PestTrackers.com – Can be a another usefull tool for the fight against bed bugs

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Pest Trackers is a free pest services website where you can utilize very
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Beagles noses are being used for more than bed bugs.

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There seem to be no bounds in what you can train a dog to do. Unknown to many beagles are being used by authorities at airports to sniff out food. Here’s the article:

“New York City does not lack for exotic and specialty food shops, but perhaps the most diverse display of ever-changing imported produce can be found in what is called the grinding room in the customs area of John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4, the major gateway for international arrivals.

On Thursday afternoon, there was a cornucopia of hard-to-identify foodstuffs on a large metal table in the inspection area. There was sugar cane, dusty yams, dragon fruit and a panoply of herbs. There were strange tubers and a variety of homemade sausages and rodent meat. There was a load of red prickly fruit, small citrus fruits and of course plenty of mangoes.

“Everyone thinks their country has the best mangoes,” said Meghan Caffery, a United States Customs and Border Protection officer. Officer Caffery gets a daily tour of illicit goods from her partner: a 6-year-old female beagle named Izzy, an agricultural products sniffer dog who is something of a four-legged first line of defense to guard against contraband items entering the country that may be a threat to agriculture and public health.

Since it is difficult to know immediately what agricultural products carry viruses, pests and diseases that may be harmful, Izzy is trained to whiff a wide variety of food. Two-legged inspectors then decide what may pass through and what must be confiscated.

But as Izzy scoots off to whiff baggage arriving on a flight from Paris, why not let Izzy show us the drill first-hand? This is how Officer Caffery makes her rounds, being pulled by Izzy’s leash from bag to bag. Every few minutes, Izzy sits pointedly on the floor and looks up expectantly at Officer Caffery. And now she was doing just that, at the feet of a woman who was a passenger on the Paris flight.

“I only have an apple,” the woman said, digging in her handbag and pulling out the fruit she received as an in-flight snack in business class.

Officer Caffery reaches into a pouch full of pepperoni treats on her waist and slipped one to Izzy as a reward, and then marked the woman’s declaration card to notify officers to search all her bags. The woman was led off to a special inspection area and her male travel companion waved his arms angrily.

Off to the side, James Armstrong, a Customs supervisor in the agricultural canine unit, smiled.

“The public knows about drugs, and now post-9/11 about bombs,” he said. “But when it comes to food, they all say, ‘It’s just an apple.’ Yes but it’s coming in from another country.”

Kennedy is the busiest airport in the United States for international flights, and about 400,000 passengers a month use Terminal 4. About 2,000 bags pass through every hour and what Izzy can nose out during a quick ramble through the baggage area, would take human inspectors hours to find by opening and searching bags, said Mr. Armstrong, who rattles off a litany of import trends.

Passengers go to elaborate lengths to conceal the goods, Mr. Armstrong said, including dousing items with perfume, or packing it with car deodorizers. People have been known to wrap sausages around their legs or torsos.

Inspectors said that nothing surprised them anymore. They have seized dried deer penises from China, lemon trees, roots and all, from Italy, goat heads from Haiti, and skinned pig heads for soup, from China.

Izzy’s size and demeanor make her ideal for working in crowded areas – as well as her acute sense of smell, which is honed by constant training. At one point on Thursday, Izzy sniffed the lingering odor in a woman’s purse of a sandwich the woman said she had eaten hours before.

Seized items are brought to the steel table in the grinding room, which has a large opening in the middle leading down to a grinder that pulverizes and heats confiscated goods. Contraband meat is incinerated. Samples are analyzed under microscopes at a nearby counter and sometimes sent to a lab for analysis.

A flight from Moscow had arrived, and Izzy detected apples in the bag of a Russian woman who had arrived with her family for a vacation. Oleg Gelfand, a Customs agricultural specialist who speaks Russian, opened their bags and pulled out plastic bags of herbs. Medicinal herbs, the family said. Then he pulled out cans in bubble wrap. The salmon caviar was O.K., he said, but the potted beef was seized.

