Bedbugs bite New York Moviegoers…One of the Top 10 Places

June 8, 2016 | by Teri Weaver, NewYorkUpstate.com

Bedbugs ruined a night at the movies in recent days for at least two sets of customers just outside of Buffalo, WIVB reports.

The bugs began biting one mother and her 3-year-old during “Alice Through the Looking Glass” at the Regal Cinemas on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, according to the report.

Taneeya Goodwin and her boyfriend were attacked by the insects Monday night during a screening of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle,” according to WIVB. Both women documented the bugs and bites with their cell phones.

Bedbugs in movie theaters are a thing.  The Travel Channel puts movie theaters on its Top 10 list of places to be wary of bites and infestations. (Libraries, retail stores and churches also make the list.)

Earlier this year, WIVB reported that Buffalo ranked No. 20 on a national list of places likely to have bedbugs.

The television station reported it has received complaints about the theater for months. Regal did not respond Tuesday to the station’s request for comment.

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How Protected Are You Against Bed Bugs?

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How to banish BedBugs 24/7-365?

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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.”

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High School students sent home with letter “bedbugs found”

March 31, 2016 | by Taylor Stuck |The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, WV – Huntington High School students were sent home Thursday with a letter alerting parents bed bugs were found in the school.

Jedd Flowers, Cabell County Schools communications director, said one or two bugs were found, probably “hitchhiking” in on a student.

“It’s pretty common these days,” he said. “It’s not an infestation of the building.”

Flowers said every student was sent home with a letter because the high school students travel throughout the school for classes, so it would be impossible to determine who came in contact.

The school will follow state protocol, calling in an exterminator to assess the building. Flowers said they will check for bugs and vacuum. If that does not rid the building of the problem, chemicals will be used.

Flowers said they just want to make sure parents and guardians are aware, and to ask them to let the school know if bed bugs are in their home. Cabell County Schools will help families who need assistance ridding their homes of bed bugs.

Residential bed bugs have been on the rise across the country, said Stan Mills, program manager at the Cabell-Huntington Health Department.

Mills said a couple bed bugs at the high school is as common as the school having a cricket, and the chance of a bed bug being taken home by a student is about the same chance of that student winning the lottery.

Mills said the health department worries more about people overdosing on chemicals to remove bed bugs than people having bed bugs in the first place.

“Chemicals are not the only treatment,” he said.

Bed bugs are small, oval, brownish insects that live on the blood of animals or humans. Adult bed bugs have flat bodies about the size of an apple seed.

Initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames and headboards. Bed bugs bite in the night, and a spot of blood can also be seen on sheets.

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Wide Range of Diseases Linked to Pesticides

Vol. 30, No. 2, Summer 2010 | Pesticides and You | by Kagan Owens, Jay Feldman
and John Kepner

Beyond Agricultural Pesticide Exposure – Asthma, Autism, ADHD, ADD, Birth Defects, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Brain Cancer, Breast Cancer, Leukemia, Learning Disorders, Parkinson’s and on and …

While agriculture has traditionally been tied to pesticide-related illnesses, of the 40 most commonly used pesticides in schools, 28 can cause cancer, 14 are linked to endocrine disruption, 26 can adversely affect reproduction, 26 are nervous system poisons and 13
can cause birth defects. Of of the 30 most commonly used lawn pesticides, 19 can cause cancer, 13 are linked to birth defects, 21 can affect reproduction and 15 are nervous system toxicants. A number of published studies using animal toxicity data and human cells/tissue laboratory data also show that pesticides are linked to several major public health problems.

Epidemiology: The Challenge of Finding Patterns of Harm

Despite evidence to the contrary, chemical industry critics of epidemiologic studies linking pesticides to major diseases argue that they are of limited value because of their reliance on records and study participants’ memory, among other issues. In fact, the correlation
of patterns of chemical use with an effect is difficult to establish in epidemiology and therefore may underestimate hazard effects.  When a correlation is established it raises serious concern.  The epidemiologic studies in the Pesticide-Induced Diseases Database show an overall pattern that links pesticide exposure to major diseases.

