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Is your city on this list of the most beg bug-infested? | WSB-TV – WSB Atlanta

August 18th, 2017 by admin

by: Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated: Aug 17, 2017 - 11:26 AM

A report released earlier this yearmorning names Baltimore as the city with the most bed bugs in the country.

The Maryland city moved up nine spots from its 2016 ranking.

Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York City and Columbus, Ohio, rounded out the top five.

Atlanta (No. 16);Charlotte, North Carolina (No. 19); Boston (No. 28); Dayton, Ohio (No. 32); Seattle (No. 34); Orlando (No. 44); and Miami (No. 46) made the top 50.

Read more: How to avoid bed bugs at a hotel

The cities were ranked based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bedbug treatments from December1, 2015, to November30, 2016.

We have more people affected by bed bugs in the United States now than ever before, Orkin entomologist and director of technical services Ron Harrison said. They were virtually unheard of in the U.S. 10 years ago.

Orkin calls bed bugs hitchhikers thattravel from place to place.

Orkin officials think bedbugs have become prevalent because theyve built up a resistance to chemicals.

They also said you might not know you have bed bugs because many people dont have a physical reaction to the insects bites.

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A problem bugging Malaysians – The Star Online

August 13th, 2017 by admin

IT is a five-star hotel. A few years ago, they received unwanted guests.

It was also the worst case of bed bugs he had ever encountered as a pest control operator.

Pest Control Association of Malaysia president Tajudin Abd Kadir recounts how his company had to treat a room in the hotel three times before all the bugs were eradicated.

The infestation level in the room was very high.

There was a big colony of bed bugs and they were even in the carpet. We had to conduct two types of treatments to eliminate the bugs, he recalls of the hotel, located in the east coast.

His company, he says, has seen a five to 10% increase in cases.

Tajudin says the association, which represents over 200 pest control operators, has also been encountering stronger bugs.

Its definitely more difficult to get rid of them now. They dont die immediately.

Our last resort is to fumigate a space for 24 hours but not all industry players can do this as they require a licence from the authorities, he explains.

Cases affecting hotel rooms can be quite severe because if one room is affected, all adjoining rooms will also have to be closed and treated, says Rentokil Initial technical director Juliana Soo.

One of the most unique cases dealt by the company involved a client whose legs were severely bitten by bed bugs at his home in Kuala Lumpur.

He couldnt sense it because he was paralysed from waist down, she says.

Upon checking, we found that his mattress and wheelchair were both infested but we couldnt throw them away. (The man could not afford to buy new ones.)

They later found out that the source of the infestation was from a neighbour who frequently visited the man. The company checked the neighbours house and found bed bugs there.

The fact that a five-star hotel can be infested with bed bugs shows that cleanliness has little to do with the problem.

The bug just needs to be brought in by a host, says Dr Abdul Hafiz Ab Majid, a senior lecturer from Universiti Sains Malaysias School of Biological Sciences.

The urban and molecular entomologist also believes the bugs started becoming more resilient about 10 years ago, noting that genetic changes take a long time to develop.

But while they have become tougher, Dr Abdul Hafizs studies found that these insects have an odd trait they are fussy about their food, namely human blood.

They prefer to feed on human blood at specifically 37C. In my lab, the bugs are fed with artificial feeding devices using blood which has to be maintained at that temperature.

If it is 36 or 38, they wont go for it, he says.

But the main challenge to rid these pests is the lack of knowledge among Malaysians about them.

Many Malaysians mistake bed bugs for small cockroaches and beetles.

Their eggs white, tiny specks, also resemble dandruff, Dr Abdul Hafiz says.

We will need a combination of methods to control such pests if chemical treatment alone is not enough, he says, suggesting alternative methods like heat treatment, which involves increasing the temperature in a space to kill the bugs and its eggs.

Concurring about the low awareness among Malaysians, Tajudin laments that some Malaysians dont even know what bed bugs look like.

Malaysia should consider having regulations to certify places that are bed bug-free buildings, he says.

Tajudin also suggests that awareness programmes on bed bug infestations be held, similar to those for dengue fever and leptospirosis to increase public awareness and prevent infestations.

