How do people handle this? My DD lives in an apt. building in Brooklyn. The whole building is infested, or soon will be. She's had her apt. exterminated, bagged up everything in it, including her clothes, shoes, towels, the pictures on the wall - everything.
She has the classic bites: Three in a row. A tell-tale sign to any New Yorker that you have bedbugs.
Everytime she and her roommate go in or out it's like a HAZMAT operation. All their clothes are in trashbags in the kitchen on the tile floor. They take off their clothes when they come in and bag them. Then they take laundered clothes out of a "clean" bag and put them on. They reverse the drill when they leave.
She can't wear her coats, which need to be drycleaned. And if she wears them again she can't bring them into the apt. until the infestation is gone. She has to wash all her clothes on hot and dry them on hot. Which will ruin or shrink everything.
She's worried that all the apt's haven't been exterminated and the bugs will come back.
The super saw residents talking to one another in the hall and told them they had to disband. He asked to see DDs apt., and when he got her in there, yelled at her for telling the other tenants. She told him she had a right to say whatever she wanted.
He must not realize NYC passed a law in 2010 requiring landlords to provide a bedbug history to prospective tenants. A new tenant in DDs building was in tears. No one told her.
The landlord came out and did an inspection. He talked to DD and she told him she exptects to be reimbursed for the exterminator's fees. They don't have to do it, according to law. But they do have to deal with it after it's been reported.
People in NYC need to call 311to report an infestation to the city authority that deals with it. It's the law that landlords provide a vermin-free place to live. And they have about 30 days to exterminate.
This landlord faces fines. In addition to not notifiying new tenants - including when my daughter moved in two years ago - his super harrassed her for telling the others. Also against the law.
I hope she survives. She called this morning and is running on empty. She bought mattress and box spring covers that have to stay on for at least a year.
I only hope all their efforts aren't for naught.