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Bed Bug and Extermination Services in New York City …

July 30th, 2017 by admin

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Bedbugs make an unwelcome comeback in Southern California – Press-Enterprise

July 29th, 2017 by admin

Gary Shelton tossed clothes, a wooden bed frame, a directors chair and cardboard boxes stuffed with papers from his community-activist campaigns.

Other clothes the 68-year-old Long Beach man washed, dried and bagged.

Then he waited. And waited. And waited.

An exterminator sprayed his ninth-floor Plymouth West apartment three times for bedbugs December, January and February.

If there is any evidence of bedbugs, they treat again, he said.

Finally, in March, Shelton was given the all-clear.

Its like living out of an overnight case for three months, he said of the lengthy process.

Comeback bug

Experts say the reddish-brown bedbug, which is about the size and shape of an apple seed, has made an extraordinary comeback after a roller coaster of a century.

In the early decades of the 1900s, the bug was widespread across the U.S. But the advent of DDT during World War II changed that, killing off huge numbers in the 1940s and 50s.

We thought it was gone forever, said Dini Miller, professor of entomology at Virginia Tech. When you think about it now, that was kind of stupid.

After lying low for decades, the dreaded insect that was mentioned in medieval European literature has been enjoying a renaissance of sorts since 2000.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, theyre in apartments, houses, shelters, college dormitories, cruise ships, buses and trains. They typically live within an 8-foot crawl of where people sleep.

If you thought your car was a refuge from the blood-sucking pests, guess again. Miller said bedbugs are fond of automobiles for good reason.

The food comes and sits down on a regular basis, she said. And everybody gets something to eat.

But you dont know when your blood is being slurped through the bedbugs version of a straw an elongated beak for a meal. The Centers for Disease Control say the bug injects an anesthetic and anticoagulant that renders its bite painless.

Itchy bite marks can appear in a few days. They are similar to marks from a mosquito or flea bite a slightly swollen and red area, the Centers for Disease Control said.

They do not transmit any diseases, said Dong-Hwan Choe, an urban entomologist and assistant professor of entomology at UC Riverside.

The bugs feed mostly at nighttime, which creeps people out, Choe said.

And dont think you can fool them if you work a graveyard shift and sleep during the day.

Sleeping with the lights on is also not likely to deter hungry bed bugs, University of Kentucky entomologist Michael Potter wrote in a 2015 article, Your Guide to Bed Bugs.

A feeding takes three to 10 minutes, according to Potter. Then the bug crawls back into its hiding place to digest the meal. Its flat body enables it to hide in tiny crevices in mattresses, box springs and bed frames.

Unlike other insects, bed bugs cant fly. But they can crawl more than 100 feet in a night.

The nations big bad bedbug blow-up can be traced to a number of factors, experts say: DDT is long gone; the EPA banned it in 1972.

Even so, the bugs were building up resistance to DDT, Miller said. And they are building up a defense against insecticides being used today.

Some have developed thick, protective skins. Others produce enzymes that break down toxic ingredients and render insecticides harmless.

We like to call those the hard drinking bugs, she said.

Still other bedbugs have mutated.

They meet, fall in love and make other genetically immune babies, Miller said.

Inland Empire bedbugs in decline

Bedbug outbreaks reported to the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health have actually gone down in recent years, according to spokeswoman Lana Cao.

In 2015, the department received 188 calls regarding bedbugs. In 2016, that had dropped to 163. And as of July 17, the department had heard only 71 complaints.

Cao suspects educational programs offered by the departments mosquito and vector control program are part of why reported outbreaks are declining in San Bernardino County.

The education is super helpful, she said. They let you know what they look like and what to look for.

Still, thats of little comfort to those covered in itchy bites delivered by surprise bedroom guests.

Once you get an infestation, its pretty bad because they spread like wildfire, Cao said. They dont really transmit any diseases. God forbid if it does.

Riverside Countys Department of Environmental Health does not track calls related to bedbugs, but provides educational information and directs callers to pest control companies instead. But calls for service in Riverside County have been going up for Green Dog Pest Service, according to owner Deanna Sparks Kjorlien.

