Bed Bugs Invade New Brunswick Hospital

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Health officials say bed bugs have been confirmed at Monctons University Hospital Centre, resulting in a slowdown in the emergency department. Medical staff detected insects on a patient who came into the emergency department on Wednesday. A pest control company was called to the site and confirmed the insects were bed bugs. Sniffer dogs were called in to identify the bedbugs and affected areas, which included examination rooms and an area of the waiting room. The emergency room is still operating, but on a reduced scale, while affected areas are treated. The statement stressed that, although bed bugs are pest insects, they do not constitute a health risk to people.

A new study shows that Bug Bombs are no match for the blood-sucking pests. Researchers at Ohio State University looked at three brands of bug bombs, also known as foggers, from a nationwide retailer and tested their effectiveness on five different bed bug populations in the lab. What they found was what pest-control experts had long thought. There has always been this perception and feedback from the pest-management industry that over-the-counter foggers are not effective against bed bugs and might make matters worse, said lead author Susan Jones, an urban entomologist with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. But up until now there has been no published data regarding the efficacy of foggers against bed bugs. Jones and her colleagueJoshua Bryant found thatHotshot Bedbug and Flea Fogger, Spectracide Bug Stop Indoor Fogger, and Eliminator Indoor Foggerhad little to no effect on the bed bugs. (Only Hotshot Bedbug is specifically labeled for use against bed bugs.) All three total-release foggers claim kills on contact yet all field-collected bed bugs were unaffected upon re-entry, the authors write. Even five to seven days after contact, the bed bugs remained unharmed.These foggers dont penetrate in cracks and crevices where most bed bugs are hiding, so most of them will survive, said Jones in the statement. Even when the bugs do come into contact with the insecticides, their varying levels of resistance to the insecticide and the foggers poor toxicity leave the crawlers unscathed.If you use these products, you will not get the infestation under control, you will waste your money, and you will delay effective treatment of your infestation, said Jones.

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