NEW YORK - On Friday, NPMA’s Missy Henriksen made an in-studio appearance on NBC’s Today Show for a bed bug segment that ran in response to reports that bed bugs were showing up in non-residential locations such as movie theaters, schools and libraries (click here to watch.) In this segment, Henriksen provided viewers with tips on how to inspect the bed, including the importance of checking areas such as seams and dust ruffles. Specific to the issue of picking up bed bugs in movie theaters, Henriksen recommended that viewers not bring belongings such as purses, shopping bags, satchels, etc., into the theater and place them on adjacent empty seats.
This was Henriksen’s second appearance on the Today Show as a bed bug source. On July 28, Henriksen was interviewed for a segment that ran in response to reports that bed bugs were being found in non-residential settings such as office buildings (e.g., former President Clinton’s Harlem office); retail stores (e.g., Abercrombie & Fitch and Victoria's Secret); and public transportation. Henriksen provided tips for both retail shoppers and travelers. For clothes shoppers, Henriksen recommended they inspect any garment thoroughly, including all seams, before trying it on, and that they wash any newly purchased clothes before wearing them. For travelers, Henriksen recommended that, upon entering their room, they leave their suitcase(s) in the bathroom and then thoroughly inspect the bed, including the headboard.