18 Dec

New Study Reveals Prevalence of Bed Bug “Psychosis”

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  • December 18, 2011
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A new study has revealed that bed bugs are infesting more than just the mattress; they’ve managed to make their way into our collective psyches, too. Researchers at New York University’s Langone Medical Center found that bed bug outbreaks can put people at a higher risk for developing a mental health problem or make an existing problem worse. "Bedbugs, mice, rats roaches -- they've bothered human beings, and they have been around for many many years," said Dr. Evan Rieder,... Read More
18 Dec

Bed Bugs Found at Local D.C. Hospital

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  • December 18, 2011
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United Medical Center (UMC) in Washington D.C. got a surprise visit from some unwanted critters last week. According to TBD.com (Local News Channel 8), bed bugs were found in the psychiatric unit last Monday following a new patient’s arrival. Officials at the hospital addressed the problem immediately by utilizing bed bug sniffing dogs to determine the severity of the problem (bed bugs were found in only one room, but four were treated as a precaution) and extermination using extreme heat... Read More
18 Dec

Boston Battles Bed Bugs

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  • December 18, 2011
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During the past five years, Boston has seen a significant increase in bed bug reports. My Fox Boston reports that the city has now received 1,443 complaints since 2006 and is taking legal action against landlords who ignore bed bug complaints. “We are seeing an increase in the city of Boston,” said Don Irish, an assistant commissioner with Boston’s Inspectional Services Department. “… If we don’t get a response from the property owner in the time allotted, our next step in... Read More
17 Dec

New York City Hires Canines to Fight Bed Bugs

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  • December 17, 2011
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The Department of Housing Preservation and Development of New York City has hired two beagles, Mickey and Nemo, to help detect bed bugs. According to the Wall Street Journal, three landlords received notices regarding bed bugs, as a result of the dogs’ first day on the job. Seattle and Milwaukee are among other cities who have also hired dogs to help in bed bug detection. Bed bug sniffing canines cost $69,000 to buy, train and tend to for the first... Read More
16 Dec
Several newspapers in New Jersey warned residents that the state’s location could lead to increased bed bug infestations. The garden state is tucked between New York and Philadelphia, two major cities with high reports of bed bugs. “New Jersey has more cases than most other states due to the high population density, urbanization and the presence of large numbers of multi-unit dwellings,” said Changlu Wang, assistant extension specialist of the Department of Entomology at Rutgers University. Richard Cooper, entomologist and vice president... Read More
15 Dec
The National Pest Management Association’s (NPMA) board of directors recently made several changes to the NPMA’s Best Management Practices for Bed Bugs (BMPs). These changes were proposed in October by the association’s Bed Bug Division at PestWorld (link to old post) in New Orleans. Due to the recent increase in heat-related incidents reported in the media, the NPMA made changes to the heat treatment section of the BMPs, recommending that only equipment specifically designed and tested for insect control should... Read More
15 Dec
The Early Show on CBS recently reported that bed bugs have increased a whopping 500 percent in the United States during the last few years. CBS News Correspondent Susan Koeppen, who has covered bed bug stories many times, unfortunately got the opportunity to experience them personally after a recent ski trip. “During the bed bug scare, consumers need to understand that there is good news. There are trained professionals throughout the country who know how to deal with bed bugs... Read More
15 Dec
The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) has launched a new push for state laws to protect consumers against preventable health risks, including the growing bed bug epidemic, reports Furniture Today. According to a press release issued by the trade group, the ISPA is leading efforts in several states, including Florida, Connecticut, Tennessee and New York, to push the legislature to enact new and tougher laws that would require renovators of used mattresses to sanitize their products before resale. The ISPA... Read More
15 Dec
New York City was recently identified as the “most infested city” in America for the second year in a row. Bed bug infestations have been reported everywhere from private residences, to hotels, to businesses. Thankfully, New York City landlords and hotel owners will now have a new ally to help fight back: Aon Risk Solutions has just announced the first-ever bed bug-specific insurance policy for hotels, landlords and corporations. According to Crain’s New York Business, the policy will cover the... Read More
14 Dec

Bed Bugs Strike Assisted Living Facility

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  • December 14, 2011
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According to an article on Louisville’s WLKY , The Bennett House confirmed that they have bed bugs. The Bennett House is an assisted living community located in New Albany, Ind. A corporate spokeswoman confirmed that the issue has been confined to one apartment. She said administrators at the facility are doing whatever they can to prevent the spread of bugs to the whole complex, which includes replacing box springs and bringing in an exterminator. “There is a resident that has picked up... Read More