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This is the only sign that marks the Vigilant Hotel.

There are not many places to stay in Manhattan if your prospects are dim and your funds are low.

It wasn't always this way. Once, Manhattan was pocketed with unseemly dives that for a few bucks a night would keep you dry and off the street.

One of the last of those is the Vigilant Hotel at the north end of Chelsea on 8th avenue between 28th and 29th.

Wedged between a small cafe and a Chinese restaurant, the Vigilant offers rooms for 40-bucks a night, or $140 a week. More or less anyone with an ID can get a cubicle within a large room, with no windows and no ceiling but a screen, to call their own. 

Anyone except journalists. 

I was prepared to spend the night at the Vigilant, but made the mistake of taking pictures of the entry on my way in. I didn't realize there were video cameras in the clerk's office, or that he would be so opposed to cameras — until I started taking pictures and a man started screaming.

"We don't want you here. Get the hell out or I'm calling the police."

I didn't think it was directed at me until I saw him. Halfway up the stairs a bald white man, about 70 years old, with no shirt and a flowing ascot of white hair around his neck leaned from a hole in the wall, pointed at me and hollered "Get the f*** out."

Clearly he was talking to me. I pushed onward.

"I have a reservation," I said, like this would somehow make him calm down. It did not.

"We don't take f******* reservations!"

I'd stopped in before to quickly look around and see what was what, so I knew what I was getting into, even when I'd called the day before to make sure there would be a room for me.

The clerk had needlessly warned me that the rooms weren't pretty, that what he offered were "Bowery style" rooms. No ceilings, little privacy, and no windows. "Like solitary confinement," he'd said on the phone.

"I feel properly warned," I'd replied before hanging up the phone in the office.

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The rules at right are posted upstairs next to the office as well. Even if I'd seen the surveilance notice, don't think I would have believed it.

I wasn't there to write about the bedbugs or be a sanctimonious voyeur, and I wasn't prepared for him to be screaming at me. I was there to see how this one facet of the city looked before it was gone forever. Feeling justified I continued up the stairs to the clerk's window stuffing my camera into my backpack.

By the time I stood in front of the thick iron bars that secured him from the guests, he was apoplectic.

The bars were ornate, covered in what looked like 100 coats of tan paint. Without the semi-gloss, they looked like something from the movies shielding an Old-West bank teller from a pistol toting outlaw.

"I want to write a story on this place. On you. I know you've been here for 25 years. Don't you want to tell your story?" I spewed out between his threats.

"There ain't no story," he said leaning back in his chair and rubbing his bare, beach ball belly. "And I been here more than 25 years."

And he started talking. That bit about the 25 years, I'd picked up from dated stories about the place online. Obviously, he was concerned about more bad press. Fair enough.

"I just want to spend the night and see what it's like," I told him when he appeared to be calming down. 

"No you don't," he said. "This ain't a good place. The only people that stay here need to stay here," he said leaning forward. "And I ain't got nothin' to say."

For the next hour or so he told me that the Vigilant has been around since 1911 when they let rooms to mostly sailors and soldiers for five cents a night, doing a banner business between the World Wars.

After World War II, he told me that the garment industry put a lot of people in the hotel. "There used to be a lot of push-cart traffic," he said. "From the district over to the storefronts at Times Square. But all those jobs went to Asia."

The garment workers were gone by the late eighties and then the rooms were taken by "messenger types," he said. "But those jobs disappeared in the '90s after email and faxes came along."

Who stays here now?" I asked. He flared up. 

"People with no other f****** place to go. I ain't got nothin' to say."

About every fifth sentence was him telling me he had nothing to say. 

"It used to be this was a place people came on the way to something better," he told me between my questions. "Now it's the end of the line."

"We got a lot of people that lost their jobs a few years ago, but those benefits ran out. Our rates have gone up from $100 to $140 a week." He threw his hands up, and brought them back down to his round stomach, caressing its shiny round surface as he thought.

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As far as I got with the camera.

"Forty bucks is a lot at this level," he said. "At this level even a little is too much."

His office was cluttered with aerosol cans of bedbug spray, takeout containers, and empty prescription bottles. A 17" monitor with the nine small surveillance screens that had given me away sat on his desk.

At one point a well-dressed, dark-skinned man, came up and told me. "This is a good place, and..."

