheapest deal possible. And when the exterminators finally show up and take care of the bed bugs, you realize that they didnt take care of everything. Now you have to pay for it all over again. We understand the need for affordable services but we also take our job seriously as the best bed bug exterminators. Thats why we strive to provide the highest-quality services at fair prices. When you choose us to take care of your bed bugs, you have our guarantee that the job will be done right the first time, saving you time and money in the long run. And our friendly technicians would be happy to answer any questions you might have before we do any work. Its simple you place your trust in us, and we make sure that you get your moneys worth. Professionals You Can Count On With years of experience in the extermination business, were confident that we can provide the services youre looking for and do an outstanding job. We have thousands of satisfied customers to back up our claims of expert services. Furthermore, were dedicated to providing superior customer service for every one of our clients. Have a special request? Just ask. Need some quotes before we begin work? No problem. You can count on us to be there on time every time, and well be happy to take care of any extermination services you require. Theres a reason were considered the top source for a bed bug extermination and its because were 100% dedicated to our clients. Why You Should Choose Professionals Oftentimes, we have clients who ask us if they can tackle the extermination process on their own. Its a valid question you can buy products in stores that are supposed to help you get rid of bed bugs without shelling out the cash for a professionals services. But lets think about this for a moment. Bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of. And how many times have you treated your home for bed bugs in the past? Maybe youve done it once or twice. Needless to say, your knowledge and skills are far from a professionals. All of this is a recipe for failure. Youll end up spending more money than you need to and waste time trying to rid your home of bed bugs while theyre still reproducing. Professionals, on the other hand, do this every day. As a reliable bed bugs extermination specialists, we do it for a living and we know all the ins and outs of dealing with these awful pests. If we run into any trouble, we have the equipment necessary to deal with it. And we can take care of it faster than the average citizen who needs careful direction. Professionals, while their services seem to cost more, end up being priceless in this matter. Choosing the Right Company for Your Needs

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Bed Bugs and the Law in New York City

September 17th, 2015 by admin

Though we get a lot of inquiries on this subject, were not in a position to give legal advice, and so we simply listed all the relevant references in our resources page, but theyre hard to find.

So, were not lawyers but we can at least show you where to find information and what the statutes actually say. Weve naturally tried to talk to legal experts about the more obscure bed bug legal issues but so far have not been successful.

This discussion is not legal advice, is intended to help you find available sources and references, focuses on rental residential dwellings and, as it relates to actions that a tenant may take, is limited to those that deal with obtaining remediation of the infestation itself. Lawsuits for damages and personal injury are not discussed. We will look at the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants under the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law, the New York City Housing Maintenance Code, New York Real Property Law and the New York City Health Code, and list sources of help and self-help.

For what its worth, to my mind the real question is not whether landlords are responsible to eradicate bed bug infestations, because my reading is that they are in all types of dwellings where there is a landlord/tenant relationship except where the tenants negligence has caused the infestationIm not sure I can figure out what that means in practicebut what are the practical remedies available to tenants when landlords refuse to help, or when the infestation continues unabated for months and even years, or when what the tenant really wants is no longer to obtain pest control services, but to move out and break the lease, or to sue for damages, or to compel their landlord to take action against the perceived source of the infestation within the building when that source is thought to be the apartment of an uncooperative tenant.

Also interesting from the policy perspective is the apparent inadequacy of the provisions of law against the nature of bed bug infestations and the current practice of bed bug management. There are numerous complicating factors. First, bed bugs easily spread between apartments, and this has two immediate effects: it becomes essential to inspect and identify other apartments that may be infested in order to eradicate the infestation and it is practically difficult if not impossible to ascertain the ultimate source of an infestation. Second, detection of bed bug infestations is difficult in cases of low-level infestation, so that city housing inspectors may not see the bed bugs and therefore not cite the violation. Third, even good bed bug management practices may fail to eradicate the infestation because the tools and skills currently available are inadequate, because the preparation requirements placed on tenants may be difficult to comply with, and because new infestations may develop, so that even the landlords good faith efforts may still fail. Fourth, the conventional wisdom is that bed bug infestations are so difficult that they are regarded strictly as a job for professionals, and so tenants are discouraged from self-treatment; it is also illegal for landlords who are not licensed pest control professionals to apply certain bed bug treatments. Fifth, professional bed bug eradication is prohibitively expensive. Sixth

For a discussion of co-op and condo responsibilities, please refer to Richard Sieglers and Eva Talels article, Dealing with Bedbugs (PDF), New York Law Journal, November 5, 2008.