Another Russian passenger’s bag was opened and an inspector pulled out a pair of white figure skates. Inside were thick horse-meat sausages. Those were also seized.”

For the link, click here: https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/18/cute-but-tough-with-a-nose-for-the-food-in-your-bags/

 

Bed bugs are thriving despite inbreeding!!!

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Check out this article just released by FOX news:

“Bedbugs aren’t just sleeping with you. They’re sleeping with each other.

Researchers now say that the creepy bugs have a special genetic gift: withstanding incest.

It turns out that unlike most creatures, bedbugs are able to inbreed with close relatives and still produce generally healthy offspring. That means that if just a few bedbugs survive in a building after treatment, they repopulate quickly.

Coby Schal and Ed Vargo are entomologists at North Carolina State University, and they presented preliminary research on genetic diversity in bedbug populations on Tuesday in Philadelphia, at the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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“We kept discovering the same thing. Within a given apartment, or even a given building, there was extremely low genetic diversity,” said Schal. “In most cases there’s just a single female that founded the population.”

Schal said that was a surprise, since an animal or insect population with limited diversity will usually build up and then crash, because genetic defects tend to magnify with inbreeding.

“But somehow bedbugs are able to withstand the effects of inbreeding, and do quite well,” he said.

Bedbugs are wingless, reddish-brown insects that bite people and animals to draw blood for their meals. Though their bites can cause itching and welts, they are not known to spread disease.

The new research is important, said Zachary Adelman, an entomologist at Virginia Tech University who wasn’t part of the North Carolina State team.

“No one had looked at these things,” he said of the genetic makeup of bedbugs. “It’s pretty exciting.”

The researchers also found that while the community within a building tends to be similar, there are many different strains of bedbugs throughout the East Coast, suggesting that new colonies also get introduced through foreign travel or commerce.

“That means they’re coming into the country from lots of different places,” which means that the bedbug problem isn’t going to stop anytime soon, said Adelman.

The findings may also help explain another part of the bedbug boom.

Bedbugs — and other insects — develop resistance to insecticides. Schal said that if a treatment kills anything less than 100 percent of the bugs, the survivors will not only repopulate, but pass on the resistance they’ve developed to future generations.

“The insecticides really need to be robust” to do the job, Schal said.

Another researcher notes that you have to discover a problem before you can treat it.

Rajeev Vaidyanathan of SRI International, a nonprofit research firm with headquarters in Silicon Valley, said he’s working on a quick, easy test so people can discover bedbugs before they get bitten.

Vaidyanathan said current technology comes down to spotting live or dead bedbugs, or using dogs to sniff them out.

“Both are often ineffective and tedious,” he said.

So Vaidyanathan is trying to developing a biochemical test to identify bedbug-specific proteins that they leave behind, even when only a few bugs are present. Homeowners would swab a section of their home, and dip it in a special compound.

“A home pregnancy kit type of read-out. If there’s a color change, you have a bug,” he said, but it’s too early to say when or if the idea will make it to market.

Vaidyanathan also pointed out some other forces behind the spread of bedbugs.

“The problems we are seeing with bedbugs in North America did not happen overnight,” said Vaidyanathan. “We have the highest concentration in the history of our species of humans living in cities. Bedbugs do not have wings; they are nest parasites, so our own population density has helped them to thrive.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/12/07/research-bedbugs-can-thrive-despite-inbreeding/#ixzz1fsQfHt1G

The fact that they produce healthy offspring despite inbreeding is truly amazing, and another testament to the resilience of bed bugs. Bed Bugs are extremely hard to kill, and this is another reason why they are so hard to get rid of. Even if you kill 99% of a huge population, they can come back again! I did not understand the whole thing about swabbing your house to find out if you have bed bugs. What if you don’t happen to swab an area that has traces of bed bug activity?