Endocrine Disruption

Common household products –detergents, disinfectants, plastics, and pesticides– contain chemical ingredients that enter the body, disrupt hormones and cause adverse developmental, disease, and reproductive problems. Known as endocrine disruptors, these
chemicals, which interact with the endocrine system, wreak havoc in humans and wildlife.
Endocrine System
The endocrine system consists of a set of glands (thyroid, gonads, adrenal and pituitary) and the hormones they produce (thyroxine, estrogen, testosterone and adrenaline),
which help guide the development, growth, reproduction, and behavior of animals, including humans. Hormones are signaling molecules, which travel through the bloodstream and elicit responses in other parts of the body. Endocrine disruptors function by: (i) Mimicking the action of a naturally-produced hormone, such as estrogen or testosterone, thereby setting off similar chemical reactions in the body; (ii) Blocking hormone receptors in cells, thereby preventing the action of normal hormones; or (iii) Affecting the synthesis, transport, metabolism and excretion of hormones, thus altering the concentrations of natural hormones. Endocrine disruptors havebeen linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, early puberty, infertility and other reproductive disorders, and childhood and adult cancers.
More than 50 pesticide active ingredients have been identified as endocrine disruptors by the European Union and endocrine disruptor expert Theo Colborn, PhD. Endocrine disruption is the mechanism for several health effect endpoints.
To view this article in its entirety see Beyond Pesticides – Pesticides and You.
Database can be viewed here at Pesticide-Induced Diseases Database.

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Psychological Effects of BedBug Attacks

The American Journal of Medicine | by Jerome Goddard, PhD., Richard de Shazo, MD

January 2012, Volume 125 Issue 1

Background

In some individuals, psychological sequelae resulting from bed bug biting events include nightmares, flashbacks, hypervigilance (to keep the bugs away), insomnia, anxiety, avoidance behaviors, and personal dysfunction. These symptoms are suggestive of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

We used a previously published PTSD checklist to analyze online blogs and other Internet sites where bed bug postings occur to assess postings for evidence of emotional trauma.

One hundred thirty-five postings were read and analyzed, and 110 (81%) of those postings reported psychological effects from bed bug infestations. Scoring with the PTSD checklist revealed a range of 0-52 (mean 13.25; SD 9.38); one met the criteria (≥50) considered positive for PTSD.

Conclusions

Based upon our survey of online postings concerning such effects, an as-yet-to-be-determined proportion of individuals who experience bed bug bites develop moderate-to-severe negative emotional symptoms after infestations. These individuals should be identified in the course of their interactions with health professionals so that appropriate mental health care may be provided.

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Deadly Chagas Disease – Transmitted from Mother to Baby – Listen as Dr. Peter Hotez answers questions about neglected parasitic infections including deadly Chagas Disease

With the Center for Disease Control and Prevention naming five neglected parasitic infections as a priority for public health action, Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said he is excited about the “renewed commitment to control and prevent them.

“Houston and Texas in many respects represent ‘ground zero’ for many of America’s neglected tropical diseases, including parasitic infections,” said Hotez.  “We’re at the confluence of poverty and a subtropical climate – two of the major factors that promote these infections, which in reality are major health disparities in the United States. Unfortunately, these diseases have been overshadowed by better known infections, even though parasitic infections are much more common.”

The five infections include Chagas disease, cysticercosis, toxocariasis, toxoplasmosis and trichmoniasis. These diseases disproportionately affect Americans who live in extreme poverty and can cause serious illnesses including heart failure, pregnancy complications, seizures and even death.

Dr. Hotez responded to some questions about neglected parasitic infections and what is being done about them.
Hotez co-authored the opening editorial in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, part of a series of articles that coincide with the CDC’s announcement to put focus on these neglected parasitic infections.

The National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine was established in 2011 to address neglected tropical diseases and other infections through education, research and clinical care.

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BedBugs show resistance to pesticides: What now?

Why chemicals used to fight bed bugs aren’t working any longer was revealed in a new study that compared today’s bed bugs with those that have been isolated in a lab for 30 years.

February 1, 2016 | by Lonnie Shekhtman | The Christian Science Monitor

The chemicals used to fight bed bug infestations are no longer working, say scientists from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and New Mexico State University. The tiny pests have developed a resistance to the most commonly used type of insecticides, called neonicotinoids, or neonics, which is part of the reason there has been a resurgence of them in the last couple of decades.

“While we all want a powerful tool to fight bed bug infestations, what we are using as a chemical intervention is not working as effectively it was designed and, in turn, people are spending a lot of money on products that aren’t working,” Troy Anderson, an assistant professor of entomology in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, said in an announcement last week.

