Thursday, November 04, 2010

Waldorf has bed bugs?

Crains New York noted:

The Waldorf says it did not find evidence of bed bugs in the Drabicki's room. "The Waldorf Astoria takes allegations of bed bugs very seriously because the safety and well-being of our guests is of paramount importance," the hotel said in a statement. "While we typically do not comment on pending litigation, we will share that the hotel took the guestroom in question out of service and had it inspected by an outside specialist. The official inspection reports stated there was no evidence or indication of bed bugs."

According to the Drabicki's lawyer, Alan Schnurman, who is filing a lawsuit in Supreme Court of New York County on Thursday [Nov. 4], the family brought bed bugs back to Plymouth, Mich. with them and were forced to evacuate their home for six weeks while it was treated for an infestation.

Katie Couric and the CBS Nightly News on Nov. 4, 2010 picked up the Waldorf bed bug story with Jim Axelrod reporting on a lawsuit by the Igneri family against the Waldorf-Astoria over bed bugs:

The Igneris think the bed bugs traveled home with them because their house became infested. They had to throw away furniture, clothing and toys. But the Igneris weren't embarrassed about having bedbugs - they were furious.

"I'm very angry that I thought I was going to this safe place and I ended up this in situation," Igneri said.

The Igneris are suing the hotel for $13,000 in property damages, plus pain and suffering.


In between moves, the crews of iMoveGREEN heat the inside of the trucks to 120 degrees, spray down the dollies and certify their vehicles have been checked by bedbug-sniffing dogs.

"I'm not going to take a chance," said Jeffrey Sitt, the president of iMoveGREEN.

The problem is the bugs have become resistant to many pesticides. They can live for a year - and up to six months without food - your blood. Females can lay hundreds of eggs at a time. In the war on bedbugs, man is outnumbered.

"It's going to get to warehouses. It's going to get to other trucks. It's going to continue in other industries as well. It's going to happen - it's logic," Sitt said.

In the age of bedbugs, businesses are afraid customers will bite back.


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