Interestingly, the only information on the warranty of habitability available on the citys website is in a FAQ from the legal department of the citys Commission for the United Nations Consular Corps & Protocol. The FAQ disclaims policy or legal positions, but well take the citys summary take on this wherever we can find it:

Warranty of Habitability

Tenants have the right to reside in a comfortable, safe, and sanitary apartment. Landlords must provide heat and hot water on a regular basis. They also must control insect/pest infestation. If a landlord breaches this agreement, the tenant may sue for a rent reduction. The tenant may also withhold rent for recurring conditions, but in response, the landlord may sue the tenant for nonpayment of rent. In such a case, the tenant may counter sue for breach of the warranty. Any adverse condition caused by the tenant or other persons under the tenants direction or control does not constitute a breach of the warranty of habitability by the landlord. In such a case, it is the responsibility of the tenant to remedy the condition. Rent reductions may be ordered if a court finds that the landlord violated the warranty of habitability. The reduction is computed by subtracting from the actual rent, the estimated value of the apartment without the essential services. A landlords liability for damages may be limited when the failure to provide services is the result of circumstances beyond the landlords control. For example, a water main break or workers strike. In cases of emergency or neglect by the landlord, tenants may make necessary repairs and deduct the reasonable repair costs from rent when due. For example, when a landlord has been notified that a sink is leaking and willfully neglects to repair it, the tenant may hire a plumber and deduct the cost from the rent. Tenants should obtain receipts for the repairs and present them to the landlord along with a written explanation of the deduction from the rent.

The warranty of habitability is codified in New York State under Real Property Law Section 235-b which states in part:

In every written or oral lease or rental agreement for residential premises the landlord or lessor shall be deemed to covenant and warrant that the premises so leased or rented and all areas used in connection therewith in common with other tenants or residents are fit for human habitation and for the uses reasonably intended by the parties and that the occupants of such premises shall not be subjected to any conditions which would be dangerous, hazardous or detrimental to their life, health or safety. When any such condition has been caused by the misconduct of the tenant or lessee or persons under his direction or control, it shall not constitute a breach of such covenants and warranties.

This warranty cannot be waived or modified by either landlord or tenant and as you can see applies whether the lease agreement is written or not. Its also important to understand that the warranty of habitability applies to lease agreements for any type of residential dwelling. So whether the rental is a two-family home or a multi-unit apartment building, the warranty is implied in every lease.

A great article by Stanley Panesoff of the Community Training Resource Center on the warranty of habitability that I recommend you read in its entirety provides some historical background:

Before 1971, residential tenants would sign leases which relegated most of the responsibility for repairs and maintenance to the tenants themselves. […] Whether the tenant had a written lease or oral agreement, the landlords failure to maintain the apartment or building in a habitable state (or to furnish services specified in a lease) in no way diminished the landlords right to collect the rent, even if the landlord was in violation of local and state laws or housing codes. A 1971 court decision in Manhattan, noting the inequity of the landlord/tenant contract, read housing code requirements into residential leases as the minimum standard of habitability and awarded damages to the tenant for the landlords lack of a good faith effort to make necessary repairs.

What constitutes a breach of the warranty of habitability and any resulting damages are matters decided in court. Panesoff raises the possibility that tenants may not succeed:

However there is no guarantee that tenants will succeed in getting repairs or rent abatements, because some judges may refuse to enforce the Warranty of Habitability.

Panesoff cites some conditions that have been deemed a breach of the warranty of habitability. Vermin and rodent infestation are at the top of his list of examples.

He also outlines the remedies available in practical terms, noting especially the steps tenants should take before negotiations or court appearances involving building conditions that violate the Warranty. These include advising the landlord of the problem in writing (keeping photocopies and sending all correspondence by certified mail, return receipt requested), taking photographs, and reporting violations to the city.

As you probably already know, there is a well-known case of the warranty of habitability applied to bed bugs, Ludlow Properties v. Young. The tenant withheld rent and claimed a breach of the warranty of habitability as a defense in the landlords non-payment suit. The tenant was awarded a substantial rent abatement. The bed bug infestation in his case was long-standing and intractable.

