How to banish BedBugs 24/7-365?

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The National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky are highlighting bedbug prevention and response in April.  WestPoint Home, WestPoint Hospitality and Bedbug Blog Report will be educating the public on Live Free powered by KiltronX Bedbug Pesticide Alternative Products.  This month KiltronX is posting discounts, BOGOS and free travel products to  all of its Friends and Followers on Facebook and Twitter.  Sign up on Bedbug Blog Report’s Twitter and KiltronX’ Facebook and Twitter to qualify.

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This month is all about bed bugs! Yes, Bed Bug Awareness Week is a real thing and WestPoint Hospitality wants to make sure you are fully prepared to deal with the fastest growing pest problem in the hospitality industry.

The National Pest Management Association created this week to highlight bedbugs, prevention and response. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky released results of their “Bugs Without Borders” survey, which surveys U.S. pest professionals on the prevalence of bed bugs in Americans’ daily lives. The 2015 survey found that bed bug infestations in the United States continue at high rates, with 99.6 percent of respondents having treated for bed bugs in the past year. That number – which has been consistent for the past few years – is significantly higher than 15 years ago, when only 25 percent of pest professionals reported treating for bed bugs.

“Our survey has found that residential settings and hotels continue to be the top places where pest professionals are finding and treating for bed bugs,” said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “As summer travelers eagerly visit destinations, new and familiar, it’s important to remind them that the best way to stem the spread of bed bugs is to be vigilant during and after their trip.”

Henriksen added, “Being aware of surroundings while staying in hotel rooms and utilizing public transportation, as well as carefully inspecting luggage and clothes upon return from vacation, can go a long way in ensuring bed bugs don’t follow them home.”

#SayNOtoPESTICIDES!

An Honor…Vietnam Commemorative Honor Ceremony

It was an honor for WestPoint Home and KiltronX to support and contribute to the Long Island Chapter of the Air Force Association’s (LIAFA) Vietnam Commemorative Honor Ceremony this October 24, 2015.

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Congressman Steve Israel addressing audience.

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Major General (retired) Anthony Kropp making point about Vietnam Veterans.

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County Executive Steve Bellone presenting commemorative medal to Vietnam veteran.

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Congressman Lee Zeldin presents medal to honoree.

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Pesticide Links and Risks to Cancer and other Illnesses that Impact Our Health and the Environment

Most OTC Bed Bug Products Contain

MGK®-264 (N-Octyl Bicycloheptene Dicarboximide); d-Phenothrin (Sumithrin®), Pyrethrins; Piperonyl Butoxide; Neonicotinoids; Petroleum Distillates; Liquefied Petroleum Gas; Imidacloprid; Deltamethrin.

Phenothrin – Wikipedia

“Phenothrin, also called Sumithrin”

Extremely toxic to bees, aquatic, liver cancer in rats and mice, seizures and death to cats and dogs.

Study performed by the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine links Sumithrin with breast cancer.

US EPA cancelled permission to use phenothrin in several flea and tick products

MGK-264 Thurston County Olympia, Washington Review Date 08/17/2012 – CAS#113-48-4

MGK-264 is rated high in hazard because it is classified as a possible human carcinogen by the EPA. There are also many potential exposures to MGK-264 (that have been calculated by the EPA that range from low hazard to high hazard) either for the applicator or for the people exposed to the applied product.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) – Chemical Index – Pyrethrins

“Pyrethrins are often combined with other chemicals that make them stick around longer and also increase their toxicity. One of these enhancers, piperonyl butoxide (PBO) is a possible human carcinogen according to the US EPA.”

University of Minnesota Private Pesticide Applicator Safety Education Manual 19th Edition

Produced by the Pesticide Safety & Environmental Education Program, University of Minnesota Extension – Appendix A: Pesticide Toxicities

The lower the LD50 or LC50, the more toxic the chemical. Federal laws classifies the most toxic pesticides as legal poisons if it has any one of the following:

  • An acute oral LD50 of 50 mg/kg; or
  • An acute dermal LD50 of 200 mg/kg; or
  • An acute inhalation LC50 less than 0.2 mg/l.