Its gone up, for our inspection business, 50 percent over the past year, Kjorlien said. Were getting twice as many calls for Riverside County.

Her company, which was founded in Hemet, but moved to Solano Beach earlier this year, uses bug-sniffing dogs to detect bedbugs.

She attributes the rise to changes in bedbugs and changes in Inland Empire residents:

The bugs are building up a resistance (to insecticide), and theres a lot more travel, Kjorlien said. Any time you have travelers and anyone who has their luggage with other luggage, going from hotel to hotel, the nature of bed bugs is that theyre hitchhikers.

And even when Inland Empire residents are staying home, more are living closer to other people.

Were not all single-family residences in the Inland Empire any more, Kjorlien said. Theres lots of apartments and shared-wall houses.

And thats especially true at senior living communities, such as the Plymouth West community in Long Beach.

They go from apartment to apartment to see their friends. Or they go to the shared dining hall, Kjorlien said of residents. If one person gets infested, its spread. If you dont get all the apartments treated, everyone gets them.

L.A. region a hot spot

As for the region overall, Los Angeles is the nations sixth-worst metro area for bedbugs, according to Atlanta-based Orkin. In the pest control firms 2017 ranking, L.A. followed Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York and Columbus, Ohio.

For the Orkin survey, the L.A. area was defined as Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

Miller noted Terminix puts out an annual ranking, too. In its most recent report, Detroit was No. 1 on the list. L.A. was No. 4.

You have to take all of this with a grain of salt, Miller said. But, its one of the few indicators that we have.

Theres no denying that Sheltons home is in one of the hardest-hit properties.

Davis said 84 of Plymouth Wests 196 units have been treated in the past 12 months.

Some units have been treated multiple times.

A friend was over and noticed a live bug in the middle of the bed spread, Shelton said.

He was stunned. I wasnt getting bites that I was aware of, he said. But he promptly called the apartment manager.

After seeing one, he started seeing a lot more bugs.

Once you see them, youll see them in your mind, Shelton said. Youll see them everywhere.

Staff writer Beau Yarbrough contributed to this story.

Size:1mm to 7mm, roughly the size of Lincolns head on a penny

Color:Reddish brown, similar in coloration to apple seed

Food:Human blood

Home:Within 8 feet of sleeping quarters. Known to live in apartments, houses, hotels, shelters, cruise ships, buses, trains and dormitories

Travel:Cant fly or jump, but can crawl fast up to 100 feet per day

Bite:Similar to mosquito, flea bites; does not carry disease

Evidence of presence: Bedbugs in folds of mattresses and sheets, rusty-colored blood spots; a sweet, musty odor

Treatment:insecticide, heat; significant preparation required of home occupants in advance; professional treatment recommended

No-nos:Do not spray bed sheets, blankets or clothes; do not apply bleach or alcohol. Applications of rubbing alcohol have sparked fires.

Sources:U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Your Guide to Bed Bugs, by Michael Potter; news reports

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A squirrel with a taste for human blood is running wild in Prospect Park – Time Out New York (blog)

July 24th, 2017 by admin

New Yorkers have a lot of things to worry about: rent hikes, treacherous subway commutes and the constant paranoia of a bed bug infestation, to name a few. After a series of strange attackslast week,locals have another thing to fear: squirrels.

The adorable rodents roam freely through the city's parks and green spaces, living in a respectful symbiosis with human passersby. But last week, one rogue squirrel in Prospect Park broke the long-held truce between its kind and the people of New York when it went on a rampage, wounding five unsuspecting park goers in the process.

Between July 18 and July 20, five people were attacked and bitten by a "potentially rabid squirrel" close tothe Parkside and Ocean Avenue entrance to the park, according to a statement from the Health Department. The incidents ledofficials to hang up a set of flyers near the affected access point, urging anyone that may have been bitten by a squirrel in the area to immediately seek treatment for rabies.

While reports of squirrel bites are nothing new for the Health Department (there are roughly70 reported bites from our bushy-tailed brethren in the city each year), the aggressive nature of the Prospect Park squirrel is unusual. The department notes that New York State has not found a rabid squirrel since it began surveilling for rabies in 1992, but, given how nuts (get it?) the rodent in question is behaving, it's acting under the assumption that the creature is rabid.

