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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Bed bugs have potentially invaded another medical facility in Topeka. 13 NEWS has learned that the bugs have popped up at Brighton Place West, an assisted living facility.

Bed bugs are a pretty bad issue just in the Topeka area alone, said Joseph Davidson, Branch Manager for Schendel Pest Services.

Schendel has been battling bed bugs throughout the city for a while, and they can be anywhere.

They are non-prejudice, Davidson explained. Theyre just incredible hitch hikers. Doesnt matter if youre in the changing rooms at a location. Doesnt matter if youre at some of the movie theaters, have had them in there.

The Topeka VA has also had several reported bed bug infestations in the past year. Now, a report of bed bugs at the assisted living center, Brighton Place West. Pictures sent to 13 NEWS show the bugs in seat cushions used by patients at the facility. Davidson says even the cleanest home or business could fall victim.

They will kinda crawl towards you. Get on you. Theyll hide for a little bit until they get home with you. They like to be where you sleep, said Davidson.

Some other areas to watch out for, are hotel rooms in the head of the bed and couches. Put your luggage in the bathtub and use a flashlight to look in all areas before you unpack.

Davidson explained the areas they check, Were going to be inspecting around the seams and the folds that would be closest to the human. Which would be right around here. Maybe even under the bottom of the couch underneath where the legs are. On this couch in particular, it has this type of fold system right here. This would be a secondary area where I would defiantly check because it gives them just a great place to hide under there.

He says there are ways to protect you and your home, including using bug spray with Deet. Also, if using something in your home, make sure you follow the directions very closely, because if you dont

Youre their McDonalds. Youre their Burger King. Their taco bell. They find the nearest capillary in your skin. They are not very choosy, said Davidson.

Right now, Schendel is booked for the next two months. He says there are ways to get rid of them temporarily while you wait for professional treatment, including using a steam machine, and just vacuum. 13 News contacted Brighton Place West with questions about their bed bug issue. We didnt receive a reply.


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Detroit Terminix released its 2017 ranking of the top 20cities infested by bedbugs just in time for late-summer vacations and students returning to campuses. Based on service data, Detroit ranked thirdon the list followingCleveland (#1) and Cincinnati (#2).

Terminix, a majorprovider of termite and pest control services in the United States based in Memphis, Tennesee, compiled the list from data at 300 Terminix branches across the country. The list ranks from their services between Jan. 1 to June 30.

The list announced on Thursday includes the top 20 cities. For the full list, check online.

"The bedbug experts at Terminix say that bed bug infestations have significantly increased since the late 1990s, and while researchers are unsure of the exact causes, factors such as increased international travel and insecticide resistance likely bear some responsibility," according to a written release by Business Wire.

There are also tips from Terminix on their websitefor customers on how to check for bedbugs at home and when traveling. Here are three Detroiters should know:

Traveling

First, check travel reviews before visiting a hotel, and be careful of those with multiple reports of bedbugs. When you check into a hotel, check the mattress, headboard, bed frame and pictures for any signs of bed bugs.

Rather than storing luggage on the bed or floor, keep your luggage on the luggage rack.Avoid storing clothes in dressers and hang clothes that can be hung.

Be aware

There is apotential risk of bedbugs on bedroom furniture and fixtures, know potential bed bug hiding places in public spaces like movie theaters and taxis and always check for hitchhiking bed bugs on your suitcase.

Bedbugs are notoriously difficult to eradicate, Paul Curtis, director, technical services at Terminix said in a release. They can travel to new locations very easilyhitching a ride on clothing, handbags, suitcases and taxis, which can create substantial infestations in no time.

Warning signs

Accordingto Terminix, bedbugs are attracted to body warmth and exhaled breath of carbon dioxide which leads them to target sleeping hosts.

Look for shedding, exoskeletons or shells of bed bugs, fecal stains onmattress and bedding, blood stains on sheets and pajamas

Bedbug bites on the skin look similar to those caused by fleas and mosquitoes. Telling which insect caused a bite might not be possible, according to Terminix.

Some symptoms of a bedbug bites are raised, red welts, burning and itching,a rash and straight lines of multiple bites.

Bedbugs can live up to 12 months.

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Budget airline Scoot has come under fire again, this time from an angry passenger who claimed to have been bitten by bed bugs on her seat during a round trip from Singapore to Hong Kong on Aug 8. Just last month, a complaint was lodged by two handicapped passengers who were allegedly discriminated against and not allowed to board the plane onits Gold Coast-Singapore flight.

A passenger by the name of Jiamin Han claimed she noticed a cluster of bed bug bites following a Scoot flight she took to and from Singapore and Hong Kong, declaringthat the bites could not have come from anywhere else than the planes seat.

Outraged that the budget airlinehad yet to respondto her Facebook messages (despite its continued posts and promos), she went ahead andwrote a public post on Scoots page. She even uploaded pictures of the alleged bed bug bites on her arm as proof.

Whats even more appalling is your careless attitude to what appears to be a serious issue which concerns the health of passengers onboard your planes, she wrote. Clearly, shes pretty riled up by the whole thing.

The Straits Times reported that Scoot has since responded on her Facebook comment threadwith an apology.The spokesman saidthat a previously reported case had been investigated and nobed bugs were found on the plane. Regardless, we take this seriously and are currently investigating after having gotten in touch with the guest for more details, the spokesman added.

A few other netizens also stepped up to claim they were bitten by bed bugs on Scoot flights apparently, these claimshad been swept under the ruguntil Hans viral complaint.


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Post date: August 10th, 2017

Most insects hatch from eggs, and bed bugs are no exception. Read on to learn more about some of the unique characteristics of bed bug eggs.