You would have to swab a huge amount of your house before you would get any results! Of course the guy who said dogs are ineffective way to detect bed bugs happens to be the same guy coming up with the latest worthless detection method.

 

 

Humans loosing battle against bed bugs!

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This is an interesting article discuss’s how humans are loosing the battle against bed bugs! Seems like humans whould be more pro-active! Here’s the article:

“The war on bedbugs was winnable, experts say.

When the flesh-eating insects began their U.S. resurgence in the late 1990s and early 2000s, we humans had our chance. Brought into airports and hotels by international travelers, a focused attack could have eradicated the pest not seen in such great numbers since the mid-20th century.

But no one talked about bedbugs then. And by the time the widening epidemic was noticed by the general population in the late 2000s, it was too late.

Now, according to Richard Cooper, one of New Jersey’s foremost experts on bedbugs, humans are in for a long, entrenched war whose progress will be measured in years.

“I think we had that opportunity and missed it,” Cooper said.

New Jersey is in the heart of the Northeast’s bedbug outbreak. Located between two major urban infestations — New York City is No. 1, according to a 2011 Terminix ranking of the most infested U.S. cities; Philadelphia is No. 5 — reports of bedbug problems are increasing in the Garden State as the pest makes its way from city centers into the suburbs and their public spaces.

In the past two months, the tiny, reddish insects were found in schools in Lakewood and Woodbridge. Bedbugs have been reported in public buildings, theaters, jails, hospitals and school buildings throughout New Jersey.

“Bedbugs are very small, and they can hide very well,” said Changlu Wang, a Rutgers University entomologist who studies bedbugs and other urban pests. “You may think you’ve killed them all, but you miss a few. Those few can survive and restart the problem.”

The last time the U.S. experienced a bedbug problem of this magnitude was the 1940s and 1950s, experts say. That infestation was handled effectively with pesticides, primarily DDT. But half a century later, in the late 1990s, bedbug reports began to resurface — this time linked to international travelers who picked up the insects in South America, Africa and Asia, and brought them back to American shores in luggage and clothing.

At that point, heightened awareness could have helped stop bedbugs from gaining a new foothold in the U.S. But bedbugs carry with them a stigma — they’re dirty. People and places with bedbugs are labeled unclean, messy and unsanitary.”

 

"Radio waves to target bedbugs"

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“RICHLAND, Wash., Nov. 28 (UPI) — Technology developed to scan air travelers is being used to create a device that can search for bedbugs in houses and hotel rooms, U.S. researchers said.

VisiRay of Corvallis, Ore., has signed an option agreement with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to create the devices, which would use millimeter wave technology to allow inspectors to see through drywall particle boards and view clear images of pests on the other side of a wall.

The company was started by graduate students from the University of Oregon Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship.

“PNNL is focused on driving emerging technologies toward outcomes that solve issues of national importance,” Cheryl Cejka, PNNL director of technology commercialization, said in a release.

The agreement is part of the Startup America initiative announced by the White House this year to make licensing new technologies affordable for start-up companies.

The technology was initially developed with Federal Aviation Administration grants to use radio waves to scan passengers, the (Kennewick, Wash.) Tri-City Herald reported Monday. It is used at 78 U.S. airports.

The technology has been licensed for development of a device that could be used in stores to help shoppers select clothing sizes by providing a 3-D holographic image of their bodies, the newspaper said.”

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2011/11/28/Radio-waves-to-target-bedbugs/UPI-30551322527931/#ixzz1f9XOlM86

Sounds too good to be true. I’m very skeptical that this would work. Bed bug eggs and nymphs are very little. The only way to effectively search rooms is with the use of a bed bug scent detection canine team.  I can see how “The technology was initially developed with Federal Aviation Administration grants to use radio waves to scan passengers.” But the FAA used this too look for items bigger than nearly microscopic bed bugs.