The attack of the squirrel ought to be a reminder for everyone in the city to keep their distance from wild animals. Health commissioner Dr. Mary Basset said in a statement that most squirrel bites occur when someone tries to feed an animal. So, like, don't do that.

The merciless squirrel is still at large, but if it is in fact infected with rabies, it's probably already dead, the Health Department says. If it isn't infected with rabies, then that means that a squirrel is out there, roaming Brooklyn's most beautiful area with a thirst for human blood.

Clayton is a digital editor forTime Out New York. He has an overwhelming love for south-facing windows and bicycles. Follow him on Twitter @ClaytonGuse.

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Nashville criminal judge to retire – Nashville Post (subscription)

July 21st, 2017 by admin

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Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Randall Wyatt Jr. (pictured) will retire in September after more than four decades on the bench, The Tennessean reports.

Wyatt was a general sessions judge, assistant district attorney, FBI agent and police officer before being first elected to his current position in 1982.

Gov. Bill Haslam will appoint a successor to serve the remainder of Wyatts term, which was set to expire in 2022, according to the newspaper. Wyatt is a Father Ryan High School graduate and U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

"I will greatly miss being in our court and being with the people there, the judge said in a release. I do believe the time is right for me to spend more time with my wife, children and grandchildren."

Lawsuit alleges bed bugs at Renaissance

A lawsuit removed to Nashville federal court this week alleges that the Renaissance Nashville Hotel failed to properly treat the downtown hotel for bed bugs, resulting in medical problems for a New York guest.

The plaintiff, represented by the local office of Morgan & Morgan, claims a multi-night stay at the hotel last summer resulted in a number of bed bug bites requiring medical attention. Hotel management moved the guest to a different room after she informed them of the issue, but the plaintiff claims the hotel should have properly treated the facility beforehand.

The plaintiff seeks damages for pain and suffering and punitive damages.

A Renaissance spokesperson declined to comment.

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LH reporter wins first-place for story – Gloversville Leader-Herald

July 20th, 2017 by admin

Jason Subik displays the 2016 Distinguished Beat Reporting Award of Excellence from the New York News Publishers Association Wednesday at the State Room banquet hall in Albany. (Photo by Spencer Tulis for the Leader-Herald)

ALBANY The New York News Publishers Association on Wednesday awarded Leader-Herald reporter Jason Subik first place in the Distinguished Beat Reporting category, as part of its 2016 Awards for Excellence competition.

The annual contest recognizes journalistic excellence among the associations member newspapers.

Newspapers competed against one another in five circulation classes: under 10,000; 10,000-24,999; 25,000-49,999; 50,000-75,000 and over 75,000.

Subik won his award for his three-part Bedbugs: A community problem series. He won for newspapers in the under 10,000 circulation class.

The series ran Oct. 30 through Nov. 1 and examined the proliferation of bedbugs in Gloversville.

According to a NYNPA release, winning entries in the category Distinguished Beat Reporting must demonstrate sustained and knowledgeable coverage of a particular subject or activity of local interest.

Subik received his award at the at the Continuing Excellence Banquet and Reception Wednesday night at The State Room in Albany.

We had known about the bed bug problem for awhile, Subik said. People kept sending us information about the really horrific situation some of them were trapped in as residents of the Gloversville Housing Authority, being forced to go through multiple treatments of their apartments, having to repeatedly launder all of their belongings, throw out furniture and also the pain and irritation of being bit by the bugs themselves. [The editor] decided the paper needed to devote some resources to telling the story of these people and to explaining the big picture of why bedbugs have returned and spread through rental units in Gloversville, so they gave me the time to do the best job we could possibly do and ultimately this award was the result.

Contest judges selected winners from 436 entries submitted by 23 New York state daily newspapers. Judges were: Heather Henline, publisher of The Telegraph in Nashua, N.H.; Deb Hoffman, former awards coordinator for The Wall Street Journal; Carolyn Levin, journalism program director at Long Island University; Stuart Shinske, former executive editor for the Poughkeepsie Journal; and Jim Ware, public safety editor for StarNews Media in Wilmington, N.C.

