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NY Bedbug Problem Causes 2 Abercrombie Stores to Close Temporarily

submitted on July 6, 2010 by HouTex in "Stores / Merchants"
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38.....ss-retail/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.....36438.html

On July 2, Abercrombie & Fitch found bedbugs in its South Street Seaport location, prompting the closure of that store only days after shuttering its Epic Hollister store in SoHo, according to company officials. The Hollister store reopened July 3, but the Abercrombie store will remain closed until July 8, 2010.

Their flagship store on Fifth Avenue is so far bedbug-free, but exterminators report that infestations in Manhattan commercial spaces are becoming increasingly common, including banks, hotels, offices, libraries and hospitals. As a precaution, products returned to A & F stores will be quarantined and tested.

The National Pest Management Association advises that bedbugs "could be coming home in a bag, on merchandise or a suitcase,” and recommends that consumers follow some simple tips when in stores:

- Be aware of any stains that seem unusual on clothing. The stains could be telltale blood spots left by feeding bed bugs.
- Inspect clothing carefully before purchasing.
- Check behind dressing room mirrors and any other crevices where bed bugs could hide — even wall sockets — before trying on clothing.
- Hang your clothes on hooks, rather than lay them across cushioned seats in dressing rooms or on the carpeted floor as these are safe and popular havens for bed bugs.
- Always inspect your shopping bags before bringing them into the house.
- Wash all of your new clothes in hot water and tumble dry on high heat prior to wearing for the first time.
     

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  • 69078
    tammy987
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    Posted by tammy987 on July 6, 2010
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    Yuk! Razz
  • 69080
    vectra5
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    Posted by vectra5 on July 6, 2010
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    ouch... those suckers all over NYC now.. I know this since I am from there and just recently had to deal with bed bugs at my place....
  • 69139
    pablos17
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    Posted by pablos17 on July 7, 2010
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    The last tip:

    - Wash all of your new clothes in hot water and tumble dry on high heat prior to wearing for the first time.


    This may ruin some clothing, unless you want to dress your kid's doll in overpriced Abercrombie wear.
  • 69149
    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on July 7, 2010
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    True meaning to the saying "Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite".
  • 75105
    tammy987
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    5 1 1
    Posted by tammy987 on August 18, 2010 [reply] 0 0
  • 75108
    vectra5
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    Posted by vectra5 on August 18, 2010
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    Last night an AMC movie theater was shut down in Times Square for bed bug treatment..... this is crazy!
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    • vectra5
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      Posted by vectra5 on August 18, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      Hmm... Puzzles me......
  • 75249
    iggy27
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    Posted by iggy27 on August 18, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    gross
  • 76336
    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on August 25, 2010
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    The problem is spreading to other cities, according to a Fox News report.
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,600115,00.html
    The pest control company Terminix released on 8/24/10 a list of the 15 most bedbug-infested cities, based on an analysis of call volume reporting bedbug infestations and of confirmed bedbug cases reported by sales professionals in 350 of the company's service centers.

    1. New York City
    2. Philadelphia, PA
    3. Detroit, MI
    4. Cincinnati, OH
    5. Chicago, IL
    6. Denver, CO
    7. Columbus, OH
    8. Dayton, OH
    9. Washington, DC
    10. Los Angeles, CA
    11. Boston, MA
    12. Indianapolis, IN
    13. Louisville, KY
    14. Cleveland, OH
    15. Minneapolis, MN

    Insect scientists say bedbugs are showing up on a scale not seen since before World War II, due to the rise in international travel and the elimination of certain chemicals once used to fight them. High-traffic areas such as hotels, airplanes and cruise ships are especially prone to infestations.
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    • lootango
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      Posted by lootango on August 25, 2010
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      They are everywhere! From now on, all house guests must shower before going to their rooms. Wink
    • 76400
    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on August 25, 2010
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      We're going to screen everyone outside the door before entering the house!
      Seriously, there has been a report on the news here that entire apartment buildings are getting an infestation. The owners are arguing with the tenants about who brought the bedbugs instead of calling the exterminator, probably because the treatment is so costly. But every day they delay, the problem spreads. Sad
  • 76346
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on August 25, 2010
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    I heard that bedbugs are among the most pesticide-resistant insects and disinfestation may cost big $$$ and include several repeat visits by the terminators
  • 76363
    gigi s
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    Posted by gigi s on August 25, 2010
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    they are every where no matter how clean your house
  • 76364
    vectra5
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    Posted by vectra5 on August 25, 2010
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    As someone who just finished exterminating bedbugs at my place, I say I've gone through hell.. Aside from all the bites you get every morning, it also affects your mental state when you realize you are losing the battle to those creatures.. There are a lot of pest control companies out there and they all have different methods of dealing with bed bugs.. Some use cryonics ( they try to freeze them to death), others with chemicals, steam... Some methods are better than others, so one's got to do some research before deciding which one to choose - as the treatment is very costly.
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    • YanBz
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      Posted by YanBz on August 25, 2010 [reply] 0 0
      Sorry to hear this, vectra. Here is a very good NY Times article that some may find useful:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07.....ted=1&_r=1

      Exposure to high temperatures is the only sure way to kill bed bugs


      I am getting itches all over my body from just thinking about the bedbugs
  • 76402
    deby32953
    professor
    Posted by deby32953 on August 25, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    M-m-m-m-m. Making me hungry. When I lived overseas in Turkey, we just wiped the bugs & dirt off our bread before we ate it. My daughter when she was tiny used to love eating bugs. Had to watch her every second she was outside!! LOL
  • 80293
    HouTex
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    Posted by HouTex on September 22, 2010
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    Things are not getting any better. Niketown on East 57th Street in Manhattan was closed temporarily this week after bedbugs were discovered there, too. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39.....ss-retail/
    NYC has launched an information and outreach campaign to help people understand how the bugs are spread and how to get rid of them. Information from the city's health department is posted online at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/ht.....faq1.shtml


    Entomologists are gathering this week for a 2-day summit in a suburb of Chicago to discuss the latest research and detection and treatment techniques. Trained dogs can sniff out the bugs, which can be killed with chemicals, heat and steam. A Canadian firm contends that freezing the pests with a carbon dioxide vapor is safe, chemical-free, but only 98% effective. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39.....hicago_il/
  • 80305
    deby32953
    professor
    Posted by deby32953 on September 22, 2010 [reply] 0 0
    OMG! How disgusting!

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