The NYPOST reported on the weekend that New York City’s fancy Reebok Sports Club has bed bugs:
A source tells us he saw workers ’emptying out lockers Wednesday,’ and added that the club was giving affected members gift certificates to smooth things over. But some aren’t assuaged. ‘People are afraid,’ said the source. ‘They don’t want to leave their clothes overnight anymore.’ He added he fears that fellow gym rats could take the bugs home with them.
Perhaps it would be a good idea if people became more aware that they may “take bed bugs home with them” from any public places — especially in cities with lots of bed bugs like New York, London, Toronto, and so on.
The public is, as usual, especially anxious that bed bugs are being found at a “nice” health club like Reebok, but they’re missing the point: bed bugs don’t discriminate.
And it isn’t the health club’s fault if bed bugs are brought in. Their prompt and thorough response — and continued measures to detect future problems — are what matter.
Bed bugs are nothing new in NYC gyms, as local pest control pro known as “Winston O’Buggy” noted in our forums last year. Also note that on newyorkshitty.com, a reader claimed to have found a bed bug in the water fountain of the cardio room of the Greenpoint YMCA back in 2009.
Keep in mind, too, that changing rooms in any kind of building are often a problem (remember the Empire State Building?)
The Post continues,
A Reebok spokesperson confirmed the bedbug outbreak, and gave us a statement that the gym ‘immediately contacted professionals’ who have ‘conducted a complete inspection of the club.’ Reebok couldn’t confirm the gift-certificate giveaway, however.
It would not be a bad idea for them to give out resealable Ziploc XL bags. (You can get these at stores like Home Depot and Target, or via our Useful Stuff page.)
In fact, I’d recommend these to anyone who uses a locker in a health club — fancy or otherwise. Just seal up your purse, street clothing, etc. in the Ziploc XL, and place it inside the locker. Afterwards, push the air out of the empty bag, seal it and either leave it in the locker overnight or keep it in your gym bag for reuse.
You’ll get a few odd looks in communal changing rooms, but you shouldn’t bring home bed bugs from a health club locker.
As for the rest of the club, you’re pretty safe if you keep moving!
If you have any reason to think the exercise rooms in your gym may have bed bugs, you might want to bag your dirty clothing in a sealed bag until it can be laundered.