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Fighting meth-fueled ‘chemsex’ in the LGBTQ community, West Hollywood takes a stand – Los Angeles Times

February 14th, 2020 by admin

It was the kind of town hall meeting that could, perhaps, only be held in West Hollywood.

Were going to talk about sex, City Councilman John Duran warned the crowd, feigning surprise.

Behind the scenes a few minutes earlier, one of the panelists, a drag queen in a sparkling halter top, had asked him how much swearing was appropriate, given the topic. (Try to avoid F-bombs, Duran advised.)

But what they were talking about, in such a colorful way, could not be more serious.

The topic at the packed town hall Wednesday night was a growing crisis, especially in the LGBTQ community, that health experts say is not talked about enough: chemsex, or using drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine and MDMA to enhance sexual activity and lower inhibitions.

Also called party and play, chemsex has become pervasive on online dating apps like Adam4Adam, Scruff and Grindr, where people use constantly changing code words and emojis to show they want to use or buy drugs and have sex, said Jimmy Palmieri, founder of the Tweakers Project, a support group for people struggling with crystal meth addiction.

I dont think theres anyone in West Hollywood that hasnt been touched, somehow, some way, by meth, Palmieri said.

In West Hollywood, methamphetamine was involved in 47 deaths between 2015 and 2018, and meth-related hospitalizations have steadily ticked upward for the last decade, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The event follows the overdose deaths of two black gay men in the West Hollywood apartment of Democratic donor Ed Buck, who was accused last fall of injecting fatal doses of crystal methamphetamine into victims for his own sexual gratification.

For far too long, I think, meth has been overlooked as a public health crisis, said Dr. Lello Tesema, an associate medical director at the L.A. County Department of Public Health Division of Substance Abuse Prevention and Control.

While it does not have the same national attention as the opioid crisis, methamphetamine in the Los Angeles area is actually incredibly prevalent and incredibly dangerous, she said.

The town hall came at a time when, city leaders say, there is a critical shortage of spaces in West Hollywood that can and will accommodate addiction recovery groups. Currently, the fate of a run-down log cabin on Robertson Boulevard that hosts some two dozen sobriety meetings each week is up in the air. Beverly Hills owns the lot on which it sits and wants it gone; West Hollywood officials are trying to lease it to keep the meetings going.

Town hall panelist Jason De Puy, a drag queen, said that the problem is rarely discussed openly. There are influencers on Instagram with a hundred thousand followers, and theyre doing crystal meth on the side, and no one understands or even knows that and everyones scared to talk about it, he said.

De Puy, who has been sober for eight years, said that, like many young gay men who come to West Hollywood, he had not been taught about gay sex and was ashamed by it. He was introduced to crystal meth at a bathhouse, and it seemed to make intimacy easier and more euphoric.

The addiction quickly took over his life. He was homeless for a spell before moving into an apartment filled with cockroaches, fleas and bedbugs.

Meth and sex kept me from having to deal with life, De Puy said.

When I got sober, I had to learn how to have sex again because I was used to this seedy, dangerous, risky sex.... You can go to the orgies, honey. You can go to the bathhouse. You can do this stuff sober, De Puy said.

De Puy, 29, said hes had so many friends die unexpectedly from overdoses.

Jason De Puy, dressed in drag, talks about his sobriety and former use of drugs during sex as a member of a panel at a town hall for a discussion about sex and the use of substances such as meth, GHB, cocaine and MDMA at the West Hollywood City Council chambers on Wednesday.

(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

In recent surveys of nearly 1,600 people in West Hollywood, more than 70% of respondents said that meth use at community events, bars and clubs is a pressing issue for the city, according to the Safe West Hollywood Community Coalition.

The coalition and city employees recently have begun going to major events like LA Pride and West Hollywoods Halloween Carnaval to hand out free naloxone, a medication that can reverse drug overdoses, as well as condoms and testing strips to determine whether recreational drugs are laced with fentanyl.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the contamination of illicit drugs like methamphetamine with fentanyl a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin is a growing public health concern. Often, users are unaware that it has been added.

People dont even realize theyre doing fentanyl, Duran said. Were seeing a lot of people in our community who just thought they were going to party and not waking up the next day.

When you throw in sexuality, oppression, shame, stigma, HIV, meth and then add fentanyl in the mix, its a deadly combination.

