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October 31, 2011
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October 27, 2013 | By Martin Eichner
Question: We have been experiencing an outbreak of bedbugs in one of our rental communities. Our exterminator inspected the entire property and then told us he would need to use a specially trained dog to sniff out the bedbugs in the individual units. We gave each resident a 24-hour notice that we would be entering each unit with a trained dog to inspect for bugs. One of the residents came to our office after we issued these notices. She said that it would violate her religious beliefs to allow a dog to sniff around her unit and belongings.
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NEWS
September 30, 2010
The bedbugs are biting! An apparent rise in infestation inspires urban outcry – and public officials from Chicago to Baltimore are trying to assuage itchy, anxious residents' fears. As the Baltimore Sun reports, "Baltimore health officials launched a series of meetings Wednesday to answer such questions from residents, property managers and others — and to tell everyone not to panic. " If you're not in Baltimore, fear not: many local governments, including Michigan , New York City , and California have their own sites dedicated to the bedbug.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2012 | By David Lazarus
We served up a plate of bed bugs on the KTLA-TV Consumer Confidential segment today. Specifically, a warning from the Federal Trade Commission that some of the remedies available on the market actually won't do a thing to alleviate an infestation of the nasty little things. We also looked at the latest scandal involving Apple's partner in China, and proof that higher cigarette taxes will reduce smoking.  
TRAVEL
November 6, 2010 | By Jen Leo, Special to the Los AngelesTimes
If all the talk in the news about bedbugs is giving you clinophobia (fear of going to bed), arm yourself with more information about the little pests at BedbugRegistry.com . What's hot: This online outlet lets travelers look up and report bedbug incidents. The homepage displays recent bedbug reports and a map that links to reports in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. You can also search for smaller cities such as Charleston, S.C., or Bakersfield. Besides checking on potential hotels, don't miss the resources page, with information on what bedbugs look like, what to do when you find them and how to avoid them in the future.
OPINION
August 18, 2007
Re "Bedbugs tuck into Southland," Aug. 13 This story touches on an emerging public health issue -- the overuse and misuse of chemicals to control pests. The conventional response to pest infestations in homes is to spray chemical pesticides. Unfortunately, this can cause health risks to residents, particularly children, and the development of resistant strains of pests, i.e. super bugs. It is disingenuous to say bedbugs are resurging because we no longer use DDT.
NEWS
May 11, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
Bedbugs leave their victims with itchy red welts, but they haven’t been considered much of a threat when it comes to the spread of disease. A new report calls that assumption into question. Researchers have now found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in bedbugs from three hospital patients in Vancouver, Canada. On one patient, researchers found three bedbugs carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus , or MRSA, a bacterium resistant to many common antibiotics.  On two patients, they found a bedbug with vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium , or VRE, another bacterium resistant to common antibiotics.  The report was published online before being printed in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases .  The researchers hasten to point out that there is no, repeat, no evidence linking bedbugs to disease transmission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2010
To prevent or limit bedbug infestations, the National Pest Management Assn. recommends that individuals: ? Take along a large plastic trash bag to hold suitcases during hotel stays. Vacuum suitcases after returning from a vacation. Check bed sheets in hotel rooms or at home for telltale brown or red spots or streaks. Carry a small flashlight to inspect a hotel room before settling in. Never bring secondhand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home unless it has been thoroughly examined.
NEWS
July 26, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A University of Florida researcher says America's luxury hotels are increasingly playing host to some unwelcome guests: bedbugs. Phil Koehler, an urban entomologist with the university's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in Gainesville, Fla., said the blood-feeding insect is being found more frequently in cities that have an influx of international tourists. Infestations have been reported in hotels and motels, and, Koehler noted, not just seedy ones.
NATIONAL
January 4, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter
In this Ohio city, it seems, it really is tough to stop the bedbugs from biting. When complaints about the bloodsucking insects first trickled in to Cincinnati's public health department three years ago, officials assumed it was an anomaly -- or perhaps the overactive imagination of a bug-phobic public. After all, Cimex lectularius had all but vanished here by the 1950s because of the frequent use of DDT and other now-banned pesticides.