Forbes released a good article on Bed Bugs

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Forbes talks about how Halloween is now over with but how bed bugs are still a creepy reality. Here is some of the article”

The ghouls and goblins have all gone home, counted their bounty and returned to the relative normalcy of daily life. While the fantasy and fright of Halloween is behind us, some sobering  – and alarming – realities remain.  In light of this, we are kicking off a series of articles on Seriously Scary Housing Trends that impact the housing and rental markets.

Our first scary trend really has our skin crawling. We go to a lot of apartment conferences, read apartment industry publications and talk to a lot of apartment owners. While vacancy rates, occupancy rates, capital market and economic trends have always been hot topics of conversation, over the last year or two, there has been a new buzz in the biz that is keeping us up at night: Bedbugs.

More and more we see the topic of bedbugs popping up on conference agendas, and the National Apartment Association – one of the largest apartment associations in the United States- even has a Bedbug Resource Center on its website. Although the bedbug population in the U.S. dropped dramatically in the mid-20th century, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last year issued a joint statement on Bed Bug Control in the United States stating that the United States is now experiencing “an alarming resurgence in the population of bed bugs.”

To make matters worse, those pesky critters have developed a resistance to many pesticides, so chemical approaches to eradicating the problem could actually make these unwanted houseguests  long-term tenants.

 

To read the whole article click below.

HUD Released document on bed bug guidance and prevention

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At Bed Bug Inspector, we try to keep up with the latest on bed bug information, recently U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) providing guidance on bed bug control and prevention. Some of the highlights are:

“The best approach to bed bug management is to prevent an infestation from occurring in the first place. Federal agencies, such as EPA and HUD, are working in tandem to develop and share recommendations to prevent bed bug infestations.

Following a report of bed bugs, the O/A or a qualified third party trained in bed bug detection should inspect the dwelling unit to determine if bed bugs are present. It is critical that inspections be conducted by trained staff or third party professionals. Low level inspections may escape visual detection. For this reason, multiple detection tools are recommended. Recent research indicates that “active” bed bug monitors containing attractants can be effective tools for detecting early infestations. Some licensed pest control applicators use canine detection to verify the presence of bed bugs. The inspection should cover the unit reporting the infestation and no less than surrounding apartments consisting of the units above, below, left and right, and should be completed within 3 calendar days of a tenant complaint if possible. If reputable, licensed pest control companies are unattainable within three calendar days, the O/A is required to retain documentation of the efforts to obtain qualified services. If an infestation is suspected but cannot be verified using the methods described above, the O/A should re-inspect the unit(s) periodically over the next several months.

When an infestation is identified, the unit and surrounding units should be treated for bed bugs according to the IPM Plan. Chemical treatments may be necessary, but are not reliable. Therefore, encasement, interception devices, vacuuming, steaming, freezing and commodity or building heat treatments may be utilized as part of the bed bug control effort. Infestations are rarely controlled in one visit. Effective treatment may require two to three visits, and possibly more. The length, method and extent of the treatment will depend on the severity and complexity of the infestation, and the level of cooperation of the residents.”

To read the entire document: click here. If you have any additional questions of this matter, please call 614-747-3463. We will do our best to answer your questions or put you in touch with who can.

Bed Bugs invade San Diego firehouse and send firefighters running!

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Bed bugs shut down a San Diego fire station for a night, sending firefighters to nearby hotels or other stations while fumigators handled the problem.

“It’s awful. It’s exhausting. But we have to do it,” said Capt. Piper Denlinger with San Diego Fire and Rescue. “We don’t want to be transferring bug beds to someone else”

Inside Station 29, there were empty lockers, bags of gear and uncovered mattresses.

“In addition to disinfecting the actual station itself and the beds, we have to disinfect all the apparatus, all of our gear, that includes the turn outs we wear to fires so it makes for a lot of work,” says Denlinger.

