Category Archives: Bed Bug Infestations
Bed Bug Infested Cities
Exterminators have been working hard to treat bed bugs this year, especially in large travel states like Ohio, Illinois and New York. The highest treatment for bed bugs over 2012 (according to a recent report by Orkin) were found to be:
- Los Angeles
- Dallas/Ft. Worth
- New York
- Richmond/Petersburg, Virginia
Why are bed bug infestations increasing?
As you may have noticed, a lot of bed bug infested cities are in highly urban areas with large airports. That is because bed bugs are likely to travel with you on clothing and/or in luggage. There are helpful products to prevent bed bugs while traveling including bed bug proof travel pillows and bedbug luggage liners of various sizes.
It is also possible that bed bug populations and recognition of infestations have been increasing throughout the United States. You can see more US bed bugs stats here.
At this point, bed bug statistics indicate that bed bug prevention is key to reducing the need and cost of bed bug treatment. If these findings make you itch, feel free to read more about bed bug prevention here.
A recent bed bug related law suit filed against Calidad Furniture gains one woman $225,000 and contiruted to putting the furniture company out of business!
Adrian Jackson sent her 2 children to see the pediatrician as a result of ‘bumps and rashes,’ which turned out to be bed bug bites. Sources report that the amount she was awarded by an Anne Arundel County jury was nearly $100,000 dollars more than she expected, in what has been called “one of the largest bedbug liability judgments in the country!”
This law suit reiterates 2 important bed bug prevention points:
- The need to be extremely cautious when buying used, and even new, mattresses. Read more about protecting mattresses from bed bugs.
- The high cost of bed bug infestations; to home-owners as well as business owners!
New Bed Bug Statistics including:
- Bedbug populations have increased by 500% in the past few years
- Bed bugs in Manhattan schools may be up by nearly 300%
- Bed bugs live in a U.S. state near you!
- Most people fear getting bed bugs while staying at a hotel, but few people inspect thier clothing and hotel rooms for bed bugs!
- Getting rid of bed bugs can easily cost over $1,000 USD.
- See below for more, inclusing bed bug prevention tips!
Text by: http://www.bedbug.com
Graphical Depiction by: bedbugs.org
Garage sales are increasingly popular, and a great way to make extra money. But as the buyer, there are a few things that you should beware of from baby cribs to baseball caps. One major area of concern should be used mattresses.
Buying used mattresses can creep people out for many different reasons, but our major concern is spreading bed bug infestations across the neighborhood and into your home. It’s important tio stay hygenic preventing bed bugs, dust mites, mold, and other bio-fluids. It’s no wonder that Goodwill Industries has strict prohibitions against accepting mattress donations.
When it comes to setting up a new bed, we highly recommend getting a new mattress and covering it with bed bug proof mattress encasements. Click here to protect a bed today!
Even after spraying for bed bugs, GAR High School in Wilkes-Barre found 2 resilient bed bugs. Some articles suggest that the tiny bed bugs hid behind a panel, where the spray did not reach. There is also evidence that suggests that bed bugs, as a species, are becoming more resilient to bed bug sprays in general.
Bed bug infestations are becoming increasingly problematic in schools across the US. Bed bugs are often called ‘hitchhickers’ because they are able to travel easily on clothing and in backpacks; following children to and from school.
Once settled, bed bugs can reproduce quickly, and be difficult to exterminate. The best advice for parents concerned about bed bug infestations is to take preventative measures against bed bugs.
The Ritz Carlton recently had to deal with a guest complaining about bedbugs. While the manager has assured news personnel that the infestation has been taken care of, this report brings to light the consistent problem of bed bug infestations. Travelers bring bed bugs with them, whether they travel in a tent or a 5-star hotel, that’s the simple reality.
Hotel management and travelers alike should be careful to take the appropriate measures to prevent bed bug infestations in hotels.
Bed bugs are biting in student housing in both Nebraska and Alaska this month! It seems that no fraternity is safe from bed bugs today!
How disturbing it must be to return back from a relaxing vacation to find bed bugs in your dorm room. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been working hard to contain the bed bugs and the bed bug related drama, which quickly spread across the campus. They have already hired bed bug sniffing dogs and are prepared for the possible expensive task of bed bug eradication on the campus. Bed bug mattress covers have been recommended to students as an affordable way to prevent bed bugs in dorm rooms.
Anchorage, Alaska has also seen an increase in bed bug infestations over the past few years. The University of Alaska Anchorage recently published an article about a student complaining of itching from bed bug bites. They have taken measures there to contain the infestations, preventing the spread of bed bugs to other student’s. They also discussed their frustration with some of the governmental initiatives against bedbugs.
Homeless shelters in Winston-Salem and Greensboro have recently reported many bed bug infestations. To deal with the problem, they have had to buy new mattresses and pillows and tighten their check-in procedures.
Bed bugs are known to travel on clothing, so one of the best ways that homeless shelters can prevent re-infestation is by washing the clothing of any new members who are admitted and looking into bed bug mattress covers for their beds.
Many shelters have had to look to government funds and even request extra donations to control their bed bug infestations.
But this is the first case I’ve heard of where a lawyer brought bed bugs into a court room to prevent his client from being evicted from his Detroit apartment. And apparently, it worked! His client, Frank Manion withheld rent until the bedbugs were eliminated. Despite past attempts by the landlord to get rid of the bed bugs, Manions landlord was forced to persist and hire a new exterminator to kill the bed bugs in the apartment building. Hope the landlord has enough foresight to encase those mattresses!
How far would you go to have your landlord get rid of bed bugs in your apartment?