Tenant burning bedbugs sets off sprinkler in Hagerstown apartment

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The occupant of a Hagerstown apartment set off the sprinkler system while they were using a propane heater to burn bed bugs.

City Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven said in an email that firefighters were called at 10:50 a.m. Monday to an apartment at 509 Lynnehaven Drive.

An investigation determined the occupant was using a propane heater in the kitchen to kill a bed-bug infestation.

DeHaven said high temperatures from the heater caused a single sprinkler head to trip.

He said no one was injured, and building maintenance was called to initiate repairs.

The apartment is part of the Parkview Place Apartments complex near Pangborn Park.

The management office could not be reached for comment.

Broadway Theatergoers Say They Were ‘Eaten Alive’ By Bedbugs During ‘Harry Potter’ Play



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The Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child allegedly has some bloodthirsty freeloaders in the house. A woman who attended a performance of the play at the Lyric Theatre last week says she and her husband were attacked during the performance by the dreaded “You-Know-Who”: bedbugs. [Update from the theater below.]

The tipster, who asked Gothamist to withhold her name, says she and her husband had seats in the balcony, where they were “eaten alive during the play,” she writes in an email. Afterwards, she says they found bites on their neck, arms, and hands, and sent us these triggering photos.


A bite from the reported bedbugs on the Lyric Theatre balcony. (Tipster)

The two also apparently discovered a bedbug on one of their bags upon exiting the theater, which they bagged as evidence for the photo below.


A bedbug reportedly found at the Broadway Lyric Theatre. (Tipster)

Of course, bedbugs aren’t strangers to our city’s theaters, though anecdotal reports show them infesting movie theaters more frequently than Broadway houses. In December 2018, City Councilman Mark Levine introduced a bill that would require movie theaters to develop a program that would issue annual reports that they are indeed bedbug-free.

Other online reviews of the theater show no mentions for previous incidences of bedbugs at the theatre. Our tipster says they reported the creepy-crawlers to the theatre, who “denied” the claims and “continue to seat people in those spots.”

Update: Hayley Sharples, the General Manager for the Lyric Theatre, issued a statement on behalf of the Ambassador Theatre Group, “Since the complaint came in for this alleged incident, we have done two thorough inspections at the theater to look for any trace of bed bugs. We did our own examination, which involved completely dismantling the chair in which this particular patron sat, and another in which specially trained canines did a full search of the building. Both inspections yielded the same results: there is absolutely no sign of bed bugs at our theater. These findings are consistent with the regular reports we get from the pest control company we work with. We have a spotless record when it comes to bed bugs, and we will continue to take every step to ensure that never changes.”

Second Jury Links Monsanto’s RoundUp to Cancer

I’ve been following the latest lawsuit against Monsanto (now owned by Bayer AG) the way some people follow soap operas, but unlike soap operas that are purely fictional and don’t impact peoples’ lives, the case against Monsanto is real, with genuine people who, sadly, have allegedly been harmed by the corporation’s flagship pesticide product—RoundUp. It’s not the first case asking jury members to decide whether the toxic pesticide that is still sold in countless garden centers, nurseries and other stores around the world, is linked to cancer.

After hours of deliberations and extensions, the jury in the latest lawsuit against Monsanto found that, indeed, there is enough evidence to link Monsanto’s RoundUp, to cancer, contrary to the current statements of alleged safety spewed by the company. This is the second time a jury has found sufficient evidence linking RoundUp to cancer. The first took place less than a year ago when a jury awarded Dewayne Lee Johnson $289 Million, an amount that was later reduced to $78 million. Mr. Johnson selflessly used the final months of his life to sue the corporate giant after his terminal cancer diagnosis.

In the current case, 70-year-old Edwin Hardeman of Santa Rosa, California, sued the company after developing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after using RoundUp for nearly 30 years. After delays in the case, the jury finally announced its unanimous decision linking glyphosate, the primary ingredient in RoundUp and many other pesticides, to cancer. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared glyphosate a probable carcinogen back in 2015—after its expansive review of approximately 1000 studies.

Immediately after the decision by the most recent jury, investors began dumping Bayer AG stocks, which have now plummeted by over 12 percent as of the writing of this blog. Executives at Bayer AG claim that the recent decision will not impact other lawsuits, but many people, myself included, think this will open floodgates to new lawsuits as many people suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and possibly other types of cancer, may sue the company if they believe their cancer resulted from exposure to glyphosate-based products.

