Bed Bugs Make Lincoln Center Premier

Lincoln Center in New York is joining the growing group of establishments that have been plagued by bed bugs. According to the Associated Press, bed bugs were discovered in a dressing room at the David H. Koch Theater, of the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera.

Bed bugs, although not disease carriers, can bite, leaving people with uncomfortable, itchy wounds. Although bed bugs have not been seen in any significant numbers in the United States in the past 50 years, they have returned in earnest, showing up in movie theaters, dressing rooms, hospitals, colleges, and libraries.

Some popular stores, including Nike Inc.’s flagship store, NikeTown, in Manhattan; Victoria’s Secret; Hollister; and Abercrombie and Fitch have needed to bring in experts to remove the pests. Offices—Sirius Radio headquarters and the Wall Street Journal headquarters were recent victims—have recently suffered infestations, as well as dressing rooms, at least one Manhattan theatre, housing projects, and chic apartment buildings.

Many feel the growing problem with bed bug infestations has been linked to increased travel and, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the public’s lack of information on bed bug prevention. The agency stresses there is no one, quick response, but that infestation management can be achieved via a collaboration of “chemical and non-chemical methods,” quoted Information Week previously.

For now, Lincoln Center has gone dark, although the opera’s fall season opens later this month; the ballet company left last week, said the AP. According to theatre spokeswoman Maggie McKeon, the outbreak has been confirmed after having been reported online by the New York Observer in which an email dated October 8th from Mark Heiser, the theater’s managing director, was cited, wrote the AP. Heiser said treatment for the infestation was in progress.

At least five states have sought assistance from the Department of Defense and the state of Ohio recently asked the EPA for permission to use a banned pesticide, said ABC News previously. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the US is experiencing what Wake My NC described as an “alarming” return of the tiny bloodsucking parasites.

The reduced use of powerful pesticides like dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), which was banned in the 1960s, as well as use of narrow spectrum products targeting specific pests, have enabled the bugs to survive, thrive, and develop pesticide resistance. Now, they are seemingly everywhere and appear to be virtually unresponsive to chemicals, which only seem to be having a negative effect on people.

The EPA has issued a warning against using outdoor chemicals indoors pointing out that some of these chemicals adversely affect the central nervous system and can lead to skin and eye irritation. Worse, some of these chemicals have been linked to some cancers.

The resurgent pests have sparked at least two lawsuits and many more lawsuits are expected as the pests continue to show up in an ever-growing range of areas.

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