The San Diego Fire Department has spent $80,000 in the last budget cycle eradicating the pest. Last October, the number of cases skyrocketed and so did the costs.

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“We’ve had to move personnel from two different fire stations and rent some hotel space for people to sleep in certain locales adjacent to the fire stations they’ve moved to. We also incur a cost for cleaning,” says Asst. Chief Jeff Carle.

Officials are trying to prevent bug transfers from happening, but it’s difficult.

“Folks are being more careful about where they kneel, where they set down equipment and about the cleanliness of that equipment,” said Carle. “They’re taking appropriate steps to prevent that contamination.”

Carle is hoping to get San Diego County Health Department involved to get at the source of the problem.

Station 29 crews should be able to move back into the station Wednesday morning.

Source: Firefighters Forced Out by Bed Bugs | NBC San Diego

Bed Bugs Up 660% from 2010!!!!

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According to Market watch bed bug sitings have increased 667% in Columbus OH hotels of from 2010!!!!!! Let that sink in for a minute……….If you or someone you know have traveled recently let me check your luggage, home, or business to be sure you are bed bug free!!!

SEATTLE, Sept. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Thousands of US travelers hoped that the bedbugs wouldn’t bite this summer but reports show that they did, at an outstanding rate. In the wake of the 2010 Bedbug Epidemic the number of bedbug reports for 2011 (January 1–September 1) shattered 2010 totals by more than 660%.

Since the beginning of the year reports of traveler encounters with bedbugs have trickled into Raveable.com, which compiles reports from users. Since 2010 the number of individual hotels with bedbugs has risen 250%, showing that bedbugs aren’t last year’s issue. Below are cities with the highest number of hotel bedbug reports in 2011 during the period January through September 1.

Woman Received $71,000 From Bed Bug Bites

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A woman (who would like to remain anonymous) stayed at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in San Francisco and during her stay received more than 400 bed bug bites. During her stay the woman noticed blood stains on the sheets as well as insect bites on her face and body. Upon her departure from the hotel she mentioned the bug problem to the front desk.

Within a week the woman’s face and body were covered with hundreds of bite marks along with intense itching. After seeing a doctor she was informed that it could take up to ten days for her skin to fully react to the bed bug bites and related irritants (for example: bed bug feces).

After receiving treatment the woman developed what is called steroid acne. Later, it developed into dermographism, which is a skin condition where you can actually write on your skin.

The hotel decided to offer the woman $71,000 to settle her claim, which happens to be the largest sum of money ever offered to a victim of bed bug bites.

For the whole story click on the tag below

Don't let bed bugs be your new roomates at school.

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MaCleans on Campus released a good article on the top 5 things students should know about bed bugs.

“Here are five things every student should know about bed bugs:

1. You can’t get rid of them on your own. Over-the-counter sprays will only spread them around. Bed bugs are killed by professional treatments that include pesticides, exposure to extreme heat and major vacuuming. Pest control agencies will almost always tell you to put all of your clothing in the drier on high heat for a forty minutes to kill eggs and to then store it in plastic bags for weeks after treatment. They may also advise you to throw away books, furniture and mattresses.

2. Bed bugs don’t carry disease, so relax. Bed bugs can leave you with something that itches much like a mosquito bite. “But the mental problems are worse than the physical,” says McCarthy. Knowing you may be bitten can leave you anxious and without sleep. The upside, if you can call it that, is that the bugs aren’t known to transmit diseases. That will help you sleep easier, right?

3. You can protect your stuff. Keep your books and clothes in airtight plastic containers to keep bugs out. If you buy a new mattress, buy a new bed-bug cover too. It could end up saving you from throwing out your $800 bed-set. Protect your parents’ home by keeping your clothes in a plastic bag inside your suitcase and then dumping the contents straight into the drier when you go home.

