Bed bugs in Google’s New York City offices

by nobugsonme on September 3, 2010 · 5 comments

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Business Insider broke the story last night that Google’s New York City offices have bed bugs.

Wall Street Journal’s Metropolis blog reports that:

A spokeswoman for Google confirmed Friday that bedbugs had found their way into the search-engine giant’s sprawling space in Chelsea. ‘Like several other businesses in New York City, we’ve discovered bedbugs in a small area of our office,’ the spokeswoman said. ‘We have notified employees and are taking steps to treat the affected area.’

It sounds like this is the office at 75 Ninth Avenue in Chelsea.

News of Google’s bedbug outbreak first spread Thursday when a person who claims to work for the company posted a message on a Twitter account saying, ‘jeepers i am not immune from the bedbug epidemic. bedbugs have been found at work.’ The message was sent by a person using the Twitter user name pammy5 and their bio stated: ‘I do marketing things at Google.’ The account has since been deleted.

Oops.

I guess the employees will be doing what the rest of us do, and trying to Google their way out of bed bugs (have a look at the Google trends for “bed bugs”).

You can always call 311, and since the NYC call center has its own bed bug issues, they’ll probably understand what you’re going through.

If I didn’t know better, I’d think the bed bugs were trying to be funny at this point.

Update (9/5/2010):

Italian pest management professional Franco Casini (a.k.a. EffeCi in the Forums) has a little fun putting this together:

Gothamist and Valleywag had their own fun with the Google logo.

Thanks for sharing this with us, Franco!

(Be sure and check out Franco’s amazing photo gallery and Italian bed bug FAQs here.)


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1 Carlos September 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm

That address is not far from 370 8th Avenue…I guess we can all google google or has google deleted the info from google? This looks like a good leak!

I think I’ll go by in a few minutes and see where it is.

Someone at the 370 8th works or used to work for google, so no wonder.

Heard that Christine Quinn’s staff got in touch with the guy who got that article about 370 8th, aka the Vigilant, and did nothing more than send a PDF of a brochure with out-of-date material on bedbugs. In the week that Quinn’s staff took to even get back, some 2,000 bedbugs have emigrated from the Vigilant.

There was an article earlier this week in the Daily News that the HP actions in housing court can take YEARS! And very few result in fines…This is scary.

2 Ken September 4, 2010 at 10:14 am

75 9th is the Chelsea Market Building, and the adjoining restaurant to the north…Google is not in the restaurant, so must be above Chelsea Market…

Some of us checked this out yesterday….scary how the bugs move about so much!
And just to add to Carlos’ comment above, Jose Conde of Christine Quinn & Co. has not responded further. It seems as if the house is on fire, the fire is spreading, and all I got was a PDF telling me fire can be orange…I remember back in the day of Lindsay, I got a personal reply when I complained about dog doo in Tompkins Square Park…1969. There was a law enacted against that finally.

3 nobugsonme September 4, 2010 at 11:38 am

Ken, if you follow the link in my article, it lists NYC Google offices in Chelsea Market.

As for contacting political officials, my experience is that it can take time, but that you won’t be the only one complaining. As calls and letters and emails are received, they should have an impact. I would not expect this to happen within days, though.

4 nobugsonme September 5, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Update (9/5/2010) added above:

Italian pest management professional Franco Casini (a.k.a. EffeCi in the Forums) has a little fun putting this together:

Gothamist and Valleywag had their own fun with the Google logo.

Thanks for sharing this with us, Franco!

(Be sure and check out Franco’s amazing photo gallery and Italian bed bug FAQs here.)


5 bushbug September 6, 2010 at 12:35 am

assuming an even percentage of googlers per city, Cincy is getting hit HARD.

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