A couple of weeks ago, we reported on a bit of a bedbug breakout in the Brooklyn D.A.’s office. We thought it was kind of funny, but people who work in that office are not laughing. Instead, emails have been flying around the office — and one message in particular is both informative and hysterical. It’s just hard to decide if it’s hysterical (haha) or hysterical (dogs and cats living together).

The emails are coming from someone who calls himself or herself “Not Taking Bed Bugs” (“NTBB”). This individual is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. NTBB is trying to incite some collective action from the employees in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office:

Please photograph every bed bug bite you get. Keep records of where in the office you were when you noticed it. Always inform [Lady Scapegoat] via email – exactly how many bites. She needs your help. She needs to know. They need a “paper trail” to document the progress.

Keep your own record of bed bug sighting and always inform [Lady Scapegoat] via email immediately exactly where and when. She needs your help. She needs to know. They need a “paper trail” to document the progress.

IF YOU ARE ANXIOUS FROM BED BUGS, PLEASE CALL IN SICK. ANXIETY IS A DISEASE WITH A MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS.

Also a disease: mass hysteria…

Not Taking Bed Bugs gives some helpful biographical information:

WHO AM I?

Just like you, I am an employee of the KCDA [Kings County District Attorney's Office].

Just like you I don’t like bed bugs, in fact, I hate bed bugs.

Probably unlike you, I know that adult bed bugs are smaller than the tip if a match.

Now that we both know this, just like you, I am afraid that I will bring bed bugs from the office to my home.

Just like you, I am afraid that my children will be bitten by bed bugs and be uncomfortable or in pain or even get an infection in the bite and have to take antibiotics.

Just like you, I love my children and think I am a good parent. But, how can a good parent expose a child to discomfort, pain, and infection?

But, if I don’t go to work, we will have no money.

Maybe it’s time to take that lower paying job or that higher paying job with more hours that is a further commute? At least they don’t have bed bugs!! But, what if they get bed bugs?

I am afraid that my family will have to throw away our beds and furniture.

We don’t have money to buy new beds.

We don’t have money to hire an exterminator.

I really, really can’t handle the stress of debed bugging the house and scraping the money together to do this!!

WHY SHOULD I PAY TO FIX SOMETHING THE KCDA BROKE IN MY HOUSE?

WHY I AM WRITING AND SENDING THE OFFICE THIS EMAIL:
PART I: THE KCDA DOES NOT CARE ABOUT BED BUGS

The KCDA must be too busy caring about black people to spare time on the bedbug epidemic.

Not Taking Bed Bugs goes into a lengthy history of bed bug problems in the DA’s office. But really it looks like NTBB is setting up a class warfare issue. Paralegals and other plebes apparently work on lower floors, where the bed bugs have been reported. The big-time lawyers in the office work on the 19th floor:

The very sad truth is THE KCDA DOES NOT CARE about bed bugs-as long as the beg bugs stay off the 19th floor. None reports so far on 19, right (Do their vents connect to the rest of the office? Do the elevators stop there? Have they been preemptively exterminating there for years?)?

After a lengthy pasting of every bed bug email and article this person could dig up — including one where people planned to “go commando,” after a report of bed bugs at Victoria’s Secret — NTBB gets back to being completely apoplectic:

Since March 11, 2009 (over one year ago), when the City Council stated there was a “Bed Bug Epidemic,”

WHAT DID THE KCDA DO TO PREEMPT THE EMINENT BED BUGS?
NOTHING!!!
WHY NOT?
DOING SOMETHING COSTS $$MONEY$$$.

Why spend $1 now to save $10 next year?

LETS PUT OUR 19th FLOOR HEADS IN THE SAND & HOPE FOR THE BEST!!…

Why invest in the future? Lets run this office on paper until we run out of trees and they stop making paper!

Let’s wait and see if we get bed bugs and spend millions ($5,000 per dog) on incorrectly exterminating the building (more on that later)!!

