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Cheryl spent a week at a beautiful resort and came back with a souvenir she didn't count on. She says, "Our vacation was wonderful, the villa spotlessly clean, the resort employees very friendly and helpful, the food was good overall and truly excellent in the specialty restaurants for dinner...Bed bugs would be my only complaint! Now I know what to look for BEFORE getting into bed no matter where I may travel!

"The photo shows some of the bed bug bites I received on my ankle while vacationing in a beautiful villa. At first we thought we were getting multiple bites from mosquitoes or sand fleas but once I started noticing that when I woke up, I had bites around my neckline, arms, wrists, and legs in patterns of mostly three (breakfast, lunch, and dinner...yuck!!) I realized what they were. The photo is what some of the bites looked like after 10 days or more.

"I am hoping that I didn't bring any bugs home with me!! I have taken initial steps to determine whether the problem has...MORE followed me home by having my daughter count the bites around my neckline to see if more show up. I also steamed, vacuumed, and sprayed rubbing alcohol all over my fairly new pillow top mattress and box springs; steamed, washed and dried all the bed linens using hot water and bleach; sprayed rubbing alcohol all over my baggage inside and out; and vacuumed my bedroom thoroughly.

Hopefully, I am just doing this as a precaution and there aren't any bugs that traveled home with me. I realize that if there are any bugs I will probably need professional help to deal with them and that I can probably kiss my mattress goodbye!"

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This photo was given to ABC News 4. The provider said it shows furniture discarded by local firefighters as the result of a bed bug infestation.

According to firefighters, three Charleston County fire stations are infested with bed bugs. On Monday, a retired firefighter, Captain Joe Johnston spoke on behalf of others who won't speak up out of fear of retaliation.

Johnston said its been going on for a couple months and adds several firefighters have carried bed bugs from work to home. Now there's question if the situation is being handled properly.

He said he became alarmed when text messages and pictures started coming through. The pictures showed piles of infested office furniture outside Fire Stations 20, 13, and seven.

"It's a major problem, it's neglect is what it is, this is something you can manage very easily, Johnston said.

Its an issue the firefighters said was ignored by their interim fire chief.

"The crews are actually getting eaten alive, he said. They're taking it home and nobody is showing or expressing they care. Where do you go?"

For those at station seven, they go outside where there's working tents and showers. But with no signs of extermination, Johnston said it's only a matter of time before the pests follow. He said he and his family have been through a bed bug infestation before.

"If you haven't experienced it, you don't know what you're up against, Johnston said. "I know what they're up against, I know the politics of it, I know how it is. I want to be able to help them get the help they need and deserve."

In a statement Monday night, the Charleston Fire Department confirmed an infestation at three stations.

Once the problem was identified at Station 20 the firefighters were relocated to Station 18 while a professional contractor proceeded with the treatment, inspection, and cleaning of the station utilizing a chemical treatment process. Upon completion of the process, crews returned to the station, but still observed signs of infestation. Crews were again relocated as the professional contractor applied another treatment. Information was distributed to the department outlining recommended preventive measures to reduce the spread of the pests.

Bedbugs were reported at Station 13 and then Station 7 this past week. A specially trained K-9 that detects bedbugs was brought in to search the buildings and alerted on a few of the mattresses and sofas at both stations. The items were removed from the station for disposal at Station 7 and some of the items were removed from Station 13. Crew concerns halted further furniture removal at Station 13 until the affected living areas can be treated.

The crews from both stations were relocated to two air-conditioned Wester Shelters, temporary structures frequently used by urban search and rescue teams and wildland fire teams for crew operations. The tents have been erected outside of Station 13 along with a portable shower and toilet facility to reduce the impact on emergency services coverage in the area. The interior kitchen space was isolated from the impacted living spaces based on recommendations from a professional pest control manager and the bedbug K-9 handler to provide the crews with access to essential laundry facilities, stove and refrigeration.

