Sunday, October 12, 2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Left untreated, bed bugs can spread quickly in multi-dwelling housing. Both the housing and health codes require that property owners address infestations promptly. The surest strategies to keep bed bugs from spreading are prevention, early detection and rapid treatment. As a tenant, the first action you should take if you believe that you have bed bugs is to notify your landlord. As a landlord, the first action you should take is to conduct an inspection of the reported condition. Knowing what to look for is key!
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) Bed Bug Website athttp://nyc.gov/bedbugs provides detailed information for tenants, property owners/agents and homeowners on how bed bugs thrive, how to recognize and inspect for their presence, steps to take to prevent them from infesting a home, how to safely rid an area of bed bugs if they do occur, and how to select and work with a pest management professional. You can also go to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s (HPD) e-learning on bedbugs, which provides information on the above topics through an interactive format, using an audio/ visual format.
New York State law requires that property owners provide tenants upon lease commencement with a one-year bed bug infestation history. A copy of the form to be used can be found here.Bed Bug Complaints: Enforcement ProtocolHere is how the City’s enforcement protocols work:
ComplaintsYou can file a complaint about bed bugs by calling 311 or using 311ONLINE. When a complaint is made to 311 about bed bugs in a residential building, HPD attempts to notify a property owner/representative at the registered phone number about the complaint (For more information on registration, click here.) A housing inspector from HPD may conduct an inspection. The inspector examines places where bed bugs are commonly found, such as on and around mattresses, beds and head boards, as well as other potentially infested areas as directed by the tenant.
HPD Code Enforcement has two beagles, Mickey and Nemo, that are available to assist a team of four Code Enforcement Inspectors who have been trained to work with the dogs. The dogs will respond to bed bug complaints where the 311 operator has confirmed that the tenant would like to have the inspection performed by a dog; not every complaint where someone indicates that they are available for a dog will get such an inspection. The dogs were trained at an accredited facility to alert by sitting when they detect live bed bugs or viable eggs. The dogs’ findings will be confirmed by visual inspection before a violation is issued. Although the dogs cannot respond to all bed bug complaints in residential properties, they will serve as a valuable resource in detecting bed bugs in places that are difficult for people to detect, and in cases where there are a small amount of bed bugs or the bed bugs have not yet matured. For more information on the Bed Bug Canine inspections, click here.
ViolationsIf the HPD inspector finds bed bugs, the property owner is issued an HPD Notice of Violation (NOV) (see Sample A) ordering that the condition be addressed.
When a NOV is issued by HPD, the property owner also receives a DOHMH Order of the Commissioner (see Sample B). The Commissioner’s order tells property owners in more detail what the requirements for addressing the bed bug problem are, including:
Certification of HPD’s NOV is the only required notification back to the City that the condition has been corrected as instructed. There is no response directly to the DOHMH. The HPD NOV Certification of Correction requires a sworn statement that the above corrective actions have been taken, in compliance with the DOH Commissioner’s Order.
HPD’s violation(s) can be viewed at nyc.gov/HPD if you have not yet received the NOV. For information about completing your certification documents for HPD, you can contact your borough HPD- Division of Code Enforcement Office. HPD also has eCertification available to owners, which is an electronic certification process for all HPD violations.
Enforcement for Persistent ProblemsU.S. EPA Bed Bug Web Page Available
Beginning in 2011, to better support the prevention and control of bed bugs, New York City will take a stronger approach to enforcement by expanding what it requires of property owners who persistently fail to comply with housing and health codes. Where bed bugs persist, or occur in multiple apartments in the same building, the DOHMH will issue an Order of the Commissioner requiring that property owners take several additional steps. For more information on the required steps, go tohttp://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/bedbugs/html/info/enforcement.shtml.
Owners that fail to comply with the DOHMH Order will be issued a Notice of Violation and will have to appear at a hearing before the City’s Environmental Control Board where fines may be levied
In addition to HPD's e-learning class on bed bug identification and management, we encourage you to look at EPA's bed bug Web page, which provides information on chemical and integrated pest management techniques for managing bed bugs, current research efforts, links to educational materials developed by reputable sources, and other information that will be helpful for the public suffering from bed bugs and professionals on the front lines of this battle. Visit the EPA bed bug page at Controlling Bed Bugs.
