Bedbugs Invade Our Offices
'Elle' magazine HQ closed until Monday due to infestation
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2010 11:25 AM CDT
In this undated photo released by the University of Florida, a common bedbug is engorged with blood after feeding on a human.   (AP Photo/University of Florida, File)

(Newser) – Bedbug infestations continue to take hold across America—nearly one in five US exterminators have found the pests in an office building, USA Today reports. Worse still, in 2007, only 1% of them had done so. In New York, the headquarters of Elle magazine had to be closed for the weekend due to the insects. Time magazine and the Brooklyn DA's office have also dealt with recent infestations. But the problem goes beyond Gotham: IRS offices in Philadelphia and Covington, Ky., have hosted the bedbug horde.

"Cincinnati is awash in bedbugs, and Detroit is coming on strong," a Michigan-based exterminator said, who added that "their ability to survive is legendary." The creatures can go a year without feeding, and two bedbugs can produce more than 1,300 eggs in five months. "We don't have anything that works really well on them."

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Oct 14, 2010 6:50 PM CDT
The "Problem" is not really just the particular unwanted ill (bed bugs in this particular case), but public and corporate apathy in general towards pro-active actions to head off (or help mitigate the effects at least) highly probable events and contingency planning. How many times do folks have to experience the proverbial "100 year flood!', "100 year Storm/Hurricane!", "massive E Coli recall" "Swine Flue!", "Sars!", "Housing Collapse!" , etc. Yes, a positive attitude is healthy towards life in general, but reality just keeps happening folks. It is completely unacceptable to hear the words "No one could have foreseen this". The bed bug epidemic has been gaining steam for years for example. Much less comforting perhaps, but more helpful would be the following: Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.
Aug 20, 2010 9:24 PM CDT
The problem is bedbugs already are a worldwide problem; we had all but exterminated them back in the 60's here in the states through use of (effective) pesticides like DDT. Immigrents and international tourists with a somewhat less-then american perspective on personal hygine have re-infested even the high-end hotels in our biggest cities. They try to keep it low key, but almost all of them are having issues. Now the EPA has banned the more effective pesticides, the ones on the market are less efective in killing the nasty buggers.
Aug 20, 2010 5:39 PM CDT
One word: 2012