The latest New York location to be shut down by these little blood-suckers is Manhattan’s flagship store, Niketown. The pests forced Nike to close its doors on Saturday, September 18, 2010, and while they are taking the proper steps to reopen soon, no one knows when exactly that will be. For now, the windows to the five-story building are covered in brown paper while they attempt to get the situation under control.
In addition to Nike, several other New York stores have been fighting this pesky problem. These include Victoria’s Secret, Hollister, and Abercrombie & Fitch. The little buggers have also been found in Google’s New York City office, the Time Warner Center, the Empire State Building, a Times Square movie theater, and several hotels.
If so many of these bugs are in public places like these, it makes you wonder how many regular people are dealing with this issue. According to a recent poll, 11% of New Yorkers’ homes have been infested, and 28% have a close friend or relative who have had the same problem. 9% have seen them in a store and 9% have had them where they work.
Is your town infested? See if it makes the list of the 15 cities with the worst bed bug problems:
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