During this period, the CFD has taken several steps to address the problem, including the hiring of a professional pest control company to treat Station 20, shifting mitigation strategy to heat treatment to address employee concerns, and issuing updates that reinforce best practices to reduce the likelihood of spread to other stations or firefighter's homes. In addition, Interim Chief John Tippett has directed all city fire stations be inspected by the specially trained K9 to ensure that they are free of bedbugs or identified rapidly for mitigation. One additional station (Fire Station 19) was inspected based on a concern, but found to be free of the problem. Additionally, the department is working with Charleston Housing Authority to obtain use of their heating units to apply to the affected stations. Due to the holiday weekend the department was unable to deploy the equipment through the housing authority and had to take measures with temporary housing in order to ensure we maintained protection of the residents in the area.

The statement also said no members have advised the Safety Officer of any reports of bed bugs beyond these stations or at their homes. Interim Fire Chief Tippett said they're committed to resolving the issue as quickly as possible.

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Mattress Cleaning - Dust Mites Removal System - Keeping your home clean is definitely a task. When bed bugs invade your home, the task can become especially difficult, and can often result in furniture and other beloved items having to be thrown out to ensure that the pests do not return. Heavy steam cleaning is one of the very most effective ways to remove dust, dirt and scent out of your home. It can be an effective means for killing bed bugs also.

The very best and the simplest way of stopping a bed bug outbreak according to researchers and experts is to keep your comforter sets very clean and tidy. Seems very obvious doesn't it? But this is where the catch is. The majority of us think of cleaning and preserving our bed linen as a daily habit task tended to only one time we awaken and before we crash in. We do not add the value necessary in keeping bed linens truly "clean" and hygienic.

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Post date: May 5th, 2017

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SHAWNEE, Kan. - A mother says her daughter suffered a chemical burn on her face near her eyes from swimming at a pool at a metro hotel.

Caras trip from Manhattan, Kansas to Kansas City for her ninth birthday started out well.

The fun included Crown Centers LEGOLAND and Sea Life Aquarium.

She was still smiling as she was about to swim at the Ramada Inn on Shawnee Mission Parkway in Overland Park.

After she jumped in the pool, her mom April Casey noticed a maintenance man testing the water and putting in chemicals.

I didnt think that was safe with the kids and everything being in the pool so we got the kids out, April said.

When she pulled Cara out of the pool, she noticed Caras face was very red and her eyes were bloodshot.

So she took Cara to the hotel room to rinse her off.

Once we got her out of the shower, her face started blistering like right around her eyes, April said.

Emergency room doctors told April Cara suffered a chemical burn to her face and prescribed eye drops Cara is still using.

Yet when April informed the hotel desk clerk, she says he did nothing and kept the pool open.

As a mom, I wanted to go across on that counter, but I had to keep my composure, she said.

The 41 Action News Investigators went to the hotel looking for answers.

The desk clerk said she knew about Caras incident, but said any questions would have to be answered by a woman named Anna whos only there on Saturdays.

When the 41 Action News Investigators asked the clerk what happens when something goes wrong and Anna is not there, the clerk replied, It would be beyond me, it would go up the chain to the owner, I dont know.

Caras pool incident isnt the only issue April had with the hotel.

She took pictures of what she says is mold in various places as well as holes in the pool ceiling and a puddle of rainwater from a roof leak on the pool deck.

The 41 Action News Investigators also found violations from an April 13 inspection by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Those violations included one guest room with a suspected blood fecal trail on both headboards.

In the same room, the inspector also found a dead bed bug in the windowsideheadboard and a dead roach in a back open compartment of the mini fridge.

Other violations included mold and caked dirt build up in various places including vents and curtains.

There were no violations listed regarding the pool or pool roof.

When it comes down to your health and safety being atquestion, thats not okay, April said.

Wyndham Hotels owns the Ramada Inn franchise and enters into franchise agreements with hotel owners like the Shawnee Mission Parkway property.

Wyndham released a statement which says, Were deeply troubled by these allegations as they in no way reflect our brand values or the expectations we have of franchisees. Please know were treating this matter with the seriousness it deserves and investigating with the hotels owner.

April also filed a complaint with the Kansas Department of Agriculture based on her experience at the hotel.