Note: Before you consider any actions such as withholding rent to force your landlord to eradicate an infestation or moving out and breaking your lease in the expectation that you will be able to assert a breach of the warranty of habitability as a defense or counterclaim in the event of a lawsuit, you should consult a lawyer or tenant advocate.

The New York State Multiple Dwelling Law applies to cities with populations of more than 325,000. (Cities of less than 325,000 inhabitants and towns and villages are covered by the New York State Multiple Residence Law.)

A multiple dwelling is:

a dwelling which is either rented, leased, let or hired out, to be occupied, or is occupied as the residence or home of three or more families living independently of each other.

A very useful summary of the statutory rights of tenants is maintained by Stuart Lawrence of Housing Conservation Coordinators. Here LL stands for landlord, T for tenant:

2. Right to Repairs and Clean Premises

Multiple Residence Law 174

Multiple Dwelling Law 78, 80 [NYC]

LL shall keep all and every part of a multiple dwelling (three or more residential units) and the lot it is on in good repair, clean and free from vermin, rodents, dirt, filth, garbage or other matter dangerous to life or health. T also liable if T or Ts guests willfully or negligently cause violation.

The New York State Multiple Dwelling Law, Section 78, says in part:

78. Repairs. 1. Every multiple dwelling, including its roof or roofs, and every part thereof and the lot upon which it is situated, shall be kept in good repair. The owner shall be responsible for compliance with the provisions of this section; but the tenant also shall be liable if a violation is caused by his own wilful act, assistance or negligence or that of any member of his family or household or his guest. Any such persons who shall wilfully violate or assist in violating any provision of this section shall also jointly and severally be subject to the civil penalties provided in section three hundred four.

Vermin are specifically mentioned in Section 80 which states in part:

80. Cleanliness. 1. The owner shall keep all and every part of a multiple dwelling, the lot on which it is situated, and the roofs, yards, courts, passages, areas or alleys appurtenant thereto, clean and free from vermin, dirt, filth, garbage or other thing or matter dangerous to life or health.

My reading of this is clear, in a building of three or more apartments, the landlord is responsible for the eradication of bed bug infestations. If the infestation is caused by the tenants negligence, however, then the tenant is also responsible.

Why am I not addressing the definition of vermin? Because were not Cincinnati and on this point need not follow their lead.

What constitutes tenant negligence? I dont know. But unfortunately its not hard to imagine plausible scenarios. An interesting question, given the language of the statute, is whether the landlord is still responsible for bed bug eradication despite any tenant liability for negligence.

The NYS Multiple Dwelling Law seems clear and straightforward enough.

The New York City Housing Maintenance Code, contrary to popular belief, applies to all dwellings, see Article 1, Section 27-2003. Confusion may have arisen because Section 27-2005 provides that:

Sec. 27-2005 Duties of owner

a. The owner of a multiple dwelling shall keep the premises in good repair.

b. The owner of a multiple dwelling, in addition to the duty imposed upon such owner by subdivision a of this section, shall be responsible for compliance with the requirements of this code, except insofar as responsibility for compliance is imposed upon the tenant alone.

c. The owner of a one- or two-family dwelling shall keep the premises in good repair, and shall be responsible for compliance with the provisions of this code, except to the extent otherwise agreed between such owner and any tenant of such dwelling by lease or other contract in writing, or except insofar as responsibility for compliance with this code is imposed upon the tenant alone.

My reading of this is that in the case of a one- or two-family dwelling there may be a (written) lease that assigns certain repair and maintenance responsibilities to the tenant. So you should check your lease and consult a legal aid organization if this is your case. However, even if there were such a lease, remember that you could not possibly have waived the warranty of habitability.

Further confusion as to this question of whether one- or two-family homes are covered by the New York City Housing Maintenance Code arises because the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) does not require certain one- and two-family homes to be registered. Therefore, many people, such as superintendents and others familiar with certain aspects of housing code enforcement, will say that one- and two-family homes fall outside the scope of the Housing Maintenance Code. This is plainly not true. Is it possible then that HPD declines to enforce the New York City Housing Maintenance Code in one- and two-family homes? I cant say, but I know that I personally witnessed an HPD representative fumbling an answer to the question of who is responsible for pest control in buildings under 3 units.

