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Inesfly Africa Limited and Sahara Commodities have signed a distribution agreement for the latter to begin commercial distribution of the Inesfly range of products in Namibia.

This was announced in a joint communiqu issued by both partiesInesfly Africa and Sahara Commodities. The latter visited Inesfly Africa headquartered in Ghana, for a training session relating to technical and product knowledge and route-to-market strategies.

Expressing his excitement about the trade deal, CEO of Sahara Commodities, Mr. Shahil Morar, said they are glad to be part of the Inesfly family noting that the license to distribute Inesflys range of insecticide products will not only empower the Namibian economy through job creation, but will address significantly the negative impact of insect-pest infestation in the country.

Namibia, like any other country, is not free from insect-pest infestation, and were very optimistic that Inesflys range of insecticide products will help address the nations quest in curbing vector-borne diseases, he added.

In March 2017, the Namibian High Commissioner to Ghana, Charles B. Josob, on the occasion of Ghanas 60th Independence Anniversary celebration, made a clarion call for Ghana and Namibia to strengthen bilateral trade ties for the economic and sustainable development of the two nations. Barely two months following this call, Inesfly Africa and Sahara Commodities have taken a step in that direction and are poised to partner for mutual gains.

CEO at Inesfly Africa, Michael Sjodin, noted that the trade agreement with Sahara Commodities in Namibia is an important step towards enhancing business ties between the two nations, and, importantly, delivering on its commitment to fighting vector infestations in all of Africa.

Inesfly Africa as a total insecticide solutions company has a vision of reducing and ultimately eradicating vector infestations in multi-sectors including Public Health, Agriculture, Hospitality and Veterinary Health across Africa. Already, we are actively present in Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, DR Congo and Cote DIvoire, just to mention a few, and the goal is to be present in 25 African countries by close of 2017, he added.

Inesfly Africa deals in a range of insecticide products for multi-sectors including public health, veterinary health, hospitality and agriculture. Some of the products are the Exterior and Interior insecticide Paint, Floor Cleaner, Bed Bug and EM House solution for treatment against all insects especially bed bugs. Its flagship technology, the microencapsulation technology, traps the insecticides into micro bubbles which are then released slowly over an extended period of time thereby allowing for their long term efficacy while proving safe for humans and pets. It also uses the Insect Growth Regulator, which allows for the insecticides to deal with the total life cycle of the insect including the egg, the larvae, the pupa and the adult. This prevents re-infestation and leads ultimately to eradication.


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A Vernon family discovered bed bugs in their North Vancouver hotel room, after they had slept there.

A Vernon couple's Vancouver vacation turned into a creepy crawly nightmare last week.

Kerrie and Callum Stewart drove all day on June 26 to North Vancouver, pulling into the North Vancouver Comfort Inn and Suites at about 9 p.m. They had travelled to the coast to visit their daughter, who was on a break from studying in Australia.

Kerrie picked up their daughter, and the three of them went straight to bed. Their daughter woke up itchy.

She realized this could be bed bugs, because she's had them before, and they just send you into a panic," Kerrie told CTV News.

Upon further inspection, their fears were confirmed.

"There was a lot of the black dot excrements and big bed bugs and eggs and it was horrifying," Kerrie said. "There were dozens and dozens of bed bugs that you could see, and you never usually see a bed bug."

Management at the hotel offered to upgrade their room, and not charge them for their first night.

The family asked the manager of the hotel for $1,000 to replace items that had become infested, but management refused. The hotel says they offered to have the family's clothes dry cleaned.

Kerrie took to social media, posting pictures and their story on her Facebook page. The post was shared over 16,000 times, and received over 2,000 comments.

The pictures show red sores all over the bodies of all three members of the family.

When CTV News contacted the hotel, management issued a statement sayingbed bug infestations are not completely preventable, but we want to express our sincere regret for the disappointment this family experienced during their stay with us."

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One of the most important parts of a holiday is choosing our accomodations properly. After a day of fun filled leisure activities, we surely want to come back to a relaxing and comfortable bed.

