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  • Nation's bedbug capital is no longer Chicago, Orkin says

    01/03/2017 7:20:23 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 3, 2017 | By Becky Yerak
    Some good news for Chicago: It's no longer the bedbug capital of the nation. In its annual ranking, released Tuesday, pest-control services provider Orkin said Baltimore tops its annual list of the top 50 cities for bed bugs. Chicago had been the center of bedbug action for four straight years. The list is based on data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bed bug treatments, both residential and commercial, from Dec. 1, 2015, to Nov. 30, 2016. Chicago ranked third this year. Baltimore moved up nine slots to No. 1, marking the first time it has made...
  • Giant freezer may be a solution to Montreal’s intractable bed bugs infestation

    09/04/2016 12:18:36 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 69 replies
    MONTREAL — In the basement of a public housing complex on the outskirts of downtown Montreal is a large walk-in freezer used solely to kill bed bugs. The freezer is a local solution to a problem that has been haunting the city for years and is not improving, says Melanie Sanche, head of sanitation for the public housing authority. As in many large North American cities, cases of bed bugs have exploded here in the past 10 to 15 years, and the problem is particularly acute in areas with transient populations such as students, as well as in districts with...
  • Officials: Several Augusta city workers moved due to bedbugs ( Maine )

    07/15/2016 8:59:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    WMTW ^ | Jul 14, 2016
    AUGUSTA, Maine —Officials in Maine's capital city say bedbugs were found in three city offices. ... A bedbug-detecting dog confirmed there were bedbugs in that office and in the offices of community services ... Bedbugs had been reported at two privately owned boarding houses in May. City councilors adopted an emergency law requiring tenants to alert landlords of bed bugs. Landlords must also give the city a decontamination plan.
  • British Airways removes plane after finding bed bugs on board

    02/26/2016 5:13:45 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Mashable ^ | February 26, 2016 | Blathnaid Healy
    LONDON — A plane was taken out of service by British Airways after bed bugs were found on board. The airline says two of the parasitic insects, which feed on people's blood, were found. "Whenever any report of bed bugs is received, we launch a thorough investigation and, if appropriate, remove the aircraft from service and use specialist teams to treat it — this happened in this instance," a spokeswoman for the airline told Mashable.
  • Historic Hotel’s Bedbugs Sideline Kyrie Irving

    02/23/2016 8:22:36 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Breitbart Sports ^ | 23 Feb 2016
    Kyrie Irving did not sleep tight because the team hotel did let the bed bugs bite Saturday night. "Our team said I was out with flu-like symptoms," Irving confessed to the media Monday night about his absence from Sunday's game against the Oklahoma. "It was honestly from the bed bugs from the frickin' Hilton that we stayed at." The Cavaliers stayed at the oldest hotel in Oklahoma City over the weekend ... Just imagine how freaked out you'd be if you saw friggin' five, big-ass bed bugs just sitting on your pillow," Irving told the media after Monday's loss to...
  • Chicago Tops Bedbug List for Fourth Straight Year: Report

    01/14/2016 1:56:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 9 replies
    NBC News ^ | January 13, 2016
    Bedbugs have apparently taken up a long-term residency in Chicago based on a new report from pest control company Orkin. Chicago topped Orkin's "Top 50 Bed Bug Cities" list for the fourth year in a row. In all, fourteen cities in the Midwest made the list, more than any other region, according to Orkin. The pests were spotted in multiple cities in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky. Orkin based its findings on the number of bedbug treatments employees conducted between January and December of 2015, according to the pest control company. The list includes both residential and commercial treatments. [Snip]...
  • Dangerous Chagas Disease – Imported from Latin America – Widespread in Southern US

    12/02/2015 7:11:15 AM PST · by AngelesCrestHighway · 16 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/02/15 | Jim Hoft
    Thanks to Obama’s open border policies there are now hundreds of thousands of cases of Chagas Disease in the United States today. Chagas disease also known as American trypanosomiasis, is a potentially life-threatening illness caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi). It is found mainly in endemic areas of 21 Latin American countries. The disease is transmitted to humans by contact with feces of triatomine bugs, known as ‘kissing bugs.’ Chagas disease is spread by the Kissing Bug in Latin American countries. Chagas often leads to a fatal condition known as Chagasic cardiomyopathy. The National School for Tropical...
  • Germany: Migration Crisis Becomes Public Health Crisis

