As a child, you may have been advised to “sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite,” but most likely no one ever told you that someday you’d have to be wary of the little pests at work, too. Such is the case at New York’s Time Warner Center, home of CNN, where a human resources e-mail recently alerted staffers to a bed bug infestation, reports TVNewser.
The e-mail assured employees that the building facilities department was working with environmentally safe pest control providers to eradicate the parasites during non-working hours, and the Wall Street Journal has since reported that "the problem was treated by professionals and is no longer an issue," but this is only one infestation in what has proven to be a growing epidemic. While New York has arguably seen the worst of it, with a number of recent closures of retail stores such as Victoria’s Secret and Abercrombie & Fitch, the bed bug crisis is nationwide.
Part of the problem is that the parasitic insects can be difficult to identify and kill. Not only are they small and often mistaken for other pests, they can even evolve to resist the pesticides used against them.
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