November 6, 2010 |
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.
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.
May 11, 2011 |
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.
July 26, 2001 |
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.
January 4, 2009 |
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.