    11/08/2015 5:18:08 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    Gatestone Institute. ^ | November 8, 2015 | Soeren Kern
    German hospitals are increasing security to protect doctors and nurses from violent attacks by migrants who are unhappy with the medical treatment they are receiving. Critics are warning that German taxpayers will end up paying billions of euros to provide healthcare for a never-ending wave of asylum seekers. This is in addition to the billions of euros already being spent to provide newcomers with food, clothing and shelter. In addition to the massive economic and social costs, as well as the burden of increased crime, including a rape epidemic, Germans are now facing the risk of being exposed to exotic...
  • Cops: Man Set Rental Car Ablaze While Trying to Kill Bed Bugs

    04/16/2015 8:46:13 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/16/15
    A Long Island man accidentally set his rental car ablaze in an effort to kill bed bugs, police say. Authorities say 44-year-old Scott Kemery poured rubbing alcohol on the bed bugs because he thought it would do the trick. Then, he lit a cigarette, setting himself and three cars on fire. "He said he had bedbugs in the car, and someone told him if he saturated them with alcohol, it would kill them," Det. Sgt. Edward Fitzgerald told Newsday. "So he went and bought some alcohol, he poured it all in there and he sat in his car and lit...
  • Syracuse woman says bedbugs ruining her life

    04/01/2015 6:09:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Syracuse Media ^ | April 01, 2015 | Tim Knauss
    Friends no longer visit Kafi Ahmad's small apartment in Syracuse. Her home health aide stopped coming. And the maddening insect bites persist. Ahmad, 63, said she has "no life'' since bedbugs infested her high-rise apartment in December. She has endured welts from swollen insect bites all over her body. After 14 years in her apartment, Ahmad fled to a homeless shelter for three nights in February to escape the bedbugs. The insects "bite me and pinch me,'' she said. "My life no good.'' Bedbugs, which started attracting notice in Syracuse a decade ago, are not known to carry disease but...
  • DAILY MAIL: A 5-Year-Old Girl Just Died of the Very Strain of Flu

    01/27/2015 5:08:31 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 88 replies
    Daily Mail article; Fox News Photo; copied by Freedom Outpost ^ | 1/27/2015 | Daily Mail article copied by Melissa Melton
    Cue the pro-vaccine crowd's b.s. arguments as to why this is doesn't matter and we should all keep taking the risk shooting up our children in the hopes this won't happen to us. Via Daily Mail: A five-year-old girl has died in hospital three days after developing a strain of the flu that she was vaccinated against – as a deadly outbreak of the virus continues to sweep across the country. Keira Driscoll was prescribed steroids and a nebulizer at a Quick Care clinic after she started feeling unwell with a cough and a fever at her home in Clark...
  • New Jersey Customs Agent: We're Not Prepared for Ebola

    10/09/2014 3:07:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 8 Oct 2014 | Warner Todd Huston
    A federal customs official at New Jersey's Newark International Airport says that they are not trained or equipped to face passengers who might be infected with Ebola. ... The agent, who wanted to stay anonymous, noted that no doctors or CDC personnel had been assigned to his airport for any flights from Africa or countries with connecting flights to Ebola effected areas. ... This unnamed Customs agent isn't the only one saying that few are prepared for Ebola. A nurses union recently contradicted the CDC's Dr. Thomas Frieden who claimed that all of America's hospitals are ready for Ebola. The...
  • BP Agent: Nothing Done to Secure Border from Ebola, Apprehensions at 30%

    10/09/2014 3:00:57 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 9 Oct 2014 | Ian Hanchett
    Border Patrol Agent and National Border Patrol Council #3307 Vice President Chris Cabrera said that “nothing” has been done to secure the border in the event the Ebola virus spreads to Central America, and that the apprehension rate on the border was down to about 30% . ... Cabrera continued his criticism of the upper management of the Border Patrol, saying, “What needs to be done is we need to have our agents in the field where they belong, we need to stop cutting our manpower and stop cutting our hours and get our guys out there on the front...
  • Colorado couple sues Hilton Hawaiian Village over bedbug dispute

    09/21/2014 10:00:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 66 replies
    Pacific Business News ^ | Sep 19, 2014 | Jason Ubay
    A Colorado couple are suing the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, alleging that the resort had a bedbug problem and failed to tell them about it last year when they stayed at the hotel. Aaron and Sharon Tucker of Aurora County, Colorado, booked their stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village on July 30, 2013, and were not told about a bedbug infestation, they said in the lawsuit. The couple claim they suffered from bedbug bites during their stay from Aug. 24-31, 2013, and claim they continued to be bitten after returning home, ... A search through found...
  • Bedbugs spotted at least 21 times on subways in August, say sources.

