BuzzFeed Has A Bed Bugs Outbreak And We're All Being Totally Mature About It

I wrote this post from my apartment.

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But what this photo doesn't show you is that this office is currently home to an infestation of bed bugs.

"What are bed bugs?" you ask innocently.

Oh, my sweet child. So pure. Sit down and I'll explain. It's quite simple, you see.

They're 1/4-inch-long insects that feast on human blood and like to live in your bed, as their name would suggest. They're also notoriously difficult to exterminate.

A few years back the city had a wide outbreak of the insects, and they've been part of the popular consciousness ever since.

Here's a section of the email sent out to staff:

We are acting out of an abundance of caution and asking you to work from home tomorrow to give facilities the chance to deal with this in the fastest and environmentally safest manner. Fumigation will take place as soon as possible tomorrow.

The office will be open until 11AM/ET to give you the opportunity to grab a laptop and anything else you need from your desk. To be safe, please don’t bring home items that are currently on the floor in the office. If you don’t need anything from the office, please stay home.

I didn't even add the bold bit! That's how serious this email was!

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News in New York.

Contact David Mack at david.mack@buzzfeed.com.

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