Award winners were named in these 23 categories: distinguished breaking news coverage, distinguished live sports coverage, distinguished investigative reporting, distinguished business reporting, distinguished beat reporting, distinguished editorial writing, distinguished feature writing, distinguished sports writing, distinguished column writing, distinguished sports column writing, distinguished headline writing, distinguished community service, distinguished state government coverage, distinguished page design/presentation, distinguished news photography, distinguished feature photography, distinguished sports photography, distinguished online photo gallery, distinguished online blog, distinguished multi-media presentation, distinguished news supplement, distinguished sports supplement, distinguished feature supplement.

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Bed bugs make an unwelcome comeback: ‘An epidemic’ in Long … – Long Beach Press Telegram

July 16th, 2017 by admin

Gary Shelton tossed clothes, a wooden bed frame, a directors chair and cardboard boxes stuffed with papers from his community-activist campaigns.

Other clothes the 68-year-old Long Beach man washed, dried and bagged.

Then he waited. And waited. And waited.

An exterminator sprayed his ninth-floor Plymouth West apartment three times for bed bugs: December, January and February.

If there is any evidence of bed bugs they treat again, he said.

Finally, in March, Shelton was given the all clear.

Its like living out of an overnight case for three months, he said of the lengthy process.

Shelton still is pulling clothes out of bags stored on his balcony that he hasnt worn for a while.

Im finding that Im forgetting I had so many socks, he said.

Turns out bed bugs, those not-so-cuddly insects our parents mentioned when they tucked us in at night and that we didnt give a second thought to are very real these days.

And, yes, they bite.

Indeed, experts say the reddish-brown bed bug that is about the size of a grain of rice has made an extraordinary comeback after a roller coaster of a century.

In the early decades of the 1900s, the bug was widespread across the U.S. But the advent of DDT during World War II changed that, killing off huge numbers in the 1940s and 50s.

We thought it was gone forever, said Dini Miller, professor of entomology at Virginia Tech University. When you think about it now, that was kind of stupid.

After lying low for decades, the dreaded insect that was mentioned in medieval European literature is enjoying a renaissance of sorts. Since 2000, its numbers have multiplied.

Its just exploded, Miller said.

Today theyre everywhere.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, theyre in apartments, houses, shelters, college dormitories, cruise ships, buses and trains. They typically live within an 8-foot crawl of where people sleep.

And if you thought your car was a refuge from the blood-sucking pests, guess again. Miller said bed bugs are fond of automobiles for good reason.

The food comes and sits down on a regular basis, she said. And everybody gets something to eat.

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The crazy thing is, you dont know when your blood is being slurped through the bed bugs version of a straw an elongated beak for a meal. The CDC says the bug injects an anesthetic and anticoagulant that renders its bite painless.

Itchy, bite marks do appear in a few days. They are similar to marks from a mosquito or flea bite, a slightly swollen and red area, the CDC said.

Scratching sometimes causes infection. But many people have no reaction at all.

In any event, bed bugs arent considered dangerous.

They do not transmit any diseases, said Dong-Hwan Choe, an urban entomologist and assistant professor of entomology at UC Riverside.

Choe is working to develop a device that can detect bed bugs for hotel chains and other businesses.

It has to be simple. It has to be cheap, Choe said. It has to be small so that it can be placed without being noticed by the people staying in the hotel.

Disease bearing or not, the thought of being dined on is enough to make ones skin crawl.

Choe said the bugs feed mostly at nighttime, which creeps people out.

And dont think you can fool them if you work a graveyard shift and sleep during the day.

In a 2015 article titled, Your Guide to Bed Bugs, University of Kentucky entomologist Michael Potter said the pest will adjust its schedule to yours.

Sleeping with the lights on is also not likely to deter hungry bed bugs, Potter wrote.

Potter said a feeding takes three to 10 minutes. Then the bug crawls back into its hiding place to digest the meal. Its flat body enables it to hide in tiny crevices in mattresses, box springs and bed frames.