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is a complex network of glands, nodes and tubes throughout the body that work together to filter waste products from the tissues of the body.

The timing of the decision seems apt as it has been nearly 2 years to the day that an earlier court unsealed documents that suggested Monsanto may have even faked its own safety studies. Ironically, Monsanto, which has also become known by many for targeting and bashing scientists, may have produced its own corrupt science.

It’s time for an independent investigation into Monsanto to determine whether the company fraudulently covered up a link between its products and cancer. If the company’s executives falsified scientific evidence and engaged in a cover-up then criminal charges should be laid against everyone involved. And, while the company keeps declaring that its products are safe (can we really trust the company profiting from making such declarations of safety?), it is time for them to be banned from being sold, distributed and manufactured.

But, is that really a likely scenario considering that the Environmental Protection Agency, who originally banned the chemical over 30 years ago mysteriously reversed its decisionand allowed the chemical to be sold for 3 decades, potentially to the detriment of many people?

It shouldn’t really have come as a surprise to Bayer AG that RoundUp may cause cancer. After all, the independent evidence has been piling up, some of which includes: a study published in the International Journal of Cancer which found a link between non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) and glyphosate as well as a study published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, which also found a link between NHL and pesticide exposures, including glyphosate.

The current lawsuit is now entering its second phase after Judge Vince Chhabria divided it into the 2 parts: 1) to determine whether RoundUp caused the plaintiff’s cancer; and 2) to determine whether Bayer AG is liable for damages, and if so, how much. Like many, I’ll be tuned to the news of the impending courtroom decision as well as those of any future lawsuits that may still come.

Regardless what happens in the courtroom or claims by the manufacturers, I won’t be using glyphosate-based products, favoring instead organic growing techniques, on my acreage. While I continue to feel grateful that I never trusted chemical pesticides or the companies who manufacture them, my heart goes out to all those whose lives may have been damaged by pesticides.

Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM shares her food growing, cooking, preserving, and other food self-sufficiency adventures at FoodHouseProject.comShe is the publisher of the free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News and an international best-selling and 20-time published book author whose works include: The Cultured Cook: Delicious Fermented Foods with Probiotics to Knock Out Inflammation, Boost Gut Health, Lose Weight & Extend Your LifeFollow her work.

Bed bugs may ‘hitchhike’ on surgery center & hospital patients — 6 risk areas

Written by Angie Stewart

The risk of an advanced bed bug infestation is low for surgery centers due to frequent bedding changes, but facilities should still take precautions to prevent bed bug introduction, according to Pest Control Technology

Six areas with the highest risk for bed bug introduction:

1. Waiting rooms and lobbies. Bed bugs could hide in soft or upholstered furniture.

2. Emergency rooms and ER exam rooms. The high volume of turnover in these areas make them a high-risk point of entry for bed bugs.

3. Patient rooms and maternity suites. Patients and visiting guests may unknowingly transport bed bugs from their homes to these areas.

4. Physician, nurse and employee sleeping quarters. Upholstered, intricate beds are hospitable environments for bed bugs.

5. Employee locker rooms and personal storage areas. Bed bugs can “hitchhike” into a facility on personal items such as shoes, coats and gloves.

6. Patient intake areas. Rooms where patients are wearing their own clothes and have personal items have high rates of turnover and should be more frequently inspected.

Bed bug whistleblower a pest too says Claremont Housing Authority after eviction dismissed

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    A bed bug is seen in this undated handout photo courtesy of the University of Sheffield.

    CLAREMONT — After a judge threw out the Claremont Housing Authority’s attempt to evict outspoken resident Craig Avery, the organization is still determining what to do about the man who made its bed bug problem public knowledge.

    “We’re kind of in the process of figuring out what to do,” said Michele Aiken, the executive director of the Claremont Housing Authority.

    Aiken said Avery is a disruptive presence in the Marion L. Phillips apartment complex on Broad Street. He is known to record people in the complex he feels are violating the rules, and he has been aggressive with staff, Aiken said. His reported behavior include taking photos and videos of people from his apartment.

    “He’s actually just very disruptive,” she said.

    Aiken said Avery intimidates staff and residents with his aggressive demeanor, and he is no longer allowed to address staff in the building, but must report all of his issues directly to Aiken.

    “He’s constantly sending me photos of people he considers have violated the rules of the property,” she said.

