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The bedbugs of NYC turn up in BBC studios November 29, 2010

Posted by newboyinfl in Uncategorized.

Infestations of bedbugs have spread across New York and no-one appreciates in which theyll turn up following.

In current days there continues to be a buzz of activity inside the UNs corridors of energy: intensive discussions inside the hallways, reporters conferring in hushed tones, a flurry of e-mails.

Would be the Palestinians about to declare statehood? May be the Safety Council about to authorise a military strike on Iran? Is civil war breaking out yet again in Sudan?

Nope. Something of substantially larger import if you are a UN correspondent: a creeping infestation of bedbugs.

This can be a scourge at this time afflicting New York, together with the bugs running rampant by means of hotels and, if one believes the fairly hysterical media protection, spreading in an uncontrolled contagion to buildings such as theatres, outlets, eating places and houses.

Bloodsucking pests

Now, bedbugs are usually not unsafe or life-threatening, although their bites itch and sting.

The real ache is the fact that, as soon as a place is infested, a significant and costly fumigation course of action is essential to have rid of them.

A month back, the UN ultimately admitted it had been battling the blood-sucking pests in many parts of its sprawling office complex for more than a yr.

So their eventual discovery inside the UN media centre had an air of grim inevitability about it.

There is certainly only one approach to sniff out bedbugs – with canines. If a dog smells a bedbug, she or he will bark.

So on the demand on the UN press corps, Rover (or some version of him) was enlisted, and we waited with bated breath for your benefits.

The e-mail came at midnight and yes – unlike the well-known Sherlock Holmes story wherein the dog wont bark inside the night time time – this time, it did (in two studios, no less).

And one of them was ours. Oh the shame. Oh the horror.


But what to accomplish?

At first we had rather peaceful conversations about fumigation, attempting to delay the unavoidable publicity. It was hopeless.

We agreed that worse than the BBC possessing bedbugs can be for your BBC to cover up possessing bed bugs.

In any case, everyone already knew. That is certainly one on the banes of functioning in a media centre in which journalists possess a Rover-like nose for tales.

Some turned it right into a joke.

A single threw caution to the wind and knocked on our door to express solidarity: ‘I know what it seems like to become stigmatised,’ he explained, ‘Ive had bedbugs.’

But most gave the BBC office a large berth.

In panic, I turned to my husband.

He was dismissive. This terror of bedbugs is ludicrous, he explained. Its all element on the tradition of panic in America, the latest version of ‘reds below the bed’. Initial it was communists, then Obama the Islamist terrorist, and now bedbugs.



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