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Post date: April 26th, 2013

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When my daughter recently moved into her dorm room, the first thing I did was put a mattress encasement on that mattress that had been used for years by people doing who knows what. shudder! I wish I had had this Verilux vacuum with me, too. TheCleanWaveSanitizing Portable Vacuum is a hand-held model that is not only convenient for vacuuming mattresses, sofas, and other upholstered furniture, but it also has a UV-C light in the head. This UV light is the same UV sanitizing technology thats been used for over 30 years in hospitals, food processing facilities and water treatment plants, CleanWaves germ reducing light can penetrate a micro-organisms cell membrane damaging the DNA, preventing growth and killing the organism. Verilux says it has been proven in the laboratory to kill 99.9% of of H1N1 and MRSA in 1 second. It can combat certain molds and allergens without harsh chemicals or liquids, and it caneven reduce pest eggs like bed bug, flea and dust mite eggs. The vacuum has a400 watt motor and cyclonic action for effective cleaning, and a bag-less collection cup and2-stage micro-allergy filtration.

You can order theCleanWaveSanitizing Portable Vacuum directly from Verilux for $129.99.


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Bedbugs can be brutal, but that's where Buster comes in.

The beagle is putting his nose to good use as a bedbug detective. The 4-year-old doggy is a trained bedbug sniffing hound with Vermont Bed Bug Dog of Burlington.

Buster and his handler, Paddy Reagan, are the first certified canine pest detection team in Vermont.

Buster sniffs out the bedbugs, and Paddy comes in and kills them.

Buster received extensive training at an entomology scent detection canine program in Florida.

Reagan said he and Buster can work an average-size home in about 20 minutes, for about $225.

During that inspection, Buster will alert Reagan to where bed bugs are hiding or have left behind their shells, eggs or feces.


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Galloping Gallimaufry

Post date: August 27th, 2014

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I've never seen a bed bug, but people in nursing homes sure have. One of the insidious features of a bed bug is that you don't know they are biting you. If you notice something in your sleep you figure it's just an itch. But if you notice some blood specs on your legs or body, then you should start thinking about bed bugs. One lady I know who is in a nursing home had to move to another apartment because of the spread of the critters. Each time, the nursing home had to go to great effort to exterminate them from her apartment. They had to treat the carpet, wicker baskets and furniture and the bedding. Often they would kill them off in one apartment and the bugs would move across the hall to another apartment. They are extremely hard to kill off. Bed bugs lay eggs which will hatch later. So it's possible to kill off all of the adult and then the infestation starts all over again. I heard that the New York subway system is now dealing with bed bugs.

But the last time my friend had a bed bug problem, the nursing home brought in a trained dog which could sniff out, bed bugs, their eggs and even their scat. I knew that they had dogs that could sniff out bombs, drugs, fugitives and cancer, but not bed bugs. Those highly trained dogs are able to discriminate live bed bugs and viable bed bug eggs from dead bed bugs, cast skins, and feces, with a 95 percent correct positive indication rate. That is amazing. Humans have limitations that keep them from finding them all. But trained dogs can alert on bed bugs which are difficult to be found. Dogs can find them inside an electrical outlet, behind a baseboard, or hidden along a carpet tack strip. A scent-detection dog can go under a bed and alert on bugs inside the box springs without having to take the mattress and box springs off. These detection dogs can alert to bed bugs behind a large and heavy entertainment center without anyone having to move it, and they can detect bed bugs or their eggs in a pile of clothing or a toy box full of stuffed animals.

I worked with a man named Bob some years ago and he told me that during his college days he worked as an apartment superintendent in order to make a few bucks. Bob told about an incident when a tipsy student drove his car through the narrow alley behind the apartments and accidentally hit a gas meter. The crash broke it off of the pipes. It was totally destroyed. Thank God it didn't catch on fire, but gas was blowing out of the pipes. It could easily explode. Bob was an engineering student and a fairly sharp thinker. He ran to his apartment and grabbed two potatoes from his refrigerator. He rushed back to the alley, then shoved the potatoes onto the ends of the pipes to stop the gas flow. Since the natural gas service is fairly low pressure, his creative idea worked. He may have been inspired by the old prank of shoving a potato into an exhaust pipe to make the car quit running. At any rate, Bob and his potatoes kept the bad situation from escalating into a real disaster.


