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CDC Study: One Death, 100+ Illnesses linked to Bed Bug Targeting Insecticides

Thinking about tackling that bed bug problem in your building by yourself? You might want to think again or at least get a second opinion before you pull the pin on that “bug bomb” in your hand. According to a recent report by the CDC and EPA, from 2003-2010 nearly 111 cases of illness and one fatality were attributed to insecticides used in targeting Bed Bugs (Cimex Lectularius). Here is a brief summary of the findings:

Bed bug populations and infestations are increasing in the United States and internationally (3,5). Bed bug infestations often are treated with insecticides, but insecticide resistance is a problem, and excessive use of insecticides or use of insecticides contrary to label directions can raise the potential for human toxicity. To assess the frequency of illness from insecticides used to control bed bugs, relevant cases from 2003–2010 were sought from the Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risks (SENSOR)-Pesticides program and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH). Cases were identified in seven states: California, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Texas, and Washington. A total of 111 illnesses associated with bed bug–related insecticide use were identified; although 90 (81%) were low severity, one fatality occurred. Pyrethroids, pyrethrins, or both were implicated in 99 (89%) of the cases, including the fatality. The most common factors contributing to illness were excessive insecticide application, failure to wash or change pesticide-treated bedding, and inadequate notification of pesticide application. Although few cases of illnesses associated with insecticides used to control bed bugs have been reported, recommendations to prevent this problem from escalating include educating the public about effective bed bug management.

Although the number of acute illnesses from insecticides used to control bed bugs does not suggest a large public health burden, increases in bed bug populations that are resistant to commonly available insecticides might result in increased misuse of pesticides. Public health recommendations to prevent illnesses associated with insecticides used to control bed bugs include media campaigns to educate the public about bed bug–related issues, including nonchemical methods to control bed bugs, methods to prevent bed bug infestation (e.g., avoiding the purchase of used mattresses and box springs), and prudent use of effective insecticides (3). Persons who have a bed bug infestation should be encouraged to seek the services of a certified applicator who uses an IPM approach to avoid pesticide misuse. Persons applying insecticides should follow product instructions for safe and appropriate use. Insecticide labels that are easy to read and understand also can help prevent illnesses associated with bed bug control.

Many of the reported cases were do-it-yourselfers who misused the chemicals or used the wrong product.  Most of the cases were in New York City, the apparent epicenter of the recent U.S. bed bug comeback. For more information on safely treating your bed bug problem, contact BBFS at 1-877-966-4824 (No-ITCH) or visit our EDUCATION section on the BBFS website!

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Bedbugs in Hotels: New Data behind the Growing Epidemic

SEATTLE, Sept. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Thousands of US travelers hoped that the bedbugs wouldn’t bite this summer but reports show that they did, at an outstanding rate. In the wake of the 2010 Bedbug Epidemic the number of bedbug reports for 2011 (January 1–September 1) shattered 2010 totals by more than 660%.

Since the beginning of the year reports of traveler encounters with bedbugs have trickled into Raveable.com, which compiles reports from users. Since 2010 the number of individual hotels with bedbugs has risen 250%, showing that bedbugs aren’t last year’s issue. Below are cities with the highest number of hotel bedbug reports in 2011 during the period January through September 1.

        Rank City Name        % Increase 2011/2010
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        1    Las Vegas        330%
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        2    New York City    135%
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        3    San Francisco    209%
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        4    Orlando          317%
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        5    Atlantic City    282%
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        6    Chicago          207%
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        7    Los Angeles      329%
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        8    Washington, D.C. 192%
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        9    Columbus         667%
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        10   Anaheim          340%
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“It is a groundbreaking year for bedbugs,” says Philip Vaughn, CEO of Kirkland hotel review website Raveable.com, who notes that some of the most popular summer destinations are the hardest hit by hotel bedbug infestations. Last September and October reeled in some of the highest numbers of bedbug reports. This fall is projected to be worse. As the bedbugs enjoy the late summer travel season, travelers can do nothing but arm themselves with information and hope that they will not become another statistic.

Travelers concerned about bed bugs can “look before they book” by checking out Raveable’s Bed Bugs in Hotels resource page, provides links to city-specific bedbug data and gives tips on how to stay safe during their stay.