Unfortunately for Wai Shean Chau, the exact opposite happened to her. Wai Shean had shared her rather unsavory experience, when her hotel room's whole ceiling fell down while she was on holiday recently.

According to her Facebook posting, she booked a three-room water chalet, but misfortune fell upon her when one of the room's ceiling suddenly collapsed.

In the pictures shared by Wai Shean, it appears that quite a big chunk of the ceiling had simply given way, and it created a flood in one of the rooms.

She even shared a video of the mess it left behind. Instead of a luxury room, it looked more like a construction site now.

And to make make matters worst, Wai Shean complained that he hotel's management were rather unfriendly although what happened was not within her control, and the replacement room had left much to be desired.

"The room was overall worn out. Woke up the next morning with red spots on face, hand and feet! I didn't think much of it but the spots swell up through the day and it got so itchy. Those were horrible bed bug bites! Im not sure if it was from the bed or the blanket," said Wai Shean shared her woes in her Facebook posting.

And this all happened at Avillion Port Dickson, a five star resort, which is simply unacceptable, as Wai Shen had openly named the hotel in question in her FB post.

Let's hope that Wai Shean recovers from her nightmarish holiday, and receives proper compensation from the hotel for her ruined holiday.

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By Fernando Ramirez, Chron.com / Houston Chronicle

A Houston couple are claiming their house became infested with bed bugs after the pests allegedly hitched a ride with them from an AMC movie theater.

Anthony VanDuyn said he and his wife attended a Friday showing of "All Eyez on Me" at the AMC Studio 30 on Dunvale when he began to feel itchy.

"I'm sitting there scratching my arms,"VanDuyn said. "My wife thought it was an allergic reaction. I've been through bed bugs more than once. We got up, walked out."

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VanDuyn said right as he got to AMC's customer help desk, a bed bug fell off of him and onto the floor.

Click through to see a list of pests that can be found in the Lone Star State.

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Wasps help pollinate but most people still don't like them. Safely removing nests from homes usually gets rid them. Unlike bees, wasps are able to sting multiple times, leaving painful swelling and burning in their wake.

Wasps help pollinate but most people still don't like them. Safely removing nests from homes usually gets rid them. Unlike bees, wasps are able to sting multiple times, leaving painful swelling and burning

Most people recognize scorpions by their long tail, which is used to sting. Most scorpions' stings are not fatal. However, in the most extreme cases an individual can experience numbness and convulsions. People who are allergic and have severe reactions should seek immediate medical attention.

Most people recognize scorpions by their long tail, which is used to sting. Most scorpions' stings are not fatal. However, in the most extreme cases an individual can experience numbness and

There are many species of ticks, not all transfer diseases. Ticks can be found outside, in and around dense woods. They can also be found on family pets inside the home. Like most other bug infestations, consult a licensed exterminator to get rid of ticks.

There are many species of ticks, not all transfer diseases. Ticks can be found outside, in and around dense woods. They can also be found on family pets inside the home. Like most other bug

These multi-leg critters are usually found outside in moist, covered areas. To keep them on the outside use insecticides. When in the home, these pests feed on other small insects, so eliminating their food is best step to get rid of them.

These multi-leg critters are usually found outside in moist, covered areas. To keep them on the outside use insecticides. When in the home, these pests feed on other small

Spiders are everywhere. There seems to be no escape. Call an exterminator to get rid of them, even if it's temporary. Grass spiders are some of the most common spiders across the state. Others include the black and yellow garden spiders, the southern black widow and the brown recluse.

Spiders are everywhere. There seems to be no escape. Call an exterminator to get rid of them, even if it's temporary. Grass spiders are some of the most common spiders across the state. Others include

This bug can be found inside homes. They feed on clothing, papers and wallpaper. Silverfish tend thrive in humid areas. Once there's an infestation it's best to call an exterminator. Silverfish are not known to bite people and do not carry diseases.