When it comes to the creep-out factor, there is at least one thing in our favor: unlike other insects, bed bugs cant fly, Choe said.

But theyre speedy. The CDC says the bugs can crawl more than 100 feet in a night.

The nations big bad bed bug blow-up can be traced to a number of factors, experts say.

For one, DDT is long gone. The EPA banned it in 1972.

Even so, the bugs were building up resistance to DDT, Miller said. And, gradually, they are building up a defense against insecticides being used today.

She said some have developed thick, protective skins.

Others produce enzymes that break down toxic ingredients and render insecticides harmless.

We like to call those the hard drinking bugs, she said.

Still other bed bugs have mutated.

They meet, fall in love and make other genetically immune babies, Miller said.

Perhaps we have ourselves to blame, too.

With the bugs out of sight and out of mind for decades, we have been slow to rally against them.

Plus, we travel a lot these days to faraway places, experts say. And the bugs are good at hitchhiking a ride home on our luggage.

However they got here, the guy who manages the 11-story tower where Shelton lives said the Plymouth West infestation began around 2010. LOMCO President Kent Davis said bed bugs appear to be a bigger problem in Long Beach than in other places.

LOMCO owns and manages a dozen properties with a combined 2,000 apartments in Los Angeles and Orange counties. In most of the firms senior communities, Davis said, problems are minimal.

In Long Beach, its an epidemic, he said.

Whether Long Beach is worse than other cities is unclear.

Katie Martel, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said that during the year ending June 30 the county received 1,494 bed-bug complaints.

However, she said, her department doesnt track Long Beach because the city has its own health agency.

Kevin Lee, a Long Beach Development Services spokesman, said the city doesnt break out bed-bug complaints from insect calls.

Choe, the expert from UC Riverside, said he doubts Long Beach is worse than everyone else. But he said densely populated cities such as Long Beach are more prone to infestations than sparsely populated ones.

They tend to have more frequent problems with bed bugs because they have more units and more people living close together, Choe said.

Richard Mitsuda, an Orkin branch manager in Long Beach, termed the pest control operators area calls steady.

While we havent seen a spike in the number of requests for bed bug treatment, we have been responding to reports of bed bugs in senior care facilities, Mitsuda said.

As for the region overall, Los Angeles is the nations sixth worst metro area for bed bugs, according to Atlanta-based Orkin. In the firms 2017 ranking, L.A. followed Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York and Columbus, Ohio.

For the Orkin survey, the L.A. area was defined as Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

Miller noted Terminix puts out an annual ranking, too. In its most recent report, Detroit was No. 1 on the list. L.A. was No. 4.

You have to take all of this with a grain of salt, Miller said. But, its one of the few indicators that we have.

Theres no denying, however, that Sheltons home is in one of the hardest-hit properties.

Davis said 84 of Plymouth Wests 196 units have been treated in the past 12 months.

Some units, like Sheltons, have been treated repeatedly.

That may seem over the top. But its in line with the industry experience.

According to a national survey, two to three treatments is typical when insecticide is sprayed.

Survey results were detailed in Bed Bugs Across America, a 2015 report by University of Kentucky entomology professors Potter and Kenneth Haynes, and Jim Fredericks, vice president of technical services for the National Pest Management Association.

More expensive heat treatments are more likely to knock out an infestation in one visit, the report stated.

Because heat treatment can take most of the day, said Glen Ramsey, Orkin technical services manager, conventional treatment is more common.

Heat treatment takes longer than conventional treatment, as the affected areas need to be warmed up to 125 degrees, held for one hour and then cooled back down, Ramsey said.

The report said treatment costs averaged $1,225 for single-family homes and $3,128 for multifamily buildings in 2015, though some apartment managers spent as much as $50,000.

That places Plymouth West at the high end of the range. Davis said LOMCO spent $400,000 for treatments there from 2013 to 2016.

Before an exterminator ever steps foot in the door, extensive preparations are made.

Residents strip beds of sheets and blankets, empty dressers and closets, and wash and bag clothes.

The key is to put them through the dryer for an hour at high temperature, Shelton said.

