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Bed Bug Friday - Behold the Bed Bug Registry

 

When Bedbugs Became News, the Bedbug Registry Became a Debated Source

Posted by Bill Krueger at 9:09 AM on Oct. 15, 2010

Poynter.com


For three years, hardly anyone noticed the quirky little Web site Maciej Ceglowski created to keep track of bedbugs.

That was fine with Ceglowski, because it was more of a personal matter to him after bedbugs bit him one night in a Travelodge in San Francisco.


"It was good psychological therapy for me to get back at the bedbug," Ceglowski told me in a recent interview.

But bedbugs are in the news these days, with numerous reports about a rise in infestations nationwide in apartment buildings, hotels and other buildings. And suddenly Ceglowski's website, bedbugregistry.com, is not so little anymore. 

At the beginning of the year, Ceglowski's website might have had 3,000 visitors a day and 20 reports of bedbug sightings. Now, the site gets up to 40,000 visitors and 100 new reports a day. (That's down from a peak of 50,000 visitors a day in August.)

ntended or not, bedbugregistry.com has become a source of news. For some, it's an example of the potential of crowdsourcing, where thousands of anecdotal reports come together to identify clusters of bedbugs in cities around the country. That relies on the assumption, though, that the information reported is accurate. And that gives some people pause. 

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"Bed Bug Treatments" - Victoria Fickle

 

By far my personal favorite for the day was Victoria Finckle's lecture. Victoria is a true entomologist with focused studies on Bed Bugs. Victoria's topics included: 

Bed Bug Biology

Mating and reproduction

Feeding habits

Signs and symptoms 

Variations of bites

Infestations 

Controlling Bed Bugs 

K9 scent detection

Conventional Bed Bug Treatment

Mechanical Control - Vacuuming

Steam Treatment

Mattress and Box spring encasement

Discarding infested items

Bed Bug Pest Control Services

We publish and republish alot on Bed Bugs so this was a treat! It would be very beneficial if others took this topic a little more serious. Some older posts I have made focus on what to look for when traveling, its worth a look. 

As a personal note: 

I thought I was the biggest insect geek, I have met my match! great lecture, kept me itching the entire time! 


 

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Cockroaches Increase the Risk for Allergens & Asthma Attacks

 

Winter Weather Draws Cockroaches Indoors, Increasing Risk for Allergens & Asthma Attacks

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

National Pest Management Association reminds families of health risks associated with cockroach infestations

When most people think of allergy and asthma triggers, they likely think of pollen, dust and animal dander. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), however, warns that cockroaches can also pose a threat to those that suffer from allergies and asthma. The saliva, droppings and decomposing bodies of cockroaches contain allergen proteins known to trigger allergies and increase the severity of asthma symptoms.

Children are especially at risk for suffering allergic and asthmatic reactions to cockroach infestations. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports that one in five children in the U.S. have severe sensitivities to cockroach allergens. More, cockroaches spread 33 kinds of bacteria including E coli and salmonella, six parasitic worms and more than seven other types of human pathogens.

The threat for accumulated cockroach allergens is elevated in the winter because not only is there a greater chance for cockroaches to invade homes in search of warmth but also, because families spend more time indoors. The NPMA encourages homeowners to take proactive steps to prevent cockroach infestations this winter to help keep their families healthy and safe...

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Rodent infestation forces removal of trees at Pennsylvania Capitol

 
By DAVID WENNER, The Patriot-News
December 30, 2009, 2:29PM

Ridding the Capitol cafeteria in Harrisburg, Pa., of mice will involve more than just cleaning the cafeteria. Workers today were removing the trees and plants that grew in floor-level planters in the atrium next to the cafeteria.

In addressing the cafeteria mouse infestation, it was discovered that mice nested in the planters. "We've cleaned up the food source problem. We also needed to remove their habitat," said Beverly Hudson, chief of staff for the state Department of General Services.

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Pest Control - Bug invasion poses risks to Georgia crops

 

Kate Brumback, Associated Press

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Researchers recently found an insect in north Georgia that has never before been reported in the Western Hemisphere - and its arrival could be both a blessing and a curse.

Some might celebrate the arrival of the kudzu-munching bug, which could help control the invasive vine that drapes much of the South. However, the bug also feasts on valuable crops like soybeans and other legumes.

As of Nov. 12, the insect was reported in nine north Georgia counties, mostly on homes and other buildings with nearby kudzu patches. Experts aren't sure yet how fast or wide the bug will spread or how damaging it might be to crops.

"I think in time it's going to spread significantly," said Dan Suiter, an associate professor of entomology at the University of Georgia's Griffin campus. "But only time will tell."

Suiter and Lisa Ames, director of the university's Homeowner Insect and Weed Diagnostics Lab, first received specimens of the bug from pest-control companies and county agricultural officials in mid-October. Neither had ever seen it before and both initially misidentified it.

Just before Halloween, Dow AgroScience field researcher Joe Eger visited the University of Georgia campus, and Suiter happened to show him a specimen. That turned out to be a lucky break.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/11/29/BUO41AMFU0.DTL#ixzz0YN9b4fU4


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