This bug can be found inside homes. They feed on clothing, papers and wallpaper. Silverfish tend thrive in humid areas. Once there's an infestation it's best to call an exterminator. Silverfish are

This critter can be found in gardens. Insecticides usually keep them at bay. Normally leaf footed bugs do not invade in homes in large numbers. They do not bite humans.

This critter can be found in gardens. Insecticides usually keep them at bay. Normally leaf footed bugs do not invade in homes in large numbers. They do not bite humans.

This pest outlasted the dinosaurs but exterminators say a few visits from a professional might do the trick. Cockroaches vary in size and carry different diseases because they're usually found near waste.

This pest outlasted the dinosaurs but exterminators say a few visits from a professional might do the trick. Cockroaches vary in size and carry different diseases because they're usually found near

Bed bugs can be found anywhere people spend a lot of time. Houses, apartments, public transportation and hotels are common places they can be found. To get rid of bed bugs call alicensed pest control operator. Bed bugs are one of the most difficult pests to get eliminate.

Bed bugs can be found anywhere people spend a lot of time. Houses, apartments, public transportation and hotels are common places they can be found. To get rid of bed bugs call alicensed pest

Houston couple claim they were bitten by bed bugs while watching movie at Dunvale AMC

"I kindly warned the guy in front of us and he stepped on it," VanDuyn said, noting that he had managed to take a video of the bug, seen above. "Long story short, the manager took our claim and even had us sign a piece of paper. We had to strip our clothes, my wife had to throw away her purse and my phone case for my new iPhone."

In a statement to Chron.com, AMC said it was "made aware of the report" and "brought in a third-party pest control expert to conduct an inspection, which found zero evidence of bed bugs at AMC Studio 30."

"This is an issue AMC takes very seriously," continued the statement. "Any guest report results in a third-party inspection of the suspected area, and, if evidence is found, it undergoes immediate treatment."

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VanDuyn said the last time he dealt with bed bugs was over a year ago, and now the same symptoms have begun to occur in his household.

"My hands and arms are getting it the worst," VanDuyn said. "I called an exterminator, he was just out here yesterday and found nothing, but said he would keep following up."

"I hope one way or another something can happen," VanDuyn said. "Me and my wife are sitting here with this at home now. We're just sitting here playing the waiting game."

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Most people who are bitten by bed bugs experience symptoms that include irritation, sores, or itchiness. But how should bed bug bites be treated and can they be prevented?

There are several ways of reducing the chances of getting bites, while the treatment options include good hygiene and antihistamines.

This article explores bed bug bite treatment and prevention methods in detail.

Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that feed on human blood.

While they are a public health concern, bed bugs are not known to transmit disease through their bites.

Bed bugs use a small tube-like structure called a proboscis to pierce the skin and drink a person's blood. The pests are most active when humans are asleep, during the night and early morning.

An estimated one in five Americans have personally dealt with a bed bug infestation or knows someone who has encountered the pests.

Bed bugs can bite anywhere on the body where there is skin. Typically, bites tend to occur on areas exposed during sleeping, such as:

Many people do not feel the bite itself or develop clear symptoms other than the dots where the bug bit and some minor, surrounding inflammation and irritation. Others are considered hypersensitive to bites and develop more severe symptoms.

In most cases symptoms occur more or less immediately after the bite, but they can develop or progress over the following days as well. Without further irritation, symptoms typically resolve after a week or so.

Almost all bed bug bites will produce some degree of discomfort, typically itchiness and inflammation. Other signs and symptoms of bed bug bites include:

Individual characteristics of the bug's bite and the person who is bitten also influence the resulting sore.

While fairly rare, some people have or develop severe reactions and symptoms from bed bug bites. Serious symptoms that require medical attention include:

Living with bed bugs can cause additional health complications:

There are relatively few treatments options when it comes to uncomplicated bed bug bites.

The first recommended line of treatment involves cleaning the wound, ideally with soap and water.

For itchy bites, the following may relieve minor symptoms:

Most wounds heal on their own within a week, sometimes two.

If severe swelling, inflammation, or itchiness occurs or persists, a person should seek medical attention.

