Household Pests

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Here are Ten Terrifying New York Housing Stories to Mess Up Your Day

    There are so many ways housing in New York can go wrong: a Craigslist scam, a crazed roommate, a radiator that screams like a jet engine without heating the apartment, or, best case scenario, just an enormous rat king that takes up residence beneath the stove. But no matter how bad you think you've ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Adorable Bed Bug Hotels Show New Yorkers Where There Are Bed Bugs​This summer was supposed to be the Summer of the Bed Bug (before it became the summer of the rat, and the summer of the hurricane, and the summer we worked a lot). But, thank goodness, the great bed-bug-ification of New York City never truly came to fruition in June, July, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Study: 'Millennials' Require Palatial, Tricked-Out Apartments. Or Do They?

    ​The Urban Land Institute has published a study showing that people in the 18 to 32 age group expect to buy a home in the next three to five years. Since that's not happening, would-be homebuyers will be flooding the rental market, where developers are trying to cater to their needs. Those nee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Bed Bugs Have Tripled in Public Schools

    ​Bed bugs, we haven't heard much of you this summer. So, you had a party in a Staten Island jail. At least you aren't invading our (well, the tourists') clothing stores. But now we find you're running rampant in schools? Don't you have hearts in those little, brown, blood-sucking bodies? (No.) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Bed Bug Insurance Is Here; Bed Bugs Still Attacking

    ​Finally some potentially good news in the ongoing war against bed bugs: insurance. According to a press release issued yesterday, Aon Risk Solutions, Global Excess Partners, and Terminix have joined forces to provide bed bug insurance for "hotels, landlords, student housing, corporate busines ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2011

    Watch a Horrifying Video About Bed Bugs, If You Dare

    The absolute worst part is how they've made it so it looks like little bed bugs are crawling around on your screen. Are you fucking kidding me? Excuse me while I go vomit, scratch myself, and burn everything I own. [CBS] [@_rosiegray]

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Prepare for the Summer of Bedbugs, Part 2: Imminent Takeover

    ​We haven't talked about those creepy crawly little horrors that were all over our retail stores, movie theaters, schools, offices, hotels, and wherever else they could get their monstrous little biting bodies into, even subway trains, last summer. We haven't missed them, but apparently it's t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Apartment Vermin: If You Can't Beat 'Em,
    Eat 'Em! Recipes for Cooking Your Pests.

    Who needs Dean & Deluca?​ Ah, city living. The museums, the opera, the vermin. Damn annoying those pests, making themselves so at home in your apartment. An urban inevitability, perhaps, but if so, why not put them to use, such as saving money on your grocery bill? Make infestation a good thin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2011

    New York City Rats, Bed Bugs Getting Their Own Reality Show

    ​Bed Bugs have infested bedrooms, the Gramercy Hotel and have even scared away tourists. Rats are on the subway and even someone's face. It's inevitable that someone was going to give our local celebrities a reality television show. But you too can be a part of the action!

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    It's Your Chance for a Bed Bug Christmas Miracle!

    How festive!​Giving presents during the holiday season is a cherished pastime that will never fade. But giving bedbugs to someone is definitely not festive in any way, shape, or form. In the unfortunate case that someone has given you the "present" of bedbugs and you're broke from spending all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Is This a Bed Bug on the New York City Subway? (Video)

    R is for "Narsty"​We can't confirm that this video is of an actual bed bug (it looks pretty big to us, as bed bugs go), but we can confirm that YouTube poster thefredelement has videotaped something on the Brooklyn-bound R. He says: "On my way to work (11/16/2010) a lady across the aisle had a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Animated Bedbugs Take Over the U.S.A., Especially New York (Video)

    ​Per a recent article in TimeOutNY cited by BrickUnderground, a 33-year-old opera singer was told by her exterminator that bedbugs can fly. Not cool. (They can't.) In other news, a/k/a, laugh so you don't have to cry, there's this somewhat hilarious Taiwanese animation of bedbugs taking over ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    New Yorkers Most Afraid of Rats; Lower East Side Is the Second "Rattiest" 'Hood

    ​A new survey conducted by a leading pest control manufacturer says rats are still New Yorkers' least favorite pest. So how do jaded New Yorkers react when these dreaded home invaders are on the prowl? And which Manhattan neighborhoods are considered the "rattiest?" Let's find out!

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Place Your Bets: Bookies Pick the Four Seasons as Next Bedbug Strike

    ​Now that we've basically resigned ourselves to the fact the bedbugs are New York City's most terrifying (terrorist?) threat  it only makes sense that oddsmakers are handicapping where the next major NYC bedbug strike will go down. And where are they saying it's going to happen? The Four Seas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Animal v. Human: Who Will Win in the Battle of New York City Domination?

    ​New York City. If it's not the raccoons, it's the coyotes,  geese, sewer gators, rats, bedbugs, or the dangerous fornicating opossums. The New York Post reveals that city officials decided to try to fuck with biology by introducing the rat-tailed marsupials into Brooklyn a few years ago to r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Bedbugs Are in NYU Dorms with "Bedbug-Proof" Mattresses

    via Mammakaze​This just goes to show that nowhere can really truly be bedbug-proof, not even the dorms of the naive and young-blooded -- all the better for the vampire-like parasites. Welcome to New York, kiddies; hope you packed your cortisone cream, because NYU representative Beth Morningstar co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    West Nile Virus Made a Comeback this Season -- Save Yourself from Its Wrath

    ​West Nile -- it almost sounds like something that should be on VH1's I Love the '90s -- but it's still among us and it can be dreadful, especially for those on either side of the age spectrum. The disease, first found in the U.S. in 1999, is at its highest levels in New York since 2000. There hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Skunk: It's the New Cockroach, Bedbug, Coyote, Goose, Etc.

