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New York Times sparks social media jokes over bedbugs memo
By Keith J. Kelly
August 26, 2019 | 10:14pm | Updated

The New York Times sent out an alert Monday warning that bedbugs were spotted in its newsroom — triggering hilarity on social media.

According to an internal memo obtained by The Post, the NY Times said it “discovered evidence of bedbugs in a wellness room on the second floor, a couch on the third floor and a booth on the fourth floor.”

“In an abundance of caution, the second floor room has been temporarily closed, the booth has been blocked off and the couch has been removed to be treated and professionally cleaned,” the memo said. Exterminators also swept the area, according to the memo.

The wellness room, couch and booth “were all added to make the place feel more, oh, startupy and digital and youthful back in 2017,” one source sarcastically noted. “You wouldn’t have had any of this stuff in the old newsroom of chairs and desks.”

Social media had a field day spoofing the Gray Lady’s bedbug woes.

“Bed Bugs Urge Unity Vs Parasitic Relationships,” read a tweet spoofing the uproar over the NYT’s Aug. 6 headline, “Trump urges unity vs. racism.” The headline, written in response to Trump’s national address over the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, triggered a backlash by NYT staffers and was subsequently changed — which prompted another round of backlash to the update.

“Gotta NYT this headline up: ‘In a newsroom under siege, bedbugs are the latest predator,’ ” joked Stephen Stirling, a New Jersey writer, in an apparent jab at the ongoing headline controversy.

Others used the infestation to poke fun at the NYT’s reputation for catering to elites.

“i want to hear what joe six pack in real america thinks of the bed bugs before i form any opinions,” tweeted @GC_Esau.

The Post also reached out to C. Claiborne Ray, who had warned in a July 1 column that bedbugs were becoming resistant to insecticides. But Ray said she had been writing from home and had no insights into the bedbug attack. Besides, she said, the paper killed her science column a week ago.

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NYPD tosses homeless man’s belongings infested with bedbugs, lice
By Tina Moore and Craig McCarthy
November 26, 2019 | 4:52pm

Oh, he was disorderly, alright.

Cops collared a homeless man for disorderly conduct on Friday and kept his possessions in a police precinct for safekeeping — only to realize a day later that everything was infested with lice and bedbugs, according to police sources.

A video shot in the Transit District 4 substation and obtained by The Post shows a plastic bag containing the man’s possessions absolutely undulating with creepy-crawlies.

“Not been picked up by the owner. Items will be disposed of in the trash due to the fact it is infested with bedbugs and lice,” a police report reads.

The man’s address on the reports is listed as 333 Bowery Street, which is Project Renewal’s Kenton Hall Men’s Shelter.

Bedbugs have historically been an issue at NYPD precinct houses over the years, sources say.

The NYPD did not immediately respond for comment.

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Philadelphia Drops In Orkin’s Top Bed Bug Cities List
By CBS3 Staff
January 13, 2020 at 8:55 am

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia has fallen on Orkin’s list of top cities for bed bugs. Last year, the city was no. 10 on the list, but now Philly is no. 12.

Pest-control company Orkin ranked the top 50 cities with the most bed bugs based on the number of bed bug treatments the company performed from Dec. 1, 2018 through Nov. 30, 2019. The ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments.

Coming in first place this year is Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, Baltimore fell to the second spot after three years as the frontrunner, and Indianapolis joined the top of the list.

