Bedbug Complaints among Public Housing Residents—New York City, 2010–2011
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Few studies have evaluated population-level risk factors for having a bedbug infestation. We describe characteristics associated with bedbug complaints among New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents. Unique households receiving bedbug extermination services in response to a complaint during January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011 were identified from NYCHA’s central facilities work order database. We examined associations between household characteristics and having a bedbug complaint using a generalized estimating equation Poisson regression model, accounting for clustering by housing development. Of the 176,327 NYCHA households, 11,660 (6.6 %) registered a bedbug complaint during 2010–2011. Bedbug complaints were independently associated with households having five or more children versus no children (prevalence ratio [PR] = 2.0), five or more adults versus one adult (PR = 1.6), a head of household (HOH) with impaired mobility (PR = 1.3), a household member receiving public assistance (PR = 1.2), a household income below poverty level (PR = 1.1), and a female HOH (PR = 1.1). Infestations were less likely to be reported by households with employed members (PR = 0.9), and an HOH aged 30–44 years (PR = 0.9) or 45–61 years (PR = 0.9), compared with an HOH aged 18–29 years. These results indicate that bedbug control efforts in public housing should be targeted toward households with low income and high occupancy.
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Journal of Urban Health
Volume 91, Issue 6 , pp 1076-1086
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- 1. Arctic Investigations Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Anchorage, AK, USA
- 2. Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College, New York, NY, USA
- 3. Department of Earth, Environmental, and Geospatial Sciences, City University of New York School of Public Health at Lehman College, New York, NY, USA