Bed bugs are equal opportunity pests and they’re taking a chomp out of New York City. “Bedbug epidemic attacks New York City,” screamed the Daily News on December 30, 2007. Staff reporter Douglas Feiden wrote, “A bedbug epidemic has exploded in every corner of New York City — striking even upper East Side luxury apartments owned by Gov. Spitzer’s father.”
No longer relegated to Skid Row fleabags, bed bugs have invaded the luxury suites of the rich and famous. The Daily News article chronicled recent outbreaks of the nasty blood-suckers at an upscale clothier on Madison Avenue, a noted law firm at One World Financial Center, luxury apartments on East 72nd Street and in SoHo, a 5-star Central Park hotel, college dormitories and several private and public schools (click the post title to read the full article).
In NYC and across the country, bed bug infestations have escalated exponentially (kind of like the little buggers breed). In 2004, the city received 537 bed bug complaints and 82 landlords were cited. In 2007, those numbers rose to 6,889 complaints and 2,008 citations. Increases in bed bug complaints span the country and appear to be the result of increased international travel and the banning of DDT, which had essentially eradicated the critters in the U.S. after WWII. However, bed bugs are prolific and hardy and it hasn’t taken them long to regain their pre-WWII status at the top of the country’s “Most Wanted” list. In fact, a new “super bed bug” seems to be on the rise that seems to be impervious to commonly used pesticides.
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Cryonite uses pressurized carbon dioxide (CO2) to rapidly freeze and kill insects and their eggs. It’s particularly effective on pesticide resistant bedbugs and hard-to-kill German cockroaches. Popularized in Europe and Australia but just introduced in the United States, the Cryonite system is only available from a select number of pest control companies, including Stern Environmental Group.
Cryonite system uses no toxic chemicals, making it is ideally suited for use in sensitive areas like homes, day care centers, hospitals, schools, nursing homes and restaurants. Cyronite’s instant kill action means that hotel and motel rooms can be rented immediately after treatment. Cruise ships can be treated with no scheduling delay for detoxification or clean up. The hospitality industry is showing major interest in Cryonite. The green pest control system maximizes occupancy rates and lowers down time for infected rooms.
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What’s scarier than a bed-bug in your bed? How about a bed-bug that can’t be killed with insecticides? Researchers are now finding that bed-bugs found in apartments and homes are becoming immune to the insecticides that are provided to kill them. Researchers used pyrethoid insecticides to solve the issue of the infestations that were building in apartments, but to the dismay of the researchers, most of the bugs withstood direct sprays from the pyrethoid insecticides. The talk of the bed-bugs becoming immune to the sprays prompted an experiment.
The experiment was between bed-bug samples collected and maintained in a laboratory for thirty years and one group of twenty years, and four different colonies from apartments. When sprayed with the pyrethoid insecticide, the laboratory bed-bugs who were never before sprayed were decimated completely, while the four colonies of apartment bed-bugs experienced little to no mortalities. The scary thing about that is that the four colonies were immune to sprays that were two-hundred to three-hundred times the recommended dosage prescribed by the companies who produced the insecticide.
The interesting realization that derived from this particular experiment was that when one of the bed-bugs from the lab set and another from the field set mated, the offspring were only partially immune to the pesticide, which showed that the immunity of the field bed-bugs is a genetic trait, which is passed along through latter generations.
It’s a growing problem, but a lot of factors that deal with a seemingly useless bed-bug fight could be that bed-bugs can hide anywhere, and maybe you’re just not getting all of them. Hopefully, the issue with immunity to pesticides will be solved before they take over the Earth! Or maybe just your bed…
You can read the full testing information from the University of Kentucky here.
Most of us have heard the famous tune by Glenn Miller, “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” written about New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania, the sensational, twenty-two-story hotel, erected in 1919. Self-proclaimed to be “The World’s Most Popular Hotel®,” this Manhattan giant has 1700 rooms, and it centers the hot spots of New York City, such as Madison Square Garden, Amtrak’s Penn Station, Macy’s, The Empire State Building, The Javits Center, as well as the Theater District. Inside can be found all sorts of fitness centers, and the high-quality front-desk and transportation services make for an extremely comfortable stay. They even have valet parking! Needless to say, this hotel is one hot spot. Too bad they forgot to take care of one little thing… bed bugs.
The Hotel Pennsylvania is taking a nearly $100,000 hit because of six tourists who claim to have had a bad run with bed bugs while staying at the hotel. Two of these tourists were women from Switzerland who said that they were “eaten alive” by these tiny vampires of the night in 2005.
The hotel is now taking measures to protect its guests and prevent the infestation of bed bugs in its rooms. Even still, be wary when staying at Hotel Penn, or any hotel, for that matter; bed bugs are everywhere where there are people checking in and out.
Bed-bugs are amongst us! This is becoming so much of a problem that a task force has been created and assembled in Cincinnati to address the issue. The meeting consisted of politicians, exterminators, as well as a very large crowd of concerned citizens, who all wanted to rally against what is now being considered an epidemic. The Cincinnati Health Department is being floored with complaints due to the increasing problem of annoying bed-bug bites. Over the past year, these complaints have almost doubled in number. Obviously, these pesky, little sleep-haunters are rousing quite an uproar.
Officials are finding that normal pesticides just don’t work, so the real issue at hand is how to get rid of this potentially colossal problem, before it gets even more out of hand. Bed-bugs are constantly finding ways to sneak into our homes, travelling in our clothing and luggage, and making their homes in the cozy comfort of the beds of the unsuspecting. The only way to really get rid of them is to call your local Health Department, and ask for an experienced extermination professional. Take action before the problem becomes uncontrollable.