Major bed bug infestations were reported in several countries, including a courtroom in Kentucky, United States which had to be shut down last month. Just days after that, the Houses of Parliament in the United Kingdom were reported to be crawling with bed bugs and a pest control team was sent there to take urgent action.

In 2010, the Google office in New York was also found to be infested with the bugs.

Closer to home, a Singapore permanent resident, who took a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore late last year, recounted on Facebook about her ordeal of being bitten by bed bugs.

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Bed bugs make unwelcome return to Southern California – The San Gabriel Valley Tribune

August 13th, 2017 by admin

Each night a couple years ago, Louis Salgado fell asleep knowing he would wake up a few hours later itching all over his body.

The West Covina apartment he and his late wife shared for two decades was infested with bed bugs for the better part of 2015.

I couldnt sleep, Salgado, 64, said recently as he recalled the most uncomfortable experience of his life. It got to the point that Id be up in the middle of the night with a flashlight and Id be seeing them crawl all over the carpet and Id try to kill them, try to stomp on them tried whatever I had available.

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.

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.

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.

During the fiscal year ending June 30, Los Angeles County received nearly 1,500 bed-bug complaints about 19.5 percent fewer than the previous year according to data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which does not track Long Beach, Pasadena or Vernon because those cities have their own health departments.

Sixty-two of those complaints originated from communities within the San Gabriel Valley, the data showed.

Between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, the Pasadena Environmental Health Division received 25 bed-bug complaints, according to city data. It received 26 complaints during the same period the previous year.

Not including Pasadena, residents in El Monte filed the most bed-bug complaints 15 with the county during the year ending June 30, according to the county data.

Choe, the expert from UC Riverside, said densely populated cities such as El Monte 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.

Some apartment units are treated repeatedly.

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

Salgado, who moved to La Puente earlier this year, said his West Covina apartment was only treated once and once was enough.

They spray your mattress, we had to throw couches away, everything was infested, he said. It was a big ordeal.

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, Long Beach resident Gary Shelton said.

Shelton 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.



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

Color: Reddish brown, similar in coloration to an 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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Months-long Toronto rent strike ends in win for tenants – VICE News

August 13th, 2017 by admin

More than 300 tenants and their landlord have reached a deal in a months-long Toronto rent strike that cuts to the heart of global gentrification pressures.

Declaring victory, the tenants finalized a deal Friday with landlord MetCap Living that will see the company substantially reduce the rent increase it sought, Cole Webber, a community legal worker, told VICE News. The deal also includes a commitment by the landlord to complete required maintenance, and the creation of a new fund administered by MetCap and its investor Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) that will allow tenants on income assistance to apply to reduce their rent further.

The details of the deal, including exact numbers, remain confidential. But the strike speaks to a growing backlash on the part of tenants, who are feeling the crush of rising housing costs, and see rising rents as a move to push them out entirely. This year, protests against high rent and gentrification have also swept Montreal and Vancouver, where tenants have called rent increases of as much as 43 percent unfair.

In Toronto, MetCaps proposal for an above-guideline rent increase prompted 200 residents in seven buildings to stage a rent strike May 1, joined by another 100 renters in five other buildings on June 1.

In some buildings, MetCap sought a 3 percent rent hike each year for three years, on top of the 1.5 percent maximum rent hike set out in provincial guidelines for 2017. Those provincial guidelines are supposed to offer a cap on rent increases, but building owners can apply to raise rents higher if they claim the buildings need maintenance which is what MetCap did.

The provincial cap is tied to inflation, which currently sits at about 1.5 percent, and is slated to go up to 1.8 percent next year.

We have to accept change to a certain point. But we decided to fight back.

The hikes meant that some tenants couldve seen their rent go up from $1,000 to $1,150 for a bachelor, Webber said.

Never been involved in a protest before in my life, Barb Livesay, a tenant who went on strike in one of the buildings, told VICE News. The woman who lives on disability payments would have seen her rent go up by about $30, stretching her already tight budget. We have to accept change to a certain point. But we decided to fight back.

The strike was marked by protests at MetCaps Toronto headquarters in March, and solidarity pickets by students and teachers at schools in the Parkdale neighbourhood, where the buildings are located. Tensions with the landlord hit a boiling point in late May when MetCaps president nearly hit a protester with his truck.

