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What do Batman, Superman, and Bed Bugs all have in common?

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"Dc Comic's" Bed Bug Picture Image

With all the hype about the new Batman movie, I found it ironic that “DC Comic’s” relatively new character is “Bed Bug.” Who has the ability to control people or “Sleepers” by using bedbug insects to infect their minds while they sleep. Once the insects have latched onto the victim, Bedbug then directs the Sleeper to perform various tasks such as robberies. The Sleeper does this while in a sleep walking state and remembers nothing afterwards.

Apparently “Bed Bug” tried to set up Batman, but when Batman foiled his plans, “Bed Bug” ironically went into hiding only to prey on another DC comic character, “Superman.” This is according to an interview with DC’s writer Keith Giffen and writer/artist Dan Jurgens.

With all of the seriousness of bed bugs, I suppose it’s good to see a little entertainment and public awareness of this epidemic.

Tips On How To Stay Bed Bug Free This Summer

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Bed Bugs are an indoor pest so why do bed bug cases rise rapidly in the summer months? Most importantly, how can I help keep my home or business free from bed bugs?

Bed Bugs swarm in warm…

With temperatures in the mid 60’s it takes bed bugs much longer to grow to maturity and reproduce. Compared to temperatures in the mid 80’s, their maturation process rapidly accelerates. What used to take 3 months to reach maturity, now only takes as little as 3 weeks!

Bed Bugs love to travel!

These pests can be found in hotels, summer camps, movie theaters, etc. then they return home with you as they attach themselves to your luggage, bags, and clothing.

Traveling Tips…

1. Check the history of bed bugs before you book

You can go online and see if the hotel you want to stay at has had any bed bug complaints or history of bed bug activity. Some good sites are: Trip advisor, Google maps, and the bedbug registry. If you see 1 negative review from over 6 months ago, it might not necessarily be a bad thing.  Sometimes negative reviews encourage hotels to do pro-active bed bug inspections and/or remediate an existing problem. Stay away from hotels that have multiple negative reviews or very recent bed bug complaints. And finally, when checking in, ask if there was a history of bed bugs in the room. If the response is “we cannot disclose this information,” think twice before bringing your belongings into the room.

2. Inspect your room before unpacking

Inspect the mattress by removing the sheets and carefully examining the seams of the mattress and headboard. You’re not only looking for live bed bugs but also evidence of bedbugs which includes blood spots, fecal matter, and eggs.

3. Don’t put your luggage on the bed or in the drawers.

Bed bugs stay close to the location of their sleeping hosts; more specifically, the bed. Store your bags in the closet or even the bathroom.  Try to put souvenirs in a sealed plastic bag. This will help prevent any unwanted stowaways when you travel home.

4. Keep laundry Separate

Store dirty laundry and any clothes you wear in your hotel room in plastic bags. If the clothes you wore did happen to come in contact with bed bugs, they will be separate from everything else, and they can be washed in hot water when you return.

5. Do the Laundry before taking luggage in

When you return home, wash and dry all of your dirty laundry. DO NOT bring your suitcase in the house; leave it outside or in the garage! Inspect your suitcase for bugs. Clean clothes can be run through the dryer on the hottest setting for 30 minutes.

If you suspect you may have bed bugs Contact Us Immediately for an Inspection! 614-747-3463 lee@www.bedbug-inspector.com

Garage Sales, Second Hand Stores, and movie theaters…

1. Clothing and fabrics

Treat clothing from 2nd hand stores, garage sales, and movie theatres, or other possibly infested garments like step 5 from above. Put your new treasures in plastic bags and launder them immediately. If possibly, launder purses as well.

2. Stay away from upholstered furniture

Unless you have us inspect before bringing into the house, buying upholstered furniture is very risky. Inspect wooden chairs and tables before bringing them inside as well. (Pay special attention to cracks and crevices, if possible disassemble first.)

3. No Dumpster diving!

If it’s in a dumpster or garbage can: leave it there!  Even if it’s in perfect condition, the previous owner may have thrown it away because it is infested with bed bugs.

If you think you may have a bed bug issue, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately! Our highly trained bed bug scent detection canines can sniff out even the earliest stages of bed bugs, even the pesky eggs! 614-747-3463 lee@www.bedbug-inspector.com

Daisy Inspecting a home for Bed Bugs

Big Month our bed bug detection team!

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Daisy in New York after our NESDCA evalutation

April has been a big month for Bed Bug Inspector! Last week we were evaluated through the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA) and we passed! http://nesdca.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=30:accredbedbugteams&catid=8:accredteams&Itemid=19

Earlier this month we received accreditation through the Better Business Bureau. http://www.bbb.org/centralohio/business-reviews/pest-control-services/bed-bug-inspector-in-columbus-oh-70076429

And last but not least The Daily Standard, Celina, OH released an article about our company and the owner. (No link, sorry)

We are still seeing many bed bug cases, but many hotels, thrift stores, medical facilities, etc. are beginning to finally doing more pro-active inspections for these pests. This year we’ve pro-actively inspected places in Dayton, Toledo, Lima, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and of course Columbus.

All of Ohio does have a problem that needs addressed. Public awareness of bed bugs is the best way to fight the problem! Even though Cincinnati, has been labeled as worst in the country, they seem to be the most pro-active to try to keep the bugs out!

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
useful tools in aiding you with all related pest issues. We feature Bed
bugs on our site amongst many other pests.

Bed bugs can be very difficult to deal with and we help with issues that
arise from bed bug/pest infestations.

We have included topics such as: Landlord/tenant issues, Inspection of
infestations, Moving from an infestation, Travelling guides and many more
issues are discussed and dealt with to help you through the problems that
pests can bring to.

One of our free services include a reporting and tracking system to report
and locate pests. We offer information and steps to dealing with all the
problems that pests cause.

Pest Trackers is dedicated to helping renters, owners and travellers
against pests of all kinds.

Visit: http://www.pesttrackers.com/

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.

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.