A department spokeswoman tells the 41 Action News Investigators there will be a follow-up inspection of the hotel based on Aprils complaint.


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ATLANTA (WFLA/WNCN) Four North Carolina metro areas are included in Orkins most recent list of Top 50 Bed Bug Cities.

Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte, Asheville and Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem all made the list this year.

Baltimore topped the pest control companys list this year, moving up nine spots since last year and beating out Chicago, which had held the top stop for several years.

Las Vegas, Portland, Salt Lake City and Greensboro-High Point Winston-Salem made their debut on the list this year.

The list ranks cities by the number of bed bug treatments Orkin serviced from Dec. 1, 2015 Nov. 30, 2016, and after an Orkin inspection verified bed bugs were present. The list includes both residential and commercial treatments.

Below are the cities that made the list. A citys increase or decrease from the previous years rankings is listed in parenthesis:

1. Baltimore (+9) 2. Washington, D.C. (+1) 3. Chicago (-2) 4. New York 5. Columbus, Ohio 6. Los Angeles (-4) 7. Detroit 8. Cincinnati 9. Philadelphia (-3) 10. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose (+4) 11. Richmond-Petersburg, Va. (-2) 12. Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (-1) 13. Cleveland-Akron-Canton, Ohio (-1) 14. Indianapolis (+1) 15. Dallas-Ft. Worth (-2) 16. Atlanta (+3) 17. Houston 18. Buffalo, N.Y. (+2) 19. Charlotte, N.C. (-3) 20. Norfolk-Portsmouth-Newport News, Va. (+10) 21. Knoxville, Tenn. (+3) 22. Denver (-4) 23. Nashville, Tenn. (-1) 24. Pittsburgh (+5) 25. Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.-Asheville, N.C. (-4) 26. Phoenix (-3) 27. Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Mich. (+5) 28. Boston (-3) 29. Milwaukee (-3) 30. Champaign-Springfield-Decatur, Ill. (+12) 31. Hartford-New Haven, Conn. (+3) 32. Dayton, Ohio (-4) 33. Omaha, Neb. (+3) 34. Seattle-Tacoma (-6) 35. Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. (-4) 36. Charleston-Huntington, W.Va. (-1) 37. St. Louis (+3) 38. Cedar Rapids-Waterloo-Dubuque, Iowa (+3) 39. Myrtle Beach-Florence, S.C. (+11) 40. Syracuse, N.Y. (+6) 41. Louisville, Ky. (-2) 42. Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem, N.C. 43. Lexington, Ky. (-10) 44. Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, Fla. (-6) 45. Kansas City, Mo. (-1) 46. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (-3) 47. Salt Lake City, Utah 48. Honolulu, Hawaii 49. Las Vegas 50. Portland, Ore.

Bed bugs are not necessarily a sign of uncleanliness. They have been found in upscale homes and hotels, movie theaters, schools and on public transit.

Orkin recommends homeowners, tenants and travelers all over the world should take the following precautions to help prevent bed bugs:

At Home:

Inspect your home for signs of bed bugs regularly. Check locations where bed bugs hide during the day, including furniture, mattress seams and bed sheets, as well as behind baseboards, electrical outlets and picture frames. Decrease clutter around your home to make bed bug inspections and detection much easier. Inspect and quarantine all secondhand furniture before bringing it inside your home. Dry potentially infested bed linens, curtains and stuffed animals on the hottest temperature allowed for the fabric.

During travel, remember the acronym S.L.E.E.P to inspect for bed bugs:

Survey the hotel room for signs of an infestation. Look for red or brown spots on sheets.

Lift and look in bed bug hiding spots: the mattress, box spring, sheets and furniture, as well as behind baseboards, pictures and even torn wallpaper.

Elevate luggage on a rack away from the bed and wall. The safest places are in the bathroom or on counters.

Examine your luggage while repacking and once you return home from a trip.

Place all dryer-safe clothing from your luggage in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at the highest setting after you return home.

While bed bugs are not known to spread human diseases like many other pests and some people have no reaction to bed bug bites, others may experience itchy red welts and swelling.

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