Marty Markowitz’s building has bed bugs

by nobugsonme on June 5, 2007 · 2 comments

in bed bugs, brooklyn, celebrities with bed bugs, new york, usa

Well, this is not what I was expecting, and it’s not controversial, but I knew there would be a third big story down the bed bug pipeline today: New York Magazine reports that Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s building has bed bugs.

Markowitz’s apartment is not currently infested (well, at least they don’t know it is, if it is). But the building is being treated. Let’s hope its by someone who really knows bed bugs, and not just the person who comes for the “scheduled exterminator visits on the first Saturday of each month,” mentioned in the report.

A neighbor first had bugs and hired her own pest control operator two years ago. Recently another neighbor “fled” her apartment. This is all a reminder that dealing with your own problem, in a multi-unit building, is not enough. Trying to fight bed bugs on the down low, by hiring your own PCO as this woman did, or self-treating (as many people do) can mean your neighbors are exposed. If they get bed bugs, you’ll get them back. So make sure your landlord or co-op or condo association knows about the problem and deals with it as a building issue. The odds are, after all, that others in the building had them before you.

I hate the idea of anybody getting bed bugs. I really hope that Markowitz will take notice of what his infested neighbors go through, and will help bring the NYC government on board with helping stop the epidemic. Maybe he’ll be able to mention to Mike Bloomberg that it’s not just a matter of getting someone in to spray, but a big ugly hassle, or worse. And maybe he’ll also imagine what it would be like in a building where everyone is poor, afraid of pissing off the landlord, and unable to pay for what needs to be done. And, God forbid, in a building where the landlord just does not care.

1 parakeets June 5, 2007 at 5:57 pm

Great advice about not treating privately. I’m afraid people treating their own unit privately is probably going on in many luxury co-ops and condos. Maybe the wealthier you are, the greater the shame about bedbugs?

After the “eew” factor, and hoping bedbugs don’t happen to anyone, I think it is incredibly helpful to have politicians exposed to problems in society. A famous law preventing talking on the cell phone while driving was passed when an elected official had relatives killed by someone driving and talking onthe cell phone. When writers get bedbugs, they write about them. When politicians get bedbugs, they legislate!

2 jessinchicago June 5, 2007 at 9:50 pm

And probably the more politically connected you are, the greater the shame about bedbugs. I’d bet that at least a few of Markowitz’s colleagues in NYC have dealt with bedbugs, but done so very quietly. That’s probably why the Gianaris legislation was passed with no opposition- at least some of those legislators had been exposed to bedbugs in one way or another.

I’m glad this was made public. It’s important, no matter what the outcome (or what outcome we are made aware of).

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