City Offers Bedbug Info
Queens residents wrestling with the current bedbug plague can now obtain information and advice on offing the pesky critters from one city source.
Under a plan unveiled last week by city officials, the city Bed Bug Advisory Board will offer options through a Web site and a Department of Health task force.
“It envisions that there be some centralized source to deal with all things bedbug,” said Advisory Board President Gil Bloom.
Bloom, president of Standard Pest Management in Long Island City, said, “Once recommended measures are out there, they become the norm.”
Bedbugs have shown up recently in thousands of apartments, local movie theaters, office buildings and other public locations.
City officials said calls about bedbugs to the 311 municipal help line rose 33 percent in 2009. The number of bedbug-related violations recorded by the city Department of Housing rose 18 percent last year.