    Avery, who could not be reached for comment, is also an outspoken advocate at the building, alerting the public of a bed bug infestation two years ago, which, according to court records, lies at the heart of the dispute.

    Aiken said Avery’s outspoken declarations about the bed bugs were harming the peace of mind for the other residents, and violating the rules of the property by taking away other tenants’ enjoyment.

    “It doesn’t hurt me, it hurts the other tenants,” she said.

    Visitors, like family, friends, and even nurses, didn’t want to come to the complex to see tenants after Avery went public with the bed bug issue, she said. In one instance, a tenant could not get her cable television system repaired after Avery told the cable repairman about the bed bugs, Aiken said.

    “The cable guy just left,” Aiken said.

    The apartment complex has been free of bed bugs for at least two years, she said. Aiken said the infestations were a problem all over Claremont at the time.

    The Claremont Housing Authority has twice tried to get Avery evicted after he went public with the bed bug problem. The first try resulted in the agreement that has Avery report his problems directly to Aiken.

    The most recent eviction attempt started last year and ended in evidentiary hearings in the 8th District Court in Claremont. In a ruling on the eviction issued last week, District Court Judge John Yazinski ruled that the Authority violated its own policies, and federal housing laws, when it tried to oust Avery.

    According to the court records, Avery, a 20-year resident, is entitled to a formal hearing before housing authority staff before an eviction can go to court. While Avery requested that hearing, Aiken reportedly told him he could have his hearing before a judge, thus violating the lease agreement and federal law, according to Yazinski.

    “The testimony presented shows that Mr. Avery is something of a busy body and is involved in daily observations of the actions of other tenants,” Yazinski wrote. “He filed numerous complaints with management. There is no doubt that his behavior can be deemed annoying.”

    Yazinski’s ruling does leave open the possibility that the Claremont Housing Authority can still evict Avery.

    “While his behavior may give rise to grounds for an eviction, the (Claremont Housing Authority) must comply with federal law and its own lease terms before competing an eviction action in State court,” Yazinski wrote.

Bed Bug Attack At Historic Queen Mary Ship Hotel In California Hospitalizes NY Woman. My Bed Bug Lawyer Files Lawsuit.

NEWS PROVIDED BY My Bed Bug Lawyer Inc. 

Mar 20, 2019, 11:06 ET

LOS ANGELESMarch 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — My Bed Bug Lawyer Inc. (http://www.mybedbuglawyer.com), the Nation’s leading law firm for Bedbug Litigation has filed a lawsuit against the Historic Queen Mary Hotel, Urban Commons Queensway, LLC; Evolution Hospitality, LLC, over a New York couple’s exposure to bed bugs during a recent stay at the hotel.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants failed in its obligation to provide a bed-bug-free and habitable room to the Libertelli’s. According to Brian Virag, the Founder of My Bed Bug Lawyer, Inc., the Hotel was aware of bed bug complaints prior to the couples’ stay.  “This was a situation where two unsuspecting people trusted the Queen Mary, and were betrayed. Mrs. Libertelli was bitten throughout her body, including, but not limited to her face, ears, neck, hands fingers, arms, and back, and her husband Joseph also sustained bedbug bites all over his body. The bedbug bites caused a severe allergic reaction and Mrs. Libertelli was hospitalized as a result of this incident,” said Virag.

The Libertelli’s have sustained physical, emotional, and financial injuries as a result of the exposure from the bed bug infested room they rented at the famous hotel and tourist attraction, located in Long Beach, California.

“Bed bugs don’t discriminate, they don’t check TripAdvisor before they attack,” Virag added, “They are found in hotels throughout the country and worldwide. Bed bug infestation in hotels have reached an epidemic proportion and is the most serious issue facing the hotel industry, because of the harm to a hotel’s reputation and brand.”

One in every five Americans has experienced bed bugs or knows someone who has experienced bed bugs.

Virag’s firm My Bed Bug Lawyer filed a lawsuit against the Disneyland Hotel and has also filed a lawsuit on behalf of Brazilian supermodel against Hilton Hotels over exposure to bed bugs in a Palm Desert, California. Mr. Virag has obtained the largest bed bug jury verdicts in the United States.  For more details visit http://www.mybedbuglawyer.com.

Virag’s firm specializes exclusively in representing victims of bedbug exposure from apartment buildings, hotels, or furniture stores. “We provide a voice for those who don’t have one,” added Virag.

