Bed Bug Bites All Over New York City!

bed bugs, new york, manhattan, brooklyn, bed bug, bedbugs, bedbug.comNew Yorkers were bitten bad by bedbugs in 2010. During the year, New York’s residential bedbug complaints rose nearly 7%. Nationally, according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), one out of five Americans has either had a bedbug infestation in their home, or knows of someone who has encountered these critters at home, or in a hotel.

Mr. Sorkin, an entomologist, says that New York City tends to have many more infestations than actual complaints and violations. He says that many people won’t report a bedbug infestation, especially bed bugs in apartment buildings.

Years: 2009 2010
Violations: 4,811 4,846
Complaints: 12,594 13,472

In case of a bedbug complaint, New York has registered such situations with the city’s 311 nonemergency hotline. When 311 is contacted, the landlord is notified of the complaint and the tenant is then contacted by the department in order to confirm the complaint, prior to making a site visit, followed by a site visit by a pest control professional. In the case that bedbugs are detected, a violation will be issued.

A national survey says: People are most concerned about encountering bedbugs at hotels, in public transportation, at movie theaters, in retail stores and at medical facilities (NPMA). The association reports that bed bugs are present in every state, with no regional “hot spot” for infestation.

Respondents in the Midwest and the South: 1 out of 5 encountered bedbugs.
Respondents in the West: 19% encountered bedbugs.
Respondents in the Northeast: 17% encountered bedbugs.

Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the National Pest Management Association says, “Fairly evenly across the country, people are having experiences with bedbugs. I think so often people think Manhattan is the only city that has bedbugs…”

Bedbugs seem to be a major problem for travelers, as bed bugs in hotels have become an increasing issue. offers bed bug travel protection, as well as many other categories of bed bug prevention aids and entomologist approved products!

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  • Ima Goodman  On October 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Belvidere Illinois is about to be screaming about Bed Bugs, with the Belvidere House Hotel as Ground Zero for that dinky town. The infestation in that 3 story, 36 room building is way out of control. The Roaches, Ticks, Fleas, and even Bats do well there, too.

  • Bed Bug Killer  On June 17, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Bed bugs are so annoying and it is sad that they have become immune to pesticides already. In addition, there had been a lot of deaths reported which are related to bed bugs spray. I believe that the best way to get rid of these bed bugs is heat treatments, since these bed bugs could die at high temperature, and also heat treatment is safe from harmful chemicals. Right? – Lisa

    •  On June 17, 2011 at 7:26 am

      While heat treatment can work well if it is done safely by professionals and your house is completely sealed to reach the max temperature, there are also a few downsides. 1) It is extremely expensive; 2) there have been reports of harm due to heat and fire as a result of these treatments 3) The house must be completely sealed for long enough to eliminate all bedbugs and 4) you have to completely evacuate your house while the treatment is taking effect. So while there are no chemicals, there are definitely associated dangers with heat treatments for bedbugs.

  • Judy  On January 21, 2011 at 10:15 am

    I’ve had wonderful success with products that help remove Bed bugs from my home and my bedding. My allergy doctor even recommended I get an allergy and bedbug free laundry bag!

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