Wall Street Journal employees began their day this morning with a bit of a headscratcher. (More of a head-to-toe scratcher, really.)
"I wanted to let you know that on Friday the facilities department received a report of a bedbug sighting in the video area of the 6th floor," wrote deputy managing editor Deborah Brewster in a note to employees that was passed along to Capital.
The Journal brought in a sniffer dog to detect the presence of the incredibly resilient and psychologically horrifying but otherwise harmless vermin, according to the memo, which indicated that the dog did indeed find evidence of a potential bed bug infestation "in part of the video area and in part of the main 6th floor conference room." Both areas were treated by an exterminator accordingly and will continue to be monitored in the coming weeks.
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A spokesperson for the paper did not immediately have a comment on the situation.
UPDATE: "In a large building with hundreds of staff and visitors, a random incident like this is unfortunately unavoidable," the spokesperson said. "Our facilities department has proactively dealt with it, and in the interest of transparency, we communicated the incident to our New York-based newsroom staff."