The town hall panelists said that one of the tragedies of chemsex is that it often stems from loneliness and LGBTQ peoples shame around their sexuality or gender identity. Tesema said that in a world increasingly connected by technology, were in a crisis of loneliness.

The questions from the audience reflected that: Can you talk about how this ties in with mental health and self-esteem and suicide prevention? How can I get people to rally around this issue?

Melissa McCracken, a chemsex counselor for Breathe Life Healing Center in West Hollywood, said people lose self intimacy when in the throes of drug addiction and that meth use disables empathy, which is one of the tragic casualties.

Eric Fletes, an outreach specialist with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, shares information about fentanyl and substance abuse treatment with the public at a chemsex town hall meeting in West Hollywood.

(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

Giving yourself the space and the time to actually connect with another person is difficult, but its not impossible, she said.

Tesema noted that people often become depressed when they relapse after trying to stop using meth, even though relapse is not only common but an expected process in recovery.

In the lobby afterward, where naloxone and fenantyl-testing strips were being handed out, a 31-year-old man said the town hall was a nice change of pace from the crystal meth and alcohol addiction recovery meetings he attends.

The man, who asked that his name not be used because he was in recovery, said he works as a property manager for a 187-unit building in Westwood and has had to call authorities twice recently because of tenants overdosing on heroin.

Sobriety meetings are peer-to-peer, he said. Seeing issues like chemsex and meth use be discussed bluntly by experts, in a City Council chamber, gave him hope that they would get more attention, he said.

To see that the city is behind it is amazing, he said. It elevates it, for sure.

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The Off Broadway Alliance to Present Panel Discussion WHAT THINGS COST: BUDGETING YOUR OFF BROADWAY SHOW – Broadway World

February 13th, 2020 by admin

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hold the next event in its Seminars series focused on the Off Broadway producing process on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

The seminar, titled "What Things Cost: Budgeting Your Off Broadway Show." Industry experts will discuss the ins and outs of budgeting for Off Broadway plays and musicals of all sizes; in theatres with 99 to 499 seats, from one to eight performances a week. They will also share their insight on where to spend and where to save, and how to stretch the dollars and get the biggest bang for your buck. The panelists will include Lisa Dozier King (Be More Chill, A Letter to Harvey Milk), William Franzblau (Say Goodnight Gracie, David Mamet's American Buffalo), and Evan Bernardin (Afterglow, We Are the Tigers). Robert Driemeyer (La Cage aux Folles, Tennessee Williams' The Two-Character Play) will moderate.

"What Things Cost: Budgeting Your Off Broadway Show." will be held on the 3rd floor of The Theater Center (210 West 50th Street). Check-in will begin at 10:30am for networking and complimentary coffee and bagels. The panel discussion will take place from 11am to 12:30pm with additional time allotted afterward for conversation with fellow attendees.

Admission for the seminar is $5 (to partially cover the costs of presenting the seminar), and pre-registration is a must. Attendees are encouraged to pre-submit questions for the panelists when they submit their reservations. Questions will be asked live at the seminar.

Lisa Dozier King - is the founder of LDK Productions, a New York City based theatrical general management and producing firm. Current/recent productions include: Be More Chill (Broadway, Off Broadway, London, Chicago), the American Premiere of Red Devil Battery Sign by Tennessee Williams, Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo at New World Stages, Hit Her with the Skates (Chicago), Sacrifice, A Sign of the Times, Kenney: Bobby's Last Crusade, A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur, A Letter to Harvey Milk, The Crusade of Connor Stephens, Vincent, Bedbugs the Musical, Breakfast with Mugabe, F#%king Up Everything, and more. She has been on staff at the New 42nd Street, Manhattan Theatre Club, Symphony Space, American Repertory Theatre and New York Stage & Film. Lisa was the BFA Theatre Management program director at the University of Miami from 2013-2018 and served as the general manager for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's annual Festival of New Musicals for over a decade. She is also the founding producing director of Miami New Drama, a new regional theatre that produces and manages the 400 seat historic Colony Theatre on Miami Beach, and has been a professor of practice at the University of Florida since January 2019. LDKProductions.com

William Franzblau - created and produced the TONY Nominated Best Play Say Goodnight Gracie, produced David Mamet's American Buffalo on Broadway, and the tour of Little House on the Prairie the Musical starring Melissa Gilbert. He also served as the Executive and Lead Producer for Broadway's Wonderland. He licensed and produced the off-Broadway shows, Sistas the Musical (shot and broadcast on BET) Jewtopia, Evil Dead the Musical, The Male Intellect: an Oxymoron, and Iluminate (America's Got Talent Finalist). He recently produced and co-created Rocktopia (6-week limited run on Broadway) a national pledge show for PBS. Mr. Franzblau served as Executive Producer of three tours of the Moscow Circus on Broadway and throughout North America and produced the touring productions of the Broadway hit Beatlemania.