    09/02/2014 3:17:48 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 53 replies ^ | September 2, 2014 | PDonohue
    Full Title: Bedbugs spotted at least 21 times on subways in August, say sources — MTA hiring expert to review efforts “We’ve never had sightings to this magnitude,” said Joe Costales, a chairman with Transport Workers Union Local 100. “We’ve had isolated incidents in crew quarters, but it’s no longer an isolated scenario. It’s throughout the system.”
  • Bedbugs Are Just Using the Subway to Get to More Beds

    08/07/2014 4:01:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 8/7 | Adam K. Raymond
    Like human beings, who use the New York City subway system for transportation between two destinations of an unwalkable distance, the bedbugs found on three N-line subway cars earlier this week were just using the train to get around the city. Their destinations included the lockers of MTA employees and the home of one conductor. Along with fumigating the infested trains, including a fourth train on the N-line, the MTA has sent a bug-sniffing dog to inspect the remaining cars. The most worrying detail about the MTA's bedbug infestation, though, may be that the conductor who found one of the...
  • Senate Undergoes Emergency Cleaning After Woman Drags In Bedbugs

    07/24/2014 5:15:39 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 7-24-16 | Betsy Rothstein
    The Architect of the Capitol took emergency measures Wednesday to handle a bed bug problem in a Senate Office Building, including closing off a restroom for a couple of days with yellow police tape. So watch out Senate aides and tourists approaching the sixth floor of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Bedbugs are not easy to shake. The trouble began prior to a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing held Wednesday in which some attendees—lobbyists, presumably—employed people to wait in line for them. This is a common practice and sources tell us it falls under the jurisdiction of the Rules Committee...
  • DDOT works to keep buses clear of bedbugs ( Detroit )

    07/10/2014 6:10:16 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    Click On Detroit ^ | Jul 09 2014 | Lauren Podell
    There's a reason why bedbugs are nicknamed "hitchhikers." But Detroit city bus riders don't want to share a ride with them. "I never ever imagined they would be a problem on buses," said Anthony DeRamus. "It makes me uncomfortable."
  • What Pet Friendly Hotels Don’t Want You to Know

    01/16/2014 10:21:29 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Pet 360 ^ | unknown | Carol Bryant
    I’ve traveled the country with dogs for over 20 years, so I can honestly say I have slept in some not so swift rooms and some that have been oh-so-divine. Pet friendly, however, is not always what it’s cracked up to be, and if you’ve had a less-than-stellar experience at a supposed “pet friendly” establishment, you are nodding in agreement. How many of you, when calling a hotel or facility to ask if they are pet friendly ask something like this: “Hi. Can you tell me if you allow pets?” How many of you ask, “Hello, are you pet welcoming?”...
  • Health Dept: Motel bedbug problem not new ( Virginia )

    12/21/2013 2:24:51 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    WAVY ^ | December 17, 2013 | Jason Marks
    Motel guest says bedbugs put him in hospital. HAMPTON, Va. - A bedbug infestation at a Peninsula motel is so bad, it put a man in the hospital. Health department officials told it isn't a new problem. The Hampton Manor Motel sign claims to be host to the distinguished traveler, but they also appear to be host to bedbugs -- and not just one or two. "You don't see them, but you feel them," said Hampton resident Robert Malcolm. "You lay in bed and you might feel something. You wake up and there are about five or six on...
  • NYC Department of Health Building Infested with Bed Bugs

    08/07/2013 7:40:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 6 Aug 2013
    the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene headquarters, which cost taxpayers $316 million, is overrun by bed bugs. The building is 21 floors, and five of those are home to a bed bug infestation. That’s no shock, since the city itself has been ranked the worst in the nation when it comes to bed bugs. This is the second time in under a year that bed bugs have been found in the facility, which is only three years old. Critics say that the city is actually underreporting the problem ... Other major New York landmarks have become...
  • Vt. homeless shelter closed after bedbug problem