MetCaps CEO and president Brent Merrill told VICE News that accusations MetCap wanted to increase the rent to evict tenants were absolutely false.

However we have heard in our talks that certain residents are concerned about their ability to pay the increases, he said. We are developing a plan to make those increases more manageable and to help those residents in need manage current and future increases.

We are developing a plan to make those increases more manageable.

Rent strikes have a long history worldwide from the no-rent movement in New York City in the 1840s and the Irish Land war in the 1880s to a wave of rent strikes responding to the urban housing crisis in the US in the 60s and 70s to current rent strikes like those staged across the UK by more than 1,000 university students last fall.

A variety of factors are pushing housing prices up in Canada: Continued migration from rural areas into cities, foreign investors parking their cash in the (relatively) stable Canadian market, the advent of short-term rental websites like Airbnb, the craze of house-flipping, and the availability of cheap credit have all contributed to the rising housing and rental prices.

After a decade of single-digit growth, housing prices in Toronto in 2016 jumped more than 17 percent over the year prior, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board. Vancouvers housing board reported that housing prices jumped over 40 percent from January 2015 to the same time a year later. Those sorts of price increases have put heavy pressure on the rental market.

Neighbourhoods like Torontos Parkdale, which has been a pocket of low rent housing for decades, is now facing gentrification and increasing rents.

Livesay, a tenant in a MetCap building at 135 Tyndall Avenue, across the street from VICEs bustling Liberty Village office, hailed Thursdays agreement as a win.

Im very happy, she told VICE News. Weve been able to get a fair negotiation with the amount of the increase and get maintenance issues addressed.

Livesay resides in a cozy bachelor on the sixth floor of a MetCap apartment block one of many similar buildings erected in Parkdale in the 50s and 60s, and home to low-income families, new immigrants and people living on disability payments. Livesay herself relies on a monthly disability cheque of about $1,300, which stretches just enough to cover her $776 rent, plus phone, cable and hydro, and $25 to $50 a week for groceries. In the past, she has relied on a food bank to get by. Her budget also has to account for her 12-year-old Terrier mix, Mork.

So Im not left with anything, and of course Mork is an aging dog so its costing me more for special food and vet bills.

MetCaps proposed rent increase would have bumped up her rent by $30, an increase she says isnt fair given issues with roaches, mice and even bedbugs in the building. She pulls up her sleeve to show white scars on her arm from the bedbug outbreak in her previous apartment on the first floor of the same building. She added that earlier this year her apartment flooded from a leak on the seventh floor, and it took the landlord six months to fix her bulging floor tiles.

Merrill said he was unable to respond to the allegations unless VICE News provided an apartment number and tenant name so he could do a proper investigation. He said the company had a very strong maintenance program and customer help line.

There is no way if a resident filled out a work order or contacted our personnel or help line that any required work would not be done.

Livesay moved to the building three and a half years ago when Mississauga became too expensive. In the short years shes lived here, Parkdale has changed. Liberty Village is creeping closer, and we have our first Starbucks, she said. Developers are proposing new condo buildings at King and Dufferin, around the corner from her house.

This is the only place I can afford now that rents are going so high, she said. I know Im best to stay here. And it has to be a pet friendly building for as long as my guys going to hang around with me, she adds. As if on cue, Mork shakes himself and his collar jangles.

Were just really excited its over.

Livesay believes Parkdales rent strike could gain momentum in other cities. She has advice for other tenants facing rent increases.

Start with having lobby meetings, getting the tenants together to discuss their concerns, she said. Thats the main part be organized with the support of your neighbours.

The rent strike brought her closer with her neighbours, many of whom she didnt know before. Now she chats with them regularly, and one of them even put her down as an emergency contact.

Its been a huge community effort, she concluded. Were just really excited its over.

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As Hoteliers Look to Combat Bed Bug Rise Delta Five Offers Researched Solution – Markets Insider

August 11th, 2017 by admin

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --Delta Five offers an innovative and effective solution to combat bed bugs. The company is the inventor of the Automated Insect Monitoring System, which has a proven 98 percent success rate at detecting bed bugs and other insects while preventing pest encounters. The devices are already in locations across the United States and around the globe. Delta Five's bed bug monitoring system couldn't have come at a better time. Cities across the country from New York to Southern California and everywhere in between are seeing an increase in bed bug infestations, and the pesticides known to treat them aren't always working effectively.

