Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New York City cracks down on bed bugs: disposed mattresses must be enclosed!

The Staten Island Advance reported on Nov. 16, 2010:

Beginning Dec. 3, the Department of Sanitation will require New York City residents to fully encase all mattresses and box springs left for curbside pickup in a sealed plastic bag.

Failure to do so can result in a $100 fine, the agency announced today.

The story included quotes:

"There has been a rise in bed bug-related complaints within the city, and bedding is the prime nesting place for most bed bugs," said Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty in a press release. "With this new rule, and thanks to the support of Councilmember Gale Brewer, we will safeguard our workers and help to mitigate the spread of bed bugs throughout the city. We also suggest that the plastic mattress bags be placed around the bedding before it is removed from the room out to the curb to further limit bed bugs from infesting other parts of the home or apartment."


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