Any product with these toxicity levels has the potential to kill humans with very small amounts, as little as a few drops taken by mouth.

Exposure to Pesticides in Childhood Linked to Cancer – Harvard School of Public Health – September, 2015

Young children exposed to insecticides inside their homes may be slightly more at risk for developing leukemia or lymphoma during childhood, according to a meta-analysis by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. (October, 2015 Pediatrics).

The children exposed to indoor insecticides were at a higher risk of childhood cancers, including leukemia, acute leukemia, and lymphoma. Wise to limit babies’ and children’s exposure to pesticides, especially the ones used indoors that were linked to leukemia and lymphoma.

Journal of Pesticide Reform/Summer 2003 Vol. 23, No. 2

Insecticide Fact Sheet: Sumithrin (D-Phenothrin)

“Sumithrin is a neuropoison.”

In laboratory tests, sumithrin has damaged the liver and kidneys. It has also caused anemia and increased the incidence of liver cancer.”

“In breast cancer cells, sumithrin increases the expression of a gene that is involved with proliferation of cells in the mammary gland. Sumithrin can also mimic certain activities of the sex hormone estrogen and keep another sex hormone from binding to its normal receptors.”

“Carcinogenicity (Ability to Cause Cancer) “long-term (two year) exposure to sumithrin increased the incidence of liver cancer.” 16

Mt. Sinai School of Medicine links sumithrin with breast cancer. Exposure to sumithrin increased the expression of this gene.” 24

Health Effects of Pesticides – Cancer – Wikipedia

Health effects of pesticides …A 2007 systematic review found that “most studies on non-Hodgkin lymphoma and leukemia showed positive associations with pesticide exposure” and thus concluded that cosmetic use of pesticides should be decreased.[2] Strong evidence also exists for other negative outcomes from pesticide exposure including neurological problems, birth defects, fetal death,[3] and neurodevelopmental disorder.[4]

According to The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, 9 of the 12 most dangerous and persistent chemicals are pesticides.[5][6]

Many studies have examined the effects of pesticide exposure on the risk of cancer. Associations have been found with: leukemia, lymphoma, brain, kidney, breast, prostate, pancreas, liver, lung, and skin cancers.[6] This increased risk occurs with both residential and occupational exposures.[6] Increased rates of cancer have been found among farm workers who apply these chemicals.[10] A mother’s occupational exposure to pesticides during pregnancy is associated with an increases in her child’s risk of leukemia, Wilms’ tumor, and brain cancer.[6][11]

Say No To Spray blog. Mosquito Spray – Neither Safe Nor Effective

Pg. 12 “Permethrin, like Sumithrin which TASD uses over 9,000 times a summer at resident request, is a ‘synthetic pyrethroid’ – a known hormone disruptor” … leading to reproductive, behavior, immune-system, and neurological problems” according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). [Threatened Waters p. 11, http://www.beyondpesticides.org/water%5D

Pg. 14 “the most damaged people I have [treated] over the last three decades have been those with unsuspected exposure to pesticides in their younger years.” [from Detoxify or Die]

Pg. 14 ”The use of pesticides in the home has been linked to childhood cancers. Chronic conditions such as OPIDP (Organophosphate-Induced Delayed Polyneuropathy, with symptoms of irreversible neurological defects] constitute and important public health issue because of their potential cost to society.” Public Health Risks Associated with Pesticides…” [D. Pimentel et al., www. Ipmworld.umn.edu/chapters/Pimentel.htm]

Pg. 14 “The World Health Organization has estimated that every year, pesticides worldwide cause about 20,000 human deaths, three million cases of acute and chronic poisoning, and 750,000 new cases of disease. [WHO, “Public Health Impacts of Pesticides Used in Agriculture”]

