Saturday, February 13, 2010

Access-A-Ride office is bedbugging out

From the Daily News:

The Queens office of a contractor for NYC Transit is still infested with bedbugs less than three months after the agency tried to exterminate the tiny pests, workers say.

NYC Transit hired exterminators in November to steam clean parts of the facility, remove cubicle panels and office chairs that bug-sniffing dogs found to be overrun with the insects, and fumigated the furniture off site.

But some experts said the extermination effort was inadequate.

Waiting a week to begin killing the bedbugs after canines tracked their location was a major flaw, said Timothy Wong, a pest control technical director at M&M Environmental.

"It must be treated 24 to 48 hours after the dogs come in," he said, "especially with a commercial premises like this where there's heavy traffic, a lot of electrical equipment and no control of the environment."

The combination of steam cleaning, fumigation and the use of Cryonite - a gas that freezes the pests to death - can make for a hefty bill as well, Wong said.

"Something like this can be taken care of," he said. "But it can't be shoehorned into a budget."


Anonymous said...

how about never opening the place again???

Biggest waste of money in the system, but its a political 3rd rail.

Doesn't it cost something like $62 PER RIDE???

Gary the Agnostic said...

And the alternative being?

Queens Crapper said...

Cab vouchers. Can be used with the car service of your choice. Many of them have handicapped accessible vehicles now, and if the others knew they would get the business, they'd make an effort to get them.

Gary the Agnostic said...

Possibly, although I'm not sure if ADA would allow it.

Anonymous said...

nyc is the bedbug capital of the world.

Anonymous said...

This isone of the biggest drains on nyctransit.But it's a moneymaker for the owner/operators.Do an audit on this,it is basically a cheap cab service for certain folks.70%of the users are scammers.

Anonymous said...

I heard that a lot of the new buildings in LIC and Astoria, and the hotels in Dutch Kills have this problem.

It will get worse the more they build, and the faster they fill up the buildings with .... anybody to cover the mortgage payments.

Nice to know your taxes went into buildings we don't need instead of services for your families.

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