The NYC Health Department is trying to sweep a bedbug problem at its shimmering Long Island City headquarters under the rug, sources told The NY Post.
“We’re the Health Department, and they don’t let us know, they don’t keep us informed. I was told they don’t want mass hysteria – but people have a right to know,” a source told The Post.
At least five floors have so far been affected by the six-legged scourge, sources said, but agency higher ups are not being up front about the problem.
The agency confirmed a “small number” of bedbugs were found, but said the building was inspected and there was no evidence of infestation, so therefore the bedbugs were likely “hitchhikers.”
“Employees were notified through their supervisor and were provided information about how to prevent the spread of bugs and were encouraged to report sightings,” the agency said.
Last September, the agency – which helps New Yorkers fight bedbug infestations- evacuated the 19th floor of its $316 million building when a single bedbug was discovered. The floor was subsequently fumigated.
Read more at the NY Post.