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August 18, 2010


Bed bugs and the end of the world

Bed bugs and movie theaters

Today's news that the AMC 25 movie theater on 42nd St is closed due to bed bug infestation is just one of many increasingly alarming reports of bed bugs that have been plaguing the city for the last few years.

It's bad enough that the Brooklyn DA's office, the city's counsel, and the Park Slope Pavilion movie theater all reported bugs lately, as well as 10% of apartments in New York City and "Broadway theaters, judges chambers, health clubs, stores, and movie theaters," according to exterminators.

But there are some months that I spend a major portion of my waking hours at the AMC 25. I'm a card-carrying MovieWatcher Club member. I saw Scott Pilgrim at a $6 matinee (best deal in town!) a mere 4 days ago. My world has been invaded.

No one is safe. You may have thought the world as we know it would end with nuclear warfare, or we'd run out of clean water, or a giant tsunami would flood the earth. But you would be wrong. Because the end of world is coming, and it's bed bugs.

When I first read the reports of the AMC 25 infestation, I thought, you know, in five years, the entire city is going to be totally overrun with bed bugs. They'll be everywhere. We're all going to be hypervigilant maniacs wrapping our bodies in garbage bags to go to restaurants and ride the subway.

Then I was like, hey, wait.

Now that the apocalypse is here, the best way to cope is by embracing reality, being proactive, and planning your 2010 Halloween costume.

Sexy Bed Bug! Bed Bug Zombie!

sexy bed bug

zombie bed bug

Gonna be a truly terrifying Halloween.

categories: Health, NYC
posted by amy at 4:20 PM | #

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I do think the bedbug infestation is here to stay. Though it's really disgusting, and I hope it doesn't spread to other cities.

Posted by: T-Rock at August 19, 2010 12:32 PM

Oh really, there isn't a bed bug problem in DC? (yet?) I was doing some research on London hotels recently and read lots of reports of bugs there, complete with the horrifying photographic evidence that has become far too common on the front pages of NYC tabloids.

If bed bugs are infesting NY subway benches, clothing stores, hotels, apartments, offices, and movie theaters, I don't see how other cities along major travel routes won't get buggy, too. Sort of like syphilis in port cities in the 16th-19th centuries, but even nastier.

Posted by: amy at August 19, 2010 2:47 PM

Dude, that is CLEARLY a sexy lady bug costume. Not a bed bug at all.

Posted by: Marcy at August 19, 2010 9:15 PM

Of course it is. You've got to think outside the box a little--the sexy bed bug prefab costume doesn't exist yet! Just carry a box of popcorn or wear a Hollister t-shirt with it and you're all set.


Posted by: amy at August 19, 2010 10:50 PM

The most effective control must be invented and should implement in all theaters in the US.

Posted by: at June 30, 2011 11:30 PM

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