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A bedbug infestation has taken over New York City, even the wealthiest, most exclusive areas of town.

A bedbug epidemic has exploded in every corner of New York City – striking even upper East Side luxury apartments owned by Gov. Spitzer’s father, the Daily News has learned.

The blood-sucking nocturnal creatures have infested a Park Ave. penthouse, an artist’s colony in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a $25 million Central Park West duplex and a theater on Broadway, according to victims, exterminators and elected officials.

Once linked to flophouses and fleabags, bedbug outbreaks victimize the rich and poor alike and are spreading panic in some of the city’s hottest neighborhoods.

“In the last six months, I’ve treated maternity wards, five-star hotels, movie theaters, taxi garages, investment banks, private schools, white-shoe law firms, Brooklyn apartments in Greenpoint, DUMBO and Cobble Hill, even the chambers of a federal judge,” said Jeff Eisenberg, owner of Pest Away Exterminating on the upper West Side.

The numbers are off the charts: In 2004, New Yorkers placed 537 calls to 311 about bedbugs in their homes; the city slapped 82 landlords with bedbug violations, data show.

Look at what happens when overzealous environmentalism leads to the banning of DDT. Bedbugs were eliminated in the 40’s, but now they’ve returned and are creeping and crawling all over New Yorkers and sucking their blood while they sleep. Disgusting! This is what you’d expect in third world countries, not in America’s greatest city. Take a look at some of the places that have been infested:

  • Ralph Lauren, 650 Madison Ave. – graphic design studio, company offices, September 2006
  • Luxury apartment building (owned by Bernard Spitzer), 220 E. 72nd St. – apartments on 15th, 16th and 17th floors, 2006 and 2007
  • Helmsley Park Lane Hotel, 36 Central Park South – guest room, 2005
  • President Thomas Jefferson Houses, 310 E. 115th St. – residential apartments, 2005, 2006 and 2007

If you’re in New York City for New Year’s Eve, you might want to ask your hotel manager if they’ve had an outbreak. Bedbugs can find their way into your luggage and come home with you, and once you get infested, getting rid of them is quite an ordeal that can cost up to several thousands of dollars.

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