WHAT DID THE KCDA DO TO PLAN FOR AN EMINENT BED BUG INFESTATION?

mandatory employee training on bed bugs:
compensated with overtime pay or comp time (employee choice) because:
ain’t no one else doin’ your job while you at training ‘bout critters
no one told you u was goin’ double as an entomologist when ya took this job
bed bugs don’t leave no honey like bees and their asses don’t light up like fireflies, they bite ya

Still with me? Good, because now the emails get crazy:

PART III: HOW STPID CAN YOU BE?
Pound wise and penny foolish!
The building is 20 floors.
All 20 are connected by the air vents.
So, if one floor had bed bugs, all the floors have bed bugs.

The NYC Law Department just sent in dogs to do a preemptive bed bug strike (ah! If [Lady Scapegoat] had had the foresight!) and both floors had bed bugs!!

20% of misdemeanor folders are at 120 Skimahorn Street at any given time. SO, 120 Skimahorn has bed bugs! The bed bugs don’t jump out of the folders and into the office as they get brought down the hall.
10% of our felony folders are at 150 Jay Street – see above.

So, using 20% of your brain, you would figure that all 3 building have to me exterminated simultaneously from top to bottom and then bottom to top.

Sending in dogs does nothing if you do not immediately exterminate, and exterminate the entire floor, at least.

All electric outlets should be unscrewed and removed. All light switch pads should be unscrewed and removed. All folders and books should be removed from the office and placed in storage for 2 years until the bed bugs die. All couches and chairs should be discarded, they are like beds. All carpet should be ripped up. All wall art should be removed. All cracks in the walls should be fixed.

I’m not saying this is cheap. But, it’s the right way and the only way that is going to do it.

We can meander along spending pennies for the rest of our existence while we learn not to document anything from [Lady Scapegoat] and the problem maintains the status quo or gets worse. People will get bitten and get infections and sue the office for an unsafe work environment. Which by the way, you need to lay the ground work for the litigation by mailing the office a letter stating you are concerned for your health and safety as a result of the bed bugs so that when you are the one that gets an infection, you have a “leg” to stand on in court as you had already informed them that your health and safety was in jeopardy! Send it on a regular basis although you will get no response. This way they can’t defend and say they thought concern ended because you did not renew the fear. Someone will get bed bugs in their house and sue for property damages from an unsafe work environment. They can’t make you take home a nuclear bomb and store it in your garage can they? So, how can they make you take home bed bugs?…

The problem has increased 10 fold due to the penny wise and pound foolish mentality of the office. Some have quit, others are bring changes of clothing in ziplock bags. We’ve all been bitten several times and a few of us brought it home and cry every day. You wonder if [Sad Girl] is correct – the amount of money she is spending from bringing a bed bug home, she could have quit for 2 years! $5,000 a dog!!??

Poor [Sad Boy] brought it home and he just sits at his desk all day staring at the wall. He says he is too stressed to talk about it.

????WHEN DO WE STRIKE???

Honestly, I don’t know that I’ve ever been as angry about anything as Not Taking Bed Bugs is angry about bed bugs.

You have to wonder: Can NTBB possibly keep his or her job after this? Maybe so. The KCDA doesn’t need to make the first martyr of the great bed bug wars.

The complete email is reprinted below for your reading pleasure.

Earlier: Bed Bug Emails From Brooklyn


KINGS COUNTY BED BUG INFORMATION EMAIL — NOT TAKING BED BUGS

Please circulate this email to as many people as possible within the office.

Please do not alter this email and add or remove things. Please email me suggested additions. If
Enough people respond with suggestions, I will make a new email.

If you did not originally receive this email from me at the address nottakingbedbugs@google.com and you want to be added to future emails, send me an email and put your complete email address only in the subject heading followed by a ;

I suggest you provide your “out of the office email” because I have a feeling the office is going to block emails sent by me.

Please photograph every bed bug bite you get. Keep records of where in the office you were when you noticed it. Always inform [Lady Scapegoat] via email – exactly how many bites. She needs your help. She needs to know. They need a “paper trail” to document the progress.

