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Lincoln Center Badgered by Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs have developed a more refined taste. On Thursday they made their debut at the Metropolitan Opera House after an outbreak at Lincoln Center's adjacent David H. Koch Theater last week.

The Met searched for the pests throughout the building after being discovered in the theater's dressing room. “Building management took immediate action to address the isolated bed-bug incident that occurred in the backstage section of the building,” said a spokesman for Lincoln Center in an e-mail.

“The area was treated, rescreened and deemed all clear. As an extra precaution, building management has instituted ongoing monitoring throughout the building to ensure the continued protection of our performers, staff and guests.”

The Koch Theater is shared by the New York City Ballet and the New York City Opera. According to the The New York Observer, the pests were found in only one room and the ballet was the last company to occupy the theater. The opera opens its season on October 27.