Bed bugs have now made it to Carnegie Hall, NBC reports:
‘Since the summer, Carnegie Hall has been undertaking monthly preventative searches for bedbugs, using a canine unit,’ spokesperson Synneve Carlino said in a statement obtained by Gothamist. ‘There have been no bedbugs found in any of Carnegie Hall’s three auditoriums. In our monthly backstage search last week, we found evidence of bedbugs in some employee lockers and in an isolated location backstage.’
‘We immediately treated these areas, and asked employees to remove their belongings from the lockers for two weeks, the time necessary to ensure a complete treatment. Given the reports of bedbugs throughout the city, we will be continuing to conduct screenings throughout the building on an ongoing basis.’
1) If traditional chemical and dust treatments or contact kill methods like freezing or steam are being used, a “complete treatment” may take more than two weeks.
2) If your employees have bed bugs at home and have not gotten rid of them, reinfestation takes no time at all.
The solution is not for employees to be fired, of course.
The city needs to do more to help enforce laws about treatment in rental units, and to assist people responsible for paying for their own (or tenants’) treatment who can’t afford it.
The alternative is that bed bugs keep spreading until they’re everywhere.