Access-a-Ride office workers claim bed bugs persist

by nobugsonme on February 11, 2010 · 3 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs in the workplace, new york city

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.

[Emphasis added.]

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.

1 parakeets February 12, 2010 at 10:56 am

Even the name of their place “Access-a-Ride” should give them a clue as to how bedbugs spread. If clients they are giving rides to continue to have bedbugs, or employees still have bedbugs at home, or vistitors to their offices have bedbugs, or neighboring offices in the building have bedbugs–all the bedbugs need to do is “access-a-ride” and they will be back in the Access-A-Ride office again, even if the place was “treated” in the past.

2 Winston O. Buggy February 12, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Unfortunatley this is quite the case with many of these type of locations where a number of people occupy a space in several shifts and sometimes 24/7. Often times it is a re introduction problem. which is identified by monitoring to try and identify the source who is inadvertently bringing their bed bugs to work. In some cases it may be more than one person.

3 Lee Browning February 14, 2010 at 9:08 am

If anyone from the Access-A-Ride offices that is in a position to engage my services reads this, give a call and I will donate time in an effort to identify the cause of the problem and help to plan how to deal with it.

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