    This week's urban pest dream team​Lately, it's as though an arc of unwanted animals docked on the Hudson and unloaded onto Manhattan. There were coyotes earlier in the year, bedbugs everywhere all summer long, raccoons a few days ago, the unfortunate geese episodes, and now this: skunks.

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    NYC Rental Negotiations Will Now Include Tales of Bedbugs, Extreme Itchiness

    Landlord or bedbug?​On what may someday be considered a monumental day in the annals of bedbug history, Governor Paterson has signed into law the bedbug disclosure bill. Yes, starting immediately, New York City landlords have to tell prospective tenants -- in writing -- if there has been a bed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    NYC Is the Most Bedbug-Ridden Place in the USA!

    ​As Rosie mentioned last week, maybe it's time to accept the bedbugs as our overlords. Personal anecdote: This very blogger walked down 2nd Street on Sunday and saw no less than 6 mattresses waiting in the rain for garbage collectors. Since it's neither the last nor the very first of the month ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Let's Just Give Up and Accept that the Bedbugs Have Won

    ​Bedbugs have now infested the AMC movie theater in Times Square. Yes, it's horrifying. But at this point, the idea that bedbugs are all over the damn place is not new. Let's look at all the places that have been infested by the little critters this summer:

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2010

    Nasty New York City Restaurants Seem to Be Getting Graded on a Curve

    ​"These top chefs haven't passed the mustard." Thanks again, New York Post. Since the Health Department started delivering letter grades city-wide for cleanliness, some students expected to shine as stars have faltered, including "celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain's flagship brasserie, Les Halle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Bedbugs Take Over Hachette Book Group's Offices

    ​Coming to you with the latest in bedbug news: Hachette Book Group's three floors at 237 Park Avenue and East 46th Street are infested and undergoing "aggressive treatment" for the bugs on Thursday and Friday while, we presume, the lucky/unlucky Hachette employees "work from home" or "go to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Victoria's Secret Falls to the Scourge of Bedbugs, Gets Back Up Again

    Bedbugs!​I know, it's wrong...but it's almost enjoyable to watch all of these places we never, ever shop (except last year, you know, to buy a Halloween costume) fall prey to bedbugs. There was Hollister, which we've only walked by on occasion to catch a glimpse of a nude torso...then there wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    NYC Enforces Ban on Stores Air Conditioning Sidewalks; We Explore Other Retail "Crimes"

    ​The city has served nine stores $200 fines for air-conditioning sidewalks with doors wide-open, the New York Times City Room Blog reports. In 2008, the city banned the practice of luring customers in by cooling them down on the grounds that it's a gross waste of energy. And maybe that's so, b ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 4, 2010


    Pill-popping nurse teams with Alison Pill

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2009

    Bedbug Complaints Up in City, at Fashion Week

    Gale Brewer's interest in a New York bedbug bill could hardly come at a better time: the Daily News reports that bedbug complaints are up 34 percent from last year. Tireless local anti-bedbug crusader Renee Corea says the problem is certainly much worse, as many New Yorkers don't call 311, from whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    Bernie Kerik Denounces Critics as "Cockroaches"

    In a rare three-part interview shot last month, Bernard Kerik -- the indicted former New York City police commissioner and ex-Giuliani era hack -- puts his attack dogs in the laundry room and holds forth on the "cockroaches," who would bring him down. "There are things you have to know in a positi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Cool Subway Art Project a Bedbug Hazard

    In Trendsetter's "25 Subway Innovations," on which we posted yesterday, the Take a Seat initiative was mentioned. The idea is "rescuing perfectly functional old chairs from trash piles and placing them on subway platforms for tired travelers to make use of." Our old friends at Bedbugger see a probl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2008

    Morning Papers: Sunset, Hip Rebbe, Bad Club, Mating Teachers, QM2 in SI

    Gawker says freelancers have been notified that today's edition of the New York Sun will be the last. If that's true, we thank the six-year-old broadsheet for some good fun, some great writers, and today's article on a topic dear to our hearts, bedbugs. The Sun says that New York bedbug control lags ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2008

    Video Tuesday Continues, with Bedbugs

    Bedbugger continues our multimedia morning with a horrifying YouTube video of what looks like hundreds of bedbugs occupying a Brooklyn apartment. Consider this your Not-Safe-For-Sleeping-Soundly-Tonight alert. This infestation, the filmmaker reports, was tamed after three exterminator visits. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2008
  • Film

    August 19, 2008

    Manny Farber 1917-2008

    Remembering the painter, professor, and underground model for scores of American film critics

  • Film

    August 12, 2008

    Manny Farber 1917-2008

    Remembering the painter, professor, and underground model for scores of American film critics

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2007

    Priceless: Free Mid-Century Armchairs

    Last week, I brought you Jewish vagina rags, and I'm sure that was a very useful find, but I've decided to also point out free gems that are not a total joke, like the arm chairs below, because I love you. If you're willing to risk bed bugs and cooties, generally, craigslist's free board can be your ... More >>

  • Film

    April 10, 2007
  • Art

    November 28, 2006

    Thin Ice

    Photographers take on the current environmental crisis

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2006
  • Specials

    October 18, 2005
  • Theater

    May 15, 2001

    Device Squads

    Currently on View: Puppets, Politics, Pianologue, and Peonage

  • News

    June 27, 2000

    A Ministry of Neglect

    State Shuts Down Adult Home Run by Reverend Clarence Norman Sr.

  • NYC Life

    August 24, 1999
  • NYC Life

    February 16, 1999

    Dirty Work

    One-bedroom in tenement building