Pg. 15 Dr. Brian Clement observed “Over the past decade we have been seeing younger and younger people with brain cancers and leukemia. There is no question that exposure to synthetic chemicals is the core reason for this increase in catastrophic illnesses.” [Cited in The Hundred Year Lie/Randall Fitzgerald, p. 232]

MSDS Hyper Glossary – September 14, 2015 – ILPI

Both LC50 and LD50 values state the animal used in the test. This is important because animal toxicity studies do not necessarily extrapolate (extend) to humans. For example, dioxins (of Love Canal, Times Beach, Sveso and Agent Orange fame) are highly toxic to guinea pigs and ducklings at extremely low levels, but have never been conclusively linked to a single human death even at very high levels of acute (short term) exposure. However, it is best to err on the safe side when evaluating animal toxicity studies and assume that most chemicals that are toxic to animals are toxic to humans.

Never be exposed to an LC50 dose of a hazardous chemical — by definition, there is a 50% chance this will kill you…and if you survive you’re not going to be in good shape.

NYC Health Local Law 37 of 2005, Changes to Pesticide Prohibition Lists, Prepared by the NY Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Environmental Surveillance and Policy, January 1, 2011. LL37 Changes to Prohibition Lists, 2010, page 1.

“Pesticide products with pyrethrins are mixed with the synergists piperonyl butoxide and/or MGK-264 in 89% of registered products, and both of these chemicals are classified as possible human carcinogens by the EPA Office of the Pesticide Programs. Therefore, most products containing pyrethrins would continue to be prohibited under LL37 even if the reference to the EPA list was updated.”

PubMed NCBI – Exposure to Pesticides and the Risk of Childhood Brain Tumors (CBT)

Preconception pesticide exposure, and possibly exposure during pregnancy, is associated with an increased CBT risk.

City Still Using Pesticides Despite 2005 Law Banning Them – City Limits – August 10, 2015, Felder, Elah

“Despite being referred to as “inert,” a term the EPA has acknowledged is misleading to consumers, these ingredients can themselves be toxic or possibly carcinogenic, and can enhance the toxicity of the active ingredient. Manufacturers are only legally required to reveal the active ingredients, however.”

The Health Effects of Pesticides Used for Mosquito Control – A Report By: Citizens Campaign for the Environment and Citizens Environmental Research Institute – August, 2002

Sumithrin is a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide, which may affect the central nervous system.

Anvil contains 10% pipernyl butoxide. Sumithrin was shown to demonstrate significant estrogenicity in a 1999 study.¹ at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. This means it may promote tumor growth in cancers of the reproductive organs including breast cancer and prostate cancer.

1.Estrogenic and Antiproge stagenic Activities of Pyrethroid Insecticides. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, October 1998, vol.251, no.3, p.855-859

PERMETHRIN is a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide and neurotoxin. It is more acutely toxic to children than to adults.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has classified it as a human carcinogen and it has been shown to cause immune system damage as well as birth defects.

Note: Pyrethroids are highly toxic to fish, crustaceans, and bees. For that reason, EPA has established restrictions that prohibit their direct application to open water within 100 feet of lakes, steams, rivers, or bays.

As defined by OSHA Standard 1910.1200 (the OSHA Haz-com standard), a hazardous chemical is one which is a physical hazard or a health hazard.

Phenothrin on Wikipedia

(3-Phenoxyphenyl)methyl 2,2-dimethyl-3-(2-methylprop-1-enyl)cyclopropane-1-carboxylate

Phenothrin, also called Sumithrin, is a synthetic pyrethroid. D-Phenothrin is used as a component of aerosol insecticides for domestic use.

