NBA Teams Sleep Elsewhere When Playing Against OKC Thunder

Skirvin.jpgMarch 23, 2016 | by Erik Horne| NewsOK

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.


Listen to why ‘Don’t let the bed bugs bite’ is easier said than done

James Williams, head of furniture donations at the Impossible Dream thrift store, shows how he inspects mattresses for bedbugs.  Photo Brit Hanson for North Country Public Radio

March 21, 2016 | by Julie Botero | WRVO Public Media

Bedbugs, those creepy crawly pests that embed themselves into mattresses and furniture, are a problem in big cities across the country. The bugs have managed to find their way to smaller cities in the North Country.

Watertown is now dealing with the pests and the stigma that comes with them.

Back in September, a friend told me she was dealing with a serious bed bug issue. Her name is Kris Rusho and I gave her a call a few weeks ago to get the whole story.

“I happened to wake up early one morning — about 5:30 in the morning — and I looked down and I saw a bug on my arm and I smashed it with my hand and my hand came away with blood. My first thought was it was tick, but I started doing some research and found out those were bedbugs,” Rusho said. “I went to my car and cried.”

“I think what I’ve learned from this is that bedbugs can be in the nicest of houses,” she said.

Bedbugs are small but multiply quickly. Bedbugs are small and black like apple seeds. They bite people when they’re asleep. Those bites can cause allergic reactions that can get infected. Rusho had to throw away her mattress and clothing. She cried a little more and moved into a friend’s house. Even long after the bed bugs were gone, she couldn’t shake them.”I still suffered from these phantom itches and phantom bites where I’d wake up at 4 a.m., afraid,” she said. “It doesn’t go away for a little bit.”

Bed bugs can lead to loss of sleep and other mental issues that are as bad as the bites. They also hitch rides on clothing and furniture which allows them to spread to new homes. That is why they are a public health issue.

Steve Jennings, a member of the Watertown City Council who works with the county public health department, said his office, along with community nonprofits in Watertown, are getting calls from people asking for help. Jennings said the demand was so high, his office organized an education forum on the bugs.

He said the big takeaway was this: “Normal pesticides you’d buy at a drug store do not work with bed bugs. They are resistant. It really needs to be professionally abated,” he said.

But hiring a professional exterminator can be costly. A few months ago, one fed-up resident in a downtown apartment tried to concoct a homemade pesticide bomb. He ended up starting a fire in his apartment. Neighbors of Watertown, a group that owns six apartment buildings in the city, has already spent more than $20,000 trying to get rid of the bugs.

Jennings said everyone needs to work together on this.

“The tenants really have to do their part in controlling it. Don’t bring this stuff home. When you see it, take care of it,” he said.

At the Impossible Dream thrift store, shoppers browse through racks of clothing, used couches and coffee tables. The staff have to be extra cautions about what they allow in the store. James Williams oversees furniture donations. Williams showed me a binder with a laminated fact sheet. It details how to spot bedbugs. He pulled out a tiny flashlight and leaned over a couch.

“Before we even accept it, before we even take it off a customer’s truck we look at it thoroughly, we look at the seams like this, we pull up the cushions, we look in the corners. We’re looking for bedbugs,” he said.

The store hasn’t had any encounters with the critters. That is really important to the store, he said, since the last thing they want to do is pass on the problem.

Watertown has been working hard to make their downtown an attractive place to live. I asked people if this bedbug issue is thwarting that effort. Kris Rusho said the bedbugs are not just in downtown apartments.

“I think what I’ve learned from this is that bedbugs can be in the nicest of houses,” she said.

Rusho had advice for others dealing with the pests. “You have to get mad at the bed bugs and force yourself to deal with them.”




Leading cause of death in Men is caused by Chagas Disease & Heart failure 

Chagas Disease affects approximately 20 million worldwide, killing 50,000 each year, yet is practically unknown to most in the general public in the US.

If infected, you may not even know initially you have Chagas disease. It can slowly destroy your internal organs, and if you do not die from the acute stage, can cause death in the chronic stage, 10-20 years later.

Chagas is spreading worldwide — due to lack of knowledge and indifference.

Endemic in 21 countries, with 18-20 million infected and another 120 million people at risk

25% of the population of Latin America is at risk of acquiring Chagas Disease

More than 100,000 Latin American immigrants living in the United States are chronically infected and a potential source of transmission of the disease by means of blood transfusions

The disease is lethal, especially for children, and debilitates patients for years.

