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    Bedbugs Hit the Big Apple and Beyond
    Breitbart (AP) ^ | 1/22/2006 | SARA KUGLER (AP)

    Legions of tiny bloodsucking bugs are biting their way through the Big Apple, making this the city that never sleeps ... tight.

    Bedbugs are back, and they're not just rearing their rust-colored heads in New York City. Experts say they're spreading to other states and countries. Exterminators who handled one or two bedbug calls a year are now getting that many in a week, according to the National Pest Management Association.

    "There's an epidemic going on throughout the country, and New York seems to be the hotbed," said Jeffrey Eisenberg, a pest control expert.

    Bedbugs are turning up in hospitals, schools, movie theaters, health clubs. Recent reports put them in a New Jersey college dorm and a Los Angeles hotel _ where one guest filed a $5 million lawsuit. Apartment tenants have taken landlords to court over infestations.

    The current generation of exterminators has been caught unaware by these pests, which were all but forgotten for decades. They blame the comeback on several factors, primarily increased global travel and the banning of potent pesticides like DDT.

    "We feel like we're starting from scratch," said Eisenberg, who returned this weekend from a conference where bedbugs were a top priority. "The only thing we know is that we don't know anything."

    The tiny vermin avoid light and attack in the middle of the night. About the size of a flattened apple seed, they hide in cracks and crevices in furniture and walls.

    They're efficient and active travelers, often hitching rides on clothing and jumping from host to host when people brush up against each other on the subway, in elevators or on crowded streets.

    And they invade even the cleanest apartments and swankiest neighborhoods.

    "We've always had pests in New York City _ we have rats, cockroaches, et cetera _ but bedbugs are new," said city Councilwoman Gail Brewer, who is calling for a bedbug task force. "We're not doing a good job focusing on it."

    Fighting an infestation is a costly, time-consuming process. Belongings must be removed from the home to be thoroughly washed or dry-cleaned, followed by meticulous vacuuming, before the exterminator can even begin work. It often takes several visits.

    People who have bedbugs rarely see them. The only signs are pepper- like spots of their fecal matter, specks of dried blood on bed sheets and, of course, the bites. The scourge is nearly impossible to eradicate; the creatures can go a year without feeding, they reproduce rapidly and don't die easily.

    "Now it's just us against these bugs," said Sofia Capinha, a 20-year- old college junior whose New Jersey dorm room has been infested since September.

    Between calls to campus officials and visits from an exterminator, she and her roommate have tried covering her mattress in a zippered plastic cover and greasing bedposts with Vaseline to keep the bugs from crawling up.

    Nothing has worked. Two nights after they returned from holiday break, she was bitten again _ on the face.

    In New York City, Brewer announced new legislation Sunday that seeks to halt some common mattress industry practices that exacerbate the problem.

    She wants a ban on reconditioning mattresses _ essentially taking old ones, refurbishing them and selling them like new, which can spread the bugs into stores and homes. The legislation would also require separate transport of old and new mattresses. A mattress purchase often includes the removal of the old one, and several used and new mattresses mingling in a truck produce a bedbug free-for-all.


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    well im going to sleep well tonight knowing that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalen2079
    well im going to sleep well tonight knowing that.
    Beware of the most deadliest of all bed bugs; The Baluchitheriumbug

    The pattern on its back warns all of this deadly blood sucking creature:


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    Sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite!

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    There's a lot of that up here too, especially in the Allston/Brighton area, where there's a lot of student type rental housing.

    We've had some infestations here at work too (residential programs), they are brutal to get rid of. Nasty little fuckers.

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    Woman Sues Hotel After Suffering 500 Bed Bug Bites

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    (CBS) CHICAGO Last year, there were reports of serious bed bug infestations in dozens of states. Now, a Chicago woman is suing a hotel for $20 million after waking up one morning with more than 500 bed bug bites.

    "My body felt as if it was on fire. I just wanted to tear it off,” Leslie Fox said.



    Leslie Fox, a 54-year-old bookings agent, says that after four nights at the 700-room Nevele Hotel in Ellenville, New York last July, she awoke to find red, itchy welts all over her body.

    "I had no idea what was happening to me. We noticed the blood on the bed. I became very upset and alarmed,” she said.

    She and her husband – who was also bitten, but not so badly – tore the bed apart and found a swarm of bugs under the linens.



    "The bugs were sent to the University of Illinois in Chicago and verified to be bed bugs,” said attorney Alan Schnurman.

    When the couple reported to hotel officials that their room was infested, the officials offered two free nights but Fox and Cohen declined, Schnurman said, because they were just itching to leave.

    Joe O'Connor, a lawyer for the resort, said he and his client had not seen the lawsuit so he could not comment. But he said the hotel has ongoing treatment and inspection by pest control companies that will certify the Nevele is bug-free.

    O'Connor also said he had contacted the lawyer who filed the suit and was "trying to work things out."

    Several other lawsuits have been filed in New York City and around the country because of alleged bedbugs attacks in hotels.

    Bed bugs are bloodsuckers, but they are not known to transmit disease. Their bite is painless, and it can take up to nine days for welts to appear.

    Redness and irritation fade after several days, but one dermatologist says each person reacts differently.

    "While a bed bug may bite me and I get a very small reaction, it could bite you and get a large reaction,” said Rush University Medical Center Dr. Clarence Brown.

    Fox, who has seen five doctors, says she’s still suffering. She says she’s scarred, stressed every time she sleeps in a hotel and afraid she may have unknowingly carried home bedbug eggs that may still hatch.

    "A clean room is not necessary any guarantee of a safe room,” she said.

    How can you protect yourself? It’s tough because bed bugs only come out at night. They hide during the day in mattresses, headboards, upholstery and inside walls and baseboards. They can fit in a crevice the width of a playing card, and they can live for a year without food. Most people don’t know they have them until they’ve been bitten.

    O'Connor, the resort lawyer, noted that bedbugs have become a problem in many places across the country, even in upscale hotels. He attributed the bedbug's resurgence to international travel and the banning of some dangerous pesticides.

    http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/lo...066204127.html

 

 

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