Other Names for Phenothrin

Sumithrin
Phenothrine
Phenoxythrin
Sumitrin
Wellcide
Pibutin
Anvil
Duet
Anchimanaito 20S

It is extremely toxic to bees. A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) study found that 0.07 micrograms was enough to kill honey bees.[1] It is also extremely toxic to aquatic life with a study showing concentrations of 0.03 ppb killing mysid shrimp.[1] It has increased risk of liver cancer in rats and mice in long term exposure.[1] It is poisonous to cats and dogs, with seizures and deaths being reported due to poisoning.[1] Specific data on concentrations or exposure is lacking.

The EPA has not assessed its effect on cancer in humans. However, one study performed by the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine links Sumithrin with breast cancer; the link made by Sumithrin’s effect on increasing the expression of a gene responsible for mammary tissue proliferation.[1]

Neonicotinoids

Neonicotinoids are a relatively new class of insecticides that share a common mode of action that affect the central nervous system of insects, resulting in paralysis and death. They include imidacloprid, acetamiprid, clothianidin, dinotefuran, nithiazine, thiacloprid and thiamethoxam.

Definition of EPA Group C: “Possible Human Carcinogen”

“This group is used for agents with limited evidence of carcinogenicity in animals in the absence of human data. It includes a wide variety of evidence, e.g., (a) a malignant tumor response in a single well-conducted experiment that does not meet conditions for sufficient evidence, (b) tumor responses of marginal statistical significance in studies having inadequate design or reporting, (c) benign but not malignant tumors with an agent showing no response in a variety of short-term tests for mutagenicity, and (d) responses of marginal statistical significance in a tissue known to have a high or variable background rate.”

[Citations and author information is available upon request if not listed.]

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HAVE YOU SEEN THIS … WHILE IN THE AIR – PESTICIDES TAKE FLIGHT?

Do you think she’s spraying Febreze?

Pesticides on Planes: How Airlines Are Softly Killing Us

Truthout.org | 16 June 2015 | By Maryam Henein

Disinsection is a routine procedure in which insecticide is either sprayed in certain aircraft cabins - while passengers are on board - or applied to the internal surfaces of the aircraft before boarding.Disinsection is a routine procedure in which insecticide is either sprayed in certain aircraft cabins – while passengers are on board – or applied to the internal surfaces of the aircraft before boarding. (Photo: Travis Olbrich/Flickr)

How many of you have felt sick following a flight, only to chalk it up to a virus or sinus infection you caught from a fellow passenger? What if I told you, you may have been poisoned by pesticides on the plane without knowing it?

If you have a fear of flying, the terror just catapulted to a whole new level.

While booking my ticket to Rome, Italy, a few weeks ago, the agent quickly read a TSA disclaimer that had me do a double take. So much so, that I stopped her in her tracks and asked her to repeat herself. Basically, if I wanted to travel, I had to agree to the airline’s right to apply pesticides on the plane. In other words, I had to willingly agree to be exposed to poisons.

The routine procedure is called Disinsection. A seemingly made up word.

Disinsection is permitted under international law in order to supposedly protect public health, agriculture, and the environment,” states the Department of Transportation.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization, certain aircraft cabins are sprayed with a ‘quick-acting insecticide’ immediately before takeoff, while passengers are on board.

Alternatively, they sometimes treat the interior of the aircraft before passengers come on board, using a “residual-insecticide aerosol.”

Lastly, they also can apply “residual insecticide to all internal surfaces of the aircraft, except those in food preparation areas.” So breath deep and make the most of that recycled air!

Chemical Attacks Amid The Friendly Skies

I personally don’t think being subject to a pesticide spray while I am stuck in a pressurized cabin is protecting my health; it’s just the opposite—it’s an assault. What happens to people with asthma or someone like me who suffers from an auto immune condition and is uber sensitive to chemicals?

When I started sharing my findings, it didn’t take long to find a victim. “I’ve been feeling like crap ever since I arrived,” says Heather Greene, a farmer from Oregon, taking the critical food studies program at GustoLab Institute with me in Rome. “My ankles swelled up and I still feel like a have a sinus infection. When I did some research I found out that I was suffering similar symptoms to others who had come into contact with insecticides on planes.”

