Recently, A Baltimore Sun article reported that Adarien Jackson of Maryland was awarded $225,000 in a jury trial on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Jackson purchased a pair of wooden-frame beds and mattresses from Calidad Furniture & Linen Inc. Soon after the beds were delivered, family members showed signs of bed bug bites. Find out more about one of the largest bed bug liability judgments to date in the U.S.
Month: March 2012
Recently the Rollins Corporation, parent company of Orkin, released its top 50 cities for bed bugs. BedBug Central responded with trends that may have affected the various cities ranked on the list. “This recent list about bed bugs should not cause panic or provide a sense of security for residents in these particular cities,” said Jeffrey White, technical director and research entomologist at BedBug Central. “Although a city may have moved on the list, many factors can influence the rankings... Read More
Bed bugs are not picky- issues have been reported in all 50 states from homes to hotels. These pests are able to reproduce up to 10,000 babies in just three months; protecting yourself against this infestation is imperative, as ridding yourself of the creatures can be pricey. Time Magazine has named bed bugs #1 in the Top 10 Evil Animals list. The bugs are persistent, tiny and can live up to 18 months. These creatures certainly demand our attention, especially... Read More
The Rollins Corporation, parent company of Orkin, released its ranking of “worst U.S. cities for bed bugs” in 2011. It reports about a 34 percent increase in bed bug business compared to 2010. There are some big increases and decreases in the list – Honolulu jumped an astounding 55 spots to number 17 on the list, while Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, jumped 43 spots to take the number seven spot. The Albany, N.Y., area dropped 23 spots to number... Read More
Aubrey Plaza of “Parks and Recreation” dealt with bed bugs while filming a new comedy “Safety Not Guaranteed.” The star shared details about getting bitten during the filming of the movie in Seattle. “It was a nightmare,” Plaza told Marc Malkin of E!News. “But, you know, it happens in hotels.” Plaza’s costars joked with her regarding the bites, claiming she was giving herself hives from nerves. To read the full article, visit E! News here.
The Entomological Society of America’s Eastern Branch Annual Meeting will be held March 16 through 19, at the Hilton Hartford Hotel, in Hartford, Conn. Bed bugs and stink bugs will be topics of discussion during the meeting. Dr. Changlu Wang, Rutgers University entomologist, warned bed bugs are making a comeback and those in pest control need to be prepared. During a symposium on Sunday, March 18, bed bug researchers and educators will share innovative methods of bed bug control and... Read More
The National Pest Management Association celebrated 25 years of Legislative Day last week. Legislative Day is a once-a-year educational conference designed to bring awareness to legislative and regulatory issues that impact the pest management control industry. Some of the issues discussed include: SEPA Act– Pest management professionals voiced their opinions against a bill being added to the SEPA Act, which will require schools in Georgia to handle pest issues the same way as schools in Alaska. This does not take... Read More
National Napping Day takes place the first Monday after daylight saving time. Americans struggling from the loss of one hour of sleep are encouraged to recover that day with a restorative nap. Protect-A-Bed and Mattress Firm have teamed up to celebrate the benefits of napping with a Facebook giveaway. Beginning on March 12, Protect-A-Bed (http://www.facebook.com/ProtectABed) and Mattress Firm (http://www.facebook.com/MattressFirm) are encouraging people to visit the Catnap Chronicles Sweepstakes and share details about their favorite nap. From the best location to... Read More
Recently Jeff White, research entomologist for BedBug Central, created a video on how to protect you, your unborn child and a newborn from bed bugs. White addresses how to avoid exposing you and your child to pesticides and how to check nursery furniture for the pests. You can watch the full video below. Protect-A-Bed offers Crib Protectors and Crib Mattress protectors, to keep your newborn safe from bed bugs and allergens. For more information, visit the Protect-A-Bed website.
The National Pest Management Association Inc. (NPMA) recently shared some helpful tips on avoiding bed bugs and mosquitos this Spring Break. Travelers should be aware that the hitch hiking bugs can catch a ride home with you in luggage and on clothing. NPMA recommends: Inspect hotel rooms for bed bugs – Pull back sheets, inspect mattress seams, box springs, headboards, sofas and chairs for brownish red spots, shed skins or bed bugs. Avoid placing luggage on furniture – Try not... Read More