Bed bugs in New York Times travel, etiquette, health, finance sections; why not ask the big question?

by nobugsonme on July 17, 2009 · 4 comments

in bed bug epidemic, bed bug task force, bed bugs, money, new york, spread of bed bugs

The Social Q’s etiquette column in the New York Times covered a bed bug issue Thursday.  The anonymous letter writer said,

My brother has bedbugs. He told our mother and made her promise not to tell me. But she called me immediately. Apparently, he hasn’t told his landlady or called an exterminator, or done anything to contain their spread.

We are all going on a family trip soon. The bedbugs will surely be among his belongings and will set up camp in the home of the relative we’re staying with, and perhaps find their way back to my place.

Although the answer from columnist Philip Galanes was more about the issue of mom spilling the beans on the brother’s secret than anything else, the answer was clear: brother’s refusal to deal with bed bugs (and therefore the possibility he would infest everyone on the upcoming trip) was not acceptable, and the letter writing sister needs to step in and help him grab the bed bug bull by the horns.

The nasty little vampires also appeared in in the Business column On the Road on Monday ,  and in the Patient Money column last Friday.

Given how concerned the New York Times seems to be with bed bugs right now (bed bugs and travel, etiquette, health/finance), why won’t someone in the “official” media mention the tiny issue of the still-unfilled NYC Bed Bug Advisory Board?

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1 Can Can (Mom Most Traveled) July 20, 2009 at 10:36 am

Yuck! The mom should have said something to the brother, especially reminding him about the upcoming trip!

2 KDSAFGKJSDFGJKFDS March 20, 2010 at 6:43 pm

IF SOMEONE TOLD ME THEY HAD THOSE THINGS IN THEIR HOUSE, I WOULD AVOID THEM. THE PERSON WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED IN MY HOUSE OR CAR. TOO BAD.

UNLESS THEY WANT TO END UP PAYING ALL OF THE EXPENSES TO GET THOSE THINGS OUT OF MY HOUSE.

ANYONE WHO HAS THESE THINGS NEEDS TO THINK OF OTHER PEOPLE AND NOT GO TO THEIR HOUSES UNTIL THOSE THINGS ARE GONE FROM THEIRS

3 nobugsonme March 21, 2010 at 12:13 am

KDSAFGKJSDFGJKFDS,

Thanks for your comments.

Please don’t take this the wrong way, but using ALL CAPS on the internet is considered to be like shouting.

4 Cilecto March 21, 2010 at 1:03 pm

and how do you pronounce “KDSAFGKJSDFGJKFDS”?

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