Previously thought to be endemic in Mexico, South and Latin America, other areas of the world such as the US and Europe are considering testing all blood donations for the parasite, T. cruzi, for the parasite that causes the disease due to travel patterns and rural migrations of populations to urban areas. 

 Chest radiograph of a Bolivian patient with chronic Trypanosoma cruzi infection, congestive heart failure, and rhythm disturbances. Pacemaker wires can be seen in the area of the left ventricle.

Infected triatomine bugs, that transmit T.cruzi, are found in North, Central and South America. Blood banks in selected cities of the continent vary between 3.0 and 53.0% -making the prevalence of T. cruzi infected blood higher than that of Hepatitis B, C, and HIV infection

In parts of South America, Chagas’ heart disease is the leading cause of death in men less than 45 years of age.

Blood transfusions in the US should be screened for antibodies to T.Cruzi; currently U.S. blood banks do not routinely conduct this screening.  

Numerous acute and chronic cases of the disease have been reported in domestic dogs in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, South Carolina and Virginia

It is not known how many dogs or humans in the US actually have the disease due to lack of testing and reporting

The disease may be transmitted by the bite of an infected triaomine, (reduviid, “kissing”, or “assassin”) bugs, or through blood transfusion or transplacentally

In Texas infection rates in kissing bugs are reported to be 17-48%, in other states infection rates may not be known due to lack of knowledge about the disease and inadequate studies with regards to sampling bugs for the disease

The kissing bugs, or carriers of this disease, could be as close as your backyard.

Posted in August 3, 2012 | by CHAGAS Disease Biology Blogspot


Deadly CHAGAS: An Emerging Infectious Disease Threat In U.S.

October 1, 2015 | by Judy Stone | Forbes

Chagas, a parasitic disease, is the latest invisible killer infection to be recognized as a growing threat here. The infection is transmitted by the Triatomine bug, known as the “kissing” bug. The bugs infect people through bites—often near the eyes or mouth—or when their infected feces are accidentally rubbed into eyes or mucous membranes. Some transmission occurs from mother to child during pregnancy. Occasionally, transmission is through contaminated food or drink.   Triatoma sanguisuga – CDC/James Gathany

Most people in the U.S. with Chagas disease probably became infected as children, living in Latin America. The infection often has few symptoms early on, but after several decades, strikes fatally, often with sudden death from heart disease. I suspect that, similar to Lyme disease, the magnitude of disease and deaths from the protozoan parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes Chagas disease, is unrecognized in the U.S.

 2014 map of blood donors testing positive for CHAGAS disease. 

In Latin America, however, up to 12 million people might be infected, with a third going on to develop life-threatening heart complications. Chagas is a major cause of congestive heart failure and cardiac deaths, with an estimated 11,000 people dying annually, according to the WHO.

There are an estimated 300,167 people with Trypanosoma cruzi infection the U.S., including 40,000 pregnant women in North America. There are 30,000-45,000 cardiomyopathy cases and 63-315 congenital infections each year. Most of the people come from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, or Argentina; Bolivia has the highest rate of Chagas in the world.

But in the U.S., we don’t often think of Chagas. Even as an infectious disease physician, I’ve never treated anyone with it, and it is not on my radar. So when a physician sees a patient who may have come to the U.S. as a child, and now has diabetes and hypertension, he or she is likely to attribute the heart disease to that and not look for infection. In fact, though, there are large pockets of undiagnosed disease. For example, a survey in Los Angeles of patients with a new diagnosis of cardiomyopathy who had lived in Latin America for at least a year, found 19% had Chagas disease, and they had a worse prognosis than those without the infection.

There are other reasons Chagas is overlooked. One is that Chagas is not a reportable disease except in four states, and Texas only began reporting in 2010. Most cases here have been detected by screening of blood donations, which has found about 1 in every 27,500 donors to be infected, according to CDC. However, a 2014 survey showed “one in every 6,500 blood donors tested positive for exposure to the parasite that causes Chagas disease.” A map of positive donations is here. While the triatome bugs are most common in the southern half of the U.S., they are actually quite widespread, as shown here.
Much bigger barriers to diagnosis are social and cultural. Many patients lack health insurance. Others are undocumented immigrants fearing deportation. Health literacy and language barriers are huge. There is a stigma associated with the diagnosis, as there is for many patients with TB, as Chagas is associated with poverty and poor living conditions. As Daisy Hernández noted in her excellent story in the Atlantic, “it’s hard, if not impossible, for moms with Chagas and no health insurance to see the doctors who would connect them to the CDC” and “patients don’t necessarily have savings in case they have adverse reactions to the medication and can’t work.”

