Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving says ‘5 big a** bed bugs’ caused him to miss most of a game

There are a lot of layers to this. Let’s take it step by step.

What hotel was this?

The Skirvin Hilton, which you might recognize because it’s notoriously haunted by Effie, a housekeeper who supposedly jumped from one of the top floors. The New York Times wrote about it in 2014. Most NBA teams stay at this hotel when they visit Oklahoma City.

Was it actually bed bugs?

I am a young person who still has much to learn about the ways of the world, including what exactly happens when you get bed bugs, so I asked the adults of SB Nation for help here.

“They live in the bedding — like the mattress — and they come out to bite you and drink blood … but they will travel home with you in your luggage and infest your home or the next place you stay, too,” Sam Eggleston told me.

“If you get bed bugs, you have to buy new everything,” said Matt Ufford, noted bed bug expert.

Irving didn’t say anything about buying new clothes or infecting the whole team, so maybe they weren’t traditional bed bugs.

Could they have just been bugs in bed?

This is my theory, and let’s go to The Skirven’s Yelp page for evidence. First, we should note they have a four-star rating, so most people who stay there don’t have to sub out of NBA games the next day because of nausea.

Secondly, though, there’s a one-star review a little ways down the page that stands out left by a one “Matt O.” While it’s possible Matt O. is actually Kyrie Irving, I have my doubts, mostly because Kyrie’s first name is Kyrie, not Matt, and his last name doesn’t start with an O.

In his very poor review of The Skirven, Matt O., who is probably not Irving, also complains about bugs. He even leaves a picture! Here it is.

Ufford, noted bed bug expert, says that isn’t a real bed bug. Instead, it’s just a bug that was in a bed. After all, that bug is dark colored and quite large, while bed bugs are small and usually light colored. And Irving did say this about the bugs.

Twitter:  10:19 pm – 22 Feb 2016 – Jason Lloyd ‎@JasonLloydABJ  Kyrie Irving: “Just imagine how freaked out you’d be if you saw friggin 5, big ass bed bugs just sitting on your pillow. I woke up itching.”

So what’s our conclusion here?

Irving did not actually have bed bugs. Otherwise, he would have had to burn all his clothes and pretend to be Matthew Dellavedova until they ordered him a new jersey. Instead, he just had bugs in his bed, which is understandably disturbing and a very valid reason to have trouble sleeping. I sure hope I don’t have trouble sleeping tonight just because I wrote this.  [“…just bugs in his bed?” or “…just bed bugs in his bed”.  A. Steiner]

Fortunately, Irving has overcome his bed bug demons and played better on Monday, although the Cavaliers lost anyway. Here’s to an entire season where he shuts down the critics who say he will never recover from the 2016 Bed Bugs Incident.

Oh damnit. I’m itching now.

Update: The Skirven did confirm one case of reported bed bugs on Sunday, per The Oklahoman. While I still stand by my hypothesis as scientifically plausible, it seems that we might actually be dealing with a new strain of bed bugs here. Or perhaps Ufford is not the expert he led me to believe he was. Either way, I’m sure Russell Westbrook was somehow involved in this incident.

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February 23, 2016 | by Tom Ziller | SB Nation

OH HEAVENS NOOOOOO: Kyrie Irving was all sick and unable to play Sunday against the Thunder because … his hotel room in Oklahoma City had bed bugs, who bit Kyrie on the face and generally terrorized him. Burn that hotel to the ground, y’all. With his luggage and clothes and everything. Fire is the only cure for the persistent itchy feeling everyone near Kyrie will feel for the next month.

Watch the lifecycle of parasite that causes deadly Chagas disease – transmitted by the Kissing Bug…aka the Love Bug – both cousins to the BedBug

The cause of Chagas disease is the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, which is transmitted to humans from a bite from an insect known as the triatomine bug. These insects can become infected by T. cruzi when they ingest blood from an animal already infected with the parasite.
This video was produced by Dirceu Esdras Teixeira, Marlene Benchimol, Wanderley de Souza and Paul Crepaldi on August 30, 2012.


