The Real Deal reported on Friday that Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate’s headquarters at 575 Madison Avenue were evacuated Thursday, after bed bugs were found in a senior broker’s office.
The Real Deal notes that Assured Environments treated the offices:
Barry Beck, COO of Assured Environments, issued an emailed statement through Elliman’s spokesperson, confirming that the offices were treated for bedbugs.
“We discovered a bedbug on the fourth floor of [575 Madison],” he said. “To be proactive, we treated the entire fourth floor, as well as the third and fifth last night. Our service team reported no infestation was found during our remediation process on any floors.”
He added that are “no active insect conditions” in the building and the three floors were being monitored. Evan Rosenblum, marketing director at the exterminator, later said that there was a call for service at the building in 2010, but did not have specifics on who the client was.
It’s not unusual for offices to get bed bugs; don’t let the dearth of stories on this fool you.
The firm should not be embarrassed for having hosted a bed bug or two, but should be applauded for apparently taking swift action to deal with the problem.