bed bugs in the workplace

Bed bugs close Hollister store, New York City

July 1, 2010

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Hollister Epic store in SoHo closed Wednesday because of a bed bug infestation on the premises. (Hollister is an Abercrombie and Fitch brand.) Apparently the store’s shirtless male models that normally greet customers at the door are now turning them away. The WSJ was quick to emphasize that […]

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Bed bugs infest Vaughn Occupational High School in Chicago

May 4, 2010

In the past two and a half weeks, seven bed bugs have apparently been found on all three floors (and in different rooms) of Chicago’s Vaughn Occupational High School. Bed bugs are becoming an increasingly common problem in schools (these stories represent just some examples). Chicago’s CBS 2 reports that Two-hundred and thirty students attend […]

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Bed bugs in home for developmentally disabled in Ozone Park

April 30, 2010

The Queens Chronicle reports this week about a bed bug infestation affecting developmentally disabled residents and staff at a Center for Family Support home in Ozone Park, Queens.  The Chronicle tells the story of Kiasha Artis-Priester, who works in the residence, and says it has had bed bugs for six months. The direct care counselor […]

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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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Bed bugs infest Bronx Psychiatric Center

April 15, 2010

The New York Daily News reports that the Bronx Psychiatric Center, a 360-bed facility in Bronx’s Morris Park, has been battling bed bugs. Bed bugs may bite anyone — staff, clients, or visitors.  The bed bug problem at Bronx Psychiatric was reported by union members working at the facility. In October, members of the Civil […]

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Access-a-Ride office workers claim bed bugs persist

February 11, 2010

The Daily News reports that Access-a-Ride dispatchers on Northern Boulevard in Long Island City claim their offices still have bed bugs (here’s our post on this story from back in November, when the problem was first treated).  The Daily News reports, NYC Transit hired exterminators in November to steam clean parts of the facility, remove […]

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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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Def Jam’s NYC offices allegedly closed due to bed bugs

January 16, 2010

Blogger GyantUnplugged.com claims that sources in the NYC Def Jam offices informed him their entire office (multiple floors) is currently closed due to bed bugs. Island Def Jam appears to be located at 825 8th Avenue in New York City, the building also known as WorldWide Plaza. Cravath, Swaine and Moore, a NYC lawfirm, also […]

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Bed bugs trouble addiction treatment center in Secaucus, NJ

December 21, 2009

The Straight & Narrow addiction treatment center, based at the Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey, is suffering from chronic bed bug problems.  The Jersey Journal tells the story today of one woman who fled the 28-day program on day 15, because she did not want to live with bed bugs. The resident called […]

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Pop. 1280’s “Bedbugs”: a “Blade Runner-esque urban wasteland”

December 2, 2009

In yesterday’s Village Voice Music Blog, Chris Weingarten asked members of the band Pop. 1280 about their new song, “Bedbugs.”  It was written by Ivan Lip who is a social worker working in housing. What is “Bedbugs” about? Ivan Lip, guitarist: I think it’s just about bedbugs. Chris Bug, vocalist: The I-man wrote the lyrics […]

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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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