An outbreak of bed bugs have been found in the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. The affected area was treated on Aug. 16th without closing, according to the Daily News.
Exterminators treated a reading chair in Totally Tots, an area for children four and under, using dogs to sniff out the source, as well as a mezannine. On a follow up visit on Aug. 20, two more museum locations yielded live bugs.
This type of treatment was ineffective. After the treatment, Colleen Lynch, 47, reported that, even after the second treatment, she found that an unwanted hitchhiker had followed her home from work, getting into her apartment. After treating her house, Lynch made the decision to quit her job at the museum.
“I found it intolerable to put myself at so much risk,” Lynch told the Daily News. “And many of us are uncomfortable with the ethics of keeping the museum open and not telling the public about the bugs.”
The pests were still a problem last week in the Tiny Tots section, as well as Collections and in some offices, according to a company email. The museum will treat the premise again while it is closed for it’s annual cleanup from Sept. 10 to 21.
Exterminating without closing a building may reduce the effectiveness of the treatment, and brings up health and safety concerns.
Bed Bug 911 recommends that a premise be cleared for a minimum of four hours after treatment, even though our product is safe to use around children, pets, and senior citizens. Although it is an all-natural spray, free of harsh pesticides or harsh chemical products, and therefore should never cause any health problems, we still recommend evacuating the premise first, just to be safe. This is to ensure that the treatment won’t aggravate extant health conditions.
The museum says they have used Environmental Protection Agency-approved materials in accordance with City Health Department recommendations. Museum spokesperson Anne-Rhea Smith said, “The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is committed to the safety of our visitors and our staff.”