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Philadelphia police working to arrest bedbugs

In Bed Bugs on July 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm

A bedbug infestation is a worst nightmare at home, and at hotels, but what about the police station? Police have called an exterminator to the Harbison and Levick street station to deal with a possible case of bed bugs.

Fraternal Order of Police Vice President Roosevelt Poplar says the building is a busy one–with prisoners, and hundreds of officers from the 2nd and 15th Police Districts, and the Northeast Detective Division.

“The 15th District is a closed circuit facility which means that they do processing of prisoners and they all transport prisoners from that locations down to the Police Detention Unit,” said Poplar. “It’s possible that the bedbugs can travel either on a prisoner or on officers.”

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/22962-12lfbugs

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New York Again Tops Bedbug Charts

In Bed Bugs on May 26, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal
Bedbug exterminators at work in New York City last year.

It probably isn’t much of a surprise, but bedbugs are taking a bigger bite out of the Big Apple so far this year, according to one exterminator company.

For the second consecutive year, Terminix ranked the city first in the nation for bedbug infestations, edging out Cincinnati, Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia.  (In better news for New Yorkers, a rival ranking by competitor Orkin ranked the city only the seventh worst for bedbug cases.)

Terminix’s city rankings are based on the number of customer complaints and infestations discovered by employees of the company’s 350 U.S. branches. The company wouldn’t release specific data on just how many bedbug complaints it gets, but it said the problem is multiplying.

Bob Young, an entomologist and Northeast and Midwest division manager for Terminix, estimated that he has logged two to three times more bedbug calls over last year, following high-profile cases in which bedbug invasions forced several Manhattan businesses to close temporarily.

Is any borough of New York more infested than the others?

“Manhattan,” said Young, who is based in New York. He the added: “Clearly, Brooklyn and Queens. The Bronx. Even in the rural areas. They’re all over the place. These things, they hitchhike.”

Business for bedbug exterminators boomed last year. Bedbugs start at $500 a room, and off-site fumigation of personal belongings can add another $1,000, Young told WSJ columnist Anne Kadet last year. High-end residential jobs involving art and antiques can cost as much as $20,000.

This summer projections for bedbug activity probably won’t help New Yorkers feel more at ease. ”It’s a larger and larger problem each day,” Young said. “College students seem to bring them home with them.”

Young, who has been with Terminix for 15 years, said he started seeing the critters hit New York in the early 2000s. Since then, complaints have risen ten- to fifteenfold, he said, as the public becomes more aware of their presence.

Last year, bedbugs shut down the flagship Niketown store on East 57th Street, the Hollister Epic store in SoHo and a Victoria’s Secret on the Upper East Side, among other locations. And the insects made a debut at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

This year? “They’re even in police-department squad cars,” Young said.

A Vacuum That Attacks Bedbugs

In Bed Bugs on March 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm

The war on bedbugs has become so pervasive that only an act of Congress is needed to make it official. Meanwhile, the civilian population is stepping up its weapons. One of the newest is the CleanWave Sanitizing Bagless Vacuum by Verilux, which was introduced at the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago last week and sells for about $400.

 

“It uses UV light, which is a germicidal,” said Ryan Douglas, chief executive officer of Verilux. “What’s most exciting is that it is killing bedbugs; nymphs, which are the babies, and bedbug eggs.”

Hasn’t this vac-attack thing been tried before?

“Some people have tried to kill germs with vacs,” Mr. Douglas said. “But UV-C is a tricky wavelength of light, it’s hard to harness. What we are able to do is intensify and focus it at the surface so it can be very effective as a sanitizer. With the tests we’ve done on bedbug eggs, none of them hatched.”

That gives us the feeling that some tough adults survived.

“A tough adult bedbug is going to survive DDT, just about everything,” he said. “It’s important to be preventative.”

A vacuum could suck up the adults, we suppose. But then this vac is bagless — and they’re probably tough to spot.

“It has a contained area. And they’re actually visible, kind of reddish brown and about 3 ½ to 5 millimeters in length,” Mr. Douglas said. “What we advise people to do is put the container in a plastic bag and drop the bottom out. Then you tie the bag off and double-bag it and get it out of your house.” More

Information: verilux.com.

A version of this article appeared in print on March 17, 2011, on page D3 of the New York edition.

 

Survey: 1 out of 5 Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home…

In Bed Bugs on February 2, 2011 at 6:24 pm

One out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs at home or a hotel according to a new survey from the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

“Most Americans recognize that bed bugs are back in a big way. Our survey shows that people are taking the bed bug resurgence seriously and making simple adjustments to daily routines to avoid infestations,” noted Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “While it appears bed bugs are here to stay, it is important that the public, the government and the pest control industry work together to minimize infestations through education, building awareness and assistance.”

The “Bed Bugs in America” survey offers a look at how the bed bug resurgence is impacting the lives of Americans. Here are key survey highlights:

Americans who have encountered bed bugs tend to be younger, live in urban areas and rent their homes. The incidence of bed bugs is three times higher in urban areas than in rural areas due to the factors such as larger population size, apartment living and increased travel and mobility which are conducive to the rapid spread and breeding of bed bugs.

