The New York City Council is taking some aggressive steps to address the ongoing bed bug crisis in New York City.
According to CNN.com, one in 15 homes in New York was affected by bed bugs last year, and several businesses were forced to shut down to address outbreaks.
A new online portal will help local residents and businesses with bed bug identification and will provide guides to prevent and control infestations. The guide recommends enclosing infested mattresses and box springs in a cover that is labeled ‘for bed bugs’ for at least one year.
By taking these steps, “We can all fall asleep in our beds a little easier,” said Council Member Erik Martin Dilan.
In addition to the web-based tool, new regulations will require landlords to use a comprehensive treatment strategy, not just chemical pesticides. If bed bugs are found in more than one apartment, the landlord must alert all tenants, and will be required to create a full building-wide eradication plan. Failure to comply could result in fines or a lien on the property.