The clerk re-ignited. "Arthur this f****** guy is not welcome on this property and I'll call the cops on both of you if you talk to him." Arthur shut up, and stood to the side for a while, holding a half-empty spray bottle in his right hand.

The clerk told me he didn't know how long they'd be able to stay open. The building is owned by a corporation that apparently works with the Vigilant, "But Con-Ed is putting us out of business," he said.

Utility rates may be what does the Vigilant in after over 100 years.

Feeling like all that was to be said had been said, and he wasn't going to let me a room, I stepped back as a man with dreadlocks, wearing a North Face shell and bike pants, excused himself to get past me.

He said the clerk's name and asked that his spray bottle be refilled. It was the same as the one Arthur held before he wandered off.

He hung the empty from the metal grate, and said he'd pick it up when he came back.

On the side in black marker, it said, "bed bug spray."

I said, "Everyone gets one of these when they check in." More a statement than a question, pointing to the empty bottle.

"Yeah," the clerk said reaching for the phone. "I told you, this ain't a good place. Now get out. I'm calling the cops."

He picked up the handset on an old black, push-button phone, and I stepped away holding up my hands.

"OK," I said, "Thanks for your time."

"Yeah, sure thing."

I faced a hallway of rooms on the way back to the stairs. Old wooden doors closing off a string of spaces about six-and-a-half feet high. Just big enough for a foam mattress and a cot. Open at the ceiling with black window screen peeking from the edges that faced the hall.

"Robert Johnson, right?" the clerk said through the hole in the wall on my way back down the stairs.

"Yes, sir." I replied looking up.

"Don't f****** come back."

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LITTLE SILVER, N.J., May 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- BedBug Chasers, a World Class provider of heat remediation services and manufacturer of US made bed bug heat remediation equipment is franchising its service business. The business features a low entry cost, is a 100% chemical free and Green enterprise, and will be offered through the BedBug Chaser Franchise Corporation.


The cornerstones of this booming franchise program features exclusive access to the patented BedBug Chaser heaters, the BedBug Chasers nationwide rental fleet and training on the BedBug Chasers propriety process. The BedBug Chaser heaters have proven to show a higher ROI than other brands on the market by substantially decreasing treatment times and the ability to heat a larger square foot area per heater.

Outbreaks of bed bug infestations have been sweeping across the United States for the past 5 years in epidemic proportions. Bed bugs have gotten so out of control that the 111th Congress introduced bill H.R.2248 -- Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite Act where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was tasked to investigate the public health implications of bed bugs on lodging and housing. That study centered around the impacts on mental health from bed bugs, their potential for spreading infectious disease, and their contributing to other diseases such as asthma. All studies thus far have agreed that "heat" is one of, if not the safest and most effective way to kill all stages of bed bugs including nymphs and eggs. This further reinforces the time is now for a business like BedBug Chasers to franchise.

In recent times, the media has reported on stories about "super chemical resistant" bed bugs and the dangers that many chemicals pose to people who are exposed to them. BedBug Chasers has researched and developed an eco-friendly and cost effective way to put an end to these chemical resistant bed bug infestations and is making that solution available through its franchise program.

We caught up with VP of Operations Larry Smith to discuss the franchise offering, "BedBug Chasers is the only complete franchised business system to kill bed bugs on premises with 100% chemical free Green electric heat remediation. No other company has all the pieces that we have; manufacturing, proprietary equipment, continued product development and scalability through our rental network. This puts us on Top and in a position to soon be the largest bed bug killing business in the US. Our ROI and Cost per kW is such that BedBug Chasers franchisees can compete dollar for dollar with a properly done chemical treatment, which we all know does not always work. BUT our heat does, every time. BedBug Chasers will become a top rated franchise in a very short time frame because you don't have to be an exterminator to do this. In many states there is no special license required so this is the perfect opportunity for returning Veterans, middle management caught up in downsizing or tradesman looking to become entrepreneurs!"

