It’s not the first time bed bugs have taken up residence in a New York City police precinct or lockup.
Now the 78th Precinct in Brooklyn is “Bedbugged” according to the New York Post, which reports the facility serving Prospect Park and Park Slope is also normally used to test blood alcohol concentrations of DWI motorists picked up all over the borough.
Since the bed bugs took over, the precinct has been sending the DWIs to another precinct for the time being.
(Though, interestingly, the more intoxicated motorists might suffer less while bitten by bed bugs in the lockup than other prisoners, if recent research is an indicator.)
The problem was discovered after a prisoner complained of bed bug bites.
While the Post referred to the station as “inundated” with bed bugs, Park Slope Patch claims the problem is found in only two holding cells.
Both sources note the precinct was to be “fumigated” Thursday — though this term (properly applied to structural fumigation with a gas like sulfuryl fluoride, a.k.a. Vikane) is commonly misapplied to traditional spray and dust treatments.
It’s highly unlikely the precinct would get such an extreme and expensive treatment — one involving evacuating and tenting the entire structure — for such a localized problem.
Perhaps one of our readers can tell us what type of treatment was used yesterday.