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Kale Placed 3rd On ‘Dirty Dozen’ Produce Pesticide List

By Andria Borba

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that kale is one of the top crops affected by pesticides. The leafy green vegetable has been placed at the number three spot on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list.

“Studies link pesticides to a host of human health problems including brain and nervous system toxicity, also hormone disruption, even cancer have been linked to pesticides,” said Samara Geller of Environmental Working Group.

The data for the list comes from the USDA, which thoroughly washes and peels fruits and vegetables before testing. Geller says the pesticide problem cannot be rinsed off.

“Washing the fruit will potentially help, but it’s not going to get rid of the problem. We can’t wash our problems away that way, because pesticides are taken in through the flesh of the product,” she said.

The data was news to some kale lovers who spoke to KPIX 5 at Fort Mason.

“Then you have to figure out how to get the toxin out of you which is – we don’t know how our bodies are going to react to those toxins – what it’s doing to us inside. Is it triggering a cancer gene to turn on ,where all of a sudden we now have cancer?” said Martin Burger.

Among the pesticides found in kale in the USDA study is Dacthal.

“The EPA classified Dacthal as a possible human carcinogen–but it’s also been banned in Europe since 2009,” said Geller.

Some agricultural groups have countered that dactyl is legal according to the EPA, but Geller says the problem is that those legal levels are set on data from adults.

“The problem with the tolerances set by the EPA is that they are often set far too high to be protective of children’s health. So legal doesn’t necessarily mean safe. So often times, there is a gap between what is considered safe and what is considered legal,” said Geller.

EWG suggests that the data shouldn’t necessarily deter people from eating the fruits and vegetables on their list. In those cases, they emphasize the importance of going organic.


California state and county officials falling short in evaluating use of agricultural pesticides

Daniel Melling

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Since the 1940s, the responsibility for managing California farmers’ use of agricultural pesticides, and the substantial health risks they pose, has been shared by state and county regulators. The state’s Department of Pesticide Regulation registers pesticide products; county-level agricultural commissioners issue permits for the use of “restricted” pesticides — those that present significant human health or environmental concerns.

State law requires that when farmers apply for pesticide use permits, county agricultural commissioners must deny the use of a restricted pesticide when feasible safer alternative pesticides — as well as measures like using tarps or creating pesticide “buffer zones” that could mitigate the chemicals’ impact — are available.

But a new study by UCLA and University of Southern California researchers concludes that commissioners are issuing permits for pesticide use without considering safer alternatives, and without evaluating the health implications of “cumulative exposure,” which occurs when growers apply two or more pesticides to the same or adjacent fields.

The report is the third in a series that reviews California pesticide regulation; the studies are conducted by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, UCLA School of Law, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and USC’s Keck School of Medicine. The prior reports documented similar flaws in how the Department of Pesticide Regulation registers pesticides for use on California farms.

► Read the researchers’ 2013 report and their 2016 report on California pesticide permitting

“The law here is very clear,” said Timothy Malloy, the report’s lead author and a UCLA professor of law and of environmental health sciences. “Before issuing these permits, the county agricultural commissioners must evaluate potential cumulative exposures and must consider safer alternatives to the proposed pesticide use. That isn’t happening.”

Toxic pesticides are widely used in California agriculture to control soil pests for strawberry, almond, citrus and other high-value crops. The chemicals sterilize the soil and permit the same crop to be planted year after year. But their use has also led to numerous cases of acute poisoning in people who work on the crops or who live nearby. Some pesticides can also increase the risk for birth defects, neurological damage, respiratory disease and cancer.

California uses more pesticides than any other U.S. state, primarily because of the large acreage of high-value specialty crops: Almost 200 million pounds per year of pesticide active ingredients were applied to California farms in 2016, the most recent year for which data were available.

State law requires that the county commissioners use their own judgment in determining safer alternatives for the pesticides that applicants are seeking to use, and that the commissioners deny applications for pesticide permits when feasible safer alternatives are available. The state also mandates that commissioners take into account the increased risk that could be caused by exposure to multiple pesticides when different chemicals are applied to the same field or adjacent fields.

“The scientific research shows that cumulative exposure to different pesticides and mixtures such as the ones we looked at in this study can lead to negative impacts on public health,” said John Froines, a UCLA professor emeritus of public health and another of the report’s authors. “Our study finds that California’s agricultural commissioners are failing to deny permits for pesticide use in cases where cumulative exposure could create a toxic scenario, putting farm workers and local residents at risk of poisoning and chronic health conditions.”