There are pockets of Chagas in the states, including Los Angeles, the Washington metropolitan area, and the Texas border, where there are large immigrant communities from endemic areas. But I suspect that with climate change, we’ll see more Chagas in the southwest U.S., as more triatomine bugs are found further north. One recent study found more than 60% of the collected bugs carried the Trypanosome parasite, up from 40-50% in two similar studies. There are also now seven reports of Chagas infection that are clearly autochthonous, or locally acquired. University of Pennsylvania researcher Michael Levy has shown that bedbugs might be capable of transmitting Chagas, but no one has shown that they actually do. Entomologist and Wired author Gwen Pearson nicely explains why bedbugs are an unlikely vector and notes that you “far more likely to be injured by misusing pesticides to try to exterminate” them.

There’s more bad news. Treatment for Chagas is effective if given early in infection, although with significant side effects. There is no effective treatment for late stages of gastrointestinal or cardiac disease. A newly released study showed that benznidazole was no more effective than placebo in reducing cardiac complications, even though it reduced levels of parasites in the blood.

   Trypanasoma cruzi parasite in heart tissue – CDC

The two drugs available to treat Chagas, benznidazole and nifurtimox, are not yet FDA approved and are only available through the CDC under investigational protocols. Both carry significant side effects. Treatment of children with early Chagas is generally effective but, as with many drugs, treatment is hampered by lack of data on pediatric dosing and limited formulations. There is little research funding for new drug development, with less than US $1 million (0.04% of R&D funding dedicated to neglected diseases) focused on new drugs for Chagas disease, according to the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDi).

Where do we go from here? The most immediate and cost-effective proposals are to increase surveillance for disease and screening of high-risk populations. Since the most effective treatment is given early in the course of infection, screening of pregnant women and children is a priority, as is education for these women and Ob-Gyn physicians.
While there is no effective treatment for advanced disease, efforts are underway to develop a vaccine against Chagas. The National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine just received a boost from a $2.6 million grant from the Carlos Slim Foundation for their initiative.

Chagas, like sickle cell, highlights disparities in access to screening and early treatment for serious illnesses disproportionately affecting the poor and people of color. While a moral and ethical issue, the choices made to gut public health programs for “cost saving” will also be unnecessarily costly in the end.


BedBugs Destroyed My Life – “Don’t Bring Them Home!”

March 19, 2016 | by Maryam Shah | Toronto Sun

She may be the unluckiest renter in Toronto.
Kathleen says bedbugs have forced her to move 11 times in the past six years.

The 45-year-old doesn’t even want her last name used because she says she’s already lost one job over the tiny critters.

“I was a normal person, I had a job and a nice apartment and this has completely broken my life,” she said.

She claims she first picked them up in 2010 after volunteering at a community centre in Regent Park.

That marked the beginning of a “downward spiral.”

Kathleen says she lost her job because she “made the mistake” of coming clean with her employers.

“I literally walked away with nothing but my health card in some cases, just trying to completely rid myself of them, only to end up in other buildings that were also infested,” she explained.

Now she lives outside of Toronto and wants all three levels of government — and the scientific community — to recognize bedbugs are a “national crisis.”

That’s why she spent Friday with placards outside City Hall, demanding more action in the battle against bedbugs.

“I went through all the proper protocol,” Kathleen said. “This isn’t a landlord and tenant issue anymore.”

She even had a friend — a private landlord from St. Catharines — dress up like a brown bedbug called Badness the Bedbug, which attracted curious looks from passersby.

The city’s website says if a landlord refuses to help with bedbugs, the tenant can contact a legal clinic, the landlord and tenant board, or Toronto Public Health.


Seattle…City Faces Rise in Bed Bugs Infestations.

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


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 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

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, 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.”


Infectious Bed Bugs at the Royal Beach Hotel-Tel Aviv

March 16, 2016 | by

As the Holiday approaches and thousands plan to fly to Tel Aviv please be careful about where you book.

A few travelers have come back to the US and reported the Royal Beach Hotel has bedbugs. We are not able to confirm this but…

Many reports are coming in that these bed bugs are a type far worse than the ones found in NYC and can create bites and infections that can cause hospitalization.

