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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Bedbug Scourge

Extracts from cnn.com's
You're not dreaming, that's a bedbug

Blood-sucking pests spreading from NYC to rest of U.S., world

Sunday, January 22, 2006


"There's an epidemic going on throughout the country, and New York seems to be the hotbed," said Jeffrey Eisenberg, a pest control expert.

Bedbugs are turning up in hospitals, schools, movie theaters and health clubs. Recent reports put them in a New Jersey college dorm and a Los Angeles hotel -- where one guest filed a $5 million lawsuit.

The current generation of exterminators has been caught unaware by these pests, which were all but forgotten for decades. They blame the comeback on several factors, primarily increased global travel and the banning of potent pesticides like DDT.

The tiny vermin avoid light and attack in the middle of the night. About the size of a flattened apple seed, they hide in cracks and crevices in furniture and walls.

They're efficient and active travelers, often hitching rides on clothing and jumping from host to host when people brush up against each other on the subway, in elevators or on crowded streets.

Fighting an infestation is a costly, time-consuming process. Belongings must be removed from the home to be thoroughly washed or dry-cleaned, followed by meticulous vacuuming, before the exterminator can even begin work. It often takes several visits.

The scourge is nearly impossible to eradicate; the creatures can go a year without feeding, they reproduce rapidly and don't die easily.

City Councilwoman Gail Brewer ... is calling for a bedbug task force. She wants a ban on reconditioning mattresses [and] separate transport of old and new mattresses. A mattress purchase often includes the removal of the old one, and several used and new mattresses mingling in a truck produce a bedbug free-for-all.

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2 Comments:

At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Sylvia said...

Yikes! First crushed bugs in our food and now bedbug infestations! It really is too much. Last night in my Spanish class I learned that Guatemalan weavers use crushed mosquitoes to set the dye in their fabrics, hence the bright colors that resist fading (allegedly). I've often wondered if there was a purpose for mosquitoes; could this be it? But bedbugs, now that's just one big ICK. I was in Kauai in December staying at my favorite rustic cabin place when I developed a bad case of itchy, painful "bites." Dear God not bedbugs I prayed. I sure was relieved when the locals told me I was hit by poison Limu (seaweed) while free-diving. I still have the marks and was miserable for a week but seaweed is better than bugs. Oh dear, just read about the cockroaches in Congress. The vermin are everywhere! Cheers, Sylvia from CA
P.S. LOVED the Bat Brain column! It's sort of a metaphor for life. Hadn't seen it until your post; wherever do you find this stuff? Also, please let us know if Zed finds his peanut brittle. He's very proactive.

 
At 10:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,

I am a former pest control technician and current Quality Assurance Manager & Technical Advisor for one of North America’s largest pest control companies.

I have created a bed bug website dedicated to providing resources to the general public.

The Bed Bug Resource can be found at www.thebedbugresource.com . At this site there is also a message board (forum) available with some of the world’s leading bed bug researchers and professionals. If you or anyone you know would like to ask questions, get information, or offer assistance to others in need please drop on by.

Sincerely,

Sean.
Entomologist / Pest Professional
www.thebedbugresource.com

 

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