Bed Bugs At Reebok Sports Club On Upper West Side

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bed Bugs At Reebok Sports Club On Upper West Side: MyFoxNY.com

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 sweat.

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 clothing stores.

Last summer, several stores temporarily closed to deal with the nasty critters.

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 OUTSIDE?

* 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 returning home. 
* Launder clothese frequently 
* Check clothes when leaving house