Another high profile Manhattan office is infested with bed bugs, this time the 17th floor of the Saatchi and Saatchi building, BNET.com reports, based on a post by AgencySpy, which leaked an employee’s memo about the evacuation of the building in preparation for a pesticide treatment tonight (to be followed up in two weeks).
AgencySpy’s tipster (apparently jokingly) suggested the infestation could have come from an installation of new furniture, citing “the new JCPenney outfitted lounge they installed on the same floor in the free space from all the people they laid off.”
That sounds a bit like wild speculation (mixed with sour grapes) at this point.
Neither AgencySpy nor BNET make any mention of the real problem: the fact that employees may have brought the problem home — always a possibility when offices are infested.
AgencySpy makes light of the infestation:
Don’t worry about the bed bugs — they’re resilient creatures who like to leave poop smears on things they inhabit, like clothing and chairs and sofas and your skin. Sorry, does that make it worse or better? Take the day off kids, your company just pooped on you. But at least it was in the real sense and not the “Saatchi just fired my ass” metaphorical sense.
And yes, bed bug poop pales in comparison (um, metaphorically speaking) to being fired, especially in this economy.
However, bringing home a bed bug infestation would seriously bite.
All employees should learn how to search for signs of bed bugs at home, and should spring into action at the first sign of bed bug bites (but should also be aware they may not react).
Those whose working spaces were in the areas where bed bugs and their signs were spotted should have their homes professionally searched for bed bugs, in my opinion.
This suggests bed bugs likely came to one office from the other, via employees going from one place to another, or via items which traveled in the building. Elevators, pipe chasings, mail rooms, employees whose work takes them or equipment to multiple firms, and the form of treatment which has occurred in other units should all be considered as among the ways bed bugs may be spreading throughout the building.