Evan Bernardin - founded Evan Bernardin Productions seven years ago. Quickly his office grew to be a leader in Off Broadway production where they developed the shows like We Are the Tigers, and the long-running Afterglow. Internationally, Evan's team has managed a selection of productions including Million Dollar Quartet, Charlie Brown, and Counting Sheep. He has worked with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Madison Wells Media, and The New York Musical Festival; collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, Culture Project, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He has had the opportunity to speak about nontraditional development models at New York University (NYU), Marymount Manhattan College (MMC), and Theatre Resources Unlimited (TRU).

Robert Driemeyer (Moderator) - Robert's Broadway credits include the Tony Award-winning revival of La Cage aux Folles starring Kelsey Grammar and Douglas Hodge and Elling starring Brendan Fraser and Denis O'Hare. Off Broadway he produced Tennessee Williams' The Two-Character Play starring Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif, and Party Face starring Hayley Mills and directed by Amanda Bearse. Other Off Broadway credits include Shear Madness and Forbidden Broadway and Happy Birthday, Doug, He and producing partner Morgan Sills formed Driemeyer-Sills Productions which focuses on new works, classic revivals, and offers consulting and executive producing services, dsproducers.com.

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Bedbugs Information for the General Public – New York City

February 10th, 2020 by admin

The resources on this page can help anyone prevent bed bug infestations, and safely control them if they do occur.

Bed Bug EducationHPD offers an e-Learning class about bedbugs, which can be taken at any time on any computer with internet access. The interactive class discusses what bedbugs are, explores myths about bedbugs and provides some information about identifying and eradicating bedbugs.

Bed Bug DataBed bug data on the prevalence of bed bugs in New York City from the NYC Community Health Survey can be viewed on the Environmental Public Health and Sustainability Tracking Portal. This site also provides information on pesticides and other household pests.

New Bedding RegulationsThe Department of State Division of Licensing Services has issued new bedding regulations which include mattress sanitizing standards for used bedding. See Other Resources for more information about bed bug and housing laws.

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#TBT: Lena Hall Celebrates Opening Of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH – Broadway World

February 4th, 2020 by admin

Ladies and gentleman, whether you like it or not, Hedwig! We're celebrating the birthday of Tony Award winner Lena Hall by looking back at her opening night of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Broadway's Belasco Theatre! Check out the video below to see Lena alongside Neil Patrick Harris, composer and lyricist Stephen Trask, book writer John Cameron Mitchell, and more celebrating Hedwig's arrival on Broadway!

Lena Hall won a Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for her performance as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. She also later made history in the production's national tour, marking the first time that the same actor has played both Hedwig and Yitzhak in the same production. She appeared as Sloane in the New York Premiere of Jim Steinman's Bat Out of Hell and as Nicola in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots (original cast), starred in the award-winning The Toxic Avenger at New World Stages, Disney's Tarzan (original cast), Dracula (original cast), 42nd Street (Anytime Annie), Cats (Demeter), Bedbugs (NYMF) and Green Eyes (Fringe). Her film and TV roles include Young Miranda in the Sex and the City film, The Stepford Wives, The Graduates, "All My Children," and "Legally Blonde, the Search for the Next Elle Woods."

Hedwig and the Angry Inch has inspired a generation of young theatre writers and audiences. The show was called "the Best Rock Musical Ever" by Rolling Stone and "the most exciting rock score written for the theatre since, oh, ever," by Time Magazine.