About Raveable.com: Raveable is an award winning travel website, named Top Travel Website by Travel+Leisure. Raveable’s mission is to provide travelers with the most reliable, credible and up-to-date information to help them find a hotel that best suits their needs. Raveable analyzes and consolidates millions of traveler opinions and thousands of bedbug alerts, giving them the inside scoop on more than 160,000 hotels, resorts and bed & breakfasts worldwide. The company has been featured in MSNBC, the LA Times and other publications. To learn more go to: Raveable.com.

SOURCE Raveable.com

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Top 10 Bed Bug Infestation Spots

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Bed Bugs are no longer restricted to people's homes and apartments. Watching out for potential bed bug infestation points during your day can greatly reduce your risk of infestation.

Sure, we’ve all heard the nursery rhyme, and we’ve all seen the pictures of rooms cluttered with bed bugs, their nasty skins and droppings, and read the news stories about bed bug infestations, their resistance to pesticides and how they are increasing to pandemic levels throughout the United States. But you are still thinking that you only have to worry about Bed Bugs at home and at Hotels right? RIGHT? Wrong. Here is a Travel Channel list of the Top 10 Bed Bug Infestation Spots (where you are most likely to be exposed and/or bring these little vampire hitchhikers home).

  1. Public Libraries
  2. Retail Stores
  3. Movie Theaters
  4. Planes, Trains and Buses
  5. Daycares, Schools and Colleges
  6. Places of Worship
  7. Business Offices
  8. Laundry Facilities
  9. Hospitals and Nursing Homes
  10. Consignment, Thrift and Rental Stores

In other news, Vikane (Sulfuryl Flouride) Fumigation is 100% effective against all life stages of the pesky bed bug, including the hard to control egg stage. One single fumigation treatment to a structure, a container or a moving/rental truck and/or its belongings can eradicate the source population, prevent any pesticide resistant generations from continuing to unnaturally evolve, and make future preventative measures (such as a defined Integrated Pest Management program) more successful. DOW Vikane Fumigation is the only 100% effective eradication method for all stages of bug infestation that leaves no detectable residue.

Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists (BBFS) is the industry leading Vikane Fumigation Treatment Service specializing in bed bugs, termites, clothes moths, powder post beetles and other pest infestations. With over 40 years of collective fumigation experience, BBFS is the company with the record you can count on. Our professionals have safely completed more than 50,000 fumigations in our history, including over 2500 successful bed bug eradications in NYC alone. BBFS is also a recipient of DOW AgroSciences Commitment to Excellence (CTE) award for safely administering Vikane for thousands of customers.

“BedBuggedNYC” : 9/15/11

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BRICKUNDERGROUND TO HOLD MEETUP: “BedBuggedNYC”:  Thursday, September 15th, 6:30pm-8:30pm

–Event Co-Hosted by Neighborhood Social Networking Site Romio.com and Sponsored by Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists–

New York, August 22, 2011 –BrickUnderground, http://www.BrickUnderground.com, the online survival guide to finding a NYC apartment and living through the aftermath, has announced its second Meetup event, “BedBuggedNYC.”

The free, panel-style event and Q&A will take place from 6:30pm-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the West 23rd Street penthouse headquarters of co-host Romio.com, the neighborhood social networking site.

In-the-know BedbuggedNYC Meetup experts will dispense the practical lowdown on bed bugs, including what bed bugs really look like and where to find them; the best ways to get rid of them; who pays for removal; how to get your landlord or board to do the right thing; and how to deal with the emotional upheaval and social stigma of infestation.

Meetup sponsor Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists will be on hand to explain fumigation using Vikane gas, provide steps to bed bug-proof your next move, and introduce attendees to The Fume Cube, an innovative portable solution for bed bug treatments in a multi-unit urban environment such as New York City. While The Fume Cube has been available and in operation in NYC since 2008, BBFS will introduce a second-generation Fume Cube for the first time at the Meetup.

The BedbuggedNYC panel will be moderated by BrickUnderground’s founder and former New York Times real estate contributor Teri Karush Rogers, who has been reporting on the city’s bed bug epidemic since 2009. Panelists include:

