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Bed bug insurance legislation proposed in New York State

August 13, 2010 reports that New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) and Senate Majority Conference Leader John Sampson are proposing legislation to force insurers to offer bed bug insurance in New York State: The legislation provides that insurance companies must reimburse renters, homeowners, co-op and condo owners who experience a bedbug infestation for all infestation-related costs, […]

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Bed bug school disclosure bill also passed by NY legislature

June 28, 2010

Remember the bill which would require New York State school districts to notify all parents of children in the school if a bed bug is found there? New York Assembly Member Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria, Queens) has been expressing concern about this issue since late 2006, when reports of bed bugs in NYC public schools were […]

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Bed bug disclosure bill awaits Governor’s signature; journalists still can’t ID bed bugs!

June 25, 2010

The Wall Street Journal’s Metropolis blog has a new story on the bed bug disclosure bill currently in front of Governor David Paterson. The good news is that the New York State Senate and Assembly approved the bill yesterday. According to Brick Underground, once the Governor signs the bill into law (which usually takes a […]

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NYS DEC to restrict use of total-release foggers

October 21, 2008

Total release foggers (or “bug bombs”) are dangerous and we are told they can make bed bug problems worse. And now the State of New York will only allow certified applicators to use them. Here’s the NYC DEC press release. via New York vs. Bed bugs and City Room.

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Bed bugs in “refurbished” mattresses on Fox NY

May 22, 2008

In the video below from 5/19/2008, Fox News NY visits a mattress recycling operation in Woodside to report on bed bugs in “refurbished” mattresses. It is perfectly legal to spritz, recover, and resell used mattresses in New York. They have to be sanitized and labeled properly. There is currently no way we know of to […]

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Update on New York State bed bug legislation (parental notification re: bed bugs in school)

April 10, 2008

Remember the bed bug legislation introduced by Michael Gianaris and passed in the NYS Assembly last May? We were happy the Assembly passed it. But Bill A6667a later died in the NYS Senate in January of this year. The good news is that the bill has now been amended and approved by the Assembly once […]

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New York Times Real Estate Q&A: do sellers have to notify buyers about prior bed bug infestations?

January 20, 2008

This Q&A in the New York Times Real Estate section brings up an interesting question. A couple selling a New York City apartment had bed bugs six months ago. They have not noticed any problem since. So the question is, do they need to disclose that the property they’re selling had bed bugs recently? Jay […]

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