    07/30/2013 9:48:40 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 30, 2013
    BENNINGTON, Vt. — An infestation of bedbugs has forced the temporary closure of a homeless shelter in Bennington, Vt. ... In the meantime, the women and children who would normally stay there are being placed in temporary locations, including motels
  • New Jersey man sets house on fire trying to kill bedbugs

    06/14/2013 12:35:09 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies
    ap ^ | , June 14, 2013
    The man was using a space heater, a hair dryer and a heat gun to kill the pests at his southern New Jersey home when the blaze broke out
  • Tenants: Rattlesnakes invade Scottsdale apartments ( AZ )

    05/12/2013 11:42:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    CBS 5 ^ | May 12, 2013 | Allyson Blair
    In mid-March, she was bitten by a Mohave rattlesnake just feet from her apartment while trying to save her cat. "You can feel it grip on. It's like cutting through butter. It grabbed my thumb and went down through the tendon. When it turned around it nicked me on the other side," said Wallace. The Mohave's venom put Wallace in a coma. She spent a total of nine days in the ICU and had to be readmitted to the hospital three more times. Wallace was left with no feeling in much of her hand. A few months prior Wallace told...
  • Bedbugs invade hospitals

    04/22/2013 11:14:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 22 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | April 22, 2013 | Jen Wieczner
    Why more patients share rooms with the blood-sucking pests. As if adapting to health-care reform and curbing the “nightmare bacteria” weren’t challenge enough, hospitals are increasingly plagued by another problem: Bedbugs. More than a third of pest management companies treated bedbug infestations in hospitals in 2012, 6% more than the year before and more than twice as many as in 2010, according to a survey released today by the National Pest Management Association. The percentage of exterminators dealing with bedbugs in nursing homes has also almost doubled since 2010, to 46%. Bedbug experts also report seeing them in ambulances. Hospitals...
  • How a Leafy Folk Remedy Stopped Bedbugs in Their Tracks

    04/12/2013 8:50:30 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 89 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4/9/13 | Megan W. Szyndler and Catherine Loudon
    Generations of Eastern European housewives doing battle against bedbugs spread bean leaves around the floor of an infested room at night. In the morning, the leaves would be covered with bedbugs that had somehow been trapped there. The leaves, and the pests, were collected and burned — by the pound, in extreme infestations. Now a group of American scientists is studying this bedbug-leaf interaction, with an eye to replicating nature’s Roach Motel. A study published Wednesday in The Journal of the Royal Society Interface details the scientists’ quest, including their discovery of how the bugs get hooked on the leaves,...
  • Bed bugs evolved unique adaptive strategy to resist pyrethroid insecticides

    03/14/2013 8:52:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Nature ^ | 14 March 2013 | Fang Zhu et al.
    Recent advances in genomic and post-genomic technologies have facilitated a genome-wide analysis of the insecticide resistance-associated genes in insects. Through bed bug, Cimex lectularius transcriptome analysis, we identified 14 molecular markers associated with pyrethroid resistance. Our studies revealed that most of the resistance-associated genes functioning in diverse mechanisms are expressed in the epidermal layer of the integument, which could prevent or slow down the toxin from reaching the target sites on nerve cells, where an additional layer of resistance (kdr) is possible. This strategy evolved in bed bugs is based on their unique morphological, physiological and behavioral characteristics and has...
  • Chicago Is Top City for Bedbugs

    03/04/2013 6:41:45 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    abc ^ | Jan 18, 2013 | Carmen Cox
    Bedbugs are on the rise again in the U.S., which means business is booming for pest control companies like Orkin. With increased travel, both internationally and domestically, and higher bedbug resistance to existing pesticides, Orkin has seen an almost 33 percent boost in bedbug business compared to 2011. The company has just released its rankings of U.S. cities in order of the number of bedbug treatments from January to December 2012. The “Windy City” of Chicago tops the list, followed by Detroit, Los Angeles, Denver and Cincinnati.
  • 10 U.S. cities with the most bed bugs

    01/23/2013 3:05:02 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
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  • Orkin: Chicago the worst city for bed bugs