Orkin’s 2020 Bed Bug Cities List:

Washington, D.C. (+1)
Baltimore (-1)
Los Angeles
Columbus, OH
New York
Detroit (+1)
Cincinnati (-1)
Indianapolis (+5)
Atlanta (-1)
Cleveland, OH
Philadelphia (-2)
San Francisco (-1)
Raleigh, NC (-1)
Norfolk (+2)
Champaign, IL (+7)
Dallas (-2)
Grand Rapids (+2)
Pittsburgh (+6)
Charlotte (-1)
Richmond, VA (-5)
Greenville, SC (-4)
Knoxville, TN (-1)
Buffalo, NY (-3)
Greensboro, NC (-4)
Charleston, WV (+5)
St. Louis (+2)
Nashville (-5)
Lansing (+2)
Flint (+16)
Miami (-3)
Milwaukee (-3)
Tampa (+1)
Omaha (+2)
Orlando (+5)
Davenport, IA (+5)
Houston (-12)
Syracuse (-6)
Boston (-2)
Cedar Rapids, IA (+3)
Myrtle Beach (new to list)
Seattle (-4)
San Diego (+5)
Phoenix (-11)
Fort Wayne, IN (+2)
Las Vegas (-7)
Hartford, CT (-5)
Dayton, OH (-3)
Toledo, OH (new to list)

Bed bugs, which are typically 4-5 mm in length and red to dark brown in color, can travel from place to place with ease, including luggage, purses and other belongings. Normally nocturnal, bed bugs will come out of hiding to take blood meals from sleeping or quietly resting humans. Bed bugs are known for rapid population growth. Females can deposit one to five eggs a day and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in their lifetime. Under normal room temperatures and with an adequate food supply, they can live for more than 300 days, often making treatment challenging.

Here are some tips to prevent bed bugs at home:

Inspect your home for signs of bed bugs regularly. Check the places where bed bugs hide during the day, including mattress tags and seams, and behind baseboards, headboards, electrical outlets and picture frames.
Decrease clutter around your home to make it easier to spot bed bugs on your own or during professional inspections.
Inspect your residence regularly—when you move-in, after a trip, when a service worker visits or after guests stay overnight.
Examine all secondhand furniture before bringing it inside your home. This is a common way for bed bugs to be introduced into homes.
Wash and dry your bed linens often, using the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.

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Bed bugs wreak havoc on rush-hour subway commute in Queens
By David Meyer and Kenneth Garger
January 22, 2020 | 10:11pm | Updated

A bed bug sighting inside an MTA subway control tower in Queens led to rush-hour delays Wednesday night as workers left the infected area, the agency said.

Delays began at about 4:30 p.m. on the Queens Boulevard subway line, disrupting the E, F, M and R trains, after an employee saw one of the creepy crawlers at the Forest Hills-71st control tower, city transit boss Andy Byford said in a statement.

The affected tower, known as the Continental Master Control Tower, is where track switches at 71st Avenue are controlled, according to the city subway Twitter account.

“Without human operators, our ability to turn trains around at the terminal was compromised,” the tweet continued.

The tower was fumigated and staff were allowed back in by about 7:30 p.m., Byford said.

Full service was being restored by 8:30 p.m.

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Dead homeless man found covered in bed bugs on subway train

By Anabel Sosa
January 22, 2020 | 12:48pm | Updated

It’s enough to make your skin crawl.

A dead homeless man was found covered in bed bugs on an uptown D train Tuesday night, according to police sources.

Straphangers reported the grisly discovery and alerted police when the train pulled into Manhattan’s 59th Street-Columbus Circle station around 8:40 p.m., sources said.

The man was pronounced dead on the scene, sources said. It was unclear how long he had been dead.

Police are trying to identify the man, who is believed to be in his 40s, and they did not expect foul play.

The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

The death was reported the same day the city released data on its six-month-old program aimed at getting homeless subway dwellers into shelters. The project has only experienced a 36.8 percent take-up rate, according to the city.

Reports of dead bodies on the trains typically increase during the winter when more homeless New Yorkers head underground, the union representing transit workers told the Post.

Nelson Rivera, administrative vice president for the union, Transport Workers Union Local 100, said the city has been failing to adequately address the homeless crisis, leaving workers and riders to deal with occasionally “traumatizing” discoveries.

“It’s a sad situation — every winter this is prevalent because you have people seeking shelter on the trains,” Rivera said. “But the police come to take these people and there are no resources and nowhere to take them. They get bounced around.”