In the 1940s and 50s, DDT was used to kill off the widespread bed bug problem, and many thought they were gone forever. But after a few decades of being dormant, bed bug infestations have had a resurgence. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes bed bugs are found in hotels, apartments, houses, college dormitories, and modes of transportation like buses and trains. DDT was banned by the EPA in 1972, but even so, bed bugs had started forming a resistance to it as they are today with other insecticides.

This is echoed in a research study Delta Five has been conducting on their Automated Insect Monitoring System. The company has been monitoring and tracking 762 installations across five branded hotels chains, two casinos, and one beachfront property. What Delta Five found was that even after these locations received the typical pesticide treatment for bugs, the monitoring system caught bugs in 3-4 percent of places, and nearly 1.5 percent of the time it was bed bugs that were caught. Even more impressive was within the first four months when the bed bug lure was new, the monitoring system caught bugs that were not seen or caught first by hotel staff, guests and others. Some locations even went as far as to use the devices with the original lure for 120 days, well-past the lure expiration, and it was still catching bugs.

The lure is simply bed bug pheromones used to draw in the bed bugs but it also draws in other similar insects like silverfish, roaches, fruit flies, and carpet beetles, among other insects. Some locations have found that placing more devices in a room that has caught a bug is a better prevention measure than spraying the pesticides, which can be harmful to people and the environment.

"Using the Delta Five Automated Insect Monitoring System, hoteliers are catching more bed bugs and other insects and doing a better job at prevention while saving money on costly inspections, room down time, and pesticide treatments," says Dr. Jason Janet, CEO of Delta Five. "The Automated Insect Monitoring System is the first and only 24/7, safe, Wi-Fi-enabled bed bug solution. It's discreet and compact and provides unprecedented early detection. Most important, the system is organic and chemical-free, protecting the health of people and the environment."

The system is also compact and easy to use. It attaches easily to out-of-sight surfaces and provides remote 24/7 monitoring with real-time notification. It utilizes an all-natural, odorless lure to attract bed bugs and other insects, which are noticed by the device's internal cameras that, in turn, activate the traps. The WiFi enabled system immediately notifies users via email or SMS. Users can simultaneously track thousands of sites, view images of captured pests and see alerts on the Delta Five dashboard. Because the system traps the insects, disposal is also easy.

The system provides a cost-savings to those that use it, and maybe just as important, it saves their reputation. Hotel guests are likely to change hotels in the event of finding what they believe to be a bed bug and potentially complain on social media. Once a hotel has a reputation of having issues with bed bugs, they can lose potential guests. Hotels that are innovating with the Delta Five system are staying ahead of the curve with early detection and prevention while limiting their guests exposure to pesticides.

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How to Recognize Bed Bugs: 12 Steps – wikiHow

August 9th, 2017 by admin

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Bedbugs are tiny insects that feed on the blood of humans and animals. Bed bugs dont just live in beds, but in luggage, furniture, shoes, and even public transportation.[1] Bedbugs are not dangerous and dont transmit disease, though some people have allergic reactions to them or get secondary infections from scratching bites. You may even have an emotional reaction to the gross factor of bed bugs, which is completely normal. You can recognize bedbugs by identifying the insects and checking for other signs of them.













What can I do if I keep finding bed bugs on the bed, and other places, after an exterminator found nothing?

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Get a second opinion. If you keep finding them, then it is apparent that you have them. Get another professional exterminator to treat your home before your home is infested with them.

I have only seen one bed bug crawling on my mattress. How do I check to see if there are more?

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If you've seen one, then the probability that you have more than one is high. You need to examine your bedding, mattress, and bed frame very carefully. Look for tiny, brownish-red stains on your sheets and mattress creases. Spray your bed and frame with rubbing alcohol and buy a mattress protector specifically for bedbugs.

Can they spread to other beds in the house? And do they look like mosquito bites?

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Yes, they can spread to other beds in the house. They do look very similar to mosquito bites, though some bites are large and others are tiny.

I have found a tiny bug in my towels. It is impossible to identify legs or head; it is just a moving thing. There are large numbers of them. What can I do?

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Take pictures and call an exterminator.

