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Bed Bugs Spotted at the Ritz Carlton Hotel

The Ritz Carlton recently had to deal with a guest complaining about bedbugs. While the manager has assured news personnel that the infestation has been taken care of, this report brings to light the consistent problem of bed bug infestations. Travelers bring bed bugs with them, whether they travel in a tent or a 5-star hotel, that’s the simple reality.

Hotel management and travelers alike should be careful to take the appropriate measures to prevent bed bug infestations in hotels.

Bed bugs and the law in New York City

Bed bug cases in New York have become a serious issue. There are many inquires on this matter, in regard to legalities. While we are not equipped to provide legal advice, we hope this discussion can help you to locate references to help you in your bedbug battle. These sources and references cover a range of topics including residential renbed bugs, new york, manhattan, brooklyn, bed bug, bedbugs, bedbug.comtals, actions that should be taken by tenants and address popular questions such as: Who should take care of the bed bug infestation? What are 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.

  • There are a series of concerns and questions regarding dwellings with a landlord/tenant relationship, including:
  • What are the practical remedies available to tenants when landlords refuse to help?
  • What if the infestation continues unabated for months and even years?
  • What about a tenant who wants to move out and break their lease?
  • Can I sue for bedbug damages?

How can I best compel my landlord to take action against the perceived source of the infestation within the building? What if that source is thought to be the apartment of an uncooperative tenant?

The policy perspective holds an interesting point of view, noting the apparent inadequacy of law provisions towards and management of bed bug infestations. When it comes to bed bugs, there are various factors that bring about complications.  Bed bugs easily spread between apartments, making it vital to inspect and identify other apartments that may be infested in order to eradicate the infestation. Detecting  bed bug infestations is difficult in cases of low-level infestation, so city housing inspectors may not even see the bed bugs, and therefore there would be no violation cited. Because eradicating bed bugs is so difficult, even skilled bed bug management practices may fail to fully exterminate the bugs. This is due to the fact that 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 landlord’s good faith efforts may still fail. The conventional wisdom is that bed bug infestations are extremely hard to get rid of, that they are regarded strictly as a job for professionals. Tenants are discouraged from trying to treat a case themselves, and it is even illegal for landlords who are not licensed pest control professional exterminators to apply certain bed bug treatments. Further, professional bed bug eradication is prohibitively expensive.

The best course of action when it comes to bed bugs is prevention, primarily in the form of mattress encasement’s and other various entomologist approved products.

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Bed bugs on Cruise Ships

It seems as if there is nowhere to hide from bed bugs. Not even a vacation can rid us of these insects, as they have reached us even at sea on cruises!

Despite their presence, there are ways to avoid bed bug encounters.

Tips for before your cruise:

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-Check for past bed bug reports on your cruise line at Cruise-bruise.com.

-Ask your cruise line if they encase their bedding with bed bug proof encasement’s.

-Ask the cruise line if they have had any bed bug cases before.

-Pack a flashlight so you can inspect for the presence of bed bugs.

-Know what bed bugs and bed bug bites look like.

-Pack an anti-bedbug laundry bag and bring washable clothes in case you must launder them while on board.

Bedbug precautions while on the cruise:

-Check your clothes and body after each destination before getting back on the ship.

-Inspect your cabin thoroughly for signs of bed bugs before unpacking. Look behind     head boards, in seams and drawers.

-If your room does have or has had bed bugs, request to be placed in a new stateroom as far away from the original as possible. DO NOT bring your luggage into a room that has bed bugs!

Where do bed bugs come from in the first place?

-Bed bugs usually start in a hotel, get into someone’s luggage and then come into the cruise ship with the passenger. For ultimate protection, purchase anti-bed bug luggage liners, and check your luggage before getting back on your ship.

-If you suspect bed bugs on board you ship, immediately notify the purser’s office, and arrange to see the doctor on board for documentation purposes.

Waldorf gets bitten by bed bugs!

One women staying in the Waldorf hotel last month complained of bed bugs in her hotel room.

The hotel immediately upgraded her room, but not until after she had to be treated for a rash on her body.

The Waldorf also comments that they checked the room for bed bugs afterwards, but were unable to find any.

Bed bugs are prevalent in homes and hotels at all economic levels.

If you are traveling and would like to stay bed bug free, no matter what your accommodations, you can look into these helpful bed bug prevention tips when going to a hotel.