It can be quite difficult to see a bed bug egg without a magnifying glass. They are typically the size of a grain or a spec of dust, oval in shape and whitish in colour.

As is common with many insect eggs, bed bug eggs are sticky. This allows them to easily cling to surfaces like the seams of your mattresses and bed sheets.

Adult females may deposit 2 or more eggs daily which means they can lay as many as 500 eggs in a lifetime (bed bugs can live up to a year).

Interestingly, bed bugs have an unconventional way of reproducing. They mate by traumatic insemination, a process in which the male bug actually pierces the females abdomen and ejaculates into it.

After the process, female bed bugs can keep sperm for up to 6 weeks.

Eggs can hatch in roughly a week or so at room temperature.

When eggs hatch, immature bed bugs also known as nymphs emerge. Nymphs are translucent but they gradually turn reddish brown as they molt.

After nymphs hatch, they immediately seek out a blood meal before molting five times over the course of the lifecycle. Read more about the bed bug lifestyle here.

Bed bug eggs are often found in mattresses, dark corners, crevices and on bedding. Because the eggs are sticky and small they are well hidden in hard-to-reach places.

Bed bug eggs are also found together with bed bugs, bed bug shells and droppings, as the bugs commonly nest in clusters.

Yes, its possible that you could bring home clothes, bedding, luggage or other items containing bed bugs eggs if you have been in contact with an infested area, such as a hotel room.

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(WINDSOR, ON) It is a list most cities would rather not appear on. According to one of the nations largest pest control companies, there are ten other cities with a bed bug problem which overshadows the one in Windsor.

Windsor is number eleven on the first ever list of cities with the most incidences of bed bugs. The national bed bug situation, says pest exterminator Orkin Canada, which compiled the list, is expected to get worse.

From what the company is seeing, this could be a bumper year for the pesky tiny bugs. To compile its list, Orkin staff counted up the number of commercial and residential bed bug treatments it is asked to carry out in Canadian cities.

It should be noted that the results are only based on the work Orkin does and is not a comprehensive survey of bed bug cities.

The top ten cities suffering from bed bugs are:

Orkin says it has been told by entomologists that having a clean room does not prevent bed bugs. The nuisance bugs can lay up to ten eggs in one day. Those detecting signs of bed bugs are advised to seek expert advice to prevent widespread infestation.

There are measures travellers can take when they rent hotel or motel rooms to avoid bringing the bugs home. They should always check their accommodations for signs of the bugs. Orkin advises the best methods are to thoroughly inspect all beds, soft furnishings, and framed pictures. Things to look for include insects, blood stains, dead bugs, and eggs.

Luggage should be elevated and away from soft furnishings such as couches.

On return to your home, tourists should not bring their luggage directly into their homes. It is advised to leave it in the garage and to put all clothing in the dryer at the highest appropriate temperature for at least 15 minutes.

The city rankings were based on all bed bug treatments by Orkin Canada at residential and commercial properties within Canada from July 1, 2016, to June 30, this year.

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St. John's has made it to the top of another list, but this time it's not for the colourful houses or oceanfront location.

The most easterly city in Canada is also housing a host of unwanted guests bedbugs.

Pest control company Orkin Canada released data gathered from the number of treatments it performed at both residential and commercial properties throughout the country from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017.

Toronto topped its list of bedbug ridden cities, followed by Winnipeg, Vancouver, Ottawa, St. John's, Edmonton, Halifax, Sudbury, Scarborough and Calgary.

Bedbugs rely on humans for more than just lunch.

Orkin released its list of the 25 most bed bug-ridden cities in Canada. (Orkin Canada)

"They're great little hitchhikers, and unfortunately we're a great mode of transport," said Ken Penney, service manager for Orkin in St. John's.

"From our luggage, purses, bags, wallets, cell phone casesthese are all the ways we have confirmed bed bugs navigating from one place to the other."

Penney points to the oil boom and a reliance on the tourism industry for St. John'shigh ranking among much bigger cities on the list.

"In recent years we've become an oil-based society and we rely heavily on tourism, hence we inherit the trends that come with those industries," Penney told CBC Radio's St. John's Morning Show.

"Increased tourists means increased hotel capacities, [workers] travelling between job sites, shared quarters, carpooling and disposable income, which also means vacationing, so all of these things are part of the bed bug equation.

"So it has increased, but that's the cost of our lifestyle."

The parasitic insects tend to live and hide in the areas where we sleep, but they aren't limited to hotels and apartment buildings, Penney said. They've been found in buses, taxis, theatres, food courts and offices.

Some people get red, itchy spots when bitten by bedbugs, some show no signs at all, Penney said, so it isn't always obvious there is a problem.

Penney has seen infestations so severe they had to tear out the walls and flooring in a home and throw out all the furniture.

"And the occupants are just there stood up saying, 'I had no signs, I didn't know that this happened,' and we're finding hundreds of bugs in behind almost every obstacle."

This fed, adult bed bug is no bigger than an apple seed. (Sudbury & District Health Unit/www.bedbugsinfo.ca)

Bedbugs can thrive in a spotlessly clean room, and one female bedbug can lay one to five eggs per day, so vigilance is key.

Penney's best advice is to thoroughly inspect the area around your bed, including linens, creases in mattresses and furniture, the box spring, headboard and framed pictures.

Look for insects adults are reddish-brown and about the size of an apple seed eggs, blood stains and fecal matter.

"St. John's is a small city, but it's also one of North America's oldest cities, hence we shouldn't believe we should be impervious to one of North America's oldest pests."


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