Keep your own record of bed bug sighting and always inform [Lady Scapegoat] via email immediately exactly where and when. She needs your help. She needs to know. They need a “paper trail” to document the progress.

IF YOU ARE ANXIOUS FROM BED BUGS, PLEASE CALL IN SICK. ANXIETY IS A DISEASE WITH A MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS.

WHO AM I?

Just like you, I am an employee of the KCDA.

Just like you I don’t like bed bugs, in fact, I hate bed bugs.

Probably unlike you, I know that adult bed bugs are smaller than the tip if a match.

Now that we both know this, just like you, I am afraid that I will bring bed bugs from the office to my home.

Just like you, I am afraid that my children will be bitten by bed bugs and be uncomfortable or in pain or even get an infection in the bite and have to take antibiotics.

Just like you, I love my children and think I am a good parent. But, how can a good parent expose a child to discomfort, pain, and infection?

But, if I don’t go to work, we will have no money.

Maybe it’s time to take that lower paying job or that higher paying job with more hours that is a further commute? At least they don’t have bed bugs!! But, what if they get bed bugs?

I am afraid that my family will have to throw away our beds and furniture.

We don’t have money to buy new beds.

We don’t have money to hire an exterminator.

I really, really can’t handle the stress of debed bugging the house and scraping the money together to do this!!

WHY SHOULD I PAY TO FIX SOMETHING THE KCDA BROKE IN MY HOUSE?

WHY I AM WRITING AND SENDING THE OFFICE THIS EMAIL:

PART I: THE KCDA DOES NOT CARE ABOUT BED BUGS

I did some research on bed bugs.

I thought about our situation.

Email #1:

Subject: Thanks for the Training, [Lady Scapegoat]

Dear ADA [Lady Scapegoat]:

I saw a bed bug in my office. It looked like the photos of mature adult bed bugs we saw in Bed Bug Training. The girl in the cub next to me grabbed the color photo and we quickly compared the photo to the bug using those great “bed bug magnifying glasses” you gave all of us. I captured the bed bug with the “bed bug paper towels” you gave us and applied pressure to it while blowing the “mini bed bug hairdryer” on it for 3 minutes, just like I learned in Bed Bug Training.

We murdered it! I had a wake for the bed bug. He was Irish, William O’Connel, Jr. The open bar at the wake was, well, Irish, as the bill will show. I saved the corpse in the sealed containers you provided (they look like them Petri dishes I used in 7th grade science) to give to the entomologist you hired to eliminate the bed bug problem. No one can remember from the Bed Bug training what we are supposed to do with the sealed Petri dish so the entomologist can verify it is a bed bug. You were so right a Bed Bug training when you said it takes all 3 rings of the circus we work in to close the petting zoo and bring back the good old 3 ring circus we all know how to navigate and love!

I love you [Lady Scapegoat].

Love,

Bed Bug Terminator, Payroll

Email #2

Subject: Bed bug anxiety = out sick until further notice

Dear [Lady Scapegoat]:

I thought I had a few bed bug bites on my right leg. I went to the office nurse, Nurse DA. She’s the greatest. So, Nurse DA said they were bed bug bites, cleaned them with alcohol and put some antibiotic cream and hydrocortisone cream on the bites to stop the unbearable itching and kill the germs and bacteria to prevent infection.

When I took this job, no one said I’d be a zoologist in a petting zoo hunting bed bugs all day while I did all the other things I do all day.

I’m experiencing anxiety defined as fear of bed bugs with one or more of following physical symptoms sweating, palpitations, feeling of stress. I don’t usually have these thoughts and physical symptoms. So, I’m going home and taking a sick day with my diagnosis being anxiety. I will not be able to return until the anxiety stops, which I do not think will happen until the bed bugs are gone. The other paralegal and all the ADAs in my group are having identical symptoms and also leaving as sick today and returning when the anxiety stops.