  • Gil Bloom, president of Standard Pest Management: An entomologist and pest control operator as well as New York Magazine’s “Best Bedbug Warrior of 2011,” and a former member of Mayor Bloomberg’s Bed Bug Advisory Board, Gil has also provided training to a number of city agencies. Gil will kick off the BedbuggedNYC Meetup with an overview on the essentials of  bed bug biology, prevention, detection and banishment of bed bugs.
  • Steven Wagner, real estate lawyer, Wagner Davis PC: An attorney extremely familiar with the tactical and legal complexities of blame-placing and exterminating bed bugs in apartment buildings, Steve will explain how to get landlords or boards to  properly address a bed bug problem, as well as talk about who is responsible for the cost of extermination and whether a landlord can refuse to rent to you if you had bed bugs in your last home.
  • Theresa Braine, journalist, bed bug survivor, and BrickUnderground’s Bedbugged! columnist: Fresh from a seven-year stint working as a journalist in Mexico, Theresa returned to NYC in late 2008, took over her brother’s apartment, and found a jarring surprise: A bed bug infestation. Reflecting on her yearlong battle to get rid of the bugs, Theresa will discuss the emotional and social side effects of having bed bugs, the coping measures that worked for her and what she’d do today if faced with the same situation again.

“The object of this Meetup isn’t to stir up fears, gross people out, or engage in policy debates,” says BrickUnderground’s Rogers. “Our panelists will tell you exactly what you need to know to protect yourself, your family and your neighbors from bed bugs and minimize the financial, social and emotional consequences of an infestation.”

Spots at the Meetup are limited, so participants are strongly advised to register in advance on BrickUnderground’s Meetup page, www.meetup.com/BrickUnderground-NYC-Real-Estate-Meetup/.  Light refreshments will be provided by Romio.com.

About BrickUnderground

BrickUnderground.com is the online survival guide to buying, selling, renting and living in a NYC apartment. Content on BrickUnderground is updated three times daily and features smart, originally reported stories on topics that matter to NYC apartment dwellers, seekers and sellers. For more information, please visit http://www.brickunderground.com

About Romio

Romio’s mission is to efficiently connect people, businesses, organizations, and groups around their interests in the neighborhoods where they live, work and play. Leveraging connection technologies, the social network enables residents to effectively find, follow and support those in their neighborhood who have like-minded interests, offer products and services and work toward solutions to better their communities. Romio launched its first neighborhood social network in New York City in 2011 by CEO Tarik Sansal. www.romio.com

About Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists (BBFS)

Bed Bug Fumigation Specialists is the industry leading Fumigation Treatment Service specializing in bed bugs, termites, clothes moths, powder post beetles and other pest infestations. With over 40 years of collective fumigation experience, BBFS is the company with the record you can count on. Our professionals have safely completed more than 50,000 fumigations in our history, including over 2500 successful bed bug eradications in NYC alone. BBFS is also a recipient of DOW AgroSciences Commitment to Excellence (CTE) award for safely administering Vikane for thousands of customers. For more information, visit www.bedbugfumigators.com.

Oldest Pest Control Firm in New York Launches Its First Ad Campaign to Educate Consumers

New York’s largest and oldest pest control firm, Assured Environments, is launching its first official marketing campaign in 76 years. An internet campaign focusing on a variety of the company’s products and services will support the television initiative.

As New York’s largest and oldest pest control firm, Assured Environments has built its business on superior service and word of mouth advertising. Now the 76-year-old firm is launching its first official marketing campaign, replete with an engaging television commercial that began to air this week, July 25, on cable networks in New York and New Jersey. An internet campaign focusing on a variety of the company’s products and services will support the television initiative.

Assured Environments is proud of its ability to become New York’s leading pest management firm without aggressively marketing itself. The company could have easily continued to operate this way, but the need for consumer education has prompted the company to advertise. As its Director of Marketing, Evan Rosenblum explains: “The summer season is when bugs are the most abundant and in some cases are more than just a nuisance and can become a grievance to people. And unfortunately their gripes are extended when they hire exterminators that sell them a bill of goods and nothing else. Our campaigns are focused on one thing: education. The first line for defense against any pest is information and we want people to find experienced pest control experts to perform the job correctly, such as Assured Environments who have been providing such services in New York since 1934.”

The TV commercial is a depiction of bugs having a video-conference and ultimately discovering that Assured Environments, their only real threat in New York and Jersey, has infiltrated their ‘secure’ location and now they are really in trouble. “It provides us with a way of conveying our expertise and professionalism while also adding a little humor into the mix to perhaps alleviate the nerves of people who may be dealing with what could be a very stressful bed bug or other pest issue,” says Rosenblum.

There have been many cases where the experts at Assured Environments have been called upon to solve pest-related problems that less-experienced competitors have failed to resolve. This is a troubling situation because consumers are left paying the price for other companies’ lack of expertise, Rosenblum says. Assured Environments specializes in providing pest management services to help residential and commercial clients get rid of bed bugs, roaches, flies, spiders, ants/termites, mice, birds and bats. Over the years, it has demonstrated that it has the experience and expertise to adequately address clients’ pest problems, particularly bed bugs.

