Victory’s Secret on Lexington Avenue was forced to temporarily close its doors when a bedbug was sighted. A clothing shop Hollister in Soho district had the same situation earlier this month.

Bed bug infestation is not unusual in New York. This summer the famous places they invaded other than their usual residence at apartments are a triage room at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn and the downtown headquarters of the advertising agency, Euro RSCG Worldwide.

The tiny insect, Cimex lectularius, that feed on human blood hide during the day and come out at night to prey on their hosts. Bed bug bites do not spread disease according to New York health officials.

Bed bug complaints to New York City’s Housing Preservation and Development department increased from 500 in 2004 to over 10,000 in 2009.

The resurgence since the 1950s when the bug was nearly eradicated could be partly due to the pesticides, such as DDT, that were used to kill the bug but have since been banned.

Some experts believe that the exponential expansion of international travel since the 1950s has made the spread of pests much easier.

Although pesticides can most effectively kill bed bugs, the bed bugs might have developed resistance against even the most effective anti-bedbug pesticides called pyrethroids, according to an expert.

To make sure that bed bugs are gone, those concerned should steam-clean clothes and vacuum the affected area.