The Daily News reports that Access-a-Ride dispatchers on Northern Boulevard in Long Island City claim their offices still have bed bugs (here’s our post on this story from back in November, when the problem was first treated). The Daily News reports,
NYC Transit hired exterminators in November to steam clean parts of the facility, remove cubicle panels and office chairs that bug-sniffing dogs found to be overrun with the insects, and fumigated the furniture off site.
“The exterminators acknowledged that we have done more than most organizations,” NYC Transit spokesman Charles Seaton said, adding that some “isolated cases” does not mean the critters are still living in the work area.
Actually, if people are getting bed bug bites at work, as they claim, it does suggest bed bugs are still living in the work area.
The problem started in the summer of 2008 and the article suggests the premises were treated with steam cleaning, “fumigation” (by this I assume they mean sprays?), and Cryonite.
Unfortunately, with bed bugs, it’s not just a matter of how much you’ve done; you have to keep treating until they are entirely gone.
People who’ve used the above methods in their homes report they’ve needed multiple treatments — it isn’t clear how many times the Access-a-Ride offices were treated, but it’s certainly possible they need more treatments. Busy offices with lots of people coming and going are certainly a difficult treatment situation.
The Daily News spoke to one worker who claimed she had taken bed bugs home from work, had to throw out all her belongings and was taking a leave of absence due to the continuing problem at work.