4. Inspect your bed when you wash your sheets. Regular inspections can help you discover a problem before it spreads. Look for tiny brown stains that look like a ballpoint pen mark. It may be excrement. Blood stains indicate, well… The most common places bugs hide are inside tufts of mattresses, on box springs or inside wooden bed frames. Inspect those spots carefully. Don’t think because a place is clean that it can’t harbour the critters. “Bedbugs infect everywhere from slums to five-star hotels,” says McCarthy. Speaking of hotels, don’t forget to inspect those too.

5. Don’t buy used furniture or mattresses. There may be a reason that wooden desk was for sale at only $25 on Craigslist—its owner may have had bed bugs. “Even if you know what to look for, you might not see it,” says McCarthy. “So that old chesterfield is best avoided altogether.”

Great article, however I’m not a firm believer in the bed bug protection cases. I just don’t think they are worth the money. They can go for as much as $600. Although they will keep them out of your matress, but that’s about it. Bed bugs prefer box springs, and head boards as apposed to matresses any way.

If you are worried you might have bed bugs, please have Daisy and I come out to do an inspection!

Great article on cincinnati.com

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The cincinnati.com website released an article on bed bugs:

“Living in one of the nation’s most bedbug-infested cities – that according to Terminix and Orkin numbers – means Cincinnatians need to know their termination stuff.

That especially has been the case since 2009 when budget cuts forced the Cincinnati Health Department to stop inspecting for bedbugs.

It’s up to homeowners, renters, building and hotel managers and school districts to eradicate the nasty blood suckers.

To help with that, bedbug expert Adam Greenberg agreed to answer five questions on the topic. He is president of Vantzen Products Inc., an Illinois medical supply company that manufactures the zippered bedbug prevention bag BugZip.

In developing products for travelers, day care providers, camps and lodges, as well as health care operators, Greenberg has become an expert on bedbugs, appearing on news programs in Chicago and Indianapolis.

Question: Why would Cincinnati have such a big bedbug infestation at this time?

Answer: Cincinnati is no different than other Midwestern cities such as Chicago, Detroit, Columbus and Indianapolis that are all battling bedbugs on a large scale. While Cincinnati was one of the first cities to aggressively track infestations and develop bedbug education and outreach, unfortunately, the local laws have often been unclear regarding who is responsible for bedbug eradication. Landlords often have forced tenants to pay and perform extermination for bedbugs, which was a huge mistake. Tenants just end up misusing over-the-counter pesticides, which usually spreads the bedbugs quickly to all surrounding units. We’ve even seen two homes in Cincinnati set on fire by home treatments for bedbugs.

Treatment for bedbugs will only be successful if performed by a licensed professional who has experience and extensive training in bedbugs.

Until the laws require treatment by professionals, regardless of who pays, bedbugs will continue to spread in Cincinnati.

Q: How should people inspect for them?

A: Often! Early detection is critical to long-term success. At a minimum, residents should be checking a home monitor (Ex.: BB Alert Passive Monitor, $20 per bed) whenever they change the sheets. Coupling the monitor with mattress and box-spring encasements will speed up detection by taking away their favorite hiding places. Using an LED flashlight and looking for their tell-tale black spots only takes a minute, but is well worth it.

Q: If bedbugs are found, what are the options?

A: Save the evidence in a zip bag to show to a professional exterminator. Bites alone without other signs of bedbugs is not enough to start treatment. Frequently, residents panic and spray chemicals when the problem turns out to be something other than bedbugs. If you detect bedbugs before they have a chance to multiply, treatment can be relatively painless. If they are already embedded throughout your home, you may need the more costly heat treatments that can run $1,000 to $3,000.

Q: If the infestation requires professional extermination, what pitfalls should people look out for?

A: Do your homework! Compare the evidence you have found to pictures online to be sure you have bedbugs. Many exterminators will perform treatment even without finding bedbugs just because residents are in a state of panic. If a dog is brought in to find the bedbug hiding places, make sure the handler manually inspects wherever the dog alerts and finds signs of bedbugs before starting treatment. Many exterminators do not take the time and will begin treatment without confirming.