Shelton then had to leave his apartment for several hours. He returned the same day. Other renters spent a night in a motel.

Underscoring the difficulty involved in eradicating bed bugs, Sheltons unit was sprayed three times. Even then exterminators didnt get everything.

They said they couldnt get the bed bugs out of the bed frame, Shelton said.

So he threw it out and bought a new one.

Life is getting back to normal now. Its been anything but since that fateful day in late November.

A friend was over and noticed a live bug in the middle of the bed spread, Shelton said.

He was stunned. I wasnt getting bites that I was aware of, he said. But he promptly called the apartment manager.

After seeing one, he started seeing a lot more bugs.

Once you see them, youll see them in your mind, Shelton said. Youll see them everywhere.

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Size: 1mm to 7mm, roughly the size of Lincolns head on a penny

Color: Reddish brown, similar in coloration to apple seed

Food: Human blood

Home: Within 8 feet of sleeping quarters. Known to live in apartments, houses, hotels, shelters, cruise ships, buses, trains, dormitories

Travel: Cant fly or jump, but can crawl fast up to 100 feet per day

Bite: Similar to mosquito, flea bites; does not carry disease

Evidence of presence: Bed bugs in folds of mattresses and sheets, rusty-colored blood spots; a sweet, musty odor

Treatment: insecticide, heat; significant preparation required of home occupants in advance; professional treatment recommended

No-nos: Do not spray bed sheets, blankets or clothes; do not apply bleach or alcohol. Applications of rubbing alcohol have sparked fires.

Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Your Guide to Bed Bugs, by Michael Potter; news reports

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A Woman, Her Bedroom, and 35000 Hidden Bees – Atlas Obscura

July 15th, 2017 by admin

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There are a lot of pests in New York City to worry about, like roaches (which I had once, before I bought this roach gel, which killed them in such a way that when you woke up and went into the kitchen you would see them crawling ever so slowly to their deaths, which was immensely satisfying) and mice (which I also had once, though I think it was just one, which I killed with a mousetrap and it was pretty gross) and bedbugs (which Ive never had and dont even want to think about and dont have a story for.)

But you dont usually count honeybees among possible infestations. Cherisse Mulzac certainly didnt. She had seen a few dead bees around her Brooklyn home over the last year, but that didnt prepare her for what was developing above her bedroom ceiling.

As she started to notice more and more bees in the house this spring, she called Mickey Hegedus, a beekeeper, who tore open her ceiling on Wednesday. Inside he found a massive hivearound 35,000 strong, according to FOX5.

Its a beekeepers dream, really, to find a hive so healthy and functional inside the walls that I can then cut out and take home, Hegedus told FOX5.

The beekeeper sucked them out with a low-pressure vacuum and took them to a hive in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Mulzac wasnt left empty-handed though, as Hegedus gave her the hives honey, about 70 pounds of it. Its literally 100 percent all natural, probably better than the stuff you can get in the store, Mulzacs son Stuart told The New York Post.

Should you worry about bees if you live in New York? Probably not, though it has been an excellent spring for them. But if you see a few dead bees lying around the house, dont wait too long to pick up the phone.

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The building management used me as bedbug ‘bait’: suit – New York Post

July 8th, 2017 by admin

A Bronx woman is bugging out, claiming her buildings exterminators told her to stay in her apartment as bedbug bait after her apartment was sprayed for the pests, according to a Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.

Dana Alonzo filed a suit against her building and its management company Thursday on behalf of herself and her infant son, alleging that the building told her that they should not vacate the apartment after the eradication attempt because [Alonzos] presence in the apartment was necessary to bait the bedbugs into the apartment, the court papers state.

Alonzos spouse stayed as bait but it was to no avail. She claims the bedbugs remained in the apartment after the treatment using chemical spray.

She initially discovered the pests by examining her infant son, who had red marks as a result of the infestations, according to the court papers. Alonzo alleges her son now has permanent scars.

The court filing argues that using chemical spray on bedbugs is not effective.

