Senator and Assemblyman Mike Miller Sponsor Free Seminar
    with Experts on How to Prevent or Eliminate the Growing Menace

    Queens, NY, February 7, 2011 – On Thursday, February 17 at 7 p.m., NYS Senator
    Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. and Assemblyman Michael Miller are sponsoring a free seminar
    providing important information from the experts on how to prevent, identify, or get
    rid of, the spreading problem of bedbug infestations.  If you or someone you know is
    concerned with the issue of bedbugs, come to the event at Emanuel United Church of
    Christ, 93-12 91st Avenue (off Woodhaven Blvd., near Atlantic Avenue) featuring speakers
    from the NYC Department of Health, NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development,
    and local pest control business owner William Puricelli of Advanced Pest Management
    Addabbo notes, “I want to thank these experts for providing timely information to my
    constituents -- homeowners, tenants or landlords -- who are afraid that the city’s bedbug
    plague will hit their buildings.” The Senator points out that it has been reported that
    the city had logged 12,768 bedbug complaints for 2009, with bedbug violations issued by
    HPD inspectors exploding from 82 in 2004 to 4,808 in that same year. In 2010,
    exterminators were extremely busy, as the nasty critters temporarily shut down businesses,
    forced residents to move, and left beleaguered New Yorkers suffering from red welts and
    bites. Some local movie theaters, offices and hotels also reported being visited by the
    Adds Miller, “The citywide fight against bedbugs will be won one home at a time. Winning
    the battle can save you thousands of dollars, and information is your best weapon.”
    According to local certified entomologists and exterminators, bedbug removal is one of
    the most difficult and costly tasks in the pest control industry. Landlords have been
    known to spend up to $80,000 to get large buildings bedbug free. Adding to landlords’
    woes of dealing with these pests is the “Bedbug Disclosure Act,” a new citywide law
    that took effect August 30, 2010, which requires landlords to notify prospective tenants
    about any infestations in the building within the previous year. The law’s stated goal
    is to suppress the bedbug epidemic by giving “landlords an incentive to comply with their
    legal obligations to eradicate” infestations. However, the disclosure act fails to
    include any legal or financial penalties for landlords who do not comply. For more
    information about this free local event, please call Senator Addabbo’s Howard Beach
    district office at 718-738-1111, his Middle Village satellite office at 718-497-1630,
    or Assemblyman Miller’s Woodhaven district office at 718-805-0950.