Friday, October 10, 2014
the following guideline will help. You must keep a copy of your Plan at the property where the infestation or conditions
were observed, and make a copy available upon request to the Department and to occupants of the building. If you own a
commercial or residential property, you will need to post a sign at the entrances of your building that informs users of the
building (1) that a Plan is in effect (2) how to report the presence of pests, and (3) where they can go on the premises to
review a copy of the Plan.
Persons who should know about the Plan include building occupants, building managers, and pest control firms and
professionals that may provide pest management services to the building. The following information must be included in
(1) General property information
a. Property name, address, telephone number, and if available, any fax number and e-mail address.
b. Name of the owner or managing agent.
Note: Residential buildings consisting of 3 or more dwelling units should be registered with the City
Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). Owners are required to register the property
annually with HPD. More information on registration can be found on HPD’s website: www.nyc.gov/hpd
(2) Instructions to occupants, tenants or other users on how to report the presence of pests
a. Include instructions on how, and to whom, building occupants can report pests or conditions conducive to
pest infestations. Include the name and telephone number of the person who is responsible for coordinating
b. Attach to the Plan a copy of the sign that will be posted at your building’s entrances indicating where copies
of these instructions are available.
(3) Methods to notify tenants about the presence of pests
a. The Plan must explain that whenever bed bugs are found to be present in a given apartment unit, units
adjacent, above and below that unit must be notified that they must schedule with building management an
b. The notice must indicate that bedbugs were found in an adjacent apartment and that, to enable effective
treatment, the tenant in the unit receiving notice must schedule an inspection of their unit as directed in the
c. The Plan must explain how such notice will be provided (e.g., in writing, via phone, in person, etc.).
d. The Plan must explain that tenants are entitled to review the Plan, how they will be notified that the Plan
exists, and where it is kept.
(4) Schedule of routine inspections
a. Include the schedule of inspections (approximate dates and times) that will be done to check your premises
for the presence of pests and conditions conducive to pests, and the name and contact information of the
person or company conducting inspections. Describe what you will do to encourage all occupants also to
check frequently for pests in their units. Describe what maintenance and other staff will do to inspect and
maintain common areas and in responding to other needs of the building’s occupants.
b. Describe the procedure for inspecting apartments, offices or rooms that have bed bugs and their adjacent
units which should also be inspected. Describe what conditions or information will be used in deciding
appropriate follow up actions to be employed, and what those actions are.
(5) Information on the pest management company hired for pest control services on your property
a. List, and update as necessary, the name and contact information of the pest management company hired to
control pests on your premises. List the company’s New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation (DEC) business registration identification number, and/or the license identification number of
its applicators. (Check the DEC web site, http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/209.html or call the DEC Region
2 office at 718-482-4994/ 4900 to check for these.)
b. If you plan on using your own staff for pest control they must by law be licensed by the DEC and satisfy
certain regulatory requirements. List their names and DEC license identification numbers.
(6) Pest Management Strategies
a. Describe your general approach for pest management. These strategies should identify bed-bug specific
requirements, but not necessarily be limited to those. Most buildings must employ pest management
strategies to control cockroaches, mice and exterior rats. The approach should include measures to prevent
as well as control pests through the use of non-chemical strategies as well as the list of pesticides that may
be used, if needed. The Plan must indicate that the use of pesticides alone is not an acceptable pest
b. Describe how you will notify tenants of proposed treatments and where they can get additional information
on controlling pests in their units.
c. Explain that they can request copies of pesticide labels and at what times they can do so.