About BedBug Chasers:

BedBug Chasers is a nationwide heat remediation franchised sales, service and rental company providing a 100% Green and Chemical-Free alternative to eliminating bedbugs and other insects in commercial, residential and industrial environments. Using its proprietary, state of the art electric heat technology, BedBug Chasers equipment is capable of facilitating fast, effective and inexpensive heat remediation services throughout the United States. For more information, visit or

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Bed Bug Picture | How Can I Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

Post date: January 22nd, 2013

Lately, bed bugs have been given a lot of publicity, and are a hot topic of conversation in many cities. New York, as well as other cities, has recently experienced an epidemic of the pesky creatures. News channels have done reports on bed bug infested motels. A internet search for bed bug pictures will produce hundreds of results, images of bed bugs themselves and of the bites you get from them.Since bed bugs have received so much attention, there is a lot of fear surrounding the contracting of them. There is good reason for this anxiety. Bed bugs are difficult to get rid of, and getting rid of them can be cost money and property.Most people are embarrassed when they have bed bugs, because they feel that people will think they are dirty. The truth is that anyone can end up with bed bugs, no matter how clean they are. There are lots of ways they can be contracted. Here are a few.Picking up furniture from the curbIf you need a mattress, and you see what looks like a perfectly good one sitting on the curb, you might be tempted to pick it up. Before you do, however, consider the fact that it was thrown out for a reason. That reason could have been bed bugs.Sleeping somewhere unfamiliarThe term "fleabag" motel could just as soon be changed to "bed bug motel." So before you accompany a shady character to a one night stand in a motel (or apartment, for that matter), with dingy curtains and stained sheets, think twice. At the very least, do a thorough check of the sheets before you lie down, looking for any little blood spots (an indication of bed bugs) or the bugs themselves. They come out around two or three a. M., and some of them are visible to the naked eye.Secondhand ClothesAlthough most thrift stores launder clothes before selling them, there is no guarantee that this has happened. Also, a wash cycle alone will not necessarily kill the bugs. Heat is needed to ensure that they have been killed. Therefore, before wearing second hand clothes, you should dry them for a least 40 minutes on the highest temperature cycle on your dryer.Bed bugs in the buildingThis is one way that many apartment dwellers contract the bugs. Even if you yourself have taken precautions and have not brought them in from anywhere else, it is possible that your building could be infested. Through no fault of your own, the bugs could find their way to your apartment through the walls.If you suspect that you are being bitten by bed bugs, look for bed bug pictures. Compare your bites to the ones in the images. Also, try to wait up at night and see if you spot any of the critters. If you catch the problem early, you can minimize your costs and losses. Finding out if you have them is the first step.

About the Author: Use bed bug pictures to find out more about the different types of bed bug treatment choices you have and to eliminate them for good.


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Wall Street Journal Has A Bedbug Problem

Post date: January 22nd, 2013

Bedbugs are everywherein our movie theaters, our posh hotels, our retail establishments, our district attorneys' offices, even inside your WiFi connection, where they've already crawled through the Internet tubes and up your leg. The city's latest bedbug hotspot is within the offices of the Wall Street Journal, a publication that really hates parasites who feed off their betters. In a memo obtained by Capital New York, deputy managing editor Deborah Brewster informs the staff that bedbugs are in the building and looking for a handout just like every other bum:

I wanted to let you know that on Friday the facilities department received a report of a bedbug sighting in the video area of the 6th floor. Over the weekend, that and the surrounding areas were checked for bedbugs by our extermination company. The check, which included a sniffer dog, indicated the presence of bedbugs, or their possible presence, in part of the video area and in part of the main 6thfloor conference room. The areas affected have been steam cleaned (this kills bedbugs) and chemically treated (this kills bedbug eggs).

The extermination company will undertake a follow-up check of the affected areas in coming weeks and will also conduct further spot checks and monitoring of our office.

This is the second time that we know of that the Journal has had a bed bug scare. In 2010, the paper itself reported that "the Wall Street Journal and the New York headquarters of its parent company, News Corp.," underwent "bedbug treatment" after a staff member for Barrons "informed us of bed bugs inside his apartment building." No bedbugs were ever found, but a bedbug-sniffing dog did signal concerns" and the offices were treated.

We look forward to the Journal's coverage of the latest chapter of what's become an all-too-routine Bug Bites Man story.

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Diatomaceous Earth – Bed Bug Killer – Video

Post date: January 21st, 2013

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Hostel Pangea – Costa Rica – Bed Bug Attack

Post date: January 21st, 2013

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Bed bugs rash cannot be found immediately after the bedbugs bite. It takes the time of 3days to a week to show the bedbug's rash. People generally get affected by bed bugs rash during night. The bedbugs suck blood at night as they are attracted by carbon dioxide exhaled by human and the heat possessed by human body. Many people get confused between bed bug bites and hives also known as utricaria. The appearance of bedbug's rash and hives are similar like they both show red bumpy swollen skin.


