The department said on Friday that its new $316 million headquarters in the borough of Queens has been infested with bed bugs.
“We have already taken steps to address the problem, including conducting additional inspections, vacuuming, steam-cleaning and applying small amounts of pesticide.”
The vampiric insects are difficult to eradicate, and areas where they are spotted require extensive – and expensive – fumigation to completely get rid of them.
“Employees were given copies of the department’s own bed bug information pamphlet on Wednesday and told to declutter their desks and put their belongings in plastic bags,” an unnamed source told the newspaper.
More than 13,000 bedbug complaints were registered with the city in fiscal year 2011, according to a spokesman for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development.