CNN: America’s Most Infested News Organization

The growing bed bug epidemic in New York has now reached the Fourth Estate. CNN, billed as the Most Trusted Name in News, is now the most infested. The Time Warner Center has been declared over-run by bed bugs.

Here is the internal memo:

August 13, 2010
To: TBS, Inc. Employees
From: TBS, Inc. Human Resources

The Time Warner Center Facilities Department advises that bed bugs have been detected in Time Warner Center. This determination was made after testing was conducted on several floors of the building. In response, Time Warner Facilities is working with pest control providers to address the issue in an environmentally safe manner, and during non-working hours. Generally, bed bugs do not carry or transmit disease. Information about bed bugs and their eradication is available at http://home2.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/vector/vector-faq1.pdf

If you have questions, please contact your HR adviser. And be assured that Turner Broadcasting is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy working environment.

Source: Media Bistro

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  2. Wow very interesting ……I formerly had my run in with bedbugs in the Washington, DC urban area. Nate K. has it accurate on how to get rid of bedbugs. You need a lot of Borax, too. I ultimately moved out of the aberrant apartment. At the new apartment building despite all new fittings and rounds of washing all garments in hot water with Borax, I saw one bedbug the third day in the new apartment. That’s when I brought in the steamer.
    ,thats my idea……..

  3. There’s a narrative that bedbugs are resurgent because we’ve “banned” the insecticides that were effective against them, but the evidence doesn’t support that.

    The leading edge of the bedbug epidemic coincided with the pest-control industry’s early 1990’s transition from spray-based roach insecticides to bait-based insecticides. This transition wasn’t driven by regulation (you can still buy the old roach spray insecticides) but by effectiveness: the bait was *much* better at killing roaches. Unfortunately, a side effect of the all-bait/no-spray approach is that bedbugs were no longer being ‘accidentally’ killed by pervasive roach spraying.

    If the Jan 1 1973 banning of DDT had caused the bedbug epidemic, we’d have seen the epidemic start in the late 70s or early 80s. Instead, we didn’t see bedbugs show up in force until the past decade … a few years after roach bait replaced roach sprays for purely *commercial* reasons.

  4. I was doing my usual blog rounds, and found more on bedbugs today over at Alternet. For those who travel frequently or live in a dense urban environment, government restrictions on pesticides are ruining lives and destroying personal wealth.

    It is just a matter of time before suits against airlines, bus lines, furniture retailers, clothing stores, and even employer workplaces seek to recoup the health and tremendous property costs of these infestations.

  5. Gee… when I lived in NYC all we had to worry about were the roaches, rats, and the occasional alligator that got flushed down the toilet!

  6. I already had my run in with bedbugs in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Nate K. has it correct on how to get rid of bedbugs. You need a lot of Borax, too. I eventually moved out of the offending apartment. At the new apartment despite all new furniture and rounds of washing all clothes in hot water with Borax, I saw one bedbug the third day in the new apartment. That’s when I brought in the steamer. Steamed everything in the bedroom and the apartment; and, never saw another one again. However, I learned what a good cleaning method steaming is and still use it on a quarterly basis–steaming the entire apartment. I don’t live on the east coast anymore and am very happy to be awary from the bedbugs, cockroaches, heat, humidity, and Congress Critters. We are, however, having a heatwave in what is normally a cool area in the Pacific Northwest. But, it isn’t humid.

  7. We’re all going to get a LOT smarter about bedbugs as the epidemic progresses; sadly, the current levels of ignorance are only helping to further spread the infestation.

    Bedbugs like to live in any textured surface (i.e. a surface that has small crevices where they can hide) that is near a reliable source of warm blood. So yeah, they like to make their home in beds. And nightstands. And bedboards. And anything else that humans will often sit/stand/lay still near — which includes office furniture.

    People have no idea how easy it is to introduce bedbugs into their home — from used furniture, or from bugs/eggs carried in on luggage. And people have no idea how incredibly hard and traumatic it is to get rid of bedbugs — you basically have to clean, steam, or throw away *everything* you own, in addition to having an exterminator repeatedly treat your home. But we will all learn the full horrors of bedbug infestation, eventually.

  8. Yissisl, 🙂

    Wikpedia tells you everything. Bed bugs are red blood eating parasites that love, among other things, chickens. From their article:

    “One recent theory about bedbug reappearance involves potential geographic epicentres. Investigators have found three apparent United States epicentres at poultry facilities in Arkansas, Texas, and Delaware. It was determined that workers in these facilities were the main spreaders of these bedbugs, unknowingly carrying them to their places of residence and elsewhere after leaving work.[61]”

  9. Federal meddling with effective pesticides for bedbugs has led directly to this crisis.

    The Ohio state government recently demanded that the EPA grant an emergency exemption request for the most effective remaining treatment, Propoxur.

    In June 2010, the EPA denied this request, and Propoxur is no longer manufactured. The product can still be found for sale in a few online locations.

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