Manhattan bedbug violations halved since 2010

A bedbug exterminator advertisement in Manhattan

A bedbug exterminator advertisement in Manhattan

Perhaps one of the greatest – and least visible – boons to life in New York City and to its housing market could be the elimination of bedbugs. And according to a new report, the city is well on its way toward that goal. 

City records show that Manhattan is close to cutting its bedbug population by more than half, according to the New York Post.

Department of Housing Preservation and Development records show that there have been 381 violations issued for bedbug infestations in Manhattan rental buildings since October 2013, compared to 846 violations in 2010 – the height o the bedbug epidemic.

“As opposed to just a few years ago, people are now considerably more vigilant, and there is more and better information available to the general public regarding how to prevent and deal with infestations,” HPD spokesperson Eric Bederman told the Post.

In Manhattan, 775 violations were issued in 2011, and 675 violations were handed out in 2012. That number dropped again in 2013 with 520 violations.

Citywide, 2,268 bedbug violations have been issued since October 2013, compared to 4,808 in 2010. [NYP]Christopher Cameron

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