I know that if I take 5 sick days I have to provide a doctor’s note. I called my doctor and he said he would write me a note and asked me to please not come into his office because he doesn’t want bed bugs. He said I don’t need to see Dr. Shrink or take medication because it is not unfounded anxiety. He told me to do some breathing exercises and to avoid the source of the anxiety, the bed bugs. So, I’ll be providing a note stating that I am unable to work from today until further notice. Since I probably will not feel better until the bed bugs are gone, could ya’ spot me a five and let me know when I we can all have a slumber party here at night.

See you probably never [Lady Scapegoat], since you are failing miserably to even keep the status quo

Paralegal Sick of Bed Bugs

The very sad truth is THE KCDA DOES NOT CARE about bed bugs-as long as the beg bugs stay off the 19th floor. None reports so far on 19, right (Do their vents connect to the rest of the office? Do the elevators stop there? Have they been preemptively exterminating there for years?)

This is a brief history of the recent bed bug problem in NYC shows the office has known for over a year that Bed Bugs were coming to the office.

With this information, the office chose to do nothing to preempt the bed bug visit.

With this information, the office chose not to plan for the eminent bed bug visit:

March 11, 2009 (over one year ago):

City Council stated there is a “Bed Bug Epidemic” and created the “Bed Bug Advisory Board.”

Hello – anyone listening?

http://www.council.nyc.gov/html/releases/prestated_3_11_09.shtml

April 2010 (over one year ago):

Bed Bug Advisory Board gave written report “Recommendations for the Management of Bed Bugs in New York City” to the City Council. This report was immediately available to the public.

Hello – anyone reading?

http://www.council.nyc.gov/downloads/pdf/bed_bugs_report_2010.pdf

June 30, 2010

Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister Epic Store in Soho closes due to Bed Bugs

Hello – There but for the grace of God go I!!

July 2, 1010

Abercrombie & Fitch, South Street Seaport closes due to bed bugs

Hello – This isn’t the cleanest place to begin with – the vacuums look like they came from my grandmother’s basement! What is that feather duster doing?

Early July 2010:

Bed Bugs in Mid-Manhattan Public Library

Hello-Bed bugs in books? We have them!

http://gothamist.com/2010/08/05/beat_the_heat_at_the_library_where.php

July 13, 2010

King’s County Hospital

Hello – Is anyone ever home over there?!

July 17, 2010:

Victoria’s Secret

Hello – I’m going commando!

July 22, 2010

Hachette Book Group’s three floors of offices at 237 Park Ave

Hello – They are an office building, just like us!

July 28, 2010:

City Council spent $500,000 on web based portal and other initiatives recommended by Bed Bug Advisory Board “to help City residents AND BUSINESSES mitigate bed bugs.”

Hello – anyone think a bed bug infestation is eminent?

http://home2.nyc.gov/portal/site/nycgov/menuitem.c0935b9a57bb4ef3daf2f1c701c789a0/index.jsp?pageID=mayor_press_release&catID=1194&doc_name=http%3A%2F%2Fnyc.gov%2Fhtml%2Fom%2Fhtml%2F2010b%2Fdm_07-28-10.html&cc=unused1978&rc=1194&ndi=1

August 9, 2010: KCDA Let the bed bugs bite!

August 11, 2010:

Email dated sent 8/12/2010 from [Lady Scapegoat] states bed bugs were found by dogs at unspecified time on 12th, 16th, and 17th floors. 19th floor is safe.

August 12, 2010

Bergdorf Goodman’s PREEMPTIVE BED BUG PROGRAM LAUNCHED

The store enacted a preemptive bed bug prevention strategy which included hiring a company to perform routine bed bug inspections with canine scent detection.

http://www.refinery29.com/bergdorfs-trains-beagles-to-beat-bed-bugs.php

Hello – Yes, its Bergdorf Goodman answering! We hear the bed bugs are eminent. We admit we care about our profitability, but, none of us want to live with bed bugs, so we are going to preemptively prepare!

