During the Fall of 2010 about a dozen apartments were professionally treated by the landlord and about 2 dozen more tenants began using preventive powders. Several tenant meetings were held and educational flyers were distributed to alert residents to proper trash and laundry habits, as well as travel tips, treatment and prevention. This appears to have had a positive effect and stopped the spread of the bugs. As of Christmas 2010 no new infestations (that we are aware of) have been reported, an
d no call backs to the exterminator, indicating that the problem may have been arrested. The good news is that tenants are now much more aware and proactive, and we have proven that organized tenant action is effective.
As I had mentioned in my previous posting I am a broker who has lived in the bldg for 6 years, and if you are considering living here and want to contact me with questions, my email is email@example.com. As of today, 9/24/10, this is information I received from the landlord:
There is a new bedbug disclosure law. Pursuant to the law, all landlords are required to provide information regarding treatment or failure to treat bedbugs in every building on a floor by floor basis and f
or the apartment that is being rented.
This August the landlord offered a free bedbug inspection to every tenant in the bldg. All apts that have reported bedbugs were scheduled to be inspected and will be treated on an ongoing basis if the tenants cooperate.
As of September 8, 2010 I have lived in this bldg for 6 years. I don't have bedbugs i my own apt, but have heard of bedbugs being in some apts in the bldg. The thing that may be very different here is that there is a tenant who is very knowledgeable about non-toxic treatments for bedbugs, who has gotten rid of them in her own apt, and who has held periodic meetings in the bldg lobby to educate other tenants about addressing the problem, since the ultimate goal is for every tenant to be proactive
in treating or not spreading bedbugs.
I am also the resident real estate broker for the bldg, so if you are considering living here and have any questions related to bedbugs, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Annie
aug 2010: reports of bites and severe infestations in eastern wing in all 6th floor apartments except 2. Bites in apartments in west wing on 5th floor. Management offering free inspections, tenants organizing to raise awareness and improve hygiene.
sick of it on 07/25/2010
A resurgence appears to have occurred as of july 2010, after a major problem in 2007-2008, and sporadic appearances in 2009. The 5th and 6th floors of the east wing have reported infestations; previously infestations went up and down the west wing in at least the c, d, e and f lines.
so annoyed. on 08/16/2009
we got bitten. 6th floor.
Anonymous on 08/04/2009
Bed bugs found in studio apartment on 5th floor of building in August 2009. Extermination pending.
bronx bomber on 10/26/2008
As of October 2008 there are at least 6 infested apartments that we are aware of. The problem was first known in one apartment in the summer of 2007, the landlord had a professional exterminator in and the tenant moved out. Unfortunately, the spraying seems to have spread the problem, causing the bedbugs to retreat further into the walls and floors, and traveling vertically up and down and to adjacent apartments. The landlord is doing what is legally required, but in a multiple family dwelling,
commercial treatments, based on this experience, seem ineffective at best. Public areas, such as the basement, laundry room, hallways and elevators, have not been treated, and are a likely means of spreading the bugs.
It is hoped that a less-toxic and more effective treatment will be voluntarily adopted by the tenants (and landlord), the outcome is unknown but at this moment the problem is worsening, not improving; will report back on efforts to gain consensus on treatment.