New York City Housing Authority: “bed bugs = emergency” + “wait a month” do not compute

by nobugsonme on August 18, 2009 · 4 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs in public housing, brooklyn, new york city

Eyewitness News (ABC 7) in New York reports that residents of the Walt Whitman Houses in Fort Greene, Brooklyn are suffering with bed bugs — and yet the New York City Housing Authority is giving them appointments for treatment up to a month after they complain.  And this is so even though the authority knows the building has a bed bug problem (residents are responding to flyers posted in the buildings).

ABC 7 says  “Housing officials told us they treat bed bugs as an emergency situation.”

Meanwhile, the average bed bug population can expand a lot in four weeks without treatment.

That’s a lot of eggs, a lot of bed bugs, a lot of bed bug bites.

You can watch the video here.

1 Winston O. Buggy August 19, 2009 at 9:52 am

Hopefully in the gap an educational program can be implemented and people will have the opportunity and impetus to properly prepare and make the result as effective as possible.

2 nobugsonme August 19, 2009 at 11:36 am

Hi Winston!

That’s a good point.

However, from the video, I got the impression that individuals were waiting for individual treatment times as long as a month apart.

It did not seem to be that all were being treated at once, which is also a concern. It also was not clear whether units whose tenants did not notice bed bugs or did not complain were being inspected.

3 Winston O. Buggy August 20, 2009 at 8:45 am

What now I have to watch the video. But yes some of these plans are not as well coordinated or
planed as well as they should be. Hopefully this will change in the not too distant future. Of course getting the cooperation will have to change as well, because we are all in this together.

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