I found a bug that was flat with many legs. Was this a bed bug?

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Possibly. Bed bugs are flat, brow and circular-shaped with a "ridged" or layered exoskeleton.

What is the normal lifespan of a bedbug?

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The average life span of the bed bug is 6-12 months and they will feed every 10 days or so during this time.

I've only noticed seen blood marks on textiles. Could this be a sign of a bedbug infestation.

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Yes, it may be. You may not necessarily see bugs if you have a bed bug problem.

I heard bed bugs die within 3 months if they don't feed on blood. Is that true?

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Firstly it depends on the age of the bed bug and the temperature of your room, so the hotter it is, the longer it can survive. They can survive 4-5 months without blood depending on the bed bug's age.

I noticed a bug about an 1/8" long, tan, and shedding oval skin. There are many of them on the wood at the foot of the bed - does this sound like bed bugs?

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Yes, the characteristics you describe sound like you may have a bedbug problem.

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The difference between fearing, hating bugs – Maryville Daily Forum

August 9th, 2017 by admin

Let me be clear. I am not afraid of bugs. My freshman bug collection earned an A and Ive caught tarantulas for fun. My issue with creepy animals begins when they leave their sphere and enter mine.

Before moving into my first apartment, Id only spoken with my roommate over the internet. She told me her English was limited, so when she warned me of the little animals all around the floor, I had no idea what to expect. When I got there in early August, I opened the door to find swarms of crickets. The bodies of dead ones my roommate had killed and swept to the corner stunk.

Within a day, I noticed a few open areas that could use some weather proofing and insulation to keep the unwelcome guests outside. The problem was solved.

If Id been able to solve the bug issues in my second apartment so easily, I might not be so skittish about finding other little animals in my living spaces now. My spouse and I hadnt been there long before the Germans invaded the German cockroaches, that is. It didnt matter how much we bombed, which products we used, how many exterminators came, or how clean we were, they infested everything. We even moved across the hall, thinking the conditions would improve.

My skin still crawls when I think of how long we put up with that substandard living situation. After a while, I found myself crushing roaches that crawled up from between the keys in my computer keyboard with my bare fingers while I wrote my masters thesis. The management spent much of its time gaslighting, convincing us that they didnt have any problems in their apartments and that we were obviously not cleaning enough. There was nothing wrong with the building. When we told them our neighbors who shared our wall were struggling with substance abuse had more but wouldnt allow anyone into their place, they told us they couldnt do anything.

Workers from the health department came and our neighbors were eventually evicted. I passed while the inspector was there with her mouth agape, staring at the dark corners of the walls throbbing with roaches. Thats what it took for someone to believe us.

Ive never been happier to move. In the next place, I found one roach, and it was less than 24 hours after we moved. It was a stowaway in the frame of wall art. I killed it, and that was the last thing I found for almost three years.

A few years later, while I comforted my sick infant, I noticed something so small traveling across the bed. Id seen pictures of bed bugs in the news and knew right away. I caught it, put it in a mason jar, and put it outside until I could take it to the management to prove that we needed pest control services. We were lucky that the property managers took the problem seriously, and that we never found evidence of more. The exterminator told us we might have taken it home with us from the doctors office and were lucky to catch it early.

That didnt change how I worried, or how my mind instantly flashed back to the guilt I felt of being branded unclean at the previous place even when I knew it was untrue. I had flashbacks of the morning after my senior prom, when my dad woke me up to tell me I had head lice. My sister had found it while she was doing my hair and theyd let me go anyway, because it was the first year I was excited about going to a school dance. I had a boyfriend, a pretty dress, and a mess of curly red hair full of bloodsucking parasites. I didnt get over that for months. I checked myself every chance I got. Several other members of the family had it, too, and no one knows exactly how it all started. But I felt like it was my fault, like I was being punished by God with a plague.

When I moved to an apartment in New York, I was scared Id be putting myself back in the danger zone. For months, things went well. Then came the water bugs. People call them that to make themselves feel better, but when I look at comparisons on pest control websites, theyre just another species of cockroach. I could be wrong, but I dont want them in my apartment, or landing on my arm while Im sleeping. My landlord thinks Im neurotic because everyone gets them for a season Ive asked other neighbors whose houses Ive seen are clean and its true they only come when its rainy, they dont breed inside, and they go away when its cold outside. I insisted we seal all the areas underneath the radiators leading outside anyway.