A dramatic immune response may be a sign of an allergic reaction. If this is the case, one of the following may need to be administered:

If infection occurs, antibiotics may be prescribed.

Severe itchiness may result in further complications, such as infection or scarring. If severe itching is experienced, people may be prescribed corticosteroid creams and antihistamine pills or liquid.

One way to help prevent exposure and potential infestations by bed bugs is to be able to recognize bed bugs and distinguish them from other pests.

In a 2017 study, some 35 percent of polled American business travellers and 28 percent of leisure travellers were unable to tell a bed bug apart from other household pests.

Common characteristics of nymphs (young bed bugs) include:

The nymphs are easier to see if they have just feed when the blood fills their abdomen, giving it a reddish brown color.

Adult bed bugs are typically far easier to spot than nymphs. Identifiable characteristics of most adult bed bugs include:

Controlling bed bugs needs the identification and complete removal or destruction of the pest's eggs.

On average, one female can produce at least 345 eggs over her lifetime. Egg-laying females often increase the volume and frequency of feeding to support their brood.

Common characteristics and signs of bed bug eggs include:

The key to preventing bed bug bites is to stop the insects entering, feeding, and breeding in human environments.

In the daytime, bed bugs often seek refuge in the cracks and crevices of furniture, flooring, walls, and mattresses.

The seams and folds of upholstered furniture can also offer an ideal hiding place. Bed bugs have been known to persist in vacuum canisters or units.

The insects tend to pick hiding spots near human sleeping quarters, including bedrooms. Bed bugs found in other rooms are usually a sign of a severe infestation.

Areas where bed bug infestations commonly occur include:

Items commonly responsible for spreading bed bugs include:

Bed bugs do not have a preference between sanitary, messy, or unsanitary conditions.

They can, however, be found at higher rates in places, such as hotels, if infestations are not properly cleared.

Home tips for preventing, controlling, and clearing bed bug infestations include:

In severe or persistent cases, furniture or infected items may need to be destroyed, ideally by burning.

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The last two weeks I have had two separate calls on problems with bed bugs. While bed bugs may sound like a death threat if you have them, they can be controlled with the correct measures. These little insects are found worldwide in all living situations. The following article was provided by the Environmental Protection Agency:

1. Make sure you really have bed bugs, not fleas, ticks or other insects.

You can compare your insect to the pictures on our Identifying bed bugs web page or show it to your local Extension agent. (Extension agents are trained in pest control issues and know your local area.)

2. Dont panic!

It can be difficult to eliminate bed bugs, but its not impossible. Dont throw out all of your things, because most of them can be treated and saved. Throwing stuff out is expensive, may spread the bed bugs to other peoples homes and could cause more stress.

3. Think through your treatment options Dont immediately reach for the spray can.

Be comprehensive in your approach. Try other things first. Integrated pest management (IPM) techniques may reduce the number of bed bugs and limit your contact with pesticides. If pesticides are needed, always follow label directions or hire a professional. There is help available to learn about treatment options.

4. Reduce the number of hiding places clean up the clutter.

A cluttered home provides more places for bed bugs to hide and makes locating and treating them harder. If bed bugs are in your mattress, using special bed bug covers (encasements) on your mattress and box springs makes it harder for bed bugs to get to you while you sleep. Leave the encasements on for a year. Be sure to buy a product that has been tested for bed bugs and is strong enough to last for the full year without tearing.

5. Regularly wash and heat-dry your bed sheets, blankets, bedspreads and any clothing that touches the floor.

This reduces the number of bed bugs. Bed bugs and their eggs can hide in laundry containers/hampers Remember to clean them when you do the laundry.

6. Do-it-yourself freezing may not be a reliable method for bed bug control.

While freezing can kill bed bugs, temperatures must remain very low for a long time. Home freezers may not be cold enough to kill bed bugs; always use a thermometer to accurately check the temperature. Putting things outside in freezing temperatures could kill bed bugs, but there are many factors that can affect the success of this method.

