No matter how clean the apartment or how swanky the hotel, bed bugs don’t discriminate, and many New Yorkers know it’s just a matter of time before they’ll have to deal with an infestation.
With hotel outbreaks rising more than 44 percent between 2014 and 2015, a new bill set to be introduced by the City Council on Tuesday aims to cut down on hotel infestations by requiring exterminator inspections every six months.
“Everyone hates bed bugs — they prey on human flesh and cause huge expenses,” Brooklyn Councilman Rafael Espinal told the New York Daily News. “We as a city have to be proactive to inform New Yorkers where the problem is occurring and protect New Yorkers or tourists who stay in hotels.”
A sister bill will also require the city to release annual reports showing the number of bed bug grievances and infringements in apartment buildings, as well as how long it took such issues to be rectified.
Additionally, the city will need to publish a map every three months breaking down bed bug complaints into three categories: those under investigation, those closed or unconfirmed and those which had violations issued.