Hedwig And The Angry Inch began Off Off Broadway at Westbeth and then ran over two years at The Jane Street Theatre beginning in February 1998. The musical won the Outer Critics Circle Award For Best Off-Broadway Musical and both John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask won Obies in 2001. It won a 1998 New York Magazine Award and Entertainment Weekly's "Soundtrack of the Year" Award. Time Magazine named HEDWIG the Top Musical of 1998.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch, with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, directed by Michael Mayer, received rave reviews and was the winner of four 2014 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. It was also awarded Best Musical Revival by the Drama Desk Awards, Drama League Awards, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. The 2014 Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch played 22 previews and 506 regular performances.

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Where there’s a will, there’s not a way new, useless subway cars – The Ticker

February 3rd, 2020 by admin

Straying from the conventional rolling stock of cars characteristic to the MTA and NYCs history, these new cars will feature an open gangway design that uses an accordion-like connector instead of doors between cars.

Such a design should accommodate the MTAs growing ridership by providing more open space for greater customer movement. Thus, each trains capacity should increase by about 10 percent, 2nd Ave. Sagas reports.

Hopefully, this is not accompanied by fewer trains and longer wait times not to mention the strange smells.

Commuters wont be able to escape the body odor, daily MTA commuter and Treasurer of Baruchs Pre-Law Society, Chiandredi Johnson warns about the R211s. After all, HVAC systems can only do so much to continually ensure adequate air quality, especially when some of NYCs homeless population resides in the cars.

The showtime performers, Mariachi bands, creepy individuals, possible pizza rats and kid selling Welchs snacks for his basketball team will become an even greater force to be reckoned with. Avoiding them will be almost impossible unless transferring to another train.

The R211s will also include doors with a width of 58 inches instead of 50 inches, allowing commuters to exit and enter rapidly.

If there is one thing New Yorkers love more than bagels, it is not standing clear of the closing doors.

How will passengers be deterred from crowding the doors if they currently fail to do so in moderately empty cars?

Whether a whopping eight more inches will truly make a difference remains questionable, though the MTA claims wider doors reduce train dwell times in a station during crowded scenarios by as much as 32 percent. Sure it does.

Other features include security cameras to monitor passenger safety, as well as digital ads, digital information displays and double poles to improve the commuter experience. How exciting that the MTA shows versatility by spicing up its car designs instead of its reasons for train delays such as signal malfunctions, train traffic, door problems or the latest one, bed bugs.

Yet much like Baruchs Wi-Fi, the cars true effectiveness still seems too good to be true. All minor nuances aside, the opportunity cost of switching to such a design must be arriving at destinations punctually and safely with little to no inconvenience in the long run.

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February 3rd, 2020 by admin

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Everything You Need to Prevent and Get Rid of Bedbugs, According to Experts – New York Magazine

January 29th, 2020 by admin

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The first step to getting rid of bedbugs is making sure you actually have bedbugs. I would say at least 50 percent of the samples sent to us turn out not to be bedbugs, says Gil Bloom, president of Standard Pest Management. But that doesnt mean those tiny, flat bugs arent out there, waiting to hop onto your jacket or your roommates backpack and infest your mattress. Its unfortunately a fact of life in the city, admits Bloom, an entomologist with more than 40 years of experience, including a stint as an appointed member of Mayor Bloombergs Bed Bug Advisory Board. And the ubiquity of bedbugs is exactly why its important to stay calm. Yes, its very rough, but by dealing with it with fact and not fear, people get over it and move on.

So no, youre not going to get sick from bedbugs, and you will probably be able to get rid of bedbugs without throwing out all of your belongings. But knowing what you need to get rid of bedbugs and how bedbug treatment works will probably help you feel a little bit calmer. To find out exactly what you need to know about treating and getting rid of bedbugs, we spoke with Bloom and Timothy Wong, the technical director of New York Citybased, eco-friendly pest management company MMPC. Below, they recommend the best ways to kill bedbugs and the products you can buy to help stop them from infesting your apartment in the first place or, at the very least, to catch them early enough so they dont become a bigger problem.

Henkel-Loctite Tite Foam Insulating Foam Sealant, White

With bedbugs, and any pests, you want to isolate your apartment from the other units as much as possible to prevent infestations from spreading through the building, explains Bloom. The best way to do that is by going along the edges of your apartment and filling in any gaps and cracks in the walls like, say, around where a radiator pipe might protrude from. Filling these sorts of gaps is especially important in bedbug-prone areas like bedrooms, according to Bloom, who says the best way to close them up is with some type of sealant. When it comes to sealants, he says to avoid regular caulk because it dries up and cracks, which doesnt keep anything out. Instead, Bloom suggests this polyurethane-based foam sealant, which comes with an easy-to-use applicator to reach tight spaces.

