As it turns out, the New York City bedbug takeover isn’t done yet. J.Crew, everyone’s favorite purveyor of classic American clothing, has found evidence of exactly one bedbug one at its office at 2 Penn in New York City. The letter below, circulated to the brand’s New York employees, indicates that J.Crew’s other office at 770 Broadway and all of its stores are bedbug free.
“To all New York Associates:
Concerns around bed bugs continue to be a major issue in New York City. As I am sure you are aware, rumors are rampant. With that in mind, over a month ago we made the decision to proactively test for the presence of bed bugs in our offices and stores. We were notified today that one bed bug was found in our 2 Penn location. We believe that this incident is isolated and are treating the immediate and surrounding area.
We will continue to test our locations on a regular basis and quickly remediate any bed bug detection. Our testing process is to bring in a specially trained dog to detect the presence of bed bugs and larvae. In the event that such evidence is found, the affected area and surrounding areas will be treated. We will also retest the area to ensure the issue has been resolved.
We take these matters very seriously and encourage associates to voice any concerns or questions by speaking with your Manager or HR.”
We find it a little difficult to believe that there was only one bedbug found — as we learned when there were bugs found in Hollister, Lincoln Center, Victoria’s Secret and at Niketown, bedbugs travel in packs and reproduce fast. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire; where there’s one bedbug there are likely to be many, many more.
Still, we have to tip our hats to J.Crew for being so proactive about the problem. Even if they haven’t prevented bugs from getting into their house, they’re still doing everything they can possibly do. And at this point, with no clear way to stop the little devils, that’s all we can really ask for.
[Via The Cut]