[Alonzo] suffered substantial financial cost, including but not limited [to] medical bills, laundry and cleaning bills, moving bills and the cost of replacing furniture that was infected with bedbugs and could not be brought to the new apartment without transferring the infestation, papers state.

Alonzo is suing for unspecific damages. She and her attorney declined to comment.

We stand by our long track record of resolving resident inquiries made by our residents quickly and professionally, and the issue that is the subject of this baseless lawsuit is no exception, a spokesperson for the buildings owner said.

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MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) -- Best friends Blake Walker and Tristen Gibson had a weird first meeting - he robbed her. Walker spent three years in prison for robbing Gibson of $198 as she clerked at a Port St. John, Florida, gas station in 2013, according to Florida Today . He used a broken toy gun, saying now that he needed the money because he was a homeless drug addict. "Are you joking?" she remembers asking him as he pointed the toy pistol at her. Walker knew he looked "like an idiot," but told her, "No, this isn't a joke, dear. I need your money." She handed it over. He was arrested two weeks later. After his release last year, he moved to his family's farm in Mississippi to start over. Days later, Gibson contacted Walker on Facebook to chew him out. Anxiety from the robbery had caused her to resume drinking, an addiction she had struggled with for years. "I said, 'Do you remember me? Because I remember you every day,'" Gibson told the newspaper. Walker apologized, telling her he was a changed man. Angry, Gibson blocked him. But after a few days, she says she had a hunch Walker was a good person who made a bad choice. She contacted him again to make amends. The first conversations were all on Facebook. They conversed for hours, learning that both faced addictions but were trying to get better. They became a team to bolster each other's sobriety. They have talked daily since. They still communicate mostly through Facebook messages, with the occasional phone call. Walker brags that Gibson has been sober for almost 620 days. "I let her know every day how proud I am of her," he said. Gibson boasts that Walker has become an amazing person. "I think we were meant to cross paths," she said. "Our higher power works in mysterious ways." The two can now laugh about Walker's botched robbery. "It's funny now," Gibson said. "It wasn't then."

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AUBURN, Maine (AP) -- A professional runner from Kenya says he had to outrun two charging bears while training in the woods in Maine. Moninda Marube went for a run early Wednesday out on a nature trail near his home in Auburn. The Lewiston Sun Journal reports he ran into two black bears just after passing a vacant house near Auburn Lake. Marube says he froze and engaged in a stare-down with the bears. He says he thought his only option was to run away. He says he ran back toward the vacant house and got inside its screened porch with the bears about 10 yards (9 meters) behind him. He says the bears just looked at him through the screening and then wandered off. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

NEW YORK (AP) -- Workers at a construction site dug up what first appeared to be an unexploded World War II-era bomb but turned out to be a time capsule from a nightclub that helped launch Madonna's career. Police found the device Wednesday in the Flatiron section of Manhattan and determined quickly that it was not dangerous. It turns out the capsule was buried in 1985 by clubgoers and bartenders from the club Danceteria. Former owner John Argento told the Daily News of New York he bought it for $200 at an Army Navy store on Canal Street. "It was just an excuse to do a party," Argento said. "We forgot about it and went on to the next party." Madonna danced through Danceteria in the movie "Desperately Seeking Susan," and she performed there in real life, as did Billy Idol, Duran Duran and many other '80s icons. The club closed in 1986. "The city was exciting then - it was innovation, music, art, fashion because kids could still afford to come to New York City and get an apartment for $100 and the drinks were $2," Argento told TV station WCBS. Argento, who now runs two clubs in New Jersey, said he can hardly remember what was inside the Danceteria capsule. "I was hoping the contents survived and I want to get them back because a lot of people ask about it," Argento said. The police said Argento may be able to pick up the contents of the capsule once they've been thoroughly searched.

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MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) -- The owners of a pizza shop in Pakistan say business is booming now that they've introduced a robot waitress. Osama Jafri, the engineer who designed the 25-kilogram (55-pound) robot, says it can greet customers and carry pizzas to their tables. The robot resembles a short, slender woman wearing a long dress and apron. He says he wrapped a scarf around the robot's neck so as not to offend conservative patrons. He says sales at Pizza.com, in the town of Multan, have doubled since the robot was unveiled in February. Jafri's father Aziz, who owns the restaurant, says he has three more robot waitresses and plans to open a new branch. He says, "I used to sell pizzas, but now restaurant owners want to buy robots from me."

