Carroll Gardens Photo Du Jour: The Bedbug Club

August 10, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11231, Carroll Gardens, Carroll Gardens Brooklyn 

This club (which yours truly is— fingers crossed— very grateful not to be a member of) hails from 3rd Street.

Miss Heather

Spotted On Manhattan Avenue: Box Spring With Benefits

July 12, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken July 12, 2010.

Miss Heather

Spotted On Manhattan Avenue: Pest Free!

June 30, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken June 29, 2010.

Miss Heather

Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: A North 4 Street PSA

June 15, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11211, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

I encountered this charming missive as I was on my daily constitutional today. I even made it a point to visit this very intersection because this mattress has taken up residence there for quite some time. Three (or was it four— I lose track) weeks ago it was nestled snugly in a garage door around the corner on Berry Street. Last week it had migrated around the corner to North 4 Street. And this week, as you can see, someone has seen fit to admonish everyone that this piece of street furniture comes with “benefits”.

Miss Heather

New York Shitty Day Ender: Bedbug Blues

This item comes from a Brooklynite who, for reasons you can understand would like to remain anonymous. He/she writes:

Hi Miss Heather,

We’re having a problem: we were exposed to bed bugs on a recent trip and despite doing everything in our power to avoid bringing them home, we’re concerned that we did nonetheless.

Since then I’ve been scratching non-existent welts and searching the web for information on how to eradicate them in case we do discover them.  Problem is: we have pets.  Do you know of anyone who successfully used an extermination service that was safe for animals?  Any information would be enormously appreciated.


Psychosomatically itchy

As it would happen I do know someone who has pets and has successfully fought the battle against these vermin from hell. We’ll call her J. I asked her for her take. Here it is:

Dear PI

If you did everything in your power to not bring the bugs home, then you can relax.  From personal experience and from talking to others in these situations, it is really common to get itchy due to anxiety.  Some of us even get anxiety-induced hives and that makes us even more anxious because it brings up the question—OMG, what if they’re bites?  The best thing you can do right now is relax.

However, to answer the question—my animals were FINE.  These are the guidelines I would recommend:

  • Natural remedies don’t’ work.  Don’t even bother researching neem or lavender.  If there were a natural remedy that really worked, it would be easy to get and well advertised.
  • Steaming is a lot of work and doesn’t get bugs that hide in the walls, so steaming the mattress once a week will help but it won’t take care of the whole problem.  If you get bugs, you WILL need to use chemicals.
  • Don’t hire a pco who wants to spray your entire floor boards.  It doesn’t work anyway, and you and your pets will be exposed to unnecessary chemicals.
  • Phantom is the chemical of choice these days.  The PCO should spray it around the baseboards and maybe on the walls where they meet the ceiling.
  • Your animals will need to be boarded during the treatment for usually about 5 hours, but ask your PCO what they think.
  • I was instructed to mop up any excess before bringing the animals back in.
  • My cat, upon returning from the catsitter’s, immediately ran and hid—right on top of a poison-treated area.  For hours.  And he was fine.  No illness whatsoever.  Not even any skin or eye irritation.
  • I used UMG Pest Control and they were very good.  I didn’t let them spray my mattress.  I steamed it myself once a week and the chemicals did the rest.
  • Go to for more information about preparation, washing, bagging, etc.

I also, as my friend suggested, asked my buddy “nobugs” from Bedbugger for her take. Here it is:

Hi Heather,

Licensed pest control firms will know how to treat safely with pets in the home.  We have heard cases where people were asked to remove the pet for several hours or even a day during treatment.  Birds are especially sensitive.  But people with pets get traditional pest control all the time.  It’s important to discuss the treatment with the pest firm, and ask what is done differently due to the presence of pets, or whether they need to be out for a period of time.

If you get an idiot treating your home, there is some danger.  One woman lost her dear parakeets.  Cats are very sensitive to pyrethrins.

If someone is particularly worried about pesticides, some firms use a combination of steam and dusts.

A really effective and chemical-free treatment (and one of the only one-shot options) is thermal treatment.  It can be costly but in the long run can work out the same as a prolonged battle with traditional sprays.  Pets and humans have to leave for less than a day only because the temps go up to 140 F.

One caveat: in an apartment or other multi-unit building, getting treatment without telling the landlord/building manager may backfire if the pests have spread to others in the building.

Hope this helps!

I want to thank my buddy J and Nobugs for taking the time to tender advice to PI. If you have advice to share please do so via comments or send them to me via email at: missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com. Your identity will remain anonymous if you so desire. Thanks!

And if you’re reading this, PI, it is my sincerest hope you do not have to use the information contained in this post.

Miss Heather

East Williamsburg Photo Du Jour: BEWARE

April 14, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11206, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

From Montrose Avenue.

Miss Heather

Spotted On Manhattan Avenue: Uh-Oh

February 24, 2010 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

Taken February 24, 2010.

Miss Heather

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Bedbug Seminar Tomorrow!

January 19, 2010 ·
Filed under: Manhattan, New York City 

Renee of New York Vs Bedbugs writes:

I thought you would be interested in a free educational evening about bed bugs.

The New York Entomological Society is presenting a bedbug seminar on
January 20 at 6:30 p.m. entitled What Do You Really Know About Bed

SPEAKER: NYC entomologist Lou Sorkin (other speakers TBA)

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 – 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

WHERE: Kaufman Theater, First Floor, American Museum of Natural
History, 79th St. and Central Park West

Admission is free and topics of discussion will include bed bug identification, biology and pest management.

Speaking as someone who has seen Mr. Sorkin in action I can tell you he knows his stuff. If any of you, dear readers, attend this seminar be sure to ask him about how bedbugs mate. It’s fascinating.

What Do You Really Know About Bedbugs?
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 starting at 6:30 p.m.
Kaufman Theater, Museum of Natural History
79th Street at Central Park West
New York, New York 10024

Those interested in learning more about this event click should click here. You will be directed to the New York Entomological Society’s web site.

Miss Heather

Southside Degentrification Watch: Street Furniture Selections

November 18, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11211, Street Furniture, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

Today I decided to take a walk to Grand Ferry Park. I do this when I need some peace and quiet (and believe you me, after all the Greenpoint Nazi/homophobia stuff I really needed it). In so doing I discovered some stellar pieces of street furniture. Here they are.



On a beatific day such as this, who wants to stay outdoors? Pop out those bucket seats and get some sun! Ingenious.




I found this one to be absolutely breathtaking. This is because it smelled so fucking bad I was gasping for air! And now the piece de resistance



If my memory serves me correctly this mattress has inhabited South 1st Street for about a month. Note the “No Dumping” sign in the background. So it goes. Anyhoo, in the elapsing time this item has been employed as an ad hoc public forum/chatroom.


Sleep’n on the street. Struglin.


Bedbuggin’ out!

Miss Heather

Greenpoint Photo Du Jour: Unwanted Visitor

October 22, 2009 ·
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 


This message (which for the life of me I cannot comprehend— and this is not for wont of trying) comes courtesy of Franklin Street.

Miss Heather

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