NYC schools closer to having bed bug legislation

by nobugsonme on April 25, 2007 · 3 comments

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The Queens Gazette reports today that Assembly Member Gianaris’s bed bug legislation is out of the Assembly Education Committee, and thus closer to being in effect. This is a follow-up on an issue we’ve been following for a long time.

Legislation by Assemblymember Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) requiring notice of bedbug infestations to all parents at an affected school took a step towards becoming a law last week when it was reported favorably from the Assembly Education Committee. The Gianaris proposal would require the city Department of Education to institute a mandatory policy notifying all parents whose children attend a bedbuginfested school of the infestation and providing them with prevention information.

“Today, we are one step closer to restoring some sanity to this school health policy,” Gianaris said. “Knowledge is our best weapon to keep the bedbug problem in our schools from spreading further and this legislation would provide crucial information to concerned parents.”

Since some believe that NYC’s bed bug epidemic started in Astoria, it makes sense that an Astoria politician would be the one to get behind such legislation, though bed bugs in schools are a problem citywide, as the article states. And don’t kid yourself: the Upper East Side is among neighborhoods where Bedbuggers report a lot of infestations. One reader swaps bed bug stories at parties with her tony UES neighbors. Bed bugs can go to school with a rich kid or a rich school Head just as easily as they can creep into humbler institutions. So if you think posh private schools aren’t also housing bed bugs, think again. Let’s hope they have their own protocols already in place.

What newspapers are saying about bed bugs is getting smarter too. The Queens Gazette article closed with the following:

In recent years, bedbugs have become a much larger problem throughout New York City, affecting not just school communities. They reproduce rapidly and are easily transferable from one person to another. Once a bedbug is found, it should be dealt with immediately to prevent further infestation.

Wise words.

1 lieutenantdan April 26, 2007 at 10:38 am

I guess all of my phone calls to Gianaris’ office may have paid off.
Thanks Assemblyman Gianaris and thank you Maggie.

Experts say this unfortunate problem with our Nation’s bed bug epidemic is going to get much worse. Assemblyman Gianaris please think about a public awareness campaign for Queens.I still see people of all ages including the elderly picking up discarded furniture from the street. Also a suggestion to establish some guidlines for exterminators. What kind of chemicals, how to apply them, a fair guarantee of services and price.
We are seeing a new enemy that is eventually going to spread. Bed bugs already have made some peoples life intolerable and unfortunately the numbers are growing.
Due to the large cost of replacing bedding, furniture and belongings maybe the right thing to do is to establish a tax rebate so people can make up for the substantial loss of money due to this epidemic.

YOU have my VOTE!

2 lieutenantdan April 26, 2007 at 12:44 pm

All of my calls to Maggie at Assemblyman Gianaris’ office has paid off!
Thank you Assemblyman Gianaris and thank you Maggie.

Let us continue to fight these unwelcomed parasites that have attacked our way of life and have placed a large financial burden and stress on its sufferers. Please consider a public awareness campaign informing people of this problem, providing advice such as not to take furniture and mattress from the garbage. Preventatives measures such as how to inspect your home and what procedures to do and not to do if you have found them in your home. Well researched guidlines for exterminators, including a fair treatment price and guarantees and how much and what types of chemicals to use including providing people with chemical data information.
When infested the cost for replacement of furniture, bedding clothing etc. can be massive. Please do not forget the costs for doctors and therapy. Please consider some city and state tax breaks to relieve the sufferers of some of the costs and help them get their life back on track.
Note that although it appears that bed bugs do not transmit disease, which that information appears to be based on the assumption of very old data. An infestation does cause stress, lack of sleep, and delorsory parasitosis (spelled correctly?) which a sufferer in most cases will develop where the symptoms are that they start to feel as if their skin is crawling with bugs that they cannot see. Is this what we want our people of our great Nation to have to experience?
We have a new war to fight and we are all at the front line and the enemy is BED BUGS!

3 nyjammin May 4, 2007 at 10:14 am

Amen to you lieutenantdan. In one of your post you mentioned Queens only. This should be a 5-boro fight and all surrounding areas including Long Island, etc. If Queens only gets the treatment and not the other boros, the problem will still exist. It will be pased from boro to boro.

I was wondering how many times you wrote to your assemblyman and what you said. I might write to my assemblyman, but I do not know who that is.

Thanks and keep fighting.

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