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.
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.
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.)
(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.