Employees Complain of Bed Bugs at 24-7 Intouch, a call center in Clearwater, FL

January 25, 2016 | by Evan Lambert | Fox 13 News

CLEARWATER (FOX 13) – Former and current workers at 24-7 Intouch, a Clearwater customer service call center, say they’ve been working for a week while the business deals with a bed bug problem.


The company handles customer service calls for major brands like Netflix, Walmart, and Airbnb.

Jeff Fettes, chief operating officer, tells FOX 13 employees did spot several dead bed bugs on January 14. He calls the incident isolated and says the business is not infested. But employees say they’ve seen live bed bugs near air vents and on furniture as recently as Saturday.

Fettes says the company has hired several pest control companies to treat the building.


Employees say they are uncomfortable with the working conditions. They describe several workers dealing with repeated bites. Many fear speaking up about the issue will lead them to lose their jobs.

“I feel bad for the people that still have to go to work and then if they are allowed to go home it’s without pay. So if you’re a single person and you’re the sole income you have no choice,” said Celeste Smith, a former worker.

One current worker, who asked not to be identified, said many of her coworkers continue to work because they worry if they complain they’ll be punished by managers.

“One of my friends actually had to go to the emergency room for getting so many bites on one of his legs,” she said.

Fettes says 24-7 Intouch is allowing workers to go home if they feel unsafe. He says the company is advising workers on how to reduce the risk of spreading bed bugs while the company continues to investigate the issue.

According to Fettes, several workers have made complaints to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He says 24-7 Intouch has responded to the complaints by provide documents it is handling the problem.


Denver [& bedbugs] may be going to Super Bowl 50. The City has a serious Public Health problem – #BedBugs transmit deadly Chagas disease.

15 cities with the worst bed bug infestations

January 11, 2016 | by Fox25

ServiceMaster, an American company that provides residential and commercial services and owner of Terminix, released their annual ranking of bed bug-infested cities.

For the first time in four years, Detroit outranked Philadelphia and snagged the No. 1 spot.

The top 15 bed bug-infested cities in the United States, according to the the list are as follows:

  1. Detroit, Michigan
  2. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  3. Cleveland-Akron, Ohio
  4. Los Angeles, California
  5. Dayton, Ohio
  6. Chicago, Illinois
  7. Columbus, Ohio
  8. Cincinnati, Ohio
  9. Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas
  10. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, California
  11. Denver, Colorado
  12. Toledo, Ohio
  13. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  14. Baltimore, Maryland
  15. New York, New York

“We’ve seen a steady increase in bed bugs since the 1990s, which has been influenced by increased international travel and infestations left untreated,” said Paul Curtis, manager of technical services at Terminix. “Most of the cities in our top 15 are big tourist and business destinations, making travelers even more at risk for encounters with bed bugs – whether it’s on the plane, at their hotel, in a movie theater or riding in a taxi. The name ‘bed bug’ is deceptive as these pests can thrive just about anywhere.”

The cities that made the top 15 were identified using information compiled from over 300 Terminix locations across the U.S. The rankings present cities that had the highest number of calls from Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 17, 2015.


Wichita State University – Bedbugs in Dorm

January 21, 2016 | by Ben Jordan | wkake

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) — A bed bug battle is going on between a Wichita State University dorm resident and the school.

Freshman student Londyn Bobbitt says she first found bed bugs in her Fairmount Towers dorm room back in November. Her room was treated, but now she says they’re back. The school says this time, the $800 bill to get rid of them is her responsibility.

“I was laying long ways and I was reading a book and then out of the corner of my eye, I just saw one,” said Bobbitt.

Bobbitt says she’s found about ten of the creepy crawlers in her dorm room over the school year.

“I’ve seen four this semester,” she said.

Bobbitt says she found out the hard way that bed bugs live on the blood of animals and people.

“The next morning I woke up to a rash on my face which turned out to be bed bug bites,” said Bobbitt.

She contacted the school’s facilities department twice about the problem. The first round of treatments were taken care of by the school. A pest control company came out for two rounds.