    01/16/2013 9:36:29 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Tribune ^ | January 15, 2013 | Samantha Bomkamp
    Chicago has moved to the top spot of a list no city wants to be a part of: the most treatments for bed bug infestations. Pest control company Orkin said Tuesday it did more business in Chicago than any other city last year. Chicago had been second on the list in 2011 behind Cincinnati. ... Chicago in 2012 was ranked just ahead of Detroit, Los Angeles and Denver
  • Bedbugs in firehouse have staff sleeping in trucks

    12/15/2012 3:01:50 PM PST · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 13, 2012 | Andrea Noble
    A bedbug infestation at a Northwest Washington fire station left firefighters sleeping in their personal vehicles or in the firetrucks to avoid being bitten by the bugs in their bunkrooms, a report on the conditions at D.C. firehouses found. The 180-page report by the Office of the Inspector General details a wide swath of problematic conditions at D.C. fire stations across the city, including a lack of working smoke detectors, leaking roofs, flooded basements, rodent infestations and inoperable heating or cooling systems. Among the findings, 19 stations had significant rodent problems with one reporting that dead mice had been found...
  • Bed Bug Sightings Confirmed At L.A. Central Library

    09/08/2012 7:36:38 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    CBSLA ^ | September 7, 2012
    One bed bug found crawling across a book has led to officials confirming the presence of the bloodthirsty, resilient creatures at the L.A. Central Library. There have been at least two separate sightings of lone bed bugs at the library
  • PITI Protests DNC Treatment of Bedbugs

    09/05/2012 5:29:57 PM PDT · by Ge0ffrey · 11 replies
    (CHARLOTTE, NC) The unethical treatment of bed bugs brought an estimated 500 angry sign-carrying protestors outside of the Time Warner Cable Arena at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Conventioneers have complained about the inordinate number of bedbugs under their mattresses in the Queen City. According to Susan Lunesta, spokesperson for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Insects (PITI), the Democratic National Committee has urged the indiscriminate use of chemicals to mass exterminate what most people call pests. “No bedbug should ever be killed,” said Lunesta. “It’s not their fault that they have been taken out of...
  • Bedbugs an increasing concern at DNC hotels

    09/04/2012 6:04:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 59 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 4, 2012 | David Hill
    .........Hotels contacted by The Washington Times about bedbug reports either referred calls to their corporate headquarters or didn’t return messages. Charlotte has a long way to go before its bedbug levels approach cities such as New York, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C., where recent infestations have made national news, but a study this year by pest control company Orkin shows activity there has been on the rise. The survey, released in March, rated Charlotte as having the 33rd-most bedbug reports of any city in 2011. The list was topped by Cincinnati, Chicago and Detroit. By contrast, the GOP’s choice for its...
  • Bedbugs moving in to some North Texas apartments

    08/31/2012 9:55:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    WFAA ^ | August 30, 2012 | BYRON HARRIS
    DALLAS - Bedbugs live on the blood of mammals. They eat while you sleep. And they're dining on more North Texas apartment dwellers every year. "Sometimes I can't even get to bed at night," said Skyler Wells of the Park Timbers Apartments in Lewisville, who's had bedbugs in his apartment twice in the last four months. "I'm thinking they're crawling on me. I'm scratching myself. I'm taking three showers a night, because I'm thinking I'm gonna wash 'em all off me." Chris McGinn of City of Lewisville Code Compliance Department said bedbugs weren't even on the city's radar three years...
  • Bedbugs Hitching Rides On Detroit Buses, Say Drivers

    06/30/2012 5:22:28 AM PDT · by Son House · 55 replies
    FoxNews ^ | June 29, 2012 |
    <p>Detroit's bus drivers has reportedly asked local lawmakers to put pressure on the transit agency to help stop the spread of bedbugs on buses.</p> <p>The Detroit News reports that roughly 50 Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) drivers have said they've seen bedbugs on buses, and some have been bitten within the past year, according to Henry Gaffney, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26.</p>
  • Philadelphia takes title of bed bug capital of the U.S...