Bed bug infestation is a growing problem all across the United States, prompting Congress to introduce the Bed Bug Management, Prevention and Research Act of 2011 earlier this year. Recently, Assured Environments introduced two new solutions to help consumers combat their bed bug problems: the do-it-yourself Bed Bug Annihilator product and professional bed bug preparation service. The Bed Bud Annihilator—which is currently available for back order—is an affordable, portable heat treatment chamber that anyone can use to eradicate bed bugs. The chamber heats up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit in up to 30 minutes and kills bed bugs in as little as 60 seconds. The Bed Bud Annihilator, which can hold up to 25 items at one time, is safe to use on clothes, electronics, small appliances, equipment and even books. Assured Environments’ effective bed bug preparation service includes inspecting the client’s premises, removing and cleaning items to get rid of bed bugs, and storing the items off site while the structure is treated for bed bugs. The service, which is conducted by certified technicians, is designed to save customers a significant amount of time, money and hassle. Assured Environments’ Bed Bud Annihilator and bed bug prep service, along with its new advertising campaign, are making it easier for consumers to eliminate bed bugs from their environment.

Assured Environments is a full-service pest management company that has differentiated itself in the marketplace not only by its service, but also by its expertise. The company’s staff includes entomologists, certified technicians, and a bed bug canine detection team. It is also distinguished by its environmentally-friendly approach to pest control. Assured Environments offers Green Shield Certified services, which incorporates eco-conscious practices that are the least disruptive to human health and the environment. This allows the company to provide more effective pest control without the use of unnecessary pesticides. Consequently, Assured Environments is regularly hired to provide pest management for LEED-certified buildings.

To learn more about Assured Environments’ affordable and effective pest management solutions, visithttp://www.AssuredEnvironments.com or contact Evan Rosenblum at 646-783-5138.

About Assured Environments
Assured Environments is a family-owned business that has been serving individuals and businesses since 1934. The company offers a variety of services to help customers get rid of all types of insect, rodent and bird infestations. Assured Environments is a recognized leader in the pest control industry, presenting at prominent seminars in the United States and China; training top pest management companies in China and Japan; and providing consulting services for a German film crew. Based in Manhattan, Assured Environments provides services to clients throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Contact:
Evan Rosenblum
Director of Marketing
646-783-5138
pr(at)assuredenvironments(dot)com
http://www.AssuredEnvironments.com

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Gotham Schools: Bed bug invasion continues unabated for 2010/2011 season

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Bedbugs, the parasitic insects whose infestation levels have reached near epidemic proportions in New York City, were discovered in schools at an unprecedented rate this year, according to totals released by the city Department of Education.

There were 3,590 confirmed cases of bedbugs found in schools this year, a rate that more than tripled the 2009-2010 totals. The DOE did not release which schools were treated for bedbugs.

The city is battling back without the help of specialized exterminators. A troubled no-bid private contract with a bedbug pest control company was terminated in November, leaving just over a dozen employees in the DOE pest control unit to fight the growing case load.

The increase is significant, but not a complete surprise. The upsurge actually began during the 2009-2010 school year [2]. In February, I reported that through just five months of the 2010-2011 school year, there were already 1,700 confirmed cases [3], far surpassing the previous year’s total of 1,019.

A DOE spokeswoman said most of the confirmed cases weren’t large infestations, but isolated incidents where one or two bedbugs were found on a student who brought it to school from an infested home.

“Every time we find a single bedbug, we are required to report it,” said the spokeswoman, Marge Feinberg.

School buildings aren’t ideal for large infestations because bedbugs prefer to burrow in heavy fabrics – mattresses, box springs and couches –  and feed in the nighttime. But as infestations have turned up in other public spaces where people gather – theaters, retail clothing stores and office buildings – the school system has become another transfer point for their spread.

The big spike doesn’t necessarily reflect the actual rate at which bedbugs are coming into schools. It could also represent heightened awareness by teachers and staff about what to look for.

In response to the rise of bedbugs last year, the DOE issued new bedbug guides to instruct school staff on how to handle them when they are found on a student. In March, the DOE made it easier to report bedbugs [4].

But the Bloomberg administration, which has increasingly relied on contractors for pest control needs, has lagged on finding ways to effectively eradicate the problem.