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -- Utility officials say a snake caused a power outage that left more than 4,000 customers without electricity in northwestern South Carolina. Duke Energy spokesman Ryan Mosier told media outlets a snake that crawled into a substation disrupted service and left Greenville County residents in the dark about 5 a.m. Wednesday. It took about 90 minutes to completely restore service. Mosier says the utility constantly works to improve its barriers to prevent snakes, squirrels and birds from crawling into the electrical equipment at substations and causing outages. But he says it's not uncommon, especially this time of year. Mosier said small animals remain a big reason for power outages.

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Authorities say a man who threw a cup of bedbugs onto a counter at the municipal office building in Augusta, Maine, has been charged with two misdemeanors. The city manager said the building had to be sprayed for bedbugs. About 100 of them scattered on June 2, and the facility had to be closed for the day. The Kennebec Journal reports 74-year-old Charles Manning was charged with assault and obstruction of government administration. He's scheduled to appear in court Aug. 7. Authorities say he had complained to the code enforcement office about bedbugs at his former apartment and left. He returned and let the bugs loose after he was told he didn't qualify for assistance for a new apartment. It wasn't immediately known if Manning had a lawyer, and a phone number couldn't be found for him.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- The bedbugs are back at a South Carolina fire station one month after an outbreak at four stations. The Charleston Fire Department said in a news release Wednesday that bedbugs have been found at one of the stations that had problems earlier this year. Firefighters are being moved to another station about 3 miles (5 kilometers) away. Charleston spokesman Jack O'Toole said the bugs were found on a covered mattress in the station's dorm. A pest-sniffing dog determined the infiltration was limited to one area of one room. Interim Fire Chief John Tippett says the department has a set of pest control procedures after the earlier outbreak. The last infestation lasted a month. Officials eventually used large propane tanks to heat the stations to rid them of bugs.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Police say customers and vendors at a supermarket subdued a Pittsburgh man who tried to steal $150 worth of steaks. Online court records show 37-year-old Robert Twigg's record of shoplifting and drug arrests go back 11 years. His latest arrest happened Wednesday at a Giant Eagle in the city's Squirrel Hill neighborhood. Witnesses tell police Twigg was putting the meat into a backpack when a vendor grabbed the bag, the store's manager called 911 and customers chased Twigg and held him down until police arrived. Court records don't list an attorney for Twigg, who was unable to post $2,000 bail and remained jailed Thursday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 19.

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CLINTON, Maine (AP) - This Santa made the naughty list. Maine State Police say they arrested the driver of a stolen vehicle who identified himself as Santa Claus following a nearly 50-mile (80-kilometer) chase Tuesday. Police said the chase started in Clinton after they tried to pull the driver over for a traffic violation. The chase reached 112 miles (180 kilometers) an hour before spike strips were deployed in Newburgh, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) away. Christos Kassaras, of Goffstown, New Hampshire, drove on busted tires another 15 miles (24 kilometers) before troopers caught and arrested him. It wasn't immediately known if the 54-year-old had a lawyer. A woman who identified herself as his mother said she hadn't spoken to him and had no comment. Kassaras was jailed on stolen vehicle and criminal speed charges.

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ATLANTA (AP) - A disruptive passenger was removed from an Atlanta-to-Chicago flight after yelling at a flight attendant while letting her dog run through the cabin. Passenger Michael Nash posted video of the altercation that took place before takeoff Wednesday on the American Airlines flight. Nash said the woman had reclined her seat while the plane was taxiing to the runway and yelled profanities after being asked to stop. The video shows passengers yelling at the woman to sit down as she follows a flight attendant to the back of the plane with her dog by her side. The plane returned to the gate, and another video shows a man escorting her off the flight. An Atlanta airport representative tells Chicago's WBBM-TV that the woman wasn't arrested and was rebooked on another flight. American Airlines says the plane arrived in Chicago four hours late.

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