Bed Bugs and the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver

For some time now, it has been predicted that bed bugs would be a problem at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, and now, this harrowing bed bug prediction has already begun to come true for Canadian downhill skier Manny Osborne-Paradis. What is yet to be seen, however, is just how many bed bugs there will be and how many travelers will be returning home with bed bug bites as a result of the 2010 Olympics.

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Vancouver, the hosting location of the 2010 Olympics, has already seen a doubling in reported bed bug cases for each year between 2003 and 2008. Ad now, all those people traveling to the Olympics on all those planes with all of their luggage will make the Olympic travel season ripe indeed for bed bug transfer.

This first Olympic bed bug report by Canadian downhill skier Manny Osborne-Paradis states that Osborne-Paradis has been infested with “damned bedbugs” and is itching from bed bug bites. Osborne-Paradis, and possibly other Canadian skiers staying in the same local Canadian condo, has begun to wash his sheets and take other anti-bed bug precautions.

Events like the Olympics are particularly problematic because when people travel, bed bugs travel, and when many people travel, many bed bugs travel! And it is no secret that, every Olympic season, many people from all over the world travel to attend the Olympics.

If you are the owner of vacation lodging in the Vancouver area, this is a great time to look into bed bug proof mattress and pillow encasements for your entire establishment.

If you are lucky enough to be one of the people traveling to attend the Olympics, be proactive and travel smart so that you can stay bed bug free this Olympic season.

Here are some important bed bug travel precautions you should consider:

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(1) Check online hotel reviews and make sure there are no recent bed bug reports where you are staying.
(2) Look into anti-bedbug travel products such as bed bug free luggage liners and laundry bags.
(3) Peel back hotel bed sheets to check for bed bugs.
(4) If possible, remove the headboard and examine there for signs of bed bugs.
(5) Check the walls, drawers and nightstands around the bed area for those same bed bug signs.
(6) It’s a good idea to elevate suitcases off the ground because while bed bugs can crawl, they cannot jump.
(7) If you find bed bugs, notify the hotel staff immediately, because with all the travelers in Vancouver for the Olympics, infestations can spread awfully fast if left unchecked. Also, you’ll probably want a new room at that point.
(8) Lastly, when you leave the hotel, check your luggage for bed bugs, and launder all clothes upon returning home.

For more bed bug travel tips, news stories and anti bed bug travel products, please visit us at www.bedbug.com.

Bedbugs Cleaned Me Out

I am a single mother of five, and was struggling to put food on the table. To make a living, I found a job in housekeeping for an upscale hotel. I worked hard and kept my head down. No one really noticed me, and I liked it that way. I got home every night to give my children dinner and do their homework with them. I was so thankful for my job, and I put in extra hours whenever needed. I worked there for three years, but one day everything changed.

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I came into work as usual and started my rounds, cleaning one room after the other, when I noticed, hidden in the crevices of a mattress what looked like brown dots, about the size of an apple seed. I didn’t take much notice, but started checking all the mattresses and box springs in the other bedrooms and realized that these little brown dots were everywhere. Those dots were not merely brown dots, but bedbugs! I read the news from time to time and know that blood-sucking bedbugs are relentlessly taking over everywhere, and that hotels are not immune. But I never really thought they would crawl their way into this 5 star luxury hotel.

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Suddenly, I felt like I was stuck. I considered my options. If I alerted the hotel management, they would surely hold the cleaning staff responsible, thinking that the infestation had spread due to a lack of cleanliness, and I was afraid the rest of the staff would blame me for bringing it to the management’s attention. However, I’ve seen photos of bedbug bites and heard stories about bedbugs and bedbug treatments, and I knew that if I sat back and did nothing, future hotel guests would suffer. I had worked so hard in this job as the only provider for my family, and I felt like this decision was forcing me to gamble with that security.

I tossed these two options back and forth in my head for a few hours, and ultimately concluded that I really only had one option, which was to tell the truth -so that’s exactly what I did. I alerted the necessary personnel, who assured me that the hotel was grateful to me for bringing it to their attention. I was so relieved as I thought; ‘all’s well that ends well.’

But that wasn’t the end. Three days later, I was fired for what they called ‘unfounded accusations’.

I felt like I had let my family down, and worse than that, I was being punished for my honesty. They took everything from me and for what? I recently heard that the hotel is still having a major ongoing bedbug infestation, and trying to figure out how to kill and prevent bedbugs.

Today, seven months later, I manage a successful home cleaning agency. I guess that terrible moment wasn’t that bad after all, as it ended up changing everything for the better.