Bugs are part of life, but I dont have to like them or put up with them in my home. Im a pretty peaceful person, but when I find any little animals in my home, they dont stand a chance.

Jennifer Ditlevson Haglund is a former news reporter for the Maryville Daily Forum, now living and writing in New York City.

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Peter Thiel’s fund just invested in this NYC rental insurance startup – The Real Deal Magazine

August 8th, 2017 by admin

Peter Thiels fund just invested in this NYC rental insurance startup

Jetty raises $11.5M in Series A round

From left: Mike Rudoy, Peter Thiel and Luke Cohler

UPDATED, Aug. 8, 9:32 a.m.: New York-based rental insurance startup Jetty raised $11.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Peter Thiels Valar Ventures, the company announced Tuesday.

The firms seed-round investors Ribbit Capital, SV Angel, Box Group and RedSwan also participated in the latest round.

Valar partner Andrew McCormack said in a statement that the firm has a chance to improve an industry notorious for commodity products and one of the worst customer experiences a person can have.

Jetty, which officially launched in April with $4 million in seed money, sells what it claims is rental insurance tailored to todays city dwellers: think protection against bed bugs and theft or property damage by Airbnb guests. It also offers to act as a guarantor on an apartment lease in return for 5 to 10 percent of the annual rent and takes care of the security deposit in exchange for an 18 percent fee. The German reinsurance giant Munich Re underwrites Jettys policies.

Jettys founders are Michael Rudoy and Luke Cohler, who previously co-founded the design agency Breadhouse.

When it comes to Jettys guarantor and security deposit offerings, landlords have to decide to accept those products, Rudoy said, adding that the firm has held talks with numerous landlords and property managers. He claimed the two products are currently available at 50,000 apartments countrywide, including at the Blackstone Group and Ivanhoe Cambridges Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village.

Although based in the Big Apple, not all of Jettys products are yet on offer here or California (New Yorkers can buy its guarantor and deposit products, but no rental insurance). It first launched in Pennsylvania, Illinois and Georgia and says its entire suite of products is currently available in 13 states.

MetaProp NYC, a real estate tech investor and accelerator run by Millennium Partners Zach Aarons and Cushman & Wakefield veteran Aaron Block, previously invested in Jettys seed round. Aarons told The Real Deal that he sees Jetty as part of a trend towards fluidity in the rental market, in which customers may commit for shorter terms and move more often, but place greater emphasis on brands.

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No, Flesh-Eating Sea Bugs Aren’t Going to Devour Your Legs – Lifehacker

August 7th, 2017 by admin

An Australian teen was recently hospitalized after a mysterious swarm of creatures seemed to bite his legs and cause serious bleeding. While the incident has produced some shock and awe, theres no reason to get too worked up about it.

This is part of Lifehackers new Never Fear series. The world is a scary place, but we tend to misplace our fear in things that dont really deserve our precious time and energy. Lets fight those fears together with a little knowledge.

Bed bugs are some of the most horrifying pests out there. They suck your blood, spread from place

As soon as the incident occurred, the media and internet users were quick to blame sea lice, a small crustacean that lives as an external parasite on fish and other marine animals.

They feed on mucus, epidermal tissue, and are literal bloodsuckers, but they rarely attempt to feed on people. Video of the creatures in question was soon put online by the victims father, showing the tiny monsters devouring chunks of raw meat. Its pretty gross:

Frightening indeed, but the Museums Victoria, located in Carlton, Victoria, Australia, quickly identified the creatures as lysianassid amphipods or sea fleas, a type of scavenging crustaceannot sea lice. According to marine biologist Genefor Walker-Smith, who examined a sample collected by the teens father, sea fleas have bitten people before, but this type of attack is unusual:

It was just unlucky. Its possible he disturbed a feeding group but they are generally not out there waiting to attack like piranhas.

Alistair Poore, a University of New South Wales associate professor, told The New York Times that there may have been greater numbers of them in the area than normalperhaps caused by a large number of dead fish in the area. And Poore goes on to say that these animals are no different than the leeches and mosquitoes youd find on land. Theyre not fun, but they arent exactly life-threatening either.