    06/15/2012 6:16:18 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 14, 2012 | Nina Golgowski
    Philadelphia is the most bed bug infested city in the U.S. according to a new report, knocking New York City's two-year reign at the top. The 'City of Brotherly Love' jumped four places to number one this year according to the annual ranking by pest control company Terminix, reporting the highest service calls and confirmed cases in the country. New York has fallen to third place with Cincinnati keeping its second place title for the second year going.
  • Spring-break hazard: bedbug infestation

    03/09/2012 6:55:20 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | March 9, 2012 | Bethany Barnes
    With spring break coming up, travelers may want to make sure they don't pick up the souvenir no one plans to take home - bedbugs. Bedbug cases have been increasing dramatically over the past three or four years, said Dawn Gouge, entomologist and associate professor at the University of Arizona. "Pretty much everywhere where anyone goes on vacation is where you'll find bedbugs," said Gouge, noting that even travelers who stay at high-end resorts can be exposed to the parasites.
  • Free to attend public meeting (Perviously threatened with arrest)

    03/01/2012 6:02:11 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 3 replies · 2+ views
    The Saratogian ^ | Thursday, March 01, 2012 | By LUCIAN McCARTY
    SARATOGA SPRINGS — A local resident under threat of arrest if he steps on public housing property will be able to do so after all — to attend a public meeting. A trespass notice had been issued against John Tighe based on a complaint made by Saratoga Springs Housing Authority Executive Director Ed Spychalski, who has been the target of criticism in Tighe’s blog. The banishment also made a controversial January meeting of the authority off-limits. But it turns out such a notice won’t lead to the arrest of someone who is merely attending a public meeting on the property....
  • Earliest Human Beds Found in South Africa

    12/09/2011 6:40:10 AM PST · by Fractal Trader · 30 replies
    Science Magazine Online ^ | 8 December 2011 | Michael Balter
    Sleepy time at Sibudu. Researchers have found microscopic evidence (inset) of 77,000-year-old bedding at this South African cave. "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise," wrote Benjamin Franklin in his Poor Richard's Almanack. That may have held true a couple of hundred years ago, but when it comes to our ancient human ancestors, researchers don't know much about how—or even where—they slept. Now a team working in South Africa claims to have found the earliest known sleeping mats, made of plant material and dated up to 77,000 years ago—50,000 years earlier than previous...
  • New disinfection technique could revolutionize hospital room cleaning (Bedbugs?)

    12/09/2011 8:29:48 AM PST · by decimon · 33 replies
    Queen's University ^ | December 9, 2011
    A Queen’s University infectious disease expert has collaborated in the development of a disinfection system that may change the way hospital rooms all over the world are cleaned as well as stop bed bug outbreaks in hotels and apartments. > The new technology involves pumping a Medizone-specific ozone and hydrogen peroxide vapour gas mixture into a room to completely sterilize everything – including floors, walls, drapes, mattresses, chairs and other surfaces. It is far more effective in killing bacteria than wiping down a room. Dr. Zoutman says the technique is similar to what we now know Mother Nature uses to...
  • Bed bugs

    11/15/2011 6:45:48 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 22 replies
    Conservapedia ^ | November, 2010 | Conservapedia
    Bed bug From Conservapedia Jump to: navigation, search Bedbug Scientific classification Kingdom Information Domain Eukaryota Kingdom Animalia Subkingdom Bilateria Branch Protostomia Phylum Information Superphylum Panarthropoda Phylum Arthropoda Sub-phylum Mandibulata Infraphylum Atelocerata Class Information Superclass Panhexapoda Class Insecta Sub-class Dicondylia Infra-class Pterygota Order Information Superorder Condylognatha Order Hemiptera Sub-order Heteroptera Infraorder Cimicomorpha Family Information Superfamily Cimicoidea Family Cimicidae Genus Information Genus Cimex Species Information Species C. lectularius Population statistics A Bed bug is any of approximately 75 species of a small parasitical insect of the family Cimicidae, particularly the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) of the temperate areas of the northern...
  • Parents: Bedbugs Surface At School

    11/04/2011 4:41:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies ^ | 11/4/2011 | Drew Douglas/WLKY
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Concerned parents of Iroquois High School students said bedbugs surfaced earlier this week in class. But Jefferson County Public Schools officials said it was never confirmed. Multiple parents turned to Facebook to voice their opinions about the bedbug situation. Some even contacted WLKY News directly. According to a statement from JCPS, a teacher found something she thought was a bedbug Monday. The Iroquois students were moved and the room was inspected immediately. JCPS said nothing was found. "Initially what we ask the principal, the teacher to do is to get the live bedbug with a piece of...
  • How Bedbugs Are Becoming Resistant to Today's Insecticides (How did Genes KNOW about Insecticides?)

