Bed bugs booked at Staten Island’s 120th Precinct lockup

by nobugsonme on July 8, 2011 · 5 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs in courtrooms and courthouses

Bed bugs were recently found in the NYPD’s 120th Precinct lockup in Staten Island, after a prisoner complained he’d seen the pests. reports that

The brass at the precinct looked into it, and “there were some critters found in the area where the cell attendant works,” according to one NYPD insider.

That led police to fumigate the cells on Wednesday, but it didn’t take — when prisoners started returning to the cells about 7 p.m., another bedbug complaint forced cops to shut the cells down again an hour later, police sources said.

Didn’t the pest management professionals brought in mention that it was completely normal to see bed bugs after treatment — and that more than one treatment is usually necessary for bed bugs?

The prisoners are not sticking around the 120th, however, having been rerouted to a precinct in Coney Island.

According to,

The situation also has attracted the interest of the city Department of Correction, which is sending an exterminator into the holding cell area of the Stapleton Criminal Court, where criminal defendants are taken after being held at the precinct station.

“We are aware of concerns in the Staten Island 120 Precinct regarding bedbugs,” wrote Correction spokeswoman Sharman Stein in an e-mailed statement yesterday. “DOC will have an exterminator go out tomorrow [Friday] to inspect our Staten Island court facilities [holding pens]. If there is a problem, we will arrange to treat the pens with a combination of steam and chemicals when the pens are empty — over the weekend.” notes that a bed bug was also found on a prisoner being transported in a van from the precinct to the courts. The van was “taken care of.”

The Department of Corrections is right to be concerned about bed bugs being present where prisoners from the 120th Precinct are taken to court. I’m glad they’re being proactive about this. also cited one anonymous defense attorney who claimed the court’s holding cells have had a problem with bed bugs for several months, but a state courts spokesperson denied the Stapleton Criminal Court had had any problems with bed bugs.

I am glad the NYPD is being responsive about the problems at the 120th Precinct, and glad the Stapleton court is looking into whether they may need treatment also.

Sadly, the city can do a lot more to protect a prisoner in its holding cells from bed bugs, a lot more quickly, than it can do to help the average bedbugged NYC tenant.

1 Georgia July 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm

The last line of your article echoes exactly how I felt when I saw this on the news. . . this, to me, is not news. Bedbugs were found in a city building, it was treated, and that’s that? The real story is that thousands of New Yorkers continue to be plagued in their homes while the band plays on.

2 Winston O. Buggy July 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Less clutter.

3 nobugsonme July 9, 2011 at 2:30 am

Hi Georgia,

To some degree every bed bug news story gives me the feeling you describe– it doesn’t really make sense to me that a bed bug found in a store is a front page story, while severely infested apartment buildings typically draw no publicity whatsoever. Everyone is interested because a public place like a store or jail cell with bed bugs will potentially infest many more homes. (Of course, we know home infestations do this too.)

As for the relative ease of solving this kind of infestation, Winston makes a great point — that it’s easier to treat cells because there’s practically nothing in there.

Unfortunately, our apartments are not only full of stuff, but also attached to other potentially infested apartments. It makes things difficult.

4 chuck007 July 9, 2011 at 8:47 am

I was about to unsubscribe from this email . I’m a little tired of hearing where a bug was found today , I want to know how to kill them

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