The New York City DOE is hiring someone to identify and kill bed bugs in NYC schools:
The Department of Education is advertising for a killer — soliciting bids for the “identification and extermination of bedbugs within the schools citywide.”
A listing in yesterday’s City Record said a contract with a pest-control professional would last up to three years and cost the department less than $100,000.
A department spokeswoman said the listing was a contingency measure, not a response to an increase in bugs.
Though, to be honest, as bed bugs increase outside the schools, we can only assume they’re increasing inside schools as well.
And that City Record listing? (You can search here, for keywords “bed bugs):
BEDBUG IDENTIFICATION AND EXTERMINATION – Competitive Sealed Bids – PIN# Z1325040 – Due 12-7-2009 AT 5:00 PM
This is An Open Market Agreement and is intended to cover, during the period of the contract, the requirements for Identification and Extermination of bed bugs within the schools citywide under the jurisdiction of the Department of Education of the City of New York City as outlined in the OMA Document. The contract resulting from this OMA will be for the period commencing with the execution of the contract by the Department of Education and will expire on December 31, 2012 or with the expenditures of $99,999.99, whichever comes first. Provided that $99,999.99 has not been expended prior to June 30, 2011, the Department of Education, at its sole option may further extend this agreement for a final period of up to one hundred eighty (180) days.
Bid Opening: Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 at 11:00 AM.
And as every New York City pest pro will know, and this post discusses in more detail, there are limits on the kinds of pesticides which can be used in city-owned buildings, under Local Law 37 (PDF), including pyrethrins.
Yes, pyrethrins are no miracle cure for bed bugs, but they are often still an integral part of bed bug treatment plans.
Is $33K a year really going to get this job done?