New York City Bed Bug Advisory Board

The members of the Bed Bug Advisory Board have been appointed and will meet this week.

The Mayor appointed Gil Bloom of Standard Pest Management, Richard Cooper of Cooper Pest Solutions, and Jody L. Gangloff-Kaufmann of the NY State IPM Program, Cornell University. The Speaker appointed Ray Lopez of Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service and me.

There are various city agencies that will serve on the board, including the five agencies contemplated by the legislation, the Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene, Housing Preservation and Development, Sanitation, Consumer Affairs, and Information Technology and Telecommunications; and, in addition, the Department of Youth and Community Development and the Human Resources Administration.

I look forward to the opportunity to share in the work that lies ahead to “make specific recommendations to the mayor and council for the prevention and treatment of bed bug infestations throughout the city,” in the words of the bill creating this advisory board (PDF). Please feel free to contact me via email if you have thoughts. I look forward to hearing from you, but I am also always grateful for any comments that you can make publicly as they further the public conversation about bed bugs. We will of course share with you any news of public events in connection with this process.

New York vs Bed Bugs thanks Council Member Gale Brewer and her staff for working so long and so hard for the creation of this board and the Speaker and the Mayor for creating and convening this group to help the city adopt prudent measures to achieve control of the escalating bed bug infestations in our city.

I am overwhelmingly grateful to all of you who wrote letters or made calls or who testified in support of the City Council legislation that created this board. I hope your interest and support will now be repaid with effective policies that benefit the entire city.

13 comments

  1. Jessica

    We are SO proud of New York vs. Bed Bugs over here at Chicago vs. Bed Bugs!!!

    Congratulations to you, Renee, for your well-deserved appointment to the Bed Bug Advisory Board. You are in good company, and I have great faith in the Board’s ability to affect positive change– to create truly effective and beneficial policies– in your city.

    Dare I say that this sure does look like– ahem– a SUCCESS?

    Thank you, Renee, and to everyone else at New York vs. Bed Bugs for working so hard, for never giving up the fight, and for giving us a reason to be hopeful. On behalf of everyone who has ever experienced a bed bug infestation, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    And on behalf of Chicago vs. Bed Bugs, I thank you for setting an example. Perhaps New York City’s Bed Bug Advisory Board is creating its own “blueprint” for us to follow…

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  3. nobugs

    Everything Jess said!

    Congratulations to you, Renee! You were integral in making the BBAB happen at all, and it is a good thing you’ll be there to represent the perspective of people who have had bed bugs. Not to mention your considerable knowledge of bed bug history and literature!

    This is great news, and as I said on Bedbugger today, the Board’s roster is fabulous overall. We are in very good hands, I think, and everyone will be rooting for the Board to make things better.

  4. Doug Summers MS

    Congratulations Renee,

    I am so glad to see that you were selected… You have an clear grasp of the issues that will be invaluable to the committee.

    Thanks to Gail Brewer & her staff… The Mayor and Council for appointing such a highly qualified board.

  5. David Cain

    Congratulations on all your hard work.

    Let me know if you need access to any resources for public education and monitoring.

    It is defiantly recognition of your hard work.

    David

  6. Margaret Kennedy

    I live in 430 East 65th Street and have had bedbugs on two occasions. The first time the building exterminator told me after inspection I did not have them and I took it upon myself to spray, get new mattresses, etc. Recently, I again had bedbugs and the exterminator addressed the issue. This week-end I found bedbugs on my wall. In the building I live in there are many empty apartments–one above me–one below me and one across the hall. My concern is whether or not all of the apartments in the building are being treated.

  7. Renee Corea

    Hi Margaret,

    A recurring infestation may mean that there is an undiscovered or an untreated infestation in an adjoining apartment or close by. It can also mean that your infestation was not truly eradicated and has resurfaced. The adjoining empty apartments (and non-empty apartments) need to be inspected thoroughly for bed bugs. And monitored for some time after treatments have run their course, particularly because many people are not allergic to the bites and the absence of bite reactions or bed bug sightings do not necessarily an eradicated infestation make. A reinspection some months after the last treatment is recommended to ensure that treatments indeed worked. It’s important to investigate further and find out the extent of the spread in the building. Can you discuss this with the property manager/landlord and the pest management company? Costs will continue to pile up for the building owner until the infestation is dealt with. This can be difficult but you should have that conversation with them.

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  9. A3 Superior Pest

    My how things have changed over the past few years. People are becoming more and more aware of the problems in NY, and with that comes easier and more effective prevention, control, and extermination.

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