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

(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."

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)
This 2008 file photo provided by Virginia Tech Department of Entomology shows mother and child bed bugs.   (AP Photo/Virginia Tech Department of Entomology, Tim McCoy)
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