In an experiment, researchers compared bed bugs from homes in Cincinnati and Michigan that had been previously exposed to neonics with those that a researcher has kept isolated in a lab for 30 years, dating back to a time before the insecticides were used commercially.

In results published Thursday in the Journal of Medical Entomology, Dr. Anderson and Alvaro Romero, an assistant professor of entomology at New Mexico State University, reported that the bed bugs that had been isolated in a lab for 30 years died when treated with a small amount of neonics. Those collected from homes in Cincinnati and Michigan showed much higher resistance to the chemical treatment.

The team also tested bedbugs from New Jersey that were already resistant to pyrethroids, another class of widely used insecticides often mixed with neonics, but had been isolated from neonics since 2008. Those bugs were more susceptible to the insecticides than the ones from Cincinnati and Michigan, but not as much as the isolated bedbugs.

“Companies need to be vigilant for hints of declining performance of products that contain neonicotinoids,” Dr. Romero said in a study announcement.

“For example, bed bugs persisting on previously treated surfaces might be an indication of resistance. In these cases, laboratory confirmation of resistance is advised, and if resistance is detected, products with different modes of action need to be considered, along with the use of non-chemical methods,” he said.

Bed bugs are particularly burdensome in apartment buildings, where they can spread to many units. They are also more problematic for low-income, elderly, and disabled people who can’t spot the tiny red bug and often don’t have the means to get rid of them, say researchers from Virginia Tech.

Bed bugs thrive in beds, couches, and around electrical outlets and cause hundreds of bites a night.

“When well-off people get bed bugs, it’s an inconvenience. But when low-income families get them, there aren’t many options,” said Molly Stedfast, who worked with bed bugs as a graduate entomology student at Virginia Tech in 2013.

“Those who can’t afford the treatments,” she says, often end up living with bed bugs for a long time.

Virginia Tech’s pest lab recommends a nontoxic, non-neonic treatment that can be applied to the inside perimeter of an apartment. The treatment is diatomaceous earth, a dust made from fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae. Researchers said this dust has been used to control pests for more than a century. It clings to the bed bugs as they walk through it, absorbs moisture, and kills them via dehydration.

“We treat the perimeter of the apartment to isolate infestations in one unit and not allow them to spread. It is a lot less expensive to treat one apartment than every unit in the building,” said Dini Miller, a professor of entomology at Virginia Tech.

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NBA Teams Sleep Elsewhere When Playing Against OKC Thunder

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Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving left a Feb. 21 game against the Thunder with “flu-like symptoms,” but what raised eyebrows were Irving’s comments the next day about the Skirvin Hilton.

When Irving blamed his bad night’s sleep on bedbugs, it fostered concern about one of Oklahoma City’s premier stops for NBA teams. What once was a hotel known primarily for its legend of Effie the housekeeper haunting its halls, the Skirvin has had to recently tangle with more than ghost stories.

It’s been a month since Irving’s run-in with bedbugs and the Skirvin’s swift response. In that span, some NBA teams have elected to stay elsewhere despite the Skirvin going to lengths to alleviate fears.

In a press release to The Oklahoman, the Skirvin said it’s reached out to numerous teams following the bedbugs incident to brief them on its “aggressive” response: quarantine of the affected room, then inspection of the surrounding rooms from environmental experts at Ecolab — a globally recognized hygiene technology company.

The Ecolab tests found surrounding rooms weren’t affected, yet all 225 rooms were treated as a precaution.

Despite the Skirvin’s efforts, the Thunder has since hosted five home games and only one of its opponents (Portland) has stayed there. At least two of those teams, however, had long-standing relationships with other hotels.

Before this season, Golden State and Minnesota had been staying at the Colcord and Sheraton, respectively. The L.A. Clippers and Houston, however, each stayed at the Skirvin before switching to the Sheraton for their most recent visits.

“Yeah, worried about bedbugs,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said on March 9. “It was really … I think once that happened I think everyone pretty much reacted and decided to change the place.”

 

The Skirvin said a few teams have opted to stay in other hotels, but even those teams have expressed their desire to eventually return to the Skirvin.  When NBA teams book reservations, however, it’s not as easy as just picking any hotel.

