Bed bugs at Buy Buy Baby in Chelsea, a fancy Hamptons rental, and possibly still in Hollister

by nobugsonme on July 19, 2010 · 6 comments

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NY1 reports that Buy Buy Baby recently had its store in Chelsea at 25th Street and 7th Avenue inspected by two different firms looking for bed bugs.

According to NY1,

The company says some published comments indicated the store at 25th Street and Seventh Avenue was infested.

But officials say two independent services inspected the store from top to bottom, and found just four bugs on two chairs. The chairs were removed.

It’s not clear where the “published comments” appeared.

Let’s hope the chairs were sealed in plastic before being moved, to avoid spreading bed bugs in the store.

You can click here to watch the video about this story on

In other news, the New York Post tells the story of designer/model Jill Taft and filmmaker Joel Roodman, who paid $18,000 to rent a Hamptons home for the season, only to find it was infested with bed bugs.

While the couple were fleeing back to New York City, the Post reports, Taft had an allergic reaction in the car, which made it hard to breathe and required a hospital visit.

The owner offered the couple a $5000 refund, which they refused. And then

[owner Rich] Gucciardo said he called an exterminator, and “the house was habitable 24 hours after treatment.”

It may have been habitable, but one traditional spray/dust treatment is usually not enough to make a home bed bug-free.

And thankfully, the general public is starting to get more clued in to this fact.

Downtown, New York Magazine’s The Cut was interviewing Hollister and Abercrombie and Fitch shoppers outside the recently reopened stores, asking if they were worried about the recent bed bug infestations there.

Most knew nothing about the recent closures and some were “grossed out.”

The Cut’s reporter claims incorrectly that

Normally treating a bed bug problem takes 7-10 days.

If only this were so.

Not sure where that statistic came from, but it is true that one visit is normally not enough for a traditional treatment to get rid of all bed bugs.  Most courses of bed bug treatment involve multiple visits which are often spaced 10-14 days apart.

The Cut’s reporter tells Natalie Raben, Communications and Marketing Director of M&M Environmental (apparently not the firm that treated in this case)

After you do your bed bug extermination, you can still have bed bugs, just dormant, not feeding, not biting you.

Huh? That is not normal.

You may still have bed bugs, but you’re more likely to have bed bugs which are feeding away, though they may be in small numbers and unnoticeable for this reason.

Raben responds,

When you spray the pesticide, or you do whatever treatment, it can only go so deep. And if they’re burrowed deep inside of there, they can just be chillin’.

I guess they thought a more complete scientific explanation would be a bit much for The Cut’s viewers.  (And I suppose M&M’s Timothy Wong is not as cute as Natalie in his Ty-Vek suit.)

But still.

(Bedbuggers will remember Natalie as one of the two bedbugged roommates featured on the Rachael Ray show last October.)

If you can’t view The Cut video, watch it here.

1 bb_gave_me_ocd July 19, 2010 at 3:38 pm


**He said travelers ship vermin from abroad. “In the Hamptons, the help could be bringing them in.”**

Yes…or so could the owners, renters, or chic cocktail-party visitors. But why bring them up, when the help is so easy to blame and replace?

**”Jill pronounced her new abode “very clean.” **

Thanks, NY Post, for perpetuating the myth that only filthy, poorly kept places get bed bugs. Remind me to cry about the death of print journalism.

End rant…sorry I don’t have anything constructive to add…

2 Westchester Pest Control July 20, 2010 at 9:32 am

That’s tough for those renters. I’m curious to see if the clothing store that have been infested in NYC will end up getting them/ spotting them again.

3 CiLecto July 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Is Natalie wrong? If BB fed soon before treatment and the application missed the BB, it may remain “dormant” until its next time in the feeding cycle comes up?

4 nobugsonme July 20, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Hi Ci– yes, it is normal to have some bed bugs which are not ready for their next meal. That’s absolutely correct. The statement seemed a bit misleading to me, since she said,

After you do your bed bug extermination, you can still have bed bugs, just dormant, not feeding, not biting you.

We hear from people in the forums who think they have bed bugs that are dormant (even for months and years) or who think they have bed bugs living with them and choosing not to bite them. Some people also think it’s okay to live with bed bugs because they believe they are not personally being bitten. And this statement seems vague enough to fuel such misconceptions.

I think it’s important to note that retreatment is needed in most cases because all bed bugs and eggs will not likely be killed in the first treatment.

5 nobugsonme July 24, 2010 at 12:38 am

Right on, bb_gave_me_ocd!

6 evalauf August 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm

It’s good to keep a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol around (+70%) as it kills bedbugs on contact when sprayed. This is a way we have been able to manage our BBs until the next treatment happens (our second experience in 7 months). We do not have a large infestation due to the alcohol and being vigilant about spraying the bed, linens and walls every night before we go to bed. It still sucks though.

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