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Knowledge Center – Bed Bug Life Cycle Photos

Post date: August 19th, 2014

Bed Bug egg, nymph, adult

Observe bed bugs in the various stages of their lifecycle - egg stage, nymph stage, and full adult stage. Bed bugs that have a feeding source exhibit a life span of between 3 and 4 months. If no food source is readily available, bedbugs can enter a dormant stage an...

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Bed Bug Life Cycle: Bed Bugs in all Sizes

Range of sizes of a bed bug during its life cycle. In the egg stage, bed bugs are microscopic, but when they reach adult stage, they are easily visible to the naked eye, at about 1/4 of an inch long.Related articles in the Bed Bug Knowledge Center: Bed Bug BitesBed...

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Bed Bug Life Cycle: Adult and Nymph Bed Bugs

Adult and nymph bed bugs. Nymph-stage bed bugs are capable of feeding immediately after hatching, and can go months without a blood meal.Related articles in the Bed Bug Knowledge Center:Bed Bug BitesBed Bug Feeding HabitsBed Bug Detection

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Bed Bug Life Cycle: Nymph Bed Bug Taking Blood Meal


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University Club Apartments advertises 'We love our residents,' from a banner outside the complex office. Olin Tucker,66, a 15 year tenant in the Section 8 housing and his wife Wanda, 59, say managers have a strange way of showing it.

First, a complaint of bed bugs. "It was just lined with adults, juveniles and eggs," said Wanda as she pointed to a bed pillow.

The Tuckers say they and University Club each spent $550 to have the bed bugs exterminated. They say a promised second spraying hasn't happened.

Then theres the complaint of wheelchair accessibility. "This is too high for it to go over, said Olin as he points to the threshold leading into the apartment. That leads to other issue of wheelchair accessibility for the whole place."

And third, a complaint of black mold the Tuckers say stems from unrepaired flood damage dating all the way back to 2001. "See the mold. See all of that slime," Wanda points out as she opens the door to the air conditioner equipment. She also points out a hole in the shower and under the sink.

University Club community director Angela Foster did not want to be interviewed on the issues of this story. She said the bed bug issue has been addressed. On all the other issues she says that's between herself and the client.

But Lone Star Legal Aide attorney Paula Brumbelow is involved. She's drafting a formal complaint to DTI Investments, the parent company of University Club. Also, Congressman Louie Gohmert has been notified. And the Tuckers wait for the issues to be resolved.

"That puts people like me in a position to have to tolerate what the other people won't do," said Olin.

DTI's mission statement states on its website 'a high quality and diverse living environment and exemplary customer service'. The Tuckers have a difficult time believing the advertising.


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COLUMBUS, Ohio -

Bedbugs have been discovered on the first floors of the Franklin County Municipal Courthouse.

The bugs were discovered in in a room on the first floor of the courthouse this week.

"There were some bed bugs in the chair and there were also ah, eggs," said David Bush, the Deputy Director for the City of Columbus' Department of Finance and Management. "We isolated the chair. We treated the room in accordance with cleaning standards."

Right after workers threw away the chair and sprayed the room another bed bug popped up -- this time 17 floors up.

"There are thousands of visitors that come in and out of that building. There are 14 Municipal Court Judge offices. There's the prosecutor's office the county public defender's office. It's one of the busiest courts around," Bush said.

There was at least one office in the court that sent workers home because of the bedbug issue. Other employees were given tips on how to stop the spread of bedbugs.

Bush believes they have resolved the bedbug issue at this time.


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Experts recommend checking linens, vacuuming carpets (then disposing of the bag), putting clothes in a dryer and other measures when bed bugs are suspected to be in a room. (File)

A week-long quarantine at York County-owned Pleasant Acres Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center ended at noon Wednesday when county officials and a pest control company deemed the facility free from bedbugs.

The bugs were discovered in two residence rooms, and the facility was put under quarantine July 29 "as a precautionary measure," county spokesman Carl Lindquist wrote in a prepared statement.

The reopening to visitors followed an early morning second treatment of the initial rooms to kill any eggs that may have hatched. Residents stayed away from the room for three to four hours after the treatment before the building was reopened, according to an email from nursing home administrator Marlin Peck to county commissioners on Tuesday afternoon.

During the quarantine, the initially identified affected rooms were examined and chemically treated. Then resident clothing and linens were bagged, washed and dried, and wheelchairs from the units were heat-treated for five hours to kill all remaining bugs.

Ehrlich Pest Control performed a sweep of the facility on Monday and Tuesday with their canine unit to identify any further presence of bed bugs.

