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Bedbugs Can Infest Your Work Office As Well As Your Bedroom

Add bedbugs to your list of potential occupational health hazards. A new report reveals nearly half of the employees of a U.S. government office in Tennessee were bitten by the blood-thirsty invaders while at work.

A bedbug-detecting German shepherd confirmed the infestation at an unidentified building in Clarksville, Tenn., last September, and investigators concluded that at least 35 workers had suffered bites. Although one woman had bite marks all over her body, the bugs didn’t cause serious health problems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

Bedbugs can easily expand their territory beyond bedrooms, said Michael Potter, professor of entomology at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. “They start in homes and beds, and as people move about, they get transported into office buildings, schools, libraries, movie theaters, retail stores, you name it.”

Clarksville, home to about 125,000 people in north Tennessee, is one of many cities combating bedbugs in nonresidential settings in recent years. Bedbug infestations have soared since 2000 across the United States, sending even customers of luxury hotels and upmarket clothing stores into a panic.

A 2011 survey of U.S. pest control companies found that 38 percent had responded to infestations at office buildings, up from 17 percent the year before. Treatments at schools and day-care centers rose to 36 percent from 10 percent, and visits to hospitals jumped from 12 percent of their jobs to almost one-third.

Bedbugs bite people, often at night, and become engorged with their blood. The bites cause welts, itching and swelling. However, bedbugs do not carry disease like some other insects.

The building in question serves children and has 76 employees, said Dr. Jane Baumblatt, a CDC epidemic intelligence services officer based in Tennessee. Employees began reporting bites and itching last June, she said, and the state health department responded.

Theories about the source of the bites included scabies and fleas. But a German shepherd, one of many dogs around the country trained to detect bedbugs, found them in cubicles and offices within the building, Baumblatt said. Also, dermatologists confirmed that the bites were from bedbugs.

Baumblatt interviewed 61 employees and found that 35 had suffered from bites, often on their legs. “It wasn’t that severe. It was more of a nuisance than anything,” Baumblatt said.

“The anxiety was that people didn’t know what it was,” she said. “Once people figured out they were bedbugs, they were relieved.”

The office brought in a pest control company to rid the office of bedbugs and performed steam cleaning, Baumblatt said.

Potter, the entomologist, said bedbugs prefer beds and stationary furniture such as couches and recliners because they don’t like disruption when they feed on people. But they may be transported to offices, day-care centers or myriad other locations in personal belongings such as backpacks, briefcases and purses.

Once an office becomes infested, managers may not want to tell workers in order to avoid a panic, he said. “In the best of all worlds, the office would inform the employees that some bedbugs have been spotted and they have a pest control company that’s hopefully involved in dealing with things,” he said.

However, Potter added, “nothing is easy when it comes to bedbugs.”

The report was scheduled for presentation Tuesday at the CDC’s annual Epidemic Intelligence Services conference in Atlanta.|head

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Bed bugs discovered at Riley Hospital for Children

Bed bugs continue to be an issue nationwide. At Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, an incidence of bed bugs was recently discovered,” the statement said. “To ensure the safety of our patients and families, we work closely with our infection control and environmental services departments to ensure the incident is isolated and dealt with in a timely manner.”
A spokesperson for Riley Hospital confirmed they discovered bed bugs over the weekend in one room.
According to the hospital, the patient and patient’s family were moved to a different room, but not before the hospital took their clothes and washed and dried them at an extremely high heat. Hot enough, a spokesperson said, to kill any bed bugs that could have been on the clothes.
The hospital said the room was sealed for 48 hours while an outside contractor fumigated the room to kill the pests.
According to the spokesperson, the entire floor was inspected for more bed bugs and none were found. The hospital also said it inspected the two rooms, both above and below the room where they found the original case.
This isn’t the first time the hospital has dealt with bed bugs.
A spokesperson told Eyewitness News they also had a case last month in a room.

As you can see bed bugs are still a problem and they can be a problem anywhere, if you are having a problem with bed bugs or are concerned you may have bed bugs contact A1 Exterminators today at

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Welcome 2012 (pests not included)

As we all welcome 2012 lets be sure to not welcome the insects and pests as well!

If anyone is having a problem with insects or pests of any nature contact

A1 Exterminators today at 1-800-525-4825

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Spiders in Massachusetts

I know that some people are afraid of spiders. Spiders are wonderful creatures! They catch bugs for us. They eat annoying flying gnats. We should all treasure and appreciate spiders. Many Native American cultures have wonderful stories about spiders and how they help nature. Massachusetts spiders are our friends šŸ™‚

In biologic terms, spiders are of the order Araneae. They all have 8 legs. There are over 40,000 different species of spiders. Finding any book that shows “all spiders” is literally impossible! That’s why I’m trying to focus on one area – just the Massachusetts spiders I’ve found in Sutton. You have to catch them when you can – most spiders only live for 1-2 years.

Some of the spiders I will write about in the next few days are common spiders of Massachusetts. For example, we see orb weavers with their brilliant spiral webs all the time, and most school children would identify orb weaver webs as being spider webs. On the other hand, we’ve only seen the stripey ground crab spider once!

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The War on Bedbugs Starts Now: The 2nd National Bed Bug Summit

A summit to fight the epidemic of Cimex lectularius convenes today in Washington DC as the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a half dozen other federal agencies try to address the “consumer concern about the rising incidence of bed bugs in the United States.”

The 2011 National Bedbug Summit, to be held at Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center today and tomorrow, will have a panel of experts brainstorming to address issues such as gaps in prevention and control and the progress of State and local governments in reigning in the problem.

Bedbugs are tiny parasitic insects which feed on the blood of warm-blooded mammals. Typical adverse health effects from bedbug bites include skin rashes, allergic reactions and psychological effects.

Bedbugs are not known to transmit infectious diseases to humans.

In the United States, the bedbug was essentially eradicated since the 1940s but found resurgence at the end of the century. Though pesticides have historically been effective against bedbugs, resistance to many pesticides have developed. In addition to pesticides, non-pesticide methods have been used such as vacuuming and heat treating.

For more information on the 2011 National Bedbug Summit

Robert Herriman

February 01, 2011

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