Apparel retailer Urban Outfitters (NASDAQ:URBN) has adamantly declared its hatred of bed bugs and says that its NYC stores do not have a serious problem involving the gross pests.
A story published in Jezebel Wednesday contained quotes from sources who claim the chain has a major bed bug problem on its hands in its downtown Manhattan location. One source cited the fact that exterminators had visited the store twice in one month as cause for alarm.
In response to the accusations, Urban Outfitters has released the following press statement explaining that the visits from exterminators are part of the store’s efforts to be “bed bug-free.”
“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.”
NYC isn’t the only metropolitan spot in the U.S. with a bed bug issue. These 15 U.S. cities have been declared as the most bed bug-infested areas in the country.