“They do both a chemical treatment and a heat treatment that they feel very confident eradicates all the bugs from the room,” said WSU Director of Housing, Scott Jensen

[Heat on bedbugs does just the opposite – bedbugs run and hide in the wall outlets, in cracks in wall, ceiling tiles and in closets.  Chemicals – poisonous – and bedbugs are resistant to them.  Bed bugs can hide and go without eating for 12 months!  Of course the poor girl still has them in her dorm.  She’s probably NOT the only person in that dorm that has bedbugs.]

Jensen says this is the first incident of bed bugs on campus over the past two years. His department told Bobbitt not to take any clothing or electronics out of her room, and anything she wears needs to be thoroughly washed.

“I did break protocol so-to-speak when I left, but this is only because when I spoke to them they didn’t say any of this,” she said.

“The fact that she has very clearly saying ‘yes, I didn’t follow the protocol to the T’, that leads us to believe that it was more likely than not that they came back from her than from this company,” Jensen countered.

Bobbitt insists there’s no way she brought the bed bugs out or back into her room.

“If I had they’d be in my parents house where I was,” she said. “I would be itchy and that’s not the case.”

For now, Bobbitt says she’ll continue to sleep on her desks and fight the university on this issue.

Bed bugs leave stains on your bed that look like small rust spots. Usually near the corners or edges of the bed.  [called BLOOD spots]

Also, look for red, itchy bites. You might see red welts in zigzag lines or small clusters on the skin, especially arms and shoulders.

Finally, bed bugs release pheromones which leave an unpleasant musty odor like a wet towel.


Sacramento, CA Suburb Movie Theater Has BedBug Scare

January 22, 2016 | by Melinda Meza
LODA, Calif. (KCRA) —A Lodi movie theater took action when moviegoers voiced their concerns on social media about bedbugs in the theater.

Which Big Law Firm in New York Is Dealing With A Bed Bug Infestation in the WorkPlace?

January 21, 2016 | by Staci Zaretsky |

Working in a big law firm in any capacity is difficult enough, but when you add positively nauseating things on top of an already stressful environment, it can make the situation even worse.

Raise your hand if you’re afraid of bugs. You may claim that you’re not, but we’re not talking about any old kind of bug — we’re talking about bed bugs. Bed bugs are likely to bite you repeatedly, suck your blood, and leave you with red, itchy welts all over your body. Bed bugs are also nearly impossible to get rid of. We suspect that you’d be deathly afraid of those kind of bugs.

One law firm is currently dealing with a bed bug problem, and it’s not looking pretty. According to our tipsters, partners at the New York office of Hogan Lovells are attempting to calm the hysteria breaking out at the firm after bed bugs were discovered in several offices at the firm. Here’s an excerpt from an email about the situation sent last night to all New York employees by administrative partner Christopher Donoho:

bed bug bedbug smallYesterday, we received notice that there was a bug discovered in a paralegal office on the 24th floor. We suspected it might be a bed bug and took it seriously. Last night, we had bed bug locating dogs in the office to search every office, work station and room on the 24th floor. The dogs found some evidence of bed bug presence in the managing clerk’s office, the paralegal’s office, one attorney office and one secretarial station. There was no other evidence of bed bugs on the floor. They also searched parts of other floors and found no evidence of bed bugs there either. The exterminators will be back tonight and will be treating the entire 24th floor.

HoLove’s got no love for bed bugs. While Donoho went on to say that the presence of bed bugs was “not the fault of any employee or contractor,” you know everyone is going to be looking sideways at those who work on the 24th floor, especially the managing clerk.

As an FYI, if you see someone scratching themselves incessantly while busy billing hours at Hogan Lovells, you may know who to blame for the firm’s bed bug problem.


Williamsburg, VA…think twice before selecting hotel without Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs at the Travelodge scare this family over holiday weekend vacation.

January 21, 2016 | by Scott Wise | CBS 6

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — A mother said her children were now scared to go to sleep after the family stayed at a Williamsburg motel. During their recent stay, Elizabeth Wilcox said she discovered bed bugs in the motel room after she noticed rashes and bites on her children.

“So immediately I flip the mattress just to see all the bed bugs crawling everywhere, there’s so many of them the kids are scratching their legs,” Wilcox told WTKR. “The mattress cover had a zip on it but there were holes covering it so the bed bugs were in the box spring.”