Then there is what HPD says on its website, in a section on housing code compliance for homeowners:

Note: The following applies to one- and two-family homes if they are occupied by tenants.

The core mission of HPD is to promote quality housing and livable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers. One important way HPD fulfills this mission is by enforcing compliance with the Citys Housing Maintenance Code and New York States Multiple Dwelling Law. HPD seeks to support the preservation of privately owned housing by making both tenants and landlords aware of their rights and responsibilities.

What does the New York City Housing Maintenance Code say about bed bugs? Its the only relevant law that specifically mentions them, see Article 4, Section 27-2017(b):

Insects and other pests include the members of class insecta, including houseflies, lice, bees, cockroaches, moths, silverfish, beetles, bedbugs, ants, termites, hornets, mosquitoes and wasps, and such members of the phylum arthropoda as spiders, mites, ticks, centipedes and wood lice.

And so, Article 4, Section 27-2018 provides for mandatory extermination:

Sec. 27-2018 Rodent and insect eradication; mandatory extermination

a. The owner or occupant in control of a dwelling shall keep the premises free from rodents, and from infestations of insects and other pests, and from any condition conducive to rodent or insect and other pest life.

b. When any premises are subject to infestation by rodents or insects and other pests, the owner or occupant in control shall apply continuous eradication measures.

c. When the department makes the determination that any premises are infested by rodents, insects or other pests, it may order such eradication measures as the department deems necessary.

Despite the language here which makes the owner or the occupant in control responsible (suggesting a joint responsibility and therefore giving rise to confusion as to ultimate responsibility), as we know from Article 1, Section 27-2005(b) quoted above, the owner of a multiple dwelling (3 or more units) is responsible for compliance with the provisions of the Housing Maintenance Code unless the provisions make the tenant alone responsible, and therefore would be responsible for compliance with this provision in Section 27-2018 for mandatory extermination. The owner of a one- or two-family dwelling would also be similarly responsible except conceivably where agreed to otherwise with the tenant, in writing, as provided in Article 1, Section 27-2005(c). And, again, any such written lease agreement cannot possibly waive the implied warranty of habitability.

Why then the language about the occupant in control? I dont know. My guess but only a guess: because the tenant is also responsible and may be cited if necessary, in the event of negligence, for example, as provided in the duties of tenants.

Please note that the landlord has the right to access the apartment for inspection or repairs with due notice, see Article 1, Section 27-2008. This is important because many building infestations hinge upon one or more apartments whose residents are not cooperating with treatment. It is up to the landlord to exercise his or her right to access the apartment. Many landlords will say that theres nothing they can do when a tenant refuses inspections or treatments. Indeed, no one wants the various hassles associated with bed bugs, but some basic mechanisms are nevertheless in place.

You should also review the duties of tenants under the Housing Maintenance Code and grounds for eviction, one of which is the unreasonable refusal to allow access to landlord for repairs required by the code. Please note again that, as in the Multiple Dwelling Law, the tenant is liable for violations if they arise from negligence.

The New York City Housing Maintenance Code is not as clear and straightforward as the Multiple Dwelling Law, but it makes up for its ambiguities by expressly featuring our friend the bed bug.

If youve followed the sad career of New York vs Bed Bugs, you might remember that we tried to get bed bugs into the New York City Health Code, Article 151, Pest Prevention and Management (PDF).

Alas.

In any case, on the subject of clear definitions, the revised 151.01(c) at least has the grace of defining person in control a person in control is:

the owner, part owner, managing agent or occupant of premises or property, or any other person who has the use or custody of the same or any part thereof.

The original Article 151 listed bed bugs much in the way of the New York City Housing Code. Now it is simply pest, meaning unwanted insects, rodents or other pests as determined by the Department.

