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The Upper East Side's Problem That Dare Not Speak Its Name

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It's an open secret that rumors of bedbug infestation can derail unit sales and make apartment dwellers generally hate life. But the tony Upper East Side is immune from all that, right? Wrong! This week's New York Magazine reveals the dark truth that rich people get bedbugs, too. And sometimes much worse than those 311-dialing renters, because UES apartment owners don't want to admit they have a problem. Most call private exterminators, who show up after-hours in unmarked vans, dressed to look like plumbers. And do those exterminators have stories to tell! Like this one: "A woman with 400 or so first-edition books refused to admit that she had a bedbug problem. Her apartment turned out to be so infested that the walls, floors, and ceilings had to be removed to get rid of the 100,000 or so bugs that were living there." At which point we were too itchy to keep reading.
· An Inside Look at the Upper East Side's Bedbug Infestation [NYM]