Brooklyn’s Biggest Bed Bug Scares: An Uncomfortable Retrospective


Ok, it’s sad, summer’s technically over. Shed a tear, slather on some aloe vera, etc etc. But you know what we never miss about the warmest, funnest time of the year? All the goddamn bedbugs. Those little terrors are everywhere, and they thrive in the heat, hitting their peak in 80-degree weather.

You may have blocked the details out of your memory, but we do still live in the most bedbug-prone borough of the most bedbug-prone city in the entire country, having seen a massive resurgence over the past few years of the pest that at one point was largely eradicated from the Western world. We even have our own Bed Bug Advisory Board, created out of necessity.

But hey, at least they’re a great equalizer.

The most recent and public victims of our 21st-century plague were over at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, whose angry employees went to the Daily News with stories of what they thought was inadequate handling of this month’s minor outbreak. Museum officials say the problem has been settled and that further precautionary spraying is scheduled.

While that gets sorted, let’s take a look at a few more high-profile spots around Brooklyn to fall victim. It’s as comforting as it is terrifying.


  1. These bugs are becoming more of a problem every year. i own a pest control company in brooklyn named northeastern exterminating and we have noticed within the past couple years that our phones are ringing off the hooks with bed bugs quotes and bed bug related questions. It is a very real phenomenon. People need to understand what they are dealing with when it comes to bed bugs. If you have any questions please visit my site and ask any questions you may have about bed bugs and we will try to answer them for you.


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