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Is That Cockroaches In My Chocolate?

It’s one of the simple pleasures in life.  Whether dripping down from a hot fudge sundae or melting into a glorious goo in your mouth, for many people, chocolate is a delightful treat in their lives.

You might be shocked to hear that your favorite sinful treat has a few additives that you did not know about.  Worse yet, those additives, despite being considered “safe” are making some people sick!

Insects are in abundance throughout the world.  Without a doubt we have all consumed pounds of them during our lifetime, without even knowing it.

ABC News reported on March 26, 2012 that people who are allergic to chocolate may actually be allergic to something else entirely…cockroaches!

According to