LifeHacker.com recently shared a helpful acronym to those who want to avoid bringing bed bugs home. S – Survey surfaces for signs of an infestation. Look for tiny rust-colored spots on bed sheets, mattress tags and seams, and bed skirts. L – Lift and look at all possible hiding places. These include under the mattress, bed frame, headboard and furniture. You’ll usually find them within 5-feet of the bed. E – Elevate your luggage if you’re traveling on a luggage... Read More
Month: November 2012
According to a new study from Penn State University, a natural fungus that causes disease in insects may help control bed bugs. According to Nina Jenkins, senior research associate in entomology, preliminary studies on the effects of Beauveria bassiana (the fungus) on bed bug control have shown positive results. Jenkins and her team looked at how the fungus acts when it comes in contact with its insect host. “They are natural diseases that exist in the environment,” Jenkins said. “They... Read More
Recent reports have placed three Ohio cities on the list of most infested cities in the nation with bed bugs. To respond, several northeast Ohio health departments have sprung into action. The Stark County Health Department has created the Stark County Bed Bug Coalition, in northeast Ohio. The group combines resources from the city health departments in Canton, Massillon and Alliance. In addition, the Cuyahoga County Bed Bug Task Force recently held its third annual bed bug education conference in... Read More
A new drug produced by Merck & Co.’s, a global healthcare leader, may eliminate bed bugs. Jason Gale of Bloomberg reported that “Three out of five bed bugs died after blood meals from people who had taken Stromectol…” The drug is currently used to treat diseases caused by worm parasites such as river blindness and elephantiasis, disease that causes certain body parts to become enlarged. For the full article, visit Bloomberg.com.
York County Commissioners in Penn. approved a contract with Orkin on Wednesday, Nov. 7, for the treatment of a bed bug infestation in the York County Prison’s work release trailers. According to an article in The Patriot-News, the contract will ensure that there are no bed bugs in the new facility when the prisoners return at the end of the year. In October officials furloughed around 90 male work-release inmates for 72 hours to treat the facility for bed bugs.... Read More
An apartment fire on October 30 in Manchester, N.H., which displaced three families, is currently under investigation. Initial signs, reported by the Union Leader, indicate the fire was started by heaters being used to rid the building of bed bugs. No tenants were in the building during the fire, because exterminators were treating the structure. District Fire Chief Jim Michael explained the exterminators were using heaters to raise temperatures necessary to kill bed bugs to 135 degrees. Michael told the... Read More
San Francisco Calif.’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved legislation giving property owners, tenants and the Health Department more rules to help control bed bugs. One thing that will change is property owners will be required to disclose their bed bug history and tenants will be clearly given their rights and responsibilities if the bugs become an issue. For more on the new legislation, visit SanFrancisco.CBSLocal.com.