Bed Bugs At Reebok Sports Club On Upper West Side
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Bed Bugs At Reebok Sports Club On Upper West Side:
MYFOXNY.COM - Bed bugs were recently found inside a men's locker
at the tony Reebok Sports Club/NY on the Upper West Side.
The gym at 160 Columbus Avenue confirmed to Fox 5 News that a
member whose locker was affected was immediately notified.
The items inside were fully sterilized and the surrounding lockers
were also cleaned.
"At this time, we have been told by professionals that the club
no longer has evidence of the bedbugs," according to the statement.
Reebok urged members to visit the fitness center's Facebook
page for updates.
Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on human
blood. They are not known to transmit disease, according to
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Daily News reported on Wednesday that the bugs were
found last week in the men's executive locker room at the gym where
celebrities including Chris Rock and Taye Diggs regularly break a
Bed bugs are a growing problem across the country especially in
New York City during warmer weather months. The City has seen a
rise in the critters since 2009 in homes, theaters, hotels and
Last summer, several stores temporarily closed to deal with the
In August, 2010, Hollister temporarily closed its flagship store
at 600 Broadway in Manhattan because bed bugs were "affecting
certain isolated areas of the store."
Entomologist Jeffrey White with Bedbug Central and Cooper Pest
Solutions warned Good Day New York in April of the potential for a
severe bed bug outbreak this summer.
White suggested several steps to avoid allowing the critters to
take up residence in your home or business:
1. WHAT CAN WE DO TO AVOID BED BUGS THIS SEASON?
* Avoid all discarded furniture.
* When returning home, inspect your clothes
* Washing clothes in hot and hot dry cycle will kill bedbugs.
2. IF BEDBUGS ARE IN OUR HOME, WHAT CAN WE DO TO NOT SPREAD THEM
* If you have laptop bag or purse, don't put them on the bed or
couch. Protect bags in large plastic containers or ziploc bags when
* Launder clothese frequently
* Check clothes when leaving house