According to the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (Article XVIII, Section I), teams have to use their best efforts in accommodating its players on the road. Baggage has to be picked up by porters, the hotels must be first class and extra long beds must be available. Teams can actually be fined $5,000 if they commit a “willful violation” of these requirements.

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Seattle…City Faces Rise in Bed Bugs Infestations.

Do You Have Bed Bugs?  Don’t Bring Them Home!

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There is nothing more disturbing to find out one has bed bugs. An image of a tick-like, incubus insect feeding on your own blood while you peacefully dream of sugarplums in your warm bed is too much for most to bear.

The reality is too disturbing, too intimate, and Seattleites are waking up to a real big bed bug problem.

[Heat Does Not Work!  The bed bugs run and hide.  Bed bugs can remain dormant for 18 months and still reproduce without feeding.  According to a new study by Virginia Tech and New Mexico State University – the chemicals used to kill bed bug infestations are no longer working.  

Recent Harvard study links pesticide use in the home to childhood cancer – chemicals and pesticides are poisons. ~A. Steiner~]

The Environmental Protection Agency and Center for Disease and Prevention have addressed a bedbug national rise that hasn’t been seen since the early 1950s, a time that hatched the phrase “Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” The creepy crawler has made it to the EPA’s Lists of Pests of Significant Public Health Importance, among other critters and insects like cockroaches, ticks, lice and mosquitos.

The insect nuisance is not a new one; the bed bugs have been biting for a long, long time.

Scientists believe the bugs have been feeding on humans as primates evolved and started living in caves. A study published in “Molecular Ecology, ” in February of 2015 reports findings that bed bugs fed on bats in caves before they started feeding on humans as they moved into cave dwellings. In time the bugs evolved characteristics to match and elude their new hosts.

There’s early historic record of the bugs, too. According to Bedbug.org the bugs were discussed by Aristotle and documented in Pliny’s Natural History as a cure for different ailments. More recent history is clustered with the bug-scourge and depicts them as a common nuisance.

That was the case until the advent of DDT for domestic use in the late 1940s. Because of the widespread application of the chemical in industrial countries bed bugs and many other pests were eradicated.

But what was cost?

After harmful human side effects were attributed to DDT (cancer, birth defects) in the early 1970s the use was banned, and the bugs slowly climbed back into bed.

Bed Bug Infestations On The Rise

Since the late 1990s higher rates of bed bug infestations were reported in gateway cities like Miami, New York and Los Angeles. This was attributed to the bugs hiding in suitcases as travelers stayed in infested hotels while abroad. Since the 2000s there has been a growing number of bed bug cases with numbers comparing to those in the1950s in the U.S.

Right now, even as citizens read this very article – perhaps while lying in bed – the bed bug bane has become a pandemic and has come to a head (literally) with blankets, mattresses and box springs being treated in every state in the Union according to a survey conducted by Orkin Pest Control.

Also, according to an annual report on the pest control industry, Americans spent $446 million to get rid of bed bugs in 2013. That’s compared to $70 million in 2004.

One in five Americans has had bed bugs or at least knows someone who has according to Pestworld.org.

In addition, according to a 2015 Bugs Without Borders survey (carried out by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky), U.S. bed bug infestations are climbing. 99.6 percent of survey respondents reported being treated for bed bugs in the past year. 15 years ago only 25 percent of respondents reported treatments for bed bugs.

How are the bugs making their way back into bed? Experts say it’s a combination of factors.

One is urban density, which enables the bugs to move easily from host to host while evading pest control. Also, some pesticides have become ineffective because the bugs have grown resistant to the chemicals.

Another contributing factor is that the bugs can quickly reproduce while the host remains unaware of the infestation. 40 percent of victims do not react to the bites, and once one sees bugs on the bed there is more than likely an infestation. This is because each female is fertilized by up to five males. A single female produces 50 eggs per cycle. The eggs hatch within two weeks during the winter and within one week during the summer. Offspring can become mature adults within a month, depending on feeding: the availability of a host.

Bed Bugs in Seattle

The Pacific Northwest is waking up on the same side of the infested bed as the rest of the country. Seattle/Tacoma ranked 15th in Orkin Pest Control’s 2014 Bed Bug Cities List. The region was ranked 18th the year before.

The bugs are in Ballard, too.

The Ballard News-Tribune spoke with a Ballard couple who said they had a bed bug incident last year. They asked to not be named.