Q: What is the most amazing bedbug experience you have ever had?

A: I’ve personally found bedbugs in my room on a Caribbean cruise and also in a New York hotel. It’s always unnerving, as you never know if you are going to bring one home with you. Whenever I’m staying away from my home, whether in a hotel or even with family, I always zip up my luggage and clothing in BugZip Travel Protectors ($10-$20). Without them my wife would not let me back in the house.”

Article that show's extreme costs associated with bedbugs and other negative facts.

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This article, by Bruce Watson, shows just how expensive it is to get rid of bed bugs.   Some of the noteable costs: 

This mental health component goes a long way toward explaining why bedbug infestations can be so expensive. The costs of July’s Hollister, Abercrombie and Victoria’s Secret infestations have yet to be tallied, but previous bedbug-related legal cases have led to massive payouts. In 2003, Burl and Desiree Mathias successfully sued the Motel 6 chain for physical and emotional damages resulting from bedbug bites: A jury awarded them $382,000. The following year, Leona Helmsley’s Park Lane hotel paid a $150,000 settlement to two customers who claimed that bedbugs at the hotel had attacked them, then infested their home. And in 2007, the ultimate bedbug lawsuit came from opera singer Alison Trainer, who claimed that an attack in the Phoenix Hilton Suites had left her unable to sleep in a bed and had caused her to lose weight. She asked for $6 million.

Also:

 
To properly address an infestation, a hotel must call in an exterminator to apply extreme heat or pesticides to the room, as well as to adjacent rooms. The exterminator has to unscrew electric plug covers, spray behind baseboards, remove artwork, and generally turn the room upside down. The bedding and towels must be bagged and removed, while the mattress and box spring have to be thrown away. Carpeting and furniture might need to be disposed of as well and, in most cases, the exterminator will have to return at least once to repeat the entire process.

The cost of treating a single hotel room is estimated at $6,000 to $7,000. The problem is even worse if a customer alerted the hotel to the problem: Given the danger of a bedbug stigma, hotels often go to extremes to ensure that customers are pleased with their attentiveness. According to an article in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, one Las Vegas hotel’s standard procedure for bedbug complaints is to move customers to new rooms, dry clean all their clothes, and replace their luggage with new, uninfested bags.

See full article from DailyFinance: http://srph.it/gD9dIc

One thing the article doesn’t mention is that by regularly doing pro-active checks by using bed bug sniffings dogs, the cost of dealing with bed bugs can be significantly be reduced. Once, one hotel room gets these bugs, they will quickley spread. If you can reduce the number of rooms treated,

Bedbugs and college

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The article linked below is labled “Bedbug U: How to avoid the blood-sucking critters at college ” offers great advice for college students trying to advoid picking up bed bugs at college.

The major one’s being this:

  • Six stepsto beat bedbugs

    ■ Douse things that can be washed — bed linens and comforters — in hot water.

    ■ Take a few minutes to perform a bedbug inspection. Examine the mattress from one end to the other, paying particular attention to areas around seams. If you see any telltale signs of the bugs — such as bedbug feces, which look like tiny spots of mold — get another mattress. Also, students should ask for replacement of a mattress that has holes in it that could become a home to bedbugs.

    ■ Do not go dumpster-diving for furnishings. Couches and chairs left by the curb were probably put there for a reason.

    ■ Use bedbug vigilance while traveling. Lift the top corner of a bedsheet and examine the top of the bed. Also, consider checking the screws around the headboard of the hotel bed, which can be a bedbug clustering hangout. Don’t leave your suitcases on the beds.

    ■ Consider purchasing mattress and box spring covers that guard against bedbugs. However, the bugs may still lurk in crevices such as the screw holes behind headboards.

    ■ Watch where you sprawl. Students may want to be more careful about where they sit to study, relax or nap between classes.

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