Good news, New York! According to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, there have only been 2,268 bedbug violations issued at city rental buildings since October 2013. That might still sound like way t0o many bedbugs, but it’s much better than in 2010 — the height of the creepy crawly epidemic — when there were 4,808 violations. Overall, the city’s bedbug numbers appear to be down by about half.
Here is the New York Post’s Manhattan bedbug breakdown:
According to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, there have been 381 violations issued for bedbug infestations at rental buildings since October 2013, compared to 846 violations that were issued during the height of the epidemic during the 2010 fiscal year.
… There were 775 violations in the 2011 fiscal year, 675 violations in the 2012 fiscal year and 520 violations in the 2013 fiscal year. The data reflects verified instances of bedbug infestations in multifamily residential rental buildings.
Department spokesperson Eric Bederman attributes the decrease in vermin to “better information available to the general public regarding how to prevent and deal with infestations.” He added, “People are now considerably more vigilant.” That’s right, everyone — don’t let ever your guard down. That’s what they want.