If you are a passenger concerned about exposure or feel unwell after being sprayed while on an aircraft for disinsection, the WHO really downplays concerns and symptoms, and denies any link between illness and airline spraying. Their website states that there’s “no evidence that the specified insecticide sprays are harmful to human health when used as recommended.”

Meanwhile, individual airlines then use the WHO to justify their actions, stating things like, “Well WHO says disinsection is safe.”

I say WHO cares?

Large amounts of a mild poison, in an enclosed space over long periods of time? Do we really need science’s input on this one?

The most widely used pesticides for aircraft cabins are synthetic pyrethroids, particularly the chemicals d-phenothrin or permethrin. These are synthetic variations of a chemical found in the chrysanthemum that kills by interfering with insect nervous systems.

And they do affect human health, and not in a positive way. Take the prison guard who developed strange symptoms after being exposed. Also, multiple studies have revealed a link between permethrin and Parkinson’s disease.

“With little ventilation and in such a closed space, spraying pesticides on airplanes while passengers are still on board is troubling, particularly for sensitive groups like children, pregnant mothers, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions,” says Drew Toher Public Education Associate at Beyond Pesticides.

“Even if people are not present during spraying, pesticides applied in such an environment present a risk of residual exposure.”  Passengers and employees sealed in a chamber that has been gassed for hours.

Spraying of pesticides on planes with chemicals like phenothrin, a neurotoxin, carries the risk of causing cancer and auto-immune diseases as lupus, Parkinson’s disease and memory loss among others.

Residual disinsection has been found to pose a hazard to flight attendants.

Accumulating Effects

Delta for instance, claims it doesn’t spray while passengers are on board, treating with residual applicants or spraying before passengers board instead. And then one in every eight weeks the entire plane is immersed in a “cloud of stuff” for extra precaution measures. Incidentally, the wait time before humans board is only 45 minutes following an application.

Check before you fly with your airline carrier on what they use for “disinsection” (pesticide procedure) in their planes, esp. if you are flying international.

Should fliers worry about pesticide spraying on planes?

Such “disinfection” occurs every day [airline passengers being sprayed with pesticides before flights] in countries all around the world. And, yes, even U.S. airlines engage in certain forms of the practice, though usually spraying is not done when passengers are onboard. As for the debate over the potential dangers of spraying vs. the potential dangers of airborne diseases? It’s an issue many affected passengers clearly need to know more about—prior to booking.

To spray or not to spray

It can be disconcerting to suddenly be sprayed with pesticides while locked in a pressurized tube. I’ve experienced this myself in several countries, most recently four years ago in India. Conversely, we’ve seen time and again how quickly air travel can allow insect vectors to transmit such deadly diseases as malaria and yellow fever. There is a need for greater information about both types of dangers.

The methods used to disinsect can vary by destination and airline. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations-chartered International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have established two primary methods: 1) spraying aerosol insecticides in the cabin while passengers are onboard, and 2) treating the airplane’s interior surfaces with a residual insecticide when passengers are not onboard. A third method—often used in Panama and American Samoa—is to spray the cabin when passengers are not on board.

If you’ll be flying internationally and you’d like to know more about airline policies on pesticides, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) provides a detailed overview of what to expect at “Aircraft Disinsection Requirements.” This page, which was recently updated, states the following countries currently require aerosol spraying of in-bound flights while passengers are onboard:

• Cuba
• Ecuador (Galapagos and Interislands only)
• Grenada
• India
• Kiribati
• Madagascar
• Seychelles
• Trinidad and Tobago
• Uruguay

Furthermore, the following countries require residual treatments or spraying when passengers are not onboard for all in-bound flights:

• Australia
• Barbados
• Cook Islands
• Fiji
• Jamaica
• New Zealand

In addition, there are other nations—including several popular destinations for tourists—that require disinsection on selected flights from certain locations. You should learn more if you’re flying into these countries from potentially infected areas:

• Czech Republic
• France
• Indonesia
• Mauritius
• South Africa
• Switzerland
• United Kingdom

Are there risks?

