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Bed bugs at the Ritz-Carlton in NYC: housekeeper says she wasn’t warned

January 26, 2012

This New York Times article references a case of bed bugs at the Ritz-Carlton in New York City — but that’s not the story. Bed bugs can be present in any hotel, any time.  They arrive and depart with all kinds of people, after all. The issue here is that while the hotel apparently responded […]

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Bed bugs at home: should you tell people at work?

November 2, 2010

A story of an employee who was ostracized for having bed bugs at home turned up in Joe Fiorito’s column in The Star on Tuesday. The man, Mel, told co-workers who wondered why he was scratching about his bed bugs at home. Fiorito writes: Mel works with a dozen other men; a city job, to […]

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The Mid-Manhattan branch of The New York Public Library has been battling bed bugs

August 5, 2010

WPIX reports that The New York Public Library’s Mid-Manhattan location on 5th Avenue at 40th Street has been battling bed bugs. And WPIX’s source claims the library is downplaying employee concerns about the issue: The employee told us a co-worker was bitten by a bed bug in early July, while checking out books for a […]

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Bed bugs infest break room of Mumbai’s train drivers

July 25, 2010

The Mumbai Mirror (India) reports that Western Railway train conductors can’t rest in the twenty minutes they manage to steal between shifts, because bed bugs have infested the sofas in the lobby they use for their breaks: Devendra Yadav, who represents the Western Railway motormen, confirmed his colleagues’ trouble with vermin. ‘The couches in our […]

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Hachette Book Group infested with bed bugs

July 22, 2010

Hachette Book Group (which is located at 237 Park Avenue and East 46th Street) has three floors which are infested with bed bugs, according to the Wall Street Journal.  Their offices are closed and they’re undergoing “aggressive treatment” Thursday and Friday, the Village Voice’s Runnin’ Scared blog notes. Other publishers which have fallen prey to […]

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Bed bugs bug triage unit at NYC hospital, Victoria’s Secret

July 17, 2010

The triage room at Kings County Hospital in East Flatbush, Brooklyn was shut down and treated Sunday night after a bed bug was found, brought in on a patient, according to the Wall Street Journal. (The hospital did continue to provide triage and serve patients during this episode.) Fox NY reports A spokeswoman for the […]

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Philadelphia IRS offices battling bed bugs

April 22, 2010

Another Internal Revenue Service office building, this time in Philadelphia, is apparently battling bed bugs. Remember when the Covington, Kentucky IRS offices were infested with bed bugs two years ago?  We heard about that story from WLVT news. And then just last month, someone going by the username of “bp” posted a comment on the […]

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Nassau County Department of Health complex has bed bugs

April 19, 2010

Newsday reports that bed bugs are a problem at the Nassau County (Long Island, New York) health and human services complex in Uniondale. Bed bugs at Nassau County’s health and human services complex in Uniondale are resisting efforts to be evicted, causing concern among employees there, according to union officials. “This has been ongoing since […]

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Mystery bug bites in the workplace

January 27, 2010

Dr. Mike Merchant has a new post on Insects in the City today about the rise in complaints of perceived insect bites in offices around this time of year. Merchant suggests a number of possible explanations for these mystery bites — fleas, rodent mites, a theory that dry air and static electricity can cause small […]

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Access-A-Ride offices in Long Island City infested with bed bugs

November 19, 2009

Access-a-Ride dispatchers in Long Island City say their Northern Blvd. bed bugs have been found in their office since the summer of 2008, and NYC Transit is only now taking action, The New York Daily News reports today.  (Access-a-Ride is a transportation van service for the disabled.) A bed bug sniffing dog team found bed […]

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Madison Avenue Appellate Division courthouse infested with bed bugs

August 10, 2009

The New York Post reports that the Appellate Division courthouse on Madison and 25th Street in New York City has recently been infested with bed bugs. The infestation was believed to be confined to the second-floor clerks office, where, every summer Monday, lawyers come and go en masse to file appellate motions. It got so […]

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Dealbreaker claims J.P. Morgan offices are fighting bed bug infestation

August 7, 2009

How did we miss this? Wall Street blog Dealbreaker claimed on July 27th that New York’s J.P. Morgan office has recently been battling bed bugs: The House of Dimon has been hit with a bedbug infestation on the 8th floor. A sales person had the problem at home and a week later the critters were […]

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