In Which We Pretend That Bed Bugs Do Not Exist

After Victoria’s Secret on Lexington fell to the bed bugs, The Cut spoke with Timothy Wong, bed bug expert:

Wong says while the recent news about bedbugs in retail establishments seems alarming, it’s not, really. “People on the inside knew about this. We’ve been seeing this the past two or three years – the public just didn’t know about it because it’s not something people want to announce,” he explains.

This affirms our general feeling that if you don’t think about bed bugs it’s basically like they don’t exist.

The thing about the bed bug plague is that it is not about the actual hazards of bed bugs (“Oh my unsightly rash, how I itch, etc.”—who is saying these things? No one). It is about the idea of bed bugs. Bed bugs are a great outlet for our collective sweaty summertime anxiety. And closing a Hollister or two is way more civilized than old-school methods like burning witches or whatever.

In Which We Pretend That Bed Bugs Do Not Exist