NEWS
April 27, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times / For Booster Shots
Bedbugs can drive people out of house and home. Turns out they have the power to stop a plane too. A Minnesota woman's apparent case of bug bites caused a health scare that grounded a Delta Airlines flight at Chicago's Midway airport after the bites were mistaken for a monkeypox infection. Lise Sievers, 50, had called her mother in Indiana during her flight's layover in Detroit and mentioned that one of the children she had just visited in Uganda (in hopes of adopting) had suffered from pus-filled red bumps.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2011
Bedbugs Ben H. Winters Quirk Book: 253 pp., $14.95. Paper
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2011 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. That's the moral of the story in "Bedbugs," a disturbing new novel by Ben H. Winters. The book chronicles the horrific events surrounding the Wendt family's move to a brownstone that is renting for an unbelievably low price in a trendy Brooklyn neighborhood. What appears idyllic soon turns into a creepy-crawly nightmare. The brownstone at 56 Cranberry St. is rented to the Wendts by a daffy old widow named Andrea Scharfstein, who lives on the ground floor.
BUSINESS
September 5, 2011 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
In a move to attract new passengers and improve customer loyalty, several airlines have announced new in-flight amenities for travelers, including free pajamas, wireless Internet service and live baseball broadcasts. The latest incentives offered by such carriers as American and Alaska airlines suggest that competition is heating up as travel demand continues to rise. In particular, airlines are battling for prized business- and first-class travelers, who pay the highest airfares.
NEWS
May 13, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
MRSA, the potentially deadly bacteria more formally known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, has grabbed quite a few headlines this week.  Canadian researchers found MRSA (and VRE, other drug-resistant bacteria) in bedbugs in Vancouver; and American researchers found MRSA and other staph bacteria on a few samples of supermarket meat in Detroit.  The superbug news comes a month after researchers from a nonprofit biomedical research center found that about half of the grocery store meat they sampled was contaminated with staph bacteria , about half of which were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics.
NEWS
May 12, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
Not only can bedbugs harbor MRSA, they could potentially, just maybe, spread the drug-resistant bacteria, researchers – and resulting headlines — are speculating. The thought is a scary one, but not much different than what we already knew about the threat from these generally nocturnal parasites . It’s certainly plausible that a blood-sucking bug can spread blood-transmitted diseases, but scientists haven’t found much evidence they do so. Here’s the low-down on what’s known on bedbugs and disease.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2013 | By Martin Eichner
Question: We have been experiencing an outbreak of bedbugs in one of our rental communities. Our exterminator inspected the entire property and then told us he would need to use a specially trained dog to sniff out the bedbugs in the individual units. We gave each resident a 24-hour notice that we would be entering each unit with a trained dog to inspect for bugs. One of the residents came to our office after we issued these notices. She said that it would violate her religious beliefs to allow a dog to sniff around her unit and belongings.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 31, 2010
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NEWS
May 11, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
Bedbugs leave their victims with itchy red welts, but they haven’t been considered much of a threat when it comes to the spread of disease. A new report calls that assumption into question. Researchers have now found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in bedbugs from three hospital patients in Vancouver, Canada. On one patient, researchers found three bedbugs carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus , or MRSA, a bacterium resistant to many common antibiotics.  On two patients, they found a bedbug with vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium , or VRE, another bacterium resistant to common antibiotics.  The report was published online before being printed in the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases .  The researchers hasten to point out that there is no, repeat, no evidence linking bedbugs to disease transmission.
TRAVEL
January 8, 2011 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Question: We are planning a trip to New York City next summer. Is there a list of bedbug-free hotels? How can we protect ourselves? S. Penza, Camarillo Answer: Bedbugs have become such an issue that several websites have sprung up to help travelers scope out hotels at their destination. Check out http://www.bedbugregistry.com and http://www.bedbugreports.com , and also look at TripAdvisor.com (search for "bed bugs" or "bedbugs"). You'll find some pretty harrowing tales of these little suckers and how they can leave people scratching their heads (and face and legs and ankles, which is where they often bite)
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