Note: If pesticides will be applied, state law requires that owners or agents make available, upon request and
at reasonable times, label information of the pesticides used.
d. Describe ongoing actions to prevent pests, and identify by position or name the responsible personnel for
each of them. These actions can include but are not limited to:
i. Keeping the property free of waste/refuse/garbage/clutter.
ii. Cleaning and maintaining common areas including but not limited to laundry facilities, storage
room, garbage collection areas and/or compactor rooms.
iii. Draining standing water; repairing drains to prevent accumulation of water; and repairing leaks in
faucets and plumbing.
iv. Removing interior nests, waste, and other debris caused by pests.
v. Clearing exterior dense weeds, shrubs and other vegetation to prevent the harborage of pests.
vi. Sealing and repairing holes, gaps, and cracks in walls, ceilings, floors, molding, baseboards, around
conduits, and around and within cabinets with sealants, plaster, cement, wood or other durable
vii. The use of pesticides.
(7) Record keeping requirements
a. Attach to the Plan a log of all dates of visits of your pest management professional, locations where pests
are found and any measures or steps taken to control pests and conditions conducive to pests, and the name
of any pesticides applied.
b. For bed bug infestations, include a record of the steps taken to inspect and treat infested units, and units
adjacent, above and below the infested unit, as well as actions taken to notify all occupants in the building
of the presence of bed bugs.
c. Indicate where the Plan is kept.
(8) Signatures and dates
a. The property owner and /or managing agent must sign and date when the Plan was completed.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Genus:Vespula or Dolichovespula
Yellow jacket is the common name in North America for predatory wasps of the genera Vespula and Dolichovespula. Members of these genera are known simply as "wasps" in other English-speaking countries. Most of these are black and yellow; some are black and white like the bald-faced hornet, Dolichovespula maculata. Others may have the abdomen background color red instead of black. They can be identified by their distinctive markings, their occurrence only in colonies, and a characteristic, rapid, side to side flight pattern prior to landing. All females are capable of stinging. Despite having drawn the loathing of humans, yellow jackets are in fact important predators of pest insects.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
How many times do the some mice reproduce?
Mice are fertile every 3-4 days. Are pregnant for 20-21 days. And are VERY fertile as soon as they give birth so if you keep the male and female together she will most likely have a litter every 21days or so as long as both are interested in breeding. Also depending on the size of the snake, there may only be a small age range of mice that it can eat......and snakes dont eat very often. Yes 2 males that are not housed together since birth will fight and likely kill eachother.....and sometimes ones that are will too. If you want a companian for him but do not want litters maybe see if you can get a retired breeder female. Would be older, unlikely to mate, and if she did, would likely only have small litters.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
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Friday, March 1, 2013
If you stay in a hotel or motel, keep these bed bug travel tips in mind. it is important that you take some precautions to ensure that your room is bed-bug free before you settle in. In a recent survey by the NPMA, 67% of pest control professionals indicated that they have encountered infestations of bed bugs in hotels and motels. The NPMA recommends the following tips for bed bug prevention when traveling:
At hotels, pull back the sheets and inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for telltale stains or spots. If you see anything suspect, notify management and change rooms/establishments immediately.
Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard and in sofas/chairs. If any pests are spotted, change rooms/establishments immediately.
If you do need to change rooms, be sure that you do not move to a room adjacent and/or directly above/below the suspected infestation. Bed bugs can easily hitchhike via housekeeping carts, luggage and even through wall sockets. If an infestation is spreading, it typically does so in the rooms closest to the origin.
Consider placing your suitcase in a plastic trash bag or protective cover during the duration of your trip to ensure that bed bugs cannot take up residence there prior to departure.
Remember: bed bugs travel by hitching rides. After your trip, inspect your suitcases before bringing them into the house. Vacuum your suitcase thoroughly before storing away. Consider using a garment hand steamer to steam your luggage, which will kill any bed bugs or eggs that may have hitched a ride home.
Wash all of your clothes - even those that have not been worn - in hot water to ensure that any bed bugs that may have made it that far are not placed into your drawers/closet.
Bed Bugs in Hotels: Bed Bug Travel Tips & Prevention when Traveling
Saturday, February 16, 2013
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Sunday, February 10, 2013
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