In addition to providing that properties shall be free of pests, 151.02(c) provides for pest management plans:

(c) Pest management plans. When the Department determines that, because of pest infestation or conditions conducive to pests, a written pest management plan is required, it shall order that a person in control of the premises write such a plan, maintain the plan in effect for such time as the Department shall specify, maintain a copy of the plan on the premises where the infestation or conditions were observed, and make a copy available, upon request, to the Department and, when specified by the Department, to occupants of the premises. In commercial and residential premises, when specified by the Department, the person in control of the premises shall post a sign at the building entrances stating that the pest management plan is in effect and identifying a location on the premises where a copy of the plan may be inspected. The plan shall include the following:

(1) Pest management strategies that will be employed on such premises;

(2) A schedule for routine inspections, determined by the person in control, for conditions conducive to pests and the presence of pests;

(3) Actions to be taken when pests are present;

(4) Instructions to premises occupants, tenants or other users on how to report the presence of pests to person(s) in control of the premises, with a notice conspicuously posted at building entrances indicating that such instructions are available and where occupants may obtain a copy;

(5) The name(s) and contact information for pest management businesses and/or professionals employed or contracted by the persons in control; and

(6) A log of visits by pest management professional(s) and the names of pesticides, if any, applied on each visit.

Emphasis added. This is interesting, is it not? Potentially useful.

Also, 151.02(d) provides for actions to eliminate conditions conducive to pests, including:

(2) Eliminate existing routes of pest movement by sealing and repairing holes, gaps, and cracks in walls, ceilings, floors, molding, baseboards, around conduits, and around and within cabinets by the use of sealants, plaster, cement, wood or other durable materials.

What is not at all clear is what is necessary for a residential building owner to be ordered to post a pest management plan, to caulk, etc. So I include the health code in this discussion mostly in the hope that it will be on your radar should it become clear in the future how it will be used by city agencies in relation to bed bug infestations and violations.

In the event of a dispute with your landlord over a bed bug infestation, you should consult a lawyer or tenant advocacy organization about the facts of your own situation. For legal assistance, visit LawHelp.org/NY and enter your zip code in the housing section, under private housing or public housing, to see organizations providing legal aid; see, as an example, the listings for a central Manhattan zip code here.

However, I should note at the outset that you are entitled to bring an action in housing court to get a judge to order your landlord to eradicate a bed bug infestation. Its called an HP Action, Housing Part Action, and you dont need a lawyer. The resource centers in housing court can provide information and help with filing. The filing fee can be waived if you cannot pay it. The City-Wide Task Force on Housing Court has an excellent how-to guide you should consult.

What actions can you take that fall short of going to housing court? You can file a complaint with the citys Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), by calling 311, in the hope that they will send an inspector to your apartment who will verify the infestation and cite your landlord. Bed bugs are a Class B housing violation and the landlord would have 30 days to correct but may request an extension, which would be reasonable considering how long it may take to eradicate the infestation even with appropriate measures. Unfortunately, this is not a very reliable method of achieving your objective, getting your infestation dealt with, because HPD does not inspect every complaint, may not find evidence of infestation (bed bugs in a jar are not considered evidence), and because your landlord may ignore the violation. If you live in public housing, you can report the infestation to the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) centralized call center, (718) 707-7771, or simply 311. This may also not help because NYCHA may ignore your request for pest control services. Sorry, it is what it is. But violations will be part of the record in court if you decide to go to court. Needless to say, you should take care to document every action and fact.

You may be able to strengthen your position against your landlord by organizing other tenants who are also affected, and indeed how can they not be affected? Yes, this is sometimes very hard to do when the issue is bed bugs but you should know that others have succeeded with this approach.

You may also reach out to your elected representatives. You can find your council member here and you can also contact the Ombudsman Services Unit of the Office of the Public Advocate.

Other actions, such as withholding rent or breaking your lease, may work but may cause the landlord to take you to court. So you should consider such steps carefully and ensure that you are prepared. In my opinion, you should never undertake these steps without preparation and advice. These are some fact sheets that you can consult as your starting point:

I should add simply because sometimes it is asked and because the role of 311 is often misunderstood that obviously the first step is to ask the landlord for the service. Report the bed bug infestation to your landlord and ask for professional pest control service. Many landlords are aware of their responsibilities and are ready to fulfill them. If not, sometimes they may be persuaded with reasonable appeals to their self-interest (better to deal with an infestation before it spreads and costs a lot more money to eradicate) and with a set of well-researched documentation of their responsibilities. I am in no way suggesting this is easy, only that it has worked for others. I hope you dont have to call 311 to file a complaint or go to court. But if you do, I hope the resources listed here are helpful to you.

In the end, of course, the situation is one where there are no adequate resources for anyone. The bed bugs are still winning.

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