    10/23/2011 7:15:22 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 124 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 19, 2011 | Adam Hadhazy
    Until about a decade ago, most people in the United States only knew about bedbugs through the seemingly dated phrase "Sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite." But the bloodsucking parasites, which were largely eradicated by the mid-20th century, have roared back in all 50 states, and the bugs’ evolving resistance to insecticides is part of the reason for their resurgence. A new study gives the most complete picture so far of the adaptations some bedbugs have developed to thwart exterminators’ poisons. The pesky bugs, it appears, can pump out a stew of enzymes that destroy insecticides, according to the...
  • More bedbugs found in Longmont library ( Colorado )

    08/29/2011 4:32:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Longmont Times-Call ^ | 08/29/2011 | Scott Rochat
    Exterminators were back in the Longmont Public Library on Monday morning after a weekend visit by a “bedbug dog” found nine infested chairs, including two that were treated last week. ... The pests were initially spotted Aug. 18. An exterminator on Aug. 19 found five chairs had been infested and used carbon dioxide to freeze the insects. On Sunday, two of the treated chairs caught the attention of Macaroni, a beagle-mix trained to sniff out living bedbugs, indicating that the insects had either survived or been brought back into the library. The library has not closed and the treated chairs...
  • Corpse Found Among Bedbug Infestation ( N.M. )

    07/28/2011 12:04:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    KOAT-TV. ^ | July 28, 2011
    Albuquerque police responded to a report of dead body in apartment and found the man’s body surrounded by bedbugs. The insect infestation was just the beginning of the problems for the apartment complex. The city warns potential renters to look closely before leasing an apartment at Uptown Park. “We would not recommend living in any of those three units,” city spokesman Chris Ramirez said... “When they got there, they realized once they went into the apartment, that the apartment was completely infested with bedbugs,” ... Neighbors were itching to find out what happened.
  • Woman Turned Away From Hospital Because Of Bed Bugs ( Denver )

    05/28/2011 9:37:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies
    Denver Channel ^ | May 27, 2011 | Amanda Kost
    An Aurora woman said she was turned away by a doctor for a pain injection because her home is infested with bed bugs. Christine Lewis was set for a spinal injection at the Medical Center of Aurora South. She said everything was going fine until a nurse asked her about the bug bites that covered her arms. Lewis said she was denied the injection and treatment. She said her doctor showed her the door. “He made the comment, he's like, it could be in your hair, it could be in your clothes and we can't have you bring that into...
  • Scientists Discover Bedbugs Carrying MRSA Germ In Study

    05/12/2011 6:22:48 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 18 replies ^ | May 11, 2011 8:51 PM |
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hate insects? Afraid of germs? Researchers are reporting an alarming combination: bedbugs carrying a staph “superbug.” Canadian scientists detected drug-resistant staph bacteria in bedbugs from three hospital patients from a downtrodden Vancouver neighborhood.
  • Alarming combo: Bedbugs with 'superbug' germ found (Vancouver)

    05/11/2011 1:58:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 5/11/11 | Mike Stobbe
    Hate insects? Afraid of germs? Researchers are reporting an alarming combination: bedbugs carrying a staph "superbug." Canadian scientists detected drug-resistant staph bacteria in bedbugs from three hospital patients from a downtrodden Vancouver neighborhood. Bedbugs have not been known to spread disease, and there's no clear evidence that the five bedbugs found on the patients or their belongings had spread the MRSA germ they were carrying or a second less dangerous drug-resistant bacteria. However, bedbugs can cause itching that can lead to excessive scratching. That can cause breaks in the skin that make people more susceptible to these germs, noted Dr....
  • As Bedbug Assault Looms, Do We DIY DDT?

    03/05/2011 9:54:25 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 33 replies
    Experts are predicting an bedbug explosion this summer so is it time to sneer in the face of the enviro-Nazis; invoke the spirt of Walter Steuber and follow the Delaware County tradition of homebrewing our own dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane? Steuber was a chemist who in the final days of World War II made DDT in the basement of his Swarthmore home. The desirable insecticide has been exclusively for military use and when it popped up for sale at two hardware stores in Media and Swarthmore the authorities investigated. When it was found that Steuber was not using priority chemicals, the government allowed...