If you’re concerned about disinsection, individual governments and airlines are key sources for further information. And you may want to consider the primer for air travelers provided by WHO. In 1995, WHO issued a report stating aircraft disinsection performed properly should be encouraged: “Although some individuals may experience transient discomfort following aircraft disinsection by aerosol application, there is no objection to any of the recommended methods of aircraft disinsection from a toxicological perspective.”

However, asthma sufferers are among those who should be aware of such “transient discomfort.” In 2010 the International Society of Travel Medicine published a detailed report on this topic.

WHO’s optimism did little to allay many fears. In fact, such concerns are not new, and date back decades; for years now environmentalists, medical professionals, academics and media outlets have questioned using pesticides inside cramped and sealed aircraft cabins. And travel blogs are filled with strongly worded opinions on the potential dangers. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention details concerns for aircrew members as part of its workplace safety initiative. Such concerns also can affect frequent fliers facing higher exposure to pesticides.

In 2012, two academics released “Quantifying Exposure to Pesticides on Commercial Aircraft,” a detailed report funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). After examining aircraft cabins and flight crews, the report concluded: “This study documents that flight attendants on commercial aircrafts disinsected with pyrethroid insecticides are exposed to pesticides at levels that result in elevated body burden and internal accumulation comparable to pesticide applicators, exceeding levels in the general U.S. population. It is expected that flying public would be similarly exposed to pesticides on those flights.”

Similar warnings have long been voiced by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), which represents almost 60,000 cabin crew at 19 airlines, and offers detailed reading on this topic. A spokeswoman for AFA says the union still has health concern about disinsection, noting: “AFA worked tirelessly to get the FAA Reauthorization bill two years ago to include a requirement for airlines to let passengers know that they’ll be sprayed with pesticides when they buy a ticket to certain countries. This legislation was passed, but the DOT hasn’t yet turned the legislation into a regulation.”

AFA also recommends alternatives to spraying, and supports the use of non-chemical means of disinsection, such as “air blowers at the passenger boarding door and specialized net curtains over the cabin service doors.” The spokeswoman says, “These options were initiated by AFA in 2003 and promoted by the DOT and [U.S. Department of Agriculture], but the momentum has slowed in recent years,” due to a lack of funding. Ultimately, AFA suggests alternatives to spraying will not come from the airlines, but must be regulated by the DOT.

Check with your carrier

While policies on disinsection are established by government agencies, individual airlines implement the methodologies. Some major international carriers—such as Air Canada, British Airways, Qatar Airways and Virgin Atlantic—provide details on their specific policies or links to the DOT’s overview. But you should contact your carrier if you have unanswered questions.

I reached out to the Big Three U.S. major network airlines—American, Delta and United—and asked about their specific policies. All claim they do not spray with passengers onboard:

• American states it only disinsects on aircraft operating to Port of Spain. A spokesman explains: “Spraying is done during overnight cleans for the aircraft. Maintenance clears the planes for up to two hours until it’s safe to re-enter.” Passengers with any questions are advised to contact Ryan Correa at ryan.correa@aa.com.

• Delta states that “spraying is performed without passengers or crew members onboard,” either prior to boarding or after deplaning. A source at Delta advises the two primary destinations for disinsection are Australia and Chile, although it occurs “occasionally” in West Africa.

• United states the carrier “carefully follows” all entry requirements for the nations it serves, and aircraft disinsection is required in some countries. However, the airline states: “No destination that United serves requires routine spraying while passengers and crew are on board.”

Proponents of current aircraft disinsection policies note that failing to address airborne disease is unthinkable, while those worried about harmful side effects recommend alternative methodologies. What seems clear is far too many airline passengers are unaware of such issues until they are faced with mandatory spraying, so the need for greater education is apparent. Even The Science Babe and The Food Babe could probably agree on that.