A rider had first flagged the D train’s conductor about the body, who then called in the corpse to the MTA’s Rail Control Center, according to a union source.

At that point, it wasn’t clear if the person was still alive.

“The conductor said he couldn’t tell — and he wasn’t going to touch him,” the source said.

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Bed bugs spotted again at MTA control tower in Queens

By David Meyer and Tamar Lapin
January 27, 2020 | 10:19pm

The key MTA control tower in Queens that was fumigated due to bed bugs last week — causing major delays — had to be sprayed for the third time on Monday.

One creepy crawler was spotted Monday afternoon at the Forest Hills-71st Street station tower that controls turnarounds for M and R trains, an MTA spokesman confirmed.

The bug was “secured and confirmed deceased,” said MTA communications director Tim Minton.

The infected terminal, known as the Continental Master Control Tower, will be treated tonight between midnight and 2 a.m., Minton said.

Staffers first said they spotted bed bugs at the terminal on two occasions in December, but a dog trained to sniff them out found none.

On Jan. 8, an employee reported seeing of the bloodsuckers near some chairs and that area was fumigated.

No bed bugs were found on that day but the dog confirmed they were there.

The entire terminal was sprayed last Wednesday after a sighting of the pests.

Staffers at the tower were pulled out so the area could be treated and weren’t allowed back for hours, disrupting the E, F, M and R trains during rush hour.

The fumigation on Monday night wasn’t expected to impact service.

Officials said they didn’t know where the bugs were coming from.

The four chairs that employees had been worried were the cause of the infestation were removed and will be replaced, a rep said.

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NYC building residents are itching for court to solve bedbug problem
By Dean Balsamini
November 7, 2020 | 6:19pm

These Manhattan building dwellers are itching for some court intervention.

Residents of the Parker Gramercy at 10 W. 15th St. are ready to rid themselves of an alleged fourth-floor hoarder who is the source of a bedbug outbreak, Manhattan Supreme documents state. But the tenant bugging everybody says extermination isn’t needed because he’s only been bitten about 18 times this year.

The 21-floor Parker Gramercy in the Flatiron District, where co-ops can go for $2 million, has a doorman and 24-hour concierge.

The bane of the building, identified as Neil McNaughton, 68, refuses to exterminate his louse lair, according to court documents.

Building property manager Lisa Golub pleaded with the court in a sworn emergency deposition Oct. 23 to compel the defendant to “immediately clean” apartment 418, which is in “Collyer’s hoarding condition” and “allowing for immediate bedbug extermination in the apartment.”

Golub warned in her affidavit that if McNaughton doesn’t follow through the “widespread issue will continue to reoccur and cause damage” to all occupants in the building.

Since December, building management has “repeatedly” warned McNaughton — but those requests have been ignored, the court papers show.

“Whether the bedbug extermination in this particular case is essential or non-essential could be debated, since I have only suffered around a dozen and a half bites” since December, McNaughton wrote to opposition attorneys.

The court filing referred to McNaughton’s conduct as “a ticking time bomb.”

Neither the plaintiff nor McNaughton immediately responded to messages.

Arheel's Uncle

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Livingston descendants, Mayflower, Collyer Brothers hoarding, is a fascinating story with lots of photos at (Amusing Planet). I'd debated the causes in college as primary reasons being blackification, blacks always increasing crimes, lack of media coverages, causing powerlessness pushing the brother's into shuttering inside home & creating a safe & full world within walls. Yesterday's Colin Flaherty podcast was about Meghan Kelly, the rest of us are living in a seemingly safe bubble thinking all is well, when it's not, and black crime is everywhere around us.


Langley Collyer.

