Yesterday, we heard that the Urban Outfitters on Sixth Avenue had a bit of a bed bug issue. A source told Jezebel that exterminators had been to the store twice this month, and that on their last visit, the bed bug dogs still spotted those little beasts in the store offices.
Today, Urban Outfitters sent us a statement explaining that all store locations undergo preventative bed bug tests, and that despite two-isolated incidents in employee-only areas this month, the store is currently pest free. The title of the press release is Urban Outfitters Hates Bed Bugs, and the official statement, along with an accompanying graphic, is after the jump.
Urban Outfitters is super vigilant about making sure our stores are bed bug-free, especially in areas like New York, where bed bugs are unfortunately an issue for everyone who lives, works, or runs a business. We take the safety and health of our employees and customers very seriously.
We employ a third-party exterminator to test for bed bugs at all our retail locations in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn on a monthly basis. We’ve had our 14th St. and 6th Ave. location inspected by exterminators and certified bed-bug sniffing dogs every month since September 2010, and twice a month since March of this year. In July, two isolated bed bug-related incidents occurred in employee-only areas of this store, and so we immediately implemented the treatment protocol recommended to us by our third-party exterminator.
Since this treatment, we’ve had multiple follow-up inspections, and have found no presence of bed bugs or bed bug activity. We hate bed bugs as much as everyone else and will continue to be proactive in keeping them out of our stores.