Bed Bugs in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities — A Serious Problem

Bed bugs are a growing problem in nursing homes and elderly care – assisted living centers across the Country.

Why Bed Bugs in Nursing Homes are Dangerous

Nursing Home Elderly Neglect InformationWhen a nursing home patient gets bed bugs they are more likely to suffer from a subsequent infection. Infections can rapidly spread at nursing homes if left improperly treated. Bed bug bites can develop into rashes and chaff causing bleeding and swelling, which can become infected. These infections can develop into serious issues if not properly cared for.

Nursing homes are required to properly inspect and treat for bed bugs found at a facility which they own or operate. Since a number of patients can come in and out of their facilities, it is not uncommon for bed bugs to be found on the property. However, some nursing homes are negligent in the care of their patients and fail to properly safeguard against these conditions. When a nursing homes fail to put into place safeguards and safety measures to correct or remedy these issues they will be considered liable for injuries sustained as a result.

Liability for Injuries – Can I sue Nursing Home for Bed Bug Bite Infestations

Who is liable for injuries when bed bugs are contracted at a nursing home? A nursing home will be liable when bed bugs are contracted by a patient. Courts will determine whether they had knowledge and whether they took proper precautions when dealing with the issue. “Many facilities will ignore the problem”, says Farid Yaghoubtil attorney with Downtown L.A. Law Group. “They rely on lack of knowledge as a tool. Since many people may not know that the swelling is a bed bug bite, it is easy to get around the issue. In other cases we have seen facilities flat out deny or lie about having any knowledge only to find out they did.”

In many cases nursing homes know of this issue since patients are regularly checked on by trained staff, particularly at skilled nursing facilities. These issues are reported by nurses to management, who either abruptly discharges the patient or fails to do anything to correct the issue. In such cases the nursing home will be considered liable for the injuries caused by their negligence.

Steps to Take if Your Loved One has Suffered Bed Bug Bites in a Nursing Home or Elderly Assisted Living Center

If you or your loved one were bit by bed bugs in a nursing home you need to take the following steps to secure your case.

1. Take photos of your body and where the bites took place;
2. Do not make any statements to the insurance company representing the nursing home;
3. Document all of your losses;
4. Seek immediate medical attention to prevent the spread of infection;
5. Speak to a qualified personal injury attorney to discuss your case.

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Please read below about one man’s journey to help the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Link to Mark’s personal fundraising page follows.

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Welcome to Mark Eisenberg’s Light The Night Page!

This year I decided to walk with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for three reasons. One is in memory of my next door neighbor Jimmy Krueger who passed away at 16 from Leukemia.

Second, on March 2012, my co-worker John at 31 had blurred vision. He went to the eye doctor and the doctor said something did not look right. The next day his blood test came back with a white blood count of 265,000 (normal is less than 10,000). He was told he had Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. That was the last thing he thought he would hear.  He then asked if was he going to die. Today he is slowly improving with the great research and drugs such as Gleevec.

Another one of my fellow co-workers, Seth Cogan at 36 developed Hodgkin’s Stage 4 Lymphoma. I remember how weak he was during his 8 months of chemo. Since it was 20 years later than Jimmy’s Leukemia, there were new treatments available to him. He is now a survivor and has been in remission for 12 years.

Charities like this one have done an amazing job in extending the lives of people with Leukemia.  Therefore, I’m asking you to donate to my Light the Night fundraising page for Light the Night!

Your donation will help fund treatments that save lives every day; like immunotherapies that use a person’s own immune system to kill cancer. You may not know it, but every single donation helps save a life with breakthrough therapies such as these.

Please join our team’s effort today by registering to walk or by making a donation. Your participation in the Light The Night Walk will save lives not someday, but today.