In 1933, Langly's brother Homer lost his eyesight due to hemorrhages in the back of his eyes, prompting Langley to quit his job so that he could take care of his brother, and the two began to withdraw from society. As time progressed, the brothers became fearful of the changes happening in the neighborhood. The Great Depression had dramatically altered the economics of the society, while the large number of African-Americans moving into the neighborhood disturbed them. When teenagers started throwing rocks at their windows, they boarded up the windows and shut themselves from the rest of the world. The more recluse the brothers became the more interested the neighbors grew of their eccentricities, causing the brothers to retreat further into their dark world. Rumors began to surface that behind their closed doors were vast riches and luxuries brought from the Orient. In reality, the brothers were slowly sliding into madness.
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Mount Sinai contends with bedbug outbreak in rehab area​

Elizabeth Rosner,

Mark Lungariello and

Lee Brown

October 21, 2021 8:24pm

Bedbugs were found on the second floor of the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center on Madison Avenue, sources told The Post.
Bedbugs were found on the second floor of the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center on Madison Avenue, sources told The Post. Robert Miller

Mount Sinai dealt with a bedbug outbreak that had one staff member comparing the premises to the Rikers Island prison complex.
Some employees were alerted on Sunday to the itchy problem on the second floor of the Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Center on Madison Avenue, sources told The Post.
But it wasn’t until Wednesday that pest control workers were seen in the hospital, sources said.
That led one nurse to slam management as “completely reckless.”
“This is a hospital, not Rikers,” the nurse said, referring to the chaotic city prison complex.
The bedbugs were found in an area of the hospital where patients rehab from spinal cord injuries, sources said.
“Management should be ashamed for waiting until (Wednesday) to call pest control and continuing to put our patients in danger when they come here to heal,” one physician told The Post. A “worried and upset” relative of a patient had alerted him to the presence of the pesky bugs on Sunday afternoon, he said.
But in a statement to The Post, the hospital said the issue was dealt with promptly.
“As soon as it was discovered, we brought in environmental management and pest control,” a spokesperson for Mount Sinai Health System said. The spokesperson confirmed the bedbugs but didn’t offer an exact timeline of when the problem came to the administration’s attention.
“Earlier this week, bedbugs were identified in and around a staff area,” the spokesperson said.
“As per hospital protocol, environmental services and pest control were notified. The area was cleared of personal belongings, closed, treated and disinfected.”
A dog trained in pest inspection sniffed around the second floor with a little black vest with the words “Working Dog” emblazoned on it.
Some workers were wearing extra PPE amid the infestation, with a physician claiming to have seen one nurse in “head to toe” PPE gear.
One former patient also told The Post that bedbugs were found in the hospital’s ER about a month ago, and he had to hire an inspection company to check his Upper West Side home to make sure none came home with him.

That was confirmed by John Brickman, a partner at NYC Bed Bug Inspections — but he stressed that Mount Sinai was not a particular problem area, with other hospitals also having issues.
“We get calls from everywhere — hotels, department stores, airports and, yeah, hospitals,” he said, stressing that they are “normally just isolated incidents that are treated” and quickly cleared.
“It never stops. Anywhere there’s human traffic you run the risk of catching bedbugs,” he warned.
Hospitals are particularly vulnerable because they “can’t deny people at the door” so they end up “taking whatever they have,” he said.
“Some hospitals also deal with more homeless people than others, and that’s why you have some that are more infested than others because of the type of people coming in and out.
“But generally there’s a protocol in place at each one to help remediate anything that’s happening,” he said.
The company was not called in for service in this week’s problem.

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Philadelphia Jumps To 2nd On Orkin’s 2022 Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List​

By CBS3 StaffJanuary 10, 2022 at 6:40 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia is creeping closer to the top of a list no one wants to be on. The city jumped to second place on Orkin’s list of the top cities with the most bed bug infestations, only trailing Chicago.
Philadelphia moved up 12 spots from last year.
New York, Detroit and Baltimore rounded out the top five.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was new to the list this year at No. 42.
The experts say you should regularly look for bed bugs in places they like to hide, including mattress tags, behind baseboards, electrical outlets and picture frames.