The manager of the Travelodge, off Richmond Road in Williamsburg, said the property did not have a bed bug problem and found no issues when he inspected the room. He said he would order a pest control company to inspect the room.



California study examines genetic diversity of Kissing Bugs…concludes deadly Chagas disease may be underdiagnosed in U.S.

January 21, 2016 |

Trypanosoma cruzi is a protozoan parasite that can cause an insidious onset of Chagas disease, a fatal cardiac disease in humans and dogs. The parasite is transmitted via triatomine insects, commonly called kissing bugs. In Latin America T. cruzi is recognized as an economically important parasite; however, there is limited research regarding its spread and virulence in the USA. As a result, while the genetic diversity of the T. cruzi parasite has been well studied in Latin America less is known about the strains endemic to the USA.

“Chagas disease should be considered as a potential cause of cardiac illness in humans and dogs.”

Researchers from the University of California, Davis, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine assessed the prevalence of T. cruzi from northern and southern California regions. The researchers used a combination of methods to obtain triatomine insects, including active collection via black light traps and the enlistment of private property owners and public health officials in specimen submission. DNA was extracted from the specimens and screened for T. cruzi via molecular techniques. Positive samples were genetically typed into one of six recognized T. cruzi subgroups (TcI – TcVI). Finally, the researchers performed genetic analyses to examine the potential virulence of the California T. cruzi samples as compared to infective T. cruzi strains from Latin America.

Of the 29 specimens from northern California 55% were infected, while T. cruzi was detected in 34% of the 53 samples collected from one of the southern California locations. Two separate subtypes were found—with 20 parasites falling into the TcI subgroup and 2 into TcIV. The TcIV subgroup was not detected in the northern California region. Genetic analyses did not reveal any particular unique characteristics to distinguish the California samples from several Latin American strains known to infect humans.

This research suggests that the apparent rarity of locally-acquired Chagas disease in the USA is unlikely due to any genetic difference in the infectious capabilities of the parasite. Rather, the fact that local triatomine species (e.g. Triatoma protracta) do not frequently colonize human homes, likely translates to decreased T. cruzi transmission. Alternatively, locally-acquired Chagas disease may simply be underdiagnozed. At present only four states in the USA list Chagas disease as a reportable illness, and California is not among them. This means that the public, as well as physicians and veterinary practitioners, may have decreased awareness of the dangers posed by this disease.

Based on this research, in areas where Triatoma protracta populations are evident, Chagas disease should be considered as a potential cause of cardiac illness in humans and dogs.

The study is published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.

Research concludes: Congenital transmission of deadly Chagas disease is a risk in ANY country

January 22, 2015 | News Report-Staff News Editor | Women’s Health Weekly

New Orleans, LA – Tulane University research stated, “Chagas disease is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi and is endemic in much of Latin America.  With increased globalization and immigration, it is a risk in any country, partly through congenital transmission.”

A quote from the research from Tulane University, “The frequency of congenital transmission is unclear.  To assess the frequency of congenital transmission of T. cruzi. PubMed, Journals@Ovid Full Text, EMBASE, CINAHL, Fuente Academica and BIREME databases were searched using seven search terms related to Chagas disease or T. cruzi and congenital transmission.  The inclusion criteria were the following:  Dutch, English, French, Portuguese or Spanish language; case report, case series or observational study; original data on congenital T. cruzi infection in humans; congenital infection rate reported or it could be derived.  This systematic review included 13 case reports/series and 51 observational studies.  Two investigators independently collected data on study characteristics, diagnosis and congenital infection rate.  The principal summary measure–the congenital transmission rate–is defined as the number of congenitally infected infants divided by the number of infants born to infected mothers.  A random effects model was used.  The pooled congenital transmission rate was 4.7% (95% confidence interval: 3.9-5.6%).  Countries where T. cruzi is endemic had a higher rate of congenital transmission compared with countries where it is not endemic (5.0% versus 2.7%).  Congenital transmission of Chagas disease is a global problem. Overall risk of congenital infection in infants born to infected mothers is about 5%.

Tulane University research concluded “The congenital mode of transmission requires targeted screening to prevent future cases of Chagas disease.”