"I would say that a canine inspection is more effective and efficient than a visual inspection," said Eric Braun, the bed bugs technical services manager at Rentokil, which owns Ehrlich Pest Control.

He said that while a visual inspection by technicians can disrupt the residents for several minutes by moving furniture and mattresses, the dogs have been trained to smell living bed bugs and can finish a room in moments. The bugs' scent can even be detected in "cracks and crevices" that would not have been found through visual inspection.

The Northeast coast has long had a bed bug problem, especially in buildings with more sedentary residents, such as nursing homes, which provide a "food source" for the bugs, Braun said. They are called "bed bugs" only because people associate them with where they sleep. In assisted-living facilities, people also lie dormant for long periods at locations other than their own beds.

"No additional bedbugs were located beyond those originally found, prompting the return to normal visitation and resident movement on Wednesday," Lindquist wrote. "No residents at any point showed symptoms of bed bugs.


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The Pleasant Acres Nursing & Rehabilitation Center reopened for visitation Wednesday after bed bugs discovered in a second resident's room last week prompted a temporary quarantine.

A small section of the nursing home was vacated and treated after a nurse found bed bugs in a patient's room on July 20. When bed bugs were discovered in a second room on July 29, the home halted visitation pending pest-control treatments and an assessment to determine whether a full evacuation was necessary.

The county-run home is reopening after no additional bed bugs were found, spokesperson Carl Lindquist said. He said no residents were found with symptoms of bed bug bites, but acknowledged that does not necessarily mean none came in contact with them.

The center's staff took multiple steps to prevent the bugs from spreading: cleaning resident clothing and linens, heat-treating wheelchairs and bringing in a pest-control company. The bugs are believed to have entered the building through clothing brought in for a resident, Lindquist said.

Lindquist said the county sympathizes with those unable to visit residents for the past week, but said that their main priority is dealing with the situation expediently.

He said the center inspects residents before entering and on a daily basis to spot lice, scabies and similar pests.

But he added that there is no way to completely eliminate the threat of pests like bed bugs when people are constantly coming in and out of the building. He said the five-floor nursing home has about 600 staff who enter and leave the building every day, not counting vendors or visitors.

"Obviously we regret the challenge that this situation placed on both our residents and their families and we know that people want to be able to visit each other, but ultimately our focus in this kind of situation is to address the sitaution as quickly as we can," Lindquist said. "It's just a difficult circumstance and unfortunately a fact of life when you're dealing with a facility of this."

- Reach Michael Tabb at mtabb@yorkdispatch.com.


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Experts recommend checking linens, vacuuming carpets (then disposing of the bag), putting clothes in a dryer and other measures when bed bugs are suspected to be in a room. (File)

A week-long quarantine at York County-owned Pleasant Acres Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center ended at noon Wednesday when county officials and a pest control company deemed the facility free from bedbugs.

The bugs were discovered in two residence rooms, and the facility was put under quarantine July 29 "as a precautionary measure," county spokesman Carl Lindquist wrote in a prepared statement.

The reopening to visitors followed an early morning second treatment of the initial rooms to kill any eggs that may have hatched. Residents stayed away from the room for three to four hours after the treatment before the building was reopened, according to an email from nursing home administrator Marlin Peck to county commissioners on Tuesday afternoon.

During the quarantine, the initially identified affected rooms were examined and chemically treated. Then resident clothing and linens were bagged, washed and dried, and wheelchairs from the units were heat-treated for five hours to kill all remaining bugs.

Ehrlich Pest Control performed a sweep of the facility on Monday and Tuesday with their canine unit to identify any further presence of bed bugs.

"I would say that a canine inspection is more effective and efficient than a visual inspection," said Eric Braun, the bed bugs technical services manager at Rentokil, which owns Ehrlich Pest Control.

He said that while a visual inspection by technicians can disrupt the residents for several minutes by moving furniture and mattresses, the dogs have been trained to smell living bed bugs and can finish a room in moments. The bugs' scent can even be detected in "cracks and crevices" that would not have been found through visual inspection.

The Northeast coast has long had a bed bug problem, especially in buildings with more sedentary residents, such as nursing homes, which provide a "food source" for the bugs, Braun said. They are called "bed bugs" only because people associate them with where they sleep. In assisted-living facilities, people also lie dormant for long periods at locations other than their own beds.

"No additional bedbugs were located beyond those originally found, prompting the return to normal visitation and resident movement on Wednesday," Lindquist wrote. "No residents at any point showed symptoms of bed bugs.


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