  • Bed bugs have been found in all 50 states. Specifically, the pests were encountered by 17 percent of respondents in the Northeast; 20 percent in the Midwest; 20 percent in the South; and 19 percent in the West.
  • Most Americans are concerned about bed bugs and believe that bed bug infestations in the United States are increasing. Nearly 80 percent are most concerned about encountering bed bugs at hotels; 52 percent on public transportation; 49 percent in movie theaters; 44 percent in retail stores; 40 percent in medical facilities; 36 percent in their own homes, 32 percent equally pointed to places of employment and friends’ homes. The fear of getting bitten topped the list of concerns.
  • As the public’s awareness of the bed bug resurgence grows, many Americans are modifying their behaviors to minimize infestations: 27 percent have inspected or washed clothing upon returning from a trip; 25 percent have checked a hotel room for bed bugs; 17 percent have inspected or vacuumed a suitcase upon returning from a trip; and 12 percent have altered or canceled travel plans because of concern about bed bugs. In addition, 16 percent have inspected second-hand furniture they have brought into their homes; 15 percent have checked dressing rooms when trying on clothing; and 29 percent have washed new clothing immediately upon bringing it home from a store.
  • Of the 13 percent of respondents who said they knew someone who had a bed bug infestation in their home, 40 percent said they avoided entering the infested home and 33 percent discouraged those who had the infestation from entering their own home.
  • Despite widespread exposure to information, most Americans know little about bed bugs. Nearly half incorrectly believe that bed bugs transmit disease (NOTE: research conducted to date has shown that bed bugs are not vectors of disease); 29 percent inaccurately believe bed bugs are more common among lower income households, and 37 percent believe bed bugs are attracted to dirty homes.

Pest professionals will also find information in the survey about where respondents would search for professional pest management services, consumer attitudes on available treatment options, and more. The survey was enabled by the Professional Pest Management Alliance.

 

http://www.pctonline.com/bed-bugs-in-america.aspx

Second National Bed Bug Summit

In Bed Bugs on January 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm

The Federal Government is convening the second national bed bug summit on February 1 and 2, 2011. The goal for this summit is to review the current bed bug problem and identify and prioritize further actions to address the problem. Here is a link to attend the webinar: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/ppdc/bedbug-summit/webinar-instruction.pdf

We are going to the 2nd Annual Bed Bug Summit in DC. Many of the leading experts in govt., academia and business will be attending and discussing the growing problems associated with bed bugs. Notice the cool new search tool for solutions. When we are ready for the market our products will be listed there as well.

http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/ppdc/bedbug-summit/2nd-bedbug-summit.html

Animal Planet’s New Miniseries “Infested”

In Bed Bugs on January 20, 2011 at 4:46 pm

 

Research entomologist, Jeffrey White of BedBug Central, will be appearing on Animal Planet’s new miniseries “Infested!” to provide an expert perspective on bed bugs. This week, the miniseries will profile the stories of individuals who have experienced extraordinary infestations from animals and insects while looking at the science behind the infestations and how the infestations were successfully treated.
White will be appearing in the, “Bedbugs, Rats, and Scorpions” episode of “Infested!”, which will air Jan. 10, 13 and 14 with additional opportunities to watch. Check your local listings for airing time your area.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y9jPIimY0Y

 

New York City’s Problem With Bedbugs Getting Itchier

In Bed Bugs on January 19, 2011 at 9:38 pm

 

Bed Bug Panic in NYC

 

“Tons of people that have infestations don’t say anything and, if they are in apartments, the people next door are the ones with a complaint finally. They may not file a complaint, but they may go through the proper channels and tell the landlord or co-op board or condo owner,” said Mr. Sorkin. In 2010, there were 4,846 violations and 13,472 complaints, up slightly from 4,811 and 12,594 in 2009.

In New York, bedbug complaints are registered with the city’s 311 nonemergency hotline. The landlord is notified of the complaint and the department contacts the tenant to confirm the complaint before making a site visit where a city inspector will visually inspect the home. If bedbugs are found, a violation is issued.

 

Why Bedbugs Won’t Die

In Bed Bugs on January 19, 2011 at 9:19 pm

 

The first comprehensive genetic study of bedbugs, the irritating pests that have enjoyed a world-wide resurgence in recent years, indicates they are quickly evolving to withstand the pesticides used to combat them.

The new findings from entomologists at Ohio State University, reported Wednesday online in PLoS One, show that bedbugs may have boosted their natural defenses by generating higher levels of enzymes that can cleanse them of poisons.

In New York City, bedbugs now are 250 times more resistant to the standard pesticide than bedbugs in Florida, due to changes in a gene controlling the resilience of the nerve cells targeted by the insecticide, researchers at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst recently reported.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703951704576092302399464190.html

Maryland lawyer bites back with bedbug lawsuits

In Bed Bugs on November 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Daniel Whitney has staked his claim on the title of Maryland’s bedbug barrister: Since Sept. 1, the Towson attorney has filed eight lawsuits on behalf of bedbug victims across the state seeking a total of more than $7 million in damages. MORE

Who You Gonna Call? For Bedbugs, an Out-of-Work Actor

In Bed Bugs on November 16, 2010 at 12:00 pm
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For struggling New York actors reduced to waiting tables for a living, there’s finally an alternative career path: bedbug hunter. Ever since the city began suffering from a widespread infestation of the pernicious bugs last year, demand has soared for people to get rid of them. Actors, it turns out, make the perfect bug busters. More

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