J.Crew just notified employees in the corporate offices via e-mail this morning that a single bedbug has been discovered at the office located at 2 Penn Plaza. J.Crew's other office, at 770 Broadway, is believed to be safe. The following e-mail was circulated this morning, alerting employees to the problem:
To all New York Associates:
Concerns around bed bugs continue to be a major issue in New York City. As I am sure you are aware, rumors are rampant. With that in mind, over a month ago we made the decision to proactively test for the presence of bed bugs in our offices and stores. We were notified today that one bed bug was found in our 2 Penn location. We believe that this incident is isolated and are treating the immediate and surrounding area.
We will continue to test our locations on a regular basis and quickly remediate any bed bug detection. Our testing process is to bring in a specially trained dog to detect the presence of bed bugs and larvae. In the event that such evidence is found, the affected area and surrounding areas will be treated. We will also retest the area to ensure the issue has been resolved.
We take these matters very seriously and encourage associates to voice any concerns or questions by speaking with your Manager or HR.
The more single bedbug sightings that occur — at F.I.T., the Macy's office, and Bloomingdale's, so far — the more improbable they seem. Bedbugs are usually in a pack, laying eggs and invading everything you'd never want to have to throw away. But maybe they have more in common with New York's humans than we thought, and are perfectly comfortable being single until they find a place to settle down.