Bedbug Outbreak: Tourists Getting the Jitters?

October 28, 2010

Due to the rumored bedbug outbreak, tourists are cancelling their long-planned trips to the Big Apple. The tough pests are proving not a pest for New Yorkers, but are apparently lethal for the tourism industry. Get the full story, pictures and video below!

With reported sightings in the Empire State Building and Bloomingdale’s, these once rare pests seem to be spreading throughout New York City. That’s bad news for the Big Apple’s $30 billion tourism industry.

Tourists often to Manhattan in droves during the Christmas and New Year’s season to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and count down the new year in Times Square. But this year, celebrations may be hampered by the tiniest of offenders. With anything from trains, cabs, stores, or hotels affected by the bedbug outbreak, tourists are reportedly forfeiting deposits to avoid picking up the pesky critters.

What’s more, even New Yorkers are growing more and more concerned about the spreading plague. Often afraid to use a dressing room, or hail a cab, it looks like the city’s floundering tourism industry won’t even be helped by its own residents.

“New Yorkers themselves are feeling more anxious about regular activities like shopping, seeing movies and even just going to work, as bedbug reports have spread to office buildings and schools.”

What can the Big Apple do to restore calm? Exterminate. The problem is, treatment for this pest is extremely difficult. Aside from tenting a residence, there is no sure way to completely clear an area, as an individual bug can hide without food for a whole year before coming out to feed.

Still, the problem may not be as bad as some are reporting. The alleged bug sighting in the Empire State Building? Just one bug found in the basement. And Bloomingdales? Only one dressing room was affected. Unfortunately for NYC, the worst part about these critters is the rumor of their presence. Now that the word is out, it will take some rock-hard evidence to assuage fears in the tourism industry.

What do you think of the alleged NYC bedbug outbreak? Tourists are cancelling vacations right and left. Would you travel to the Big Apple if you had non-refundable reservations despite the rumored infestation? Let me know in the comment section! For more on the story, check out the photos and video below!

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2 Responses to “Bedbug Outbreak: Tourists Getting the Jitters?”

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    Julia Says:

    After encountering them in Colorado and having terrible bites that lasted over a month I will not take the chance and stay in any city that has large outbreaks. It was just too miserable.

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    Daphne Says:

    I am worried about going on a cruise in March. I do not want to bring them home and I do not want to encounter them anywhere on my trip. I have wondered if I should just cancel the vacation. ~grossed out in Indiana