By COLlive reporter
Yeshiva bochurim that spent the month of Tishrei 5778 in Crown Heights returned home with inspiration, memories and… bed bugs.
Parents of bochurim are accusing the United Lubavitch Yeshiva’s dormitory at 1414 President Street as the source that infected their sons with the bloodsucking bug.
Shalom Levy, owner of a pest control company in Rishon Letzoin, said he got worried calls from parents who heard from their sons that the problem is prevalent in the dormitory.
“The dormitory is infested with bed bugs in large quantities,” he said. “The occupants of each room hire an exterminator on their own, but the damage quickly spreads from room to room.”
Bed bugs have been known as human parasites for thousands of years. They were mostly eradicated in the developed world in the 1940s, but have increased in prevalence since 1995.
Researchers say their return is likely due to pesticide resistance, governmental bans on effective pesticides, and international travel.
“They have been trying to fight bed bugs in the United States but mostly unsuccessfully,” Levy said. “The suffering caused to a person who is stung is unbearable. It’s impossible to sleep in a room with even one bed bug, and certainly not to live with it.”
He called on the administrators of the 1414 dormitory to “take responsibility and remove all the bochurim out of the building so it can get a thorough pest control, from the first room to the last room.”
A call to an administrator of 1414 went unanswered.