Bed bugs have recently been found in Lincoln Center, in the David H. Koch Theater, where the New York City Ballet and New York City Opera perform, and in the Metropolitan Opera House.
The New York Observer reported Wednesday:
According to an October 8 email that just came across our desk, Lincoln Center has had an outbreak of bedbugs in the dressing rooms at the David H. Koch Theater. The email is from Mark Heiser, the theater’s managing director, and says that treatment for the problem is under way.
The Observer also reports
…bug-sniffing dogs apparently found the vermin in the carpets and costumes of the dressing rooms.
Like a lot of stores and public places in New York City, bed bugs were detected in the Koch Theater by a canine scent detection team. It would be interesting if the news media would report whether visual inspections were being used to confirm these alerts, as bed bug experts such as Michael Potter and Louis Sorkin suggest should be the case, or if these dog alerts were confirmed another way (for example, Rick Cooper suggests the use of a second dog team to verify alerts).
This article in the WSJ’s Metropolis blog noted the Koch Theater’s bed bugs were limited to one dressing room only.
Metropolis also noted Thursday that this finding prompted the Met to conduct its own inspections of non-public areas. (The Met has been monitoring public areas including the lobby and auditorium since August.)
Metropolis quotes a statement from the Met,
“Bedbugs were discovered in some isolated locations but not in any public areas. There was no evidence of infestation. Those areas identified will be treated this afternoon.”
Note: opinions differ on how many bed bugs you need in order to use the term “infestation.” Make no mistake, even one bed bug is a problem, and the plural was used in both of these cases.
I am envisioning a pest control team doing its work in Viking helmets, Elmer Fudd-style, to Wagner’s “Flight of the Valkyries.”
Thanks to bugbitcha and others who drew our attention to this story.