7. Kill bed bugs with heat, but be very careful.

Raising the indoor temperature with the thermostat or space heaters wont do the job. Special equipment and very high temperatures are necessary for successful heat treatment. Black plastic bags in the sun might work to kill bed bugs in luggage or small items, if the contents become hot enough. Bed bugs die when their body temperatures reach 45C (113F). To kill bed bugs with heat, the room or container must be even hotter to ensure sustained heat reaches the bugs no matter where they are hiding

8. Dont pass your bed bugs on to others.

Bed bugs are good hitchhikers. If you throw out a mattress or furniture that has bed bugs in it, you should slash or in some way destroy it so that no one else takes it and gets bed bugs.

9. Reduce the number of bed bugs to reduce bites.

Thorough vacuuming can get rid of some of your bed bugs. Carefully vacuum rugs, floors, upholstered furniture, bed frames, under beds, around bed legs, and all cracks and crevices around the room. Change the bag after each use so the bed bugs cant escape. Place the used bag in a tightly sealed plastic bag and in an outside garbage bin.

10. Turn to the professionals, if needed.

Hiring an experienced, responsible pest control professional can increase your chance of success in getting rid of bed bugs. If you hire an expert, be sure its a company with a good reputation and request that it use an IPM approach. Contact your state pesticide agency for guidance about hiring professional pest control companies. Also, EPAs Citizens Guide to Pest Control and Pesticide Safety provides information about IPM approaches, how to choose a pest control company, safe handling of pesticides, and emergency information.

If you would like more information, you can visit the EPA website at https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs.

Elysia RODGERS is the

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A warning during this busy travel season, it may not just be delays and bad weather that could spoil your vacation.

Exterminators say the bed bug problem is quick to spread this time of year.

Bed bugs had all but disappeared from the 1950s to the 1990s. But since then, bug experts, say the pests have made a huge resurgence, and Upstate exterminators say they are rampant in this area.

The blood sucking pests may only be a quarter of an inch, but in Spartanburg alone, theyve had the power to vacate apartments units and take down motels.

Fighting off bed bugs is serious work for Raksha Patel, owner of Royal Inn and Suites in Boiling Springs.

She has spent tens of thousands of dollars on mattress pads, mattresses, and cover springs to keep out unwanted guests. But it doesnt stop there.

And also weve changed the carpet, weve removed all the headboards in the rooms, and that protects from every bed bug situation we used to have before. We dont have an issue, but just to keep our customers happy weve done all this, says Patel.

Affordable Pest Control owner Israel Robinson, who has been an exterminator in the Carolinas for 30 years, has noticed that the times have changed. He says back when he started, parents who said, dont let the bed bugs bite were never concerned they actually would.

Its a growing problem, according to a North Carolina State entomologist, he stated that it has not peaked yet, because of the ability of them to adapt, Robinson says.

Robinson uses a combination of methods, but theres one treatment he says is the most effective.

Heat eradicates bed bugs, Robinson says.

He says that the bug dies at 120 degrees and the eggs die at 123 degrees.

To avoid bed bugs, anytime you visit a hotel, pull back the sheets and check the seams and corners of the mattress right near the pillow area. Youre looking for black spots, the bugs themselves, or yellowish skins that they shed.

Robinson also recommends checking headboards, alarm clocks and dressers near the bed.

To keep their facility clean, Royal Inn has monthly exterminations, and also sprays after each guests leaves.

And the motel even provides free laundry to new guests.

We tell them to wash their clothes before they would go in the motel room, so they dont bring in, Patel says.

A problem motels like Royal Inn and Suites deals with is that some clients will even falsely claim there are bed bugs to get a bill dismissed.

So if you do encounter any let a hotel know right away, dont wait until the morning after, and take pictures with your cell phone for evidence.


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Despite their role in an adorable bedtime proverb, bed bugs are pesky little pests. They sneak into your bed, your furniture, even your carpet, and while you sleep or watch TV, they bite you. The next morning, youre left wondering why youre red and itchy. On the following slides, we share symptoms of the bites and where the bugs hide.

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