August 12, 2010

Email from [Lady Scapegoat] states bed bugs found on 15th, 16th, 17th , and 18th floors. 19th floor is still safe. So, it’s getting worse! It’s not getting better!

August 8/16/2010: KCDA extermination

THIS BEGS TWO QUESTIONS:

Since March 11, 2009 (over one year ago), when the City Council stated there was a “Bed Bug Epidemic,”

WHAT DID THE KCDA DO TO PREEMPT THE EMINENT BED BUGS?

NOTHING!!!

WHY NOT?

DOING SOMETHING COSTS $$MONEY$$$.

Why spend $1 now to save $10 next year?

LETS PUT OUR 19th FLOOR HEADS IN THE SAND & HOPE FOR THE BEST!!

worked on 9/11 and when that pipe burst and flooded the building – emergency plan went into effect without a hitch. Alternative location up and running with back-up computer scanned filed transferred and employees assigned to temporary desks. Compensation for additional transportation expense, compensation for destroyed personal property, paid lunch since your lunches were in the building and you have nowhere to go in the rain, and a comp day for the stress. Thanks guys you are the best! No, thank you, you are the best!

Why invest in the future? Lets run this office on paper until we run out of trees and they stop making paper!

Let’s wait and see if we get bed bugs and spend millions ($5,000 per dog) on incorrectly exterminating the building (more on that later)!!

WHAT DID THE KCDA DO TO PLAN FOR AN EMINENT BED BUG INFESTATION?

mandatory employee training on bed bugs:

compensated with overtime pay or comp time (employee choice) because:

ain’t no one else doin’ your job while you at training ‘bout critters

no one told you u was goin’ double as an entomologist when ya took this job

bed bugs don’t leave no honey like bees and their asses don’t light up like fireflies, they bite ya

Training Outline:

What are bed bugs? A vibratin’ game w/ a big tweezers.

What do bed bug look and feel like?

As the photos ADA [Lady Scapegoat] handed out show, mature bed bugs are a quarter of an inch long and reddish-brown. Nymphs (baby or sex addicted bed bugs, no, that’s nympo) are 1/32 of an inch long — that’s the thickness of a credit card — and whitish in color.

Besides sighting the bugs themselves, signs of a bedbug infestation may include shed skins, bites, blood drops, and DRUM ROLL….dried-up defecated blood.

Life is filled w/ rainbows!

How does an office becomes infested with bed bugs? Ya see the tornado coming and leave the front, back door, and basement door open, and send all your employees to the attic!

How do I know if my work area has become infested with bed bugs, since they are nocturnal (come out at night), they are in the outlet sockets, switch plates, draw tracks, carpet? It is. Idiot! If one office is infected they all are!

How do I report a bed bug sighting? (Capture the bug in a jar for verification? Kill it and save the corpse for an Irish wake w/ office paid bar? Try to follow it while screaming “Call someone I think the bed bugs are back, I found one in Dirty Harry’s cube!!!” Leave it alone (it ain’t botherin’ me)? Eat it for lunch (yum!)? Capture it in a jar and dump it on the 19the floor (when a bomb’s under your chair ya’ get up!)

How do I kill and dispose of a bed bug (there is a specific method-involves a hairdryer, I’m totally serious – that’s why the office handed out all those hair dryers)

What to do if you have bed bugs at home (Don’t come to work and call your librarian? Call ebay and sell them? Open a petting zoo?)

How to provide medical treatment to a bed bug bite (clean it w/ those alcohol pads the office handed out and apply that anti-itch cortisone cream the office handed out? Have it examined by the office nurse to confirm it’s a bed bug bite? Monitor it to make certain it doesn’t get infected?)

WHAT? No, I didn’t miss the training. We just had none. MAYBE THAT THE REASON WE ARE IN THE PICKLE WE ARE IN NOW!!!