The researchers reviewed relevant policies that were available online for each of the county commissioners, as well as more extensive documents they obtained through records requests from 24 commissioners’ offices. They found that although 60 percent of commissioners expressed their commitments to evaluating safer alternatives in various policies and written submissions to the state, none had written, office-specific guidance for evaluating alternatives.

The researchers also wrote a case study on permitting practices for chlorpyrifos, a pesticide with demonstrated health risks for which some alternatives are available. They discovered that, in practice, the commissioners’ offices did not consider the availability of alternatives, and instead typically delegate the responsibility for assessing safer alternatives to farmers and their pest control advisors.

Finally, the authors developed a case study examining permitting in cases where farmworkers and nearby residents could be subject to cumulative exposure to three frequently used fumigants, chloropicrin, Telone and metam sodium. (One of the previous reports by the research team documented the potential for harmful cumulative impacts from mixtures of the three.) Their research revealed that during the permitting process, none of the commissioners considers cumulative exposure risks for farmworkers and nearby communities.

The report includes several recommendations for how county agricultural commissioners and the Department of Pesticide Regulation can better align policies and practices with state law. The recommendations include:

  • Develop Department of Pesticide Regulation guidance that sets out rigorous but realistic methods for county agricultural commissioners to follow in identifying and evaluating potential alternatives for restricted pesticides.
  • Adopt practices for Department of Pesticide Regulation and county agricultural commissioners to identify cumulative exposure scenarios at the registration and permitting stages.
  • Establish guidance and methods for testing mixtures when pesticides are being registered by the Department of Pesticide Regulation.
  • Create a task force to establish methods for assessing risks associated with cumulative exposures when pesticides are registered.

$1M lawsuit: Bed bug bites resulted in ‘severe personal injuries’

BEAUMONT – A lawsuit seeking up to $1 million in damages has been filed over bed bug bite injuries.

Javier Enrique Mireles, a Hidalgo County resident, filed suit against NG & AV Investments and Nederland Sky Club on March 14 in Jefferson County District Court.

According to the lawsuit, on April 10, 2017, Mireles was a guest at Airport Inn in Nederland, where was “severely bitten by bed bugs” and as a result “suffered severe personal injuries.”

Mireles maintains the defendants should have known of the danger.

He is suing for his past and future, pain, mental anguish, impairment, disfigurement, impairment and medical expenses.

McAllen attorney Mario Davila represents him.

Judge Baylor Wortham, 136th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. D-203514

Cincinnati leaders give Millennium Hotel owner an ultimatum: Clean up or shut down

by Walter Smith-Randolph, WKRC

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – After years of asking the owners of Cincinnati’s Millennium Hotel to clean up, city leaders are now giving the owners an ultimatum: Clean up or shut down.

Mayor John Cranley and Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Deters say they plan to file a public nuisance lawsuit against the hotel’s operators, which would shut down the hotel until it’s repaired or sold.

The hotel, which is the only hotel connected to the Duke Energy Center, is not a crowd-pleaser.

“It’s a big square building,” said Evan Lewis, who works in downtown Cincinnati. “Probably could use an update.”

“It kind of needs some work,” said Jeff Little, who was visiting Cincinnati for a convention. “You figure with it being in the heart of Cincinnati, it would have some pride behind it, look a little better.”

Some downtown visitors say while it’s not a five-star place, it doesn’t look that bad.

“Cincinnati deserves the best there is, but I don’t think this is offensive in any way,” said Ryan Ramsey.

But Deters says the inside of the hotel is where it gets offensive.

“It’s got bed bug issues, the carpets are destroyed, there’s vermin issues, apparently, and we’re going to get that from the health department, but Mayor Cranley, to his credit, has tried to get them to clean this place up,” Deters said on 700 WLW Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement, the hotel’s owners are pushing back saying:

We have not seen any details of the alleged case yet, so we cannot make any specific comments at this time. Should the lawsuit be brought formally, we will carefully review it and respond accordingly.

The statement goes on to say:

We take pride in our staff and quality of service we provide, and have had no specific ‘nuisance’ complaints from guests, employees or immediate neighbors of the Millennium Hotel Cincinnati that would merit such an action. However, we are aware of the general challenges faced by the convention center and we will be pleased to listen to the views of the City, County and other stakeholders as we review our options in respect of the property.

A timeline for when the lawsuit will be filed has not been released just yet, but a similar lawsuit was filed against the Terrace Plaza Hotel last week.