Address: Ha-Yarkon St 19, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
We have reached out to:
Moshe Kanyas manager of the Royal Beach for comment and has not returned any emails.
We have also reached out to:
Tel: 03-7405001   054-9200760
Fax: 03-7405005 |
They have also refused to confirm or deny this.
Other complaints about the Royal Beach include a nice pool that is essentially unusable as the structure has been built in a way that creates a wind tunnel and renders the pool freezing and completely useless.
The building also casts shadows that prevent you from getting a tan.



Bed Bugs Found on British Airways Flight – U.S. to Heathrow

Bed Bugs Found on British Airways Flight

February 26, 2016 | by Clover Hope | Jezebel

A British Airways plane was taken out of service last week after bed bugs were discovered when the crew tried to stuff extra large carry-ons into an overhead compartment.

Since the bugs (two of them) were found between flights, in row 47, the crew claims it wasn’t able to remove them in time.

“This isn’t a bed… It’s a plane!” one bug reportedly said to the other.

The Sun reports:

Cabin crew logged the issue because passengers were bitten but bosses decided to keep the aircraft in service.

Staff hid out after the critters were spotted on a Boeing 747 from the US to Heathrow last week.

One passenger was nipped at 30,000ft and others saw the bugs and their eggs.

A spokeswoman for British Airways told Mashable otherwise: “We wouldn’t let a plane continue to fly if we knew it had an issue.” Hmmm.

The plane was later fumigated, but it’s more likely the bugs decided to disembark on their own after realizing the plane wasn’t a bed.

The company rep adds, “Whenever any report of bed bugs is received, we launch a thorough investigation and, if appropriate, remove the aircraft from service and use specialist teams to treat it—this happened in this instance.”


Outbreak of BED BUGS on British Airways flight from the U.S. to London

  • One passenger claims they were ‘nipped at 30,000ft,’ and eggs spotted
  • The Boeing 747 was taken out of service on landing, and fumigated
  • British Airways says that reports of bed bugs on board are ‘extremely rare’ 

An outbreak of bed bugs caused a British Airways passenger plane to be taken out of service.

On a flight from the US to Heathrow last week, staff are believed to have spotted the parasitic insects and logged the issue.

The outbreak caused one row in the economy section of the plane to be closed off during the Transatlantic flight.

A British Airways Boeing 747 was taken out of service after bed bugs were discovered on board last week

A British Airways Boeing 747 was taken out of service after bed bugs were discovered on board last week

One passenger told The Sun that they were 'nipped at 30,000ft, while others reported seeing 'eggs'

One passenger told The Sun that they were ‘nipped at 30,000ft, while others reported seeing ‘eggs’

The Sun reports how ‘one passenger was nipped at 30,000ft and others saw the bugs and their eggs.’

Once the Boeing 747 had landed in London, British Airways launched an investigation. The aircraft was inspected and removed from the flight schedule while the issue was resolved and the plane was fumigated.

However, days later another ‘severe’ infestation was reported as the same plane flew from Cape Town to London, according to The Sun.


Bed bugs keeping people awake in Duluth, MN

February 23, 2016 | by Kati Anderson |

Many in the Duluth area are letting the bed bugs bite and the problem is growing.

On Tuesday, people got a chance to learn more about the pest.

Northland based Adam’s Pest Control says they had three to five bed bug calls in 2000, then in 2014, they had 1,700 bed bug calls.

While bed bugs are smaller than a penny, they are visible to the naked eye.

They are attracted to heat, which is why you can typically find them in and around your bed and under chairs and sofas.

However, heat is also used to combat the pest exterminators can crank up a room to 120 degrees minimum to kill them.

Bed bugs were seemingly not an issue until the 90’s, and ways to combat them have been scarce and evolving.

“We didn’t have real good pesticides to deal with bed bugs, we didn’t have really good information, a lot has changed. We’re a lot better at dealing with them now, but the population has exploded in those first few years,” said Todd Leyse, of Adams Pest Control.

Bed bugs do bite and they may leave a mark on your skin but people react differently to them.

Experts say they are most commonly found in apartment buildings or hotels, but can be anywhere.


“Bed bugs ARE heat and pesticide resistant and Bed Bugs ARE known to transmit the deadly Chagas disease and carry 40 other pathogens, including MRSA.”   A. Steiner


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