A recent New York Times article takes a closer look at bed bug violations throughout New York City’s neighborhoods. The good news is, violations appear to be down across the board. The bad news is, there’s still a lot of work to be done.
Data collected over the last five years by Localize (an online resource for detailed info on NYC real estate) indicates a drop in bed bug violations as issued by city and state authorities. The data primarily covers multifamily rentals and apartment complexes. Flatbush tops the list with 18 violations per 1000 rental households between 2013 and 2018. Tremont and Wakefield clock in at 17, with Harlem and Belmont bring up the rear at 15 violations during the same time period.
City officials have been quick to point out, however, that while violations may be down that should not be seen as an indication that bed bug populations are also on the decline. With NYC enacting stricter penalties for landlords and management companies who fail to address reports of bed bug infestations on their properties, owners and managers of rentals throughout the city have been forced to take bed bug infestations more seriously and address them with greater vigor. That’s good news for tenants who find themselves facing a bed bug problem in their particular housing unit, but it doesn’t speak to the overall expansion of bed bug populations throughout the city.
The bed bug problem in New York, and around the country, is far from under control. Diligence should be our watchword. Be on the look out for any tell-tale signs of a bed bug infestation. Should you see any indication that your home has been infiltrated by these hungry little blood-suckers bring in a professional bed bug inspection unit and work with them to eradicate the infestation once and for all. Remember, the sooner you act the sooner your family can sleep easy in a home free from bed bugs.