Bed Bugs in Clothing Store
I’ve heard of bed bugs in clothing at second-hand stores and even in hospitals, but at Hollister, a store owned by Abercrombie & Fitch?
CNN reported that Hollister Clothing, in the upscale SoHo neighborhood of New York, kept its doors shut to deal with bed bugs. It’s reported that in South Street Seaport, another Abercrombie & Fitch clothing store was closed for a time to deal with an infestation of its own.
So how does a clothing store end up with bed bugs?
According to the 2015 bugs without borders survey by the University of Kentucky and NPMA, Bed bug infestations are on the rise! 75% of the pest control companies surveyed stated their business grew from the previous year! It’s easy; people come to New York, spend the night at an infested hotel, then bring them into the clothing store.
Dirty homes, clutter, and people who are not clean cause bed bugs, or so people believe – this is NOT the case! Imagine you buy a shirt from a department store that, unbeknown to you, has bed bugs in the clothing; you take the shirt home and end up with an infestation.
Imagine how you would feel if they found out you had bed bugs. Only a small number of infestations get reported, and there are many, many more that go unreported!
As for Hollister, they have asked the City to help come up with a solution to ensure their customers don’t find bed bugs in clothing and do everything within their power to ensure this never happens again.
Moral of the story: When you buy clothing from a department store, no matter how reputable they are, ensure you vigorously shake out the merchandise BEFORE bringing it into your home (or car, for that matter!).