“It’s really the worst feeling in the world. You feel like, like disgusted by your own bed,” one reluctantly said. “Even when they’re hopefully gone after being treated, I still itch.”

The couple said that they live in a small apartment complex and that every unit had to be treated by a professional exterminator.

What can we do?

The pest is problematic, but Seattleites have no need to bug-out just yet.

One regional company is taking action against bed bugs. Northwest K9 Bed Bug Detectives has been fighting off the bugs for over four years. Owner, Susan Canizales was earning a master’s degree in social work when she decided to try something new. She started out in the bug business with her brother only inspecting bed bug sites with a K9 named Magic. However, it wasn’t long before she started in on the treatment side of the business. These days she said she’s busier than she has ever been.

“There is no silver bullet for these things. There needs to be a combination of treatments to match the infestation. Get that wrong and your going to be fighting them for a long time,” said Canizales.

The most effective treatment against the menacing bugs, according to Canizales, is heat and lots of it. Her team cooks entire rooms to around 130 to 150 degrees. Walls, floors, beds — everything in the room is blasted to the seventh circle of bug hell.

Anything too delicate for the heat (candles, oil paintings, ect.) can be treated with chemicals and other pesticide products. “Clutter” items like books and small electronics are placed in airtight plastic bins or heavy-duty contractor bags to be treated with strips of pesticides that release a gas for two weeks. 14 days, Canizales says, is enough time for the gas to have effect on any larvae that may have hatched and remain trapped, festering inside the noxious darkness.

In addition, Canizales said the treatments are heavily involved and require the residents’ complete compliance and patience; otherwise the treatments won’t be effective. She also said variation in building design; the extent of the infestation and how well a victim prepares their home makes all the difference to a successful kill off.

Another issue is the kinds of things people have in their home.

“The bugs love books.”

Ironically, the pages of Proulx, Neruda, Vonnegut, Woolf, Seuss and Whitman literary become ways for the beasties to travel to different places.

Cardboard is another material the bugs can hide in; the corrugated shape provides ample area to evade total extermination.

“Sometimes you think this is going to be a breeze after only seeing a few bugs, but it turns out to be never ending; then other times we see clumps of bed bugs and we knock them all out.”

Canizales also said simply knowing what to look for and being diligent could save you from an infestation and a huge hassle. Red, itchy welts are one symptom of the bugs feeding. Also, the bugs produce tiny bloodstains on the sheets from their bites. They leave behind pinhead sized fecal material. Vacuuming carpets and cleaning bedframes with 99 percent ethyl propyl alcohol is a good start to getting rid of the bugs. Also, washing and drying bedding is a must with the addition of bug-proof mattress and pillow encasements. One might also consider that 99 percent ethyl propyl alcohol kills adult bugs on contact, and clothing steamers can kill off the eggs.

[Encasements Do Not Work!  Bed bugs just eat you up.  ~A. Steiner~]

Still, Canizales contends a professional heat treatment, though the most expensive, is the most effective way to terminate an infestation.

“I’ll walk away from jobs if people don’t want to do heat and if they insist on chemical treatments. That’s why I try to educate people. The heat works because you can’t ever know where they (bed bugs) all are.”

Hotels and Bed Bugs

Despite a pandemic, not many people are aware of the problem, or at least they aren’t talking about it. Many people may not even know that they are infested until they see a six-millimeter, dark brown, hungry adult bed bug scurry across the freshly washed white pillowcase.

“People think that just because they don’t see red bumps there aren’t any bugs, but most of the time you can’t see the bugs until they’ve been feeding on you for a long time.”

As mentioned, the major way of one taking home a bug is traveling and staying in infested hotels. Incidentally, there are now websites devoted to reporting hotels and apartment complexes that have been or are infested.

The results may shock some readers.

According to bedbugregistry.com, popular Seattle hotels like The Edgewater, Hotel Max, Seattle Hotel, Sixth Avenue Inn, Warwick Seattle Hotel, Inn at Virginia Mason, Marco Polo Motel and W Seattle (to name a few) all had guests who after a visit reported signs of bed bugs, which included bite welts and/or actually observing bugs.

“Even when you do the best job you can, sometimes you just can’t get all the suckers all the time. …People don’t want to hear that, but if you keep at it you will eventually get them.”

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