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Bedbugs Are Biting 7 Percent More New Yorkers


Bedbugs. They are terrifying. They are gross. They are everywhere. And they are continuing to reproduce with a vengeance. According to the latest stats from New York City’s Department of Housing, Preservation, and Development, via the Wall Street Journal, bedbug complaints in city residences have increased 7 percent in the last year, far outpacing inflation, along with our hospitality.

In 2010, there were 4,846 violations and 13,472 complaints, up from 4,811 and 12,594 in 2009.

Further, just because bedbugs haven’t been officially complained about doesn’t mean they’re not there — people with infestations tend to keep quiet, in many cases (bedbug stigma!), while attempting to battle the bugs on their own, and may not file a complaint even if they tell their landlord, co-op board, or building manager.

Meanwhile, according to Glamour magazine, 57 percent of guys would still go home with a girl who admits to having bedbugs, which means, pending some full-body-bedbug-condom, the spread is probably only just beginning.

So…is it time to buy the T-shirt, yet?

Previously: Bedbug Registry Creator Talks Infestations, Prevention, and the Worst Reported Cases in New York City

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 11, 2011

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