The DOE currently pays three private extermination companies – Bluesway Pest Control, Verrazano Exterminating and USA Exterminating – to treat non-bedbug pests, such as cockroaches, termites and bees.

But no bedbug contract is in place right now, Feinberg said. The last contract, which was awarded for $99,999 (any city contract worth less than $100,000 does not require competitive bidding) to a company called Joe’s Pest Control, was terminated after exterminators used illegal pesticides in an infested school [5].

Feinberg said the DOE released a request for pest control services for bedbugs and hoped to have contracts soon.


Article printed from GothamSchools: http://gothamschools.org

URL to article: http://gothamschools.org/2011/07/19/bedbug-invasions-continue-unabated-in-2010-2011-school-year-than-ever-before/

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[1] Image: http://gothamschools.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Bed-Bug-Hi-Res_-NPMA.jpg

[2] began during the 2009-2010 school year: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/25/nyregion/25bedbugs.html

[3] there were already 1,700 confirmed cases: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Report-Highest-Rate-of-Bedbug-Cases-Ever.html

[4] made it easier to report bedbugs: http://gothamschools.org/2011/03/31/politician-claims-victory-in-citys-school-bedbug-policy-change/

[5] exterminators used illegal pesticides in an infested school: http://brooklyn.ny1.com/content/top_stories/128468/brooklyn-school-tormented-by-bed-bugs-seeks-to-replenish-lost-supplies

July is Here and So are the New York Bed Bugs…and Ticks Too?

July is Here and So are the New York Bed Bugs…and Ticks Too?.

 

As expected, Assured Environments, New York’s largest pest management company, has had an increase in bed bug service requests recently. But the recent outbreak of ticks in New York and surge in tick-related calls within the past two weeks has surpassed the levels of the past 25 years and have left many in the industry and the area concerned.

 

As many had expected, and some others predicted, bed bugs have returned to New York this summer. However, the issue that really has Assured Environments perplexed is the uncanny amount of tick-related calls that have been received this year.

Assured Environments – the largest, privately owned pest solutions-company in New York – has seen bed bug resurgence again this summer. “Bed bug calls lagged in the early part of this year but are now starting to cause problems again for many New Yorkers,” explains Barry Beck, COO of Assured Environments. In June and July alone, Assured has handled over 330 bed bug service calls. “This increase of calls is not unexpected as the reproductive cycle of bed bugs is faster in warmer months, leading to more infestations and cause for concern.”

However, the pest control industry veteran is astonished with the latest outbreak of an uncommon NYC household pest: ticks. “In my 30-plus years in this industry I have never seen anything like this. We just received 4 independent calls regarding ticks yesterday alone,” says Beck. Already this year, Assured Environments has provided service for 8-times as many tick-related calls than in previous years.

 

A step towards bed bug free moving trucks

Original Post (By Teri Rogers and Margot Slade): Read it HERE

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Moishe's Moving is one of the first New York Moving companes to announce a bed bug prevention plan

If you are moving, you may be understandably concerned about picking up bed bugs in transit.

Yet whether out of cost worries, denial or ignorance, New York City moving and storage companies have been slow to adopt procedures that cut down the risk of in-truck transmission.  So we were intrigued to hear that Moishe’s, the 30-year-old local moving company, recently announced a prevention program.

Among other things, the company has stopped wrapping furniture in blankets, which are an easy and obvious means of conveyance for bed bugs. Instead, furniture, mattresses and objects are wrapped in moving-quality, tear-resistant plastic bags sealed with heavy-duty tape.  That diminishes the risk of picking up bugs from the truck and also the chance that bugs will wander into the truck from infested furniture.   (No special precautions are taken with moving boxes, however.)

Moishe’s is also doing monthly canine inspections of each truck, and then fumigating trucks that come up positive.

So is this enough?

We asked entomologist and pest management expert Gil Bloom of Standard Pest Management in Queens. After calling up Moishe’s with a few questions of his own, he seemed reasonably satisfied.

“Unlike any other company that I know of, they apparently do have an organized, systemic way of addressing the issue,” said Bloom,  recently named #1 bed bug warrior by NY Magazine and deeply involved in the city’s efforts to battle bed bugs.

If you’re really concerned, Bloom notes, Moishe will perform a canine inspection of your truck the day before for an extra fee.

For ultimate peace of mind–and for anyone moving away from a bed bug issue–get the truck fumigated with all of your belongings inside.

“That way you pretty much know you are safe from transporting anything,” says Bloom.