O.k., so they dropped the ball – when is the above training scheduled? O.k I guess if I see a bed bug I’ll just scream “I think it’s a bed bug!! Someone do something!! It’s in Dirty Charlie’s cube! Kill it! No, follow it and call for help! No, photograph it, go get a camera from tech services!! No, capture it and dump it on 19 so they do something!!”

Part II: WHAT WE HAVE TO DO TO GET A SAFE WORK PLACE

1.) Call your union rep. Email your union rep. Fax your union rep. Send mail to you union rep. Today, tomorrow, the next day. Saturday and Sunday too. Leave voice mail messages if he does not answer the phone. Call his supervisor. Call the person covering for him while he is on vacation. JUST DO IT & DO IT EVERYDAY. Ask him or her to please come to the office to discuss the bed bug problem and at point will we be striking?

What? His wife said if he stepped foot in the KCDA Office, he should go elsewhere that night? What, he is you r union rep and he should be in the building everyday asking how it is going, with us working under these stressful conditions with no compensation for inhaling pesticides and keeping bed bug farms, running petting zoos, and hunting wild bed bugs. Learned it on Farmville.com! No-“Access Denied!” (Little insane – can’t get facebook.com but can work with a bed bug crawling up your nostril!)

2.) Get the Marriott Hotel involved. If the Marriott thinks they are losing business, they will put the pressure on the DA’s Office.

Every single one of you & every single day:

Call the Marriott on Adams Street (xxx) xxx – xxxx. This is the phone number of the actual Marriott on Adams Street. DO NOT ask for reservations (you will be transferred to a national call center).

“I want to make a reservation and I called reservations but they referred me to you directly because they couldn’t answer my question.” (This is true this is what happens when you call the national reservations number and ask these questions).

“Are you the Marriott Hotel that is in the same building as that city department that has bed bugs?”

99% of the time, the representative will lie and say “no.”

I actually had a representative pretend to be looking out the window and say, “No, there’s just a few restaurants in our building.”

Push them to admit because if they think they can get away with being vague, the exercise is useless.

“So, 350 Jay Avenue, the address of the government office, is not in the same building as the Marriott?”

“How close to the Marriott is 350 Jay Street?”

“So, when you say it’s a separate building, do you share a wall?”

“Oh, o.k. I’m not going to be making a reservation for this trip, thanks.”

Mix up the dialogue – you get the idea.

2.) Report the health and safety violation to the appropriate government agency:

OSHA does not regulate the safety and health of Public Employees, including local government employees of the State.

Section 27(a) of the NY Labor Law regulates the health and safety of local government employees of the State.

Section 27(a)(10)(a) provides explicit protection or employees exercising their rights, including making safety and health complaints.

I spoke to the Head of the NY State Department of Labor Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau. This is my understanding of our legal rights:

Bed bugs are so new a problem the legislature is behind in regulating them. For the purposes of the NY State Department of Labor Public Employee Safety and Health Bureau, bed bugs are vermin.

go to http://www.labor.ny.gov/formsdocs/wp/PESH7.pdf to get a complaint forms.

There is a form attached to this email.

Fax in a complaint form. Send in a complaint form also. Do not do it anonymously, they may think it is all coming from a few employees submitting multiple forms. It is anonymous!! Let them see that we exist and want action!

4.) Call [xxx] at (xxx) xxx-xxxx and report the health hazard and any measure you believe are not being taken.

5.) O.k. Since the public comes into the office, the problem is under the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. There are no bed bug form, yet, So, you can use the rodent form at:

http://nyc.gov/html/doh////html/pest/pestrat.shtml

5.) Pesticide Use – if you are concerned

The New York State Health Department says you have a right to know what pesticides are being used in your work place and the contents therein

Ask your employer for “Material Safety Data Sheet” (MDS)

To report or ask about pesticide exposure call Poison Control Center (212) 764 – 7667

To ask questions about pesticide products call the National Pesticide Information Center at (800) 858 – 7378

PART III: HOW STPID CAN YOU BE?

Pound wise and penny foolish!

The building is 20 floors.

All 20 are connected by the air vents.

