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Dr. Jerome Goddard - Part 2


First off I would like to say Dr. Goddard is probably one of the most entertaining speakers I have heard and really makes learning fun.

Bed Bugs continued

No Pest strips

Human feeding 

  • Hives
  • blisters
  • Various skin reactions

Effects on human health

  • Psychological - PTSD
  • Possible diseases transmission

Others Discussed

  • Lice 
  • Recluse spiders
  • Scorpions
  • Fire Ants
  • Cockroaches - Asthma and other allergies  - Using interventions and ways to prevent/control.
  • Dust mites - Allergies

Thank you Dr. Goddard for your talk! 

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Bed bugs - Don't let the bed bugs bite


Thursday, January 27, 2011 


"Goodnight girls. Sleep tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite."bed bug

"Aahh! Don't say that," screamed my older daughter.

Who would have thought that a harmless term of endearment from childhood could evoke fits of terror in our kids? Ah, but you see, when we were little, there was no "bed bug" epidemic sweeping lower Manhattan and no danger of hearing about it on the 6 o'clock news. I have to admit, they scare me as well, and it's all I can do not to scratch myself to sleep at night.

When you stop and think about it, many children's stories and nursery rhymes are downright terrifying. When I was 5, our family was preparing to move into our very own home after years of apartment living. About a month before the big move, the "Wizard of Oz" aired on television and my parents agreed I was old enough to watch it. Wrong. I spent the next month waking with a reoccurring nightmare that the wicked witch would pick up our new house and toss it to the ground, just like she had done with Dorothy's home.

Ironically, when Ally was 2 1/2, she became obsessed with the wicked witch after watching "The Wizard of Oz" (thanks to the magic of VCR's, my kids didn't have to wait a year to catch an annual televised event) over and over again with her big brother.

"Why her face geen, mommy?" she'd ask with her big brown eyes as wide as saucers. "The wicka witch won't get me, right mommy? I like her geen face," she'd say, hoping that flattery would keep her safe.

When my brother was young, he was terrified of "Hansel and Gretel." Perhaps he was afraid of abandonment, or perhaps he hated clogs (in our version, Hansel's were brown, while Gretel wore green), but whatever the reason, he would quickly flip past the pages of "Hansel and Gretel" in our Brother's Grimm storybook and start to cry if I suggested that my mom read it to us. I loved the pictures of the candy-covered house and reveled that in the end, clever Gretel outsmarted the evil witch by pushing her into the hot oven.

Then there's that crazy lady with all those kids. No, I'm not talking about the Octomom or Michelle Duggar, although clearly Mother Goose was ahead of her time. I'm referring, of course, to the old lady who lived in a shoe. Nothing terrifies little kids more than the thought of a spanking, except maybe the threat of an early bedtime. Well, that sadistic old woman beat her poor kids and then sent them to bed — now that's positively chilling for a 4-year-old!

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Blood-sucking bed bugs on the rise


Cases of bed bug infestations in Lincoln have doubled in the past few years, according to experts.

And it's not just hotels and hospitals that are calling in the experts. Cases of infestation in Lincoln homes

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 have also rocketed, with more people than ever needing the help of specialist firms to get rid of the nibbling monsters.

Experts say one of the main issues is that bed bugs are very resilient, living not just in mattresses, but furniture, clothing and even between cracks in skirting boards.

Pest control specialist Ian Spraggins from Eradicate Pest Control Specialists, based in Doddinton Park, said: "Bed bugs are most certainly on the increase in Lincoln – we saw a 50 to 55 per cent increase last year and who knows what this year will bring?

"One of the contributing factors is that more people are heading overseas on cut-price holidays where cleanliness might not be given as much attention. All it takes is a few to crawl into a suitcase, be carried back to the UK, then get nice and settled in your own home."

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Roasting bedbugs exterminates them

Sunday,  December 13, 2009
By Peggy O'Farrell

The latest technique to eliminate a stubborn pest has bedbugs feeling the heat -- and dying.

A Michigan-based pest-control company used heat to treat a Cincinnati apartment infested with bedbugs Friday.

As it turns out, bedbugs are fairly resistant to cold temperatures. But unlike many insects, they don't like it hot, said Mark "Shep" Sheperdigian, an urban entomologist and vice president of technical services for Rose Pest Solutions of Troy, Mich.

Temperatures of 113 degrees will kill bedbugs, but it can take hours, Sheperdigian said. Crank the thermostat up to 120 degrees or higher, and the little bloodsuckers dry up and die in minutes, he said.

Kevin Stacy, special-service manager for Rose, and two co-workers set up four large electric heaters in the three-bedroom apartment, then set up fans to help circulate the heat.

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Bed Bugs Takeover "30 Rock"



If you've ever dealt with a bed bug infestation, you know they are no laughing matter. But millions of viewers of NBC's hit show "30 Rock" got a laugh last week when Jack Donaghy, played by Alec Baldwin, had a bed bug infestation of his own.  Jack was even banned from riding his company car, and had to resort to taking the subway!

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