You can make a donation in any of the following ways:

  • By Credit Card. You can make a secure, tax-deductable donation through this page by clicking on the red “Donate” button to the right
  • By Check.  Please make checks payable to “The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society” with my name in the memo line and send to the following address:

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Light the Night Walk, 1324 Motor Parkway, Ste. 102, Hauppauge, NY  11749

Thank you for bringing us all closer to living in a world without blood cancers!Mark Eisenberg

If you have questions or need assistance in registering or making a donation, please email lightthenight_nyl@lls.org or call 631-370-7540.

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Music and Song Deliver Bed Bug Message: Don’t Bring Them Home™

The Board of Directors of KiltronX Enviro Systems LLC, including Board Member Mr. Tony Bongiovi, creator of Power Station recording studio, the most heralded and famous recording studio of all time and creator of Jon Bon Jovi and thousands of other contributions and hits by Mr. Bongiovi, believe that music has always been used to deliver socially responsible messages. KiltronX has created a bedbug song to deliver a message and to bringing awareness to the bedbug pandemic. This song was written and performed to reach the ages of 8 through 60.

Bedbug Song

Please share this with your friends and family and rate this song with 5 stars being the best and send us your comments.

KiltronX will be working all across America with public school systems, health departments, state and federal governments, colleges and universities along with RADD (the entertainment industry’s voice) and other artists in educating the public with respect to controlling this most dangerous and devastating bedbug (& deadly kissing bug) pandemic.

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Indoor Pesticide Exposure Tied to Childhood Cancers. Childhood Exposure to Indoor Insecticides Linked to 47% Increased Risk of Childhood Leukemia and 43% Increased Risk of Childhood Lymphomas

A new analysis of existing research finds that kids exposed to pesticides indoors are at higher risk for childhood cancers.

Reuters Health – POSTED: 16 Sep 2015

(Reuters Health) – A new analysis of existing research finds that kids exposed to pesticides indoors are at higher risk for childhood cancers.

The study, based on data mainly from North America, Europe and Australia, suggests that policies should be developed to limit children’s exposures at home and school to insect killers, researchers say.

“When you apply pesticides so close to where kids are and they spend so much time in the household, I’d really be concerned about their exposure,” said Chensheng Lu, the senior author of the analysis from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

The researchers write in Pediatrics that children can be exposed to pesticides when they play on treated surfaces and then put their fingers in their mouths.

Unlike adults, children may not be able to break down or excrete some of the chemicals used in pesticides. Reports show children had respiratory, stomach, nerve and hormone problems tied to pesticides, Lu and colleagues add.

In the same issue of the journal, researchers from Italy published a report of a seven-month-old child dying after repeated exposure to massive amounts of a household insecticide.

“I think that case highlights the acute effects of insecticides,” Lu told Reuters Health. “The blood cancers highlight the risks of chronic exposure.”

For the new study, Lu’s team looked at published research on childhood exposures to pesticides both indoors and out, and any associated cancers. Sixteen studies were included in the final analysis, each looking at samples of a few hundred to a few thousand children.

The studies looked at exposure both to professionally-applied pesticides and to household bug sprays and weed killers.

Overall, childhood exposure to indoor insecticides was linked to a 47 percent increased risk of childhood leukemia and a 43 percent increased risk of childhood lymphomas, which are cancers of the lymphatic system.

The researchers also found a slightly increased risk of childhood cancers with the use of outdoor herbicides, or weed killers, but the association was only significant for leukemia.

The link between outdoor exposure and childhood cancers was not as strong as for indoor exposure, because people tend to spray more pesticides indoors, Lu said.

More research is needed to determine how exposure to pesticides may be linked to childhood cancers, the researchers write. Lu cautions, however, that parents should keep in mind that many pesticides are meant to be deadly to insects and pests.

“Those chemicals have lethal potencies,” he said. “Why would people want to spray so close to their kids?”

Eliminating the possibility of increased risk for childhood cancers comes down to parents and caregivers not spraying pesticides in their homes, Lu said.