So, if one floor had bed bugs, all the floors have bed bugs.

The NYC Law Department just sent in dogs to do a preemptive bed bug strike (ah! If [Lady Scapegoat] had had the foresight!) and both floors had bed bugs!!

20% of misdemeanor folders are at 120 Skimahorn Street at any given time. SO, 120 Skimahorn has bed bugs! The bed bugs don’t jump out of the folders and into the office as they get brought down the hall.

10% of our felony folders are at 150 Jay Street – see above.

So, using 20% of your brain, you would figure that all 3 building have to me exterminated simultaneously from top to bottom and then bottom to top.

Sending in dogs does nothing if you do not immediately exterminate, and exterminate the entire floor, at least.

All electric outlets should be unscrewed and removed. All light switch pads should be unscrewed and removed. All folders and books should be removed from the office and placed in storage for 2 years until the bed bugs die. All couches and chairs should be discarded, they are like beds. All carpet should be ripped up. All wall art should be removed. All cracks in the walls should be fixed.

I’m not saying this is cheap. But, it’s the right way and the only way that is going to do it.

We can meander along spending pennies for the rest of our existence while we learn not to document anything from [Lady Scapegoat] and the problem maintains the status quo or gets worse. People will get bitten and get infections and sue the office for an unsafe work environment. Which by the way, you need to lay the ground work for the litigation by mailing the office a letter stating you are concerned for your health and safety as a result of the bed bugs so that when you are the one that gets an infection, you have a “leg” to stand on in court as you had already informed them that your health and safety was in jeopardy! Send it on a regular basis although you will get no response. This way they can’t defend and say they thought concern ended because you did not renew the fear. Someone will get bed bugs in their house and sue for property damages from an unsafe work environment. They can’t make you take home a nuclear bomb and store it in your garage can they? So, how can they make you take home bed bugs?

Email [Lady Scapegoat] and ask for “bed bed updates” periodically and pesticide information, if you are concerned about entering an office a few hours after pesticides strong enough to kill bed bugs was sprayed. Guys, this is going to get ugly.

Or, we can spend a pound and fix the problem.

NEXT EMAIL:

The problem has increased 10 fold due to the penny wise and pound foolish mentality of the office. Some have quit, others are bring changes of clothing in ziplock bags. We’ve all been bitten several times and a few of us brought it home and cry every day. You wonder if Suzie is correct – the amount of money she is spending from bringing a bed bug home, she could have quit for 2 years! $5,000 a dog!!??

Poor Harry brought it home and he just sits at his desk all day staring at the wall. He says he is too stressed to talk about it.

????WHEN DO WE STRIKE???

REMEMBER:

Please photograph every bed bug bite you get. Keep records of where in the office you were when you noticed it. Always inform [Lady Scapegoat] via email – exactly how many bites. She needs your help. She needs to know. They need a “paper trail” to document the progress.

Keep your own record of bed bug sighting and always inform [Lady Scapegoat] via email immediately exactly where and when. She needs your help. She needs to know. They need a “paper trail” to document the progress.

What to do if you have Bed Bugs in your House:

call the Customer Contact Center at (718) 707-7771 immediately to request an appointment with a NYCHA exterminator. Also report any cracks in the plaster, especially in the bedrooms, for repair.

NYC Housing Authority Stop Bed Bugs Safely

http://home2.nyc.gov/html/nycha/html/residents/bedbugs.shtml

NYC Dep’t of Health and Mental Hygiene Bed Bug Information

http://nyc.gov search for “bed bugs”

NYC Dep’t of Health and Mental Hygiene Preventing and Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Safely

http://home2.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/vector/bed-bug-guide.pdf

NYC Dep’t of Health and Mental Hygiene Stop Bed Bugs Safely

http://home2.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/vector/vector-faq1.pdf

NYC Dep’t of Health and Mental Hygiene Choosing and Working With A Pest Control Company

http://home2.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/vector/bed-bug-exterminator-tips.pdf


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