It is difficult to differentiate between bed bug bites and other insect bite. With the help of some symptoms we can easily make out bedbugs bite. The very first thing is the bedbugs bites are always in a straight line. They always take atleast 24 hrs to show any marks or any skin rash. Skin rash can occur anywhere on the body. They show symptoms like red bumps with itchy skin. One can also check the rash by taking the bed bugs rash picture on the body. It is advisable not to scratch the bed bug bite because it leads to infection. Different person reacts differently to the bite. Many people even don't care to notice the bite but some may develop irritation and rash on the skin if their skin is sensitive. To avoid skin rash after the bite it is suggested to wash the infected area with antiseptic and water and apply lotion to stop skin irritation. Sometimes bedbug rash multiplies after a week. One can go to doctor for proper medication needed to stop this.


It is very important to kill bed bugs. The main question arises in mind is how to get rid of bed bugs. There are various ways to get rid of bedbugs. The easiest way is to call professional exterminator for pest control. Or we can also get rid of bed bugs by natural method which takes time and removing the bedbug proper hygiene should be maintained and must be taken that they should not reappear.


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Rentokil - Bed Bug - eggs, nymphs and adults
Bed bugs are making a strong come back in the UK and further afield having been nearly completely driven from our shores30-40 years ago. Now, with the advent of cheap international travel and the relative lack of knowledge about them, bed bugs are finding their way back into our living space. Bed bugs can grow to about 5mm in length, about the same size of an apple pip, and are reddish brown in colour. They are round in shape and really flat, but after having a blood feed the swell up like a balloon. The young stages of this pest can easily be seen by eye and look like miniature versions of the adult insect. Luckily these pests cannot fly, hop or jump -- although the can walk at about 2cm a second (that #39;s 72m an hour!) They like to hide in cracks and crevices near to where they will be feeding next, and so they will commonly be found in headboards, mattresses and in bed side tables. But they can also be found in other areas where people sit for long periods of time. As a result they are commonly found in hotels and homes, although they have even been discovered on trains and buses. In normal room temperatures the bugs tend to feed every 2 -- 3 days. This generally takes about 8 minutes and the bug will only feed once unless it is disturbed mid meal. Adult females will then lay eggs after feeding and can lay up to 300 in her life time, in batches of about 10-15. The eggs are about 1 mm long and a pearly white colour, and these can often be found near where the adults and ...From:rentokilpestcontrolViews:5595 1ratingsTime:03:19More inAutos Vehicles

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New York, NY (PRWEB) November 14, 2012

Bed bugs are more fertile than initially thought they were. That is according to study as reported by And so to eliminate the pests effectively and safely, iHaveBedBugs suggested the spraying of Bed Bug Bully.

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The report related that the study was conducted by a team led by Roberto Pereira of the entomology and nematology department of the University of Florida. The purpose of which was to discover what will happen with bed bugs if they are in a situation with less access to food. However, contrary to their expected starvation and eventual decrease in number, the study revealed that the pests could not only survive in the specified condition, they could also keep on multiplying.

It was said that bed bugs feed two to three times a week for 10 minutes each. And with that rate, the report shared that the pests could make 30-35 eggs a week. However, with the study, it was discovered that even if the bugs were fed for just five minutes a week, still, the female bed bugs could still lay eggs.

According to, the research just shows even if the pests were not seen or if anybody wasn't bitten by them, still they could be present. And so, it advised the public to conduct a regular bed bug infestation and to implement a bed bug treatment as soon as the pests are detected. Find the Best Help for a Prompt Bed Bug Elimination Process

However, it asserted that for a prompt bed bug treatment, the public should have a bed bug spray prepared. And among all the other bed bug products available today, it only recommended Bed Bug Bully. Describing it as pesticide-exempt, the site stated that the product is the best bed bug help anyone can get given that is safe apart from effective.

Additionally, iHaveBedBugs said that Bed Bug Bully is also an inexpensive aid to eliminate the pests. And that is especially true this month as MyCleaningProducts is giving out the bed bug product with 30% discount. Take Advantage of that 30% Discount. Order Your Bed Bug Bully Today

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