Bed Bugs Shut Down Niketown

It is widely known that bed bugs have been plaguing hotels and motels with infestations becoming more and more prevalent and widespread. The pests have been reported in movie theatres; offices; dressing rooms; and, most recently, hospitals and colleges.

Now, says Business Week, Nike Inc, the athletic clothing and shoemaker giant, just temporarily shut down its Niketown store on East 57th street in Manhattan after discovering bed bugs there. “We are taking all proper steps to eradicate the problem and we expect the store to reopen shortly,” said a statement issued by Nike, quoted Business Week.

Business Week reported that bed bugs also have been reported in a New York City theater, “other stores, housing projects, and posh apartments.” The City of New York implemented an outreach and information program, with information that can be accessed at

Most recently, classrooms and dormitories at North Carolina’s Catawba College were inspected for the tiny bloodsucking parasites according to WSOCTV previously. Over 100 students were evacuated following reports of an infestation. Students were allowed to return after exterminators treated five buildings, WSOCTV added.

An exterminator involved in treating that infestation said that inspecting all of the campus buildings was a wise move, noting that if bed bugs are in dorms, then they are likely to be found in classrooms, wrote WSOCTV. Bedbugs are known to travel in luggage, furniture, and clothing. Once they infiltrate, they are extremely difficult to eradicate.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky report a 25-percent increase in bed bug infestations in the past 10 years, according to Market Watch, which noted that resolving an infestation can cost thousands of dollars in funds that are not always covered by insurance.

The NPMA advises consumers that bed bugs are: “Flat, brownish or reddish bugs that grow to the size of an apple seed. The marks they typically leave, spots of blood and fecal matter, can look like pepper flakes,” Missy Henriksen, NPMA spokeswoman said, quoted Market Watch.

Diligently inspect rooms for bed bugs and stains they leave on bed sheets; keep possessions off the floor; clean bags and clothing immediately upon arriving home, washing items in hot water and ensuring to dry the items in the dryer, where the high heat can kill bed bugs, said NPMA.

Many believe the growing problem could be tied to increased travel and the reduced use of powerful pesticides like dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), which was banned in the 1960s, as well as the use of narrow spectrum products targeting specific pests, allowing others to survive. Worse, bed bugs appear to be developing pesticide resistance, leading the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue a warning against using outdoor chemicals indoors, said The New Star. Some can have adverse effects on the central nervous system and can cause skin and eye irritation and cancer.

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