Just in time for New Year's Eve, New York City finds itself with more than an infestation of tourists.
From luxury apartments on the upper East Side of Manhattan to an artist's colony in Brooklyn— bedbugs are creeping up in every corner of New York City, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
It's so bad, the city is considering a bedbug task force to deal with the massive infestation.
"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," Jeff Eisenberg, owner of Pest Away Exterminating on the upper West Side, told the Daily News.
Bedbugs are noctural blood-suckers, biting people in their sleep and leaving large, itchy skin welts that can be painful. They are not believed to carry or transmit diseases.