Things have sunk pretty low, don’t you think?
Gotahamist’s take on the weekend’s New York Times Real Estate section’s bed bug series: asking commenters whether they’d rather have rats or bed bugs.
(Would you rather be ruled by Pol Pot or Idi Amin?)
So far, it’s hands down: people would rather have rats in their apartment than bed bugs.
It’s kind of a trick question: everyone knows rats are easier to get rid of.
But be warned: no one has mentioned rat mites yet — they bite humans and can be left behind after the rats are dead. And they may be trickier to detect and to shift than the rats.
If it seems obvious to you, cast your vote in the comments on this post: Bedbugs, The Real Estate Deal Killer? – Gothamist.
The Gothamist “poll” is, of course, a reference to this quote from the “Buying and Selling in Bedbug City” article in the New York Times, in which a prospective co-op buyer quoted her broker:
“The broker said, ‘This is New York City — you have all sorts of things like cockroaches and rats,’ ” she explained, asking that her name be withheld because she was worried about being labeled as a troublemaker by another co-op board. “But it’s very different to have a cockroach than something that sucks your blood and is in your bed. I would rather have rats.”