So why was does this case of sea flea bites seem so extreme? Walker-Smith suggests a few possibilities. First, the teen may have unknowingly stepped on or near a fish carcass where a swarm of fleas was already in feeding frenzy mode. Second, the water was very cold so the teen probably couldnt feel the bites as they occurred. Lastly, the amphipods may have employed an anti-coagulant similar to the way leeches feed, causing a great deal of blood to flow.

The teen told the press that he was just trying to soak his sore legs for a half-hour or so in Dendy Streets Beach in Brighton after a football match. Walker-Smith says its possible the teen had injuries or small cuts on his legs that drew the scavenging fleas to him initially, and the more they bit the more they caused him to bleed, drawing more in on the feast. Marine biologist Michael Keough, from the University of Melbourne, explained the process to The Age:

Theyre scavengers wholl clean up dead fish and feed on living tissue... if hes been standing around for a long time, its the chance for more of them to come in and start biting. Just be attracted to a little bit of blood. And if hes standing in the water and hes cold and may not notice a whole lot of little bites.

In truth, youre more likely to encounter swimmers itch, also known as cercarial dermatitis, which is a harmless skin rash caused by microscopic water parasites and their larvae. The larvae burrow into your skin, causing an allergic reaction, then die because youre not a suitable host. It sounds a lot scarier than it is. And most of the bites, or sea bathers eruptions, you think you get from sea lice or sea fleas are probably actually caused by jellyfish larvae.

Its hard to complain about a day at the beach, but sand can be a big pain. It sticks to your body

Sea fleas are in every ocean all over the planet and number in the hundreds of millions, so you cant really avoid them entirely if you want to go swimming at the beach. That said, there are a few things you can do to greatly reduce your chance of being bitten:

Remember, these little guys are mostly harmless, and most of the experts weighing in on the event say theres no reason to avoid going in the water. For most people, sea fleas are nothing but an annoyance. Think of them as sea mosquitoes, not teeny-tiny piranhas. Theyre not venomous, rarely this voracious, and this incident was simply a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Also, theyre a vital part of the marine environment. Walker-Smith explains that ...if we didnt have them we would have a sea filled with dead and decaying fish. Yuckthat sounds much worse to me.

Sharks dont really like the taste of people, but their poor vision and the splashing of beachgoers

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Couple Accused of Putting Flea-Infested Kids in Back of U-Haul – NBC New York

August 5th, 2017 by admin

Two city workers thought something was amiss when they saw five children getting into the back of a U-Haul truck at a gas station in Ohio. They stopped the driver from leaving and called 911.

Elyria police and firefighters arrived Wednesday afternoon and found the children, ranging in age from 2 to 15, soaked with sweat, infested with lice and covered with flea and bedbug bites.

A woman who described herself as the children's godmother was in the back of the U-Haul being driven by a 55-year-old man. Her fiance was a passenger in the truck's cab.

The woman, 25-year-old Jamie Adkins, explained to officers that she had been caring for the four younger children the last two weeks and that they had left Cleveland early that morning to travel to a flea market in Amherst, a city in Lorain County near Elyria. Adkins said she had called the children's mother, who hadn't seen them for two weeks, and had told her where they were going and how they'd be getting there.

Adkins told police the mother said she hoped the kids "would have fun."

The 2-year-old, a boy, was taken to an Elyria medical center and then flown to a children's hospital in Cleveland to be treated for heat exhaustion.

Elyria is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of downtown Cleveland.

Adkins and the U-Haul driver, 55-year-old Brian Dekam, both Cleveland residents, were taken into custody and charged with multiple counts of child endangering. They were eventually released for medical reasons, police said. Court records don't indicate whether they have attorneys.

The four older children, ages 3, 4, 6 and 15, have been placed in foster care in Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland. The 2-year-old also will be placed in county custody after leaving the hospital.

Elyria police Capt. Chris Constantino on Friday called the two city workers heroes for having "intervened in the right way." He said the 2-year-old was bright red, nonresponsive and in "serious medical duress" on a day when temperatures rose above 80 degrees.

"If they hadn't taken action, it could have been tragic," Constantino said.

Published at 2:10 PM EDT on Aug 4, 2017

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