DAP Dynaflex Crystal Clear Sealant

Unlike silicone or foam, Wongs preferred sealant from Dap is completely clear, not shiny, and paintable, but still water-resistant. He adds that sealing cracks doesnt just prevent bedbugs from entering your apartment, but also eliminates places where they can hide and seek safe harbor.

CimeXa Insecticide Dust, 4 Ounces

For extra protection, another good product to apply to gaps and cracks is silica gel. Silica gel is a desiccant, meaning its a drying dust that also works as an insecticide, explains Bloom. Like sealants, he says to apply this in areas where bedbugs are likely to emerge from, such as crevices at the base of closets and along bedroom moldings. After applying this, if any bedbugs come through those areas, Bloom says the odds are good that theyll cross the silica gel, which will dry them out and kill them. Just note that if using both silica gel and sealant, the silica gel should be applied first, then coated with the sealant.

SafeRest Premium Box Spring Encasement, Queen Size

A common misconception is that bedbugs hide and breed in your mattress. Turns out, box springs are actually the No. 1 harborage site, according to Bloom, because their raw wood and padding provide the perfect conditions for the bugs to live and breed. According to our experts, investing in an exterminator-approved box spring encasement like this one from SafeRest which zips closed and is made from durable polyester coated in a water- and bedbug-proof layer will make it harder for them to multiply.

LINENSPA Zippered Encasement, Queen Size

Once you have your box spring covered (literally), adding another level of protection by covering your mattress is always a good bet. Keeping both the mattress and the box spring covered will help keep an infestation at bay. Plus, a cover also provides a clean, white surface, so if bedbugs do show up, theyre more easily detected and found, explains Bloom.

SureFire Sidekick Ultra-Compact Triple-Output Keychain Light

Since bedbugs tend to hide in dark areas, they can be tough to see, which is why Bloom suggests adding an adjustable LED flashlight to your arsenal. He loves the SureFire Sidekick because it has three settings, fits in your pocket, is USB-charging, and gives you as little or as much power as you need.

Catchmaster Insect Traps, 36 Boards

If theyve managed to breach your defenses, passive monitor traps are an inexpensive way to detect bedbugs early. Bloom promises that the boards do not attract bedbugs at all, but will often trap any that are already in your room, alerting you to the problem before it gets completely out of control. He likes these ones from Catchmaster because they contain less glue than similar traps on the market (high-glue content traps, while good at catching other insects, are actually somewhat repellant to bedbugs). Bloom says to place them in innocuous areas like the base of closets, behind the bed or night tables, and areas around radiators so they stay out of sight. You dont want to go into your bedroom and be surrounded by traps, he adds.

VonHaus 600W 2-in01 Corded Lightweight Upright Stick & Handheld Vacuum Cleaner with HEPA Filtration Includes Crevice Tool & Brush Accessories

According to Bloom, If you do have bedbugs and youre in a rental unit, the landlord is responsible for the service, so youd want to contact yours and about the issue immediately. The next most important thing to do is follow the pest-control contractors instructions and prep for their visit. Any infested areas should be thoroughly vacuumed before an exterminator arrives, Bloom says, because bedbugs could otherwise find shelter in lingering dust and debris. He recommends getting a vacuum with two features. The first is a HEPA filter, so that when you vacuum, youre not blowing allergens around the house. The second is a crack-and-crevice nozzle, so you can get to hard-to-reach places where bedbugs may be hiding. This inexpensive vacuum cleaner fulfills both requirements.

Medi-Pak Water Soluble Laundry Bags, Pack of 25

Once you have bed bugs, youll need to wash and dry any clothing or bedding that you dont want to part with. But you want to be sure to wash and dry clothes on a high heat setting, since heat is what will actually kill the bedbugs, not the water itself. Wong adds that, for removing clothing for laundry, we recommend people use water-soluble bags. This way, all of your infested things can be sealed off in the bag (which dissolves in the washing machine), minimizing the risk of contaminating your non-infected stuff or other peoples. As Wong notes, bags like this are especially important for people using public washer and dryers, whether at a laundromat or in an apartment building.

Rowenta X-Cel Powerful Handheld Garment and Fabric Steamer

Should any bedbugs or their eggs make it onto items you cant run through the washer and dryer, a garment steamer would be a great way to kill them, Wong says. Adult bedbugs and their eggs will die when they come in contact with something that is 120 degrees Fahrenheit and higher, he explains, and steam is only produced when water temperature reaches 212 Fahrenheit (making it an effective alternative to dry cleaning). If you choose to use a steamer, Bloom says to make sure you treat items over a tub, so if any bugs fall, theyre contained. While Wong says you can find a variety of inexpensive steamers that all work about the same, this Strategist-approved steamer comes recommended by contributor Shannon Adducci. Unlike wimpy versions that puff more than steam, she writes that the handheld X-Cel sports a wide stainless steel head that blasts powerful bursts of hot mist, which will likely kill bugs on contact.

The ZappBug Oven 2

On small items that cant be washed or dried, you can even use a hairdryer to kill bedbugs, Bloom says. But for larger belongings, like luggage or certain pieces of furniture, he recommends a heat tent, like the ZappBug Oven, which he calls very effective. The ZappBug Oven can also be used for books, files, or paperwork that obviously will not survive a trip through the washer (or a hit with a steamer). The tent will heat up to somewhere between between 120 Fahrenheit and 155 Fahrenheit, and has a digital thermometer to ensure it reaches the desired temperature. And it automatically turns off once the cycle has been completed. Since it is powered by electricity, he does advise that people make sure they have strong wiring in their apartments, so the heat tent doesnt keep tripping circuit breakers or fuses.

Solimo 91% Isopropyl Alcohol, Pack of 6

For yet another way to kill bed bugs and their eggs on contact, Wong suggests 91 percent isopropyl alcohol, which he says is cheaper than most insecticides. We recommend our clients use this when treating or cleaning items that might be contaminated with bedbugs, he told us, cautioning that you would not use this on clothing or bedding, but rather floors or other surfaces that have been contaminated. To ensure you are only applying it where it needs to go, Wong also recommends getting an easy-to-use spray bottle, which he says will also make cleaning a little less backbreaking.

Ziploc Big Bags, XXL Double Zipper Bag, 3 Pack

Once laundered, the best type of bags for storing clean clothing or personal items are these XXL Double Zipper Ziplock Storage Bags, according to Wong. While regular trash bags can be used, people often fail to seal them properly, he explains. In addition to their secure zip-closures, these are made with a heavy-duty plastic so theyre less likely to break. They also have convenient built-in handles.

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This City Has the Worst Bed Bug Infestation in America – Reader’s Digest

January 29th, 2020 by admin

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This is one superlative no one wants their city to win. Pest control company Orkin recently released its Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list, compiled with data of the places where Orkin performed the most treatments for bed bugs from December 2018 through November 2019. The reality is that bed bugs have shown up in cities and towns all across America, from mansions to cramped apartments. Theyve been increasing in number in the United States since the turn of the century due to increased travel and limitations on certain insecticides, but numbers have been especially high in these cities. Theres not too much you can do to stop them; early detection is critical because there is no foolproof way to keep them out of your home. Here are the warning signs youre about to have a bed bug problem.

Taking first place on the listand stealing the not-so-coveted top spot from Baltimore which held it for three years in a rowwas Washington, D.C. (Baltimore still placed second.) Clearly, bed bugs love the Chesapeake Bay area. These two cities were followed, in order, by Chicago; Los Angeles; and Columbus, Ohio, which all retained their spots from last year to round out the top (bottom?) five.

Cities six through ten were New York; Detroit; Cincinnati; Indianapolis; and Atlanta. Indianapolis, at spot nine in 2020, jumped a whoppingfive spotsfrom last year. Indianas capital, new to the top ten, moved Philadelphia out of the leading cities (though it only dropped to number 12). No matter where you are, beds arent the only places youll find these peststhis is how to find (and get rid of) bed bugs in your car.

So if you live in or are visiting any of these cities, its wise to be a little more vigilant about your susceptibility to bed bugs and maybe stock up on a bed bug killer like this. According to the CDC, bed bugs often come into contact with people by way of luggage, bags, clothes, bedding, furniture, or anywhere they can easily hide and hitch a ride. Always inspect hotel rooms or any place you might be stayingheres a guide to how to do so properly. Now, make sure you know these16 secrets for getting rid of bed bugs.

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