The NY Daily News has finally run a full feature on the Bedbug infestation making its way across the city. Out here in Bushwick, we've been taking precautions for months. An artist loft across the street had a scare this summer leading to some leases being terminated and a number of couches/mattresses being thrown to the curb, marked with the Scarlet Letters "BEDBUGS" in paint.
"The numbers are off the charts: In 2004, New Yorkers placed 537 calls to 311 about bedbugs in their homes; the city slapped 82 landlords with bedbug violations, data show. In the most bedbug-riddled district, Bushwick in Brooklyn, HPD issued 172 violations this year, up from four in 2004; it responded to 476 complaints, up from 47."
The gold in the article comes alongside Museum of Natural History entomologist Louis Sorkin's quote:
"Prolific reproducers and hardy survivors, they can thrive in penthouses, flophouses or any environment where they can locate warm-blooded hosts, said Louis Sorkin, an entomologist at the Museum of Natural History who keeps a colony of 1,000 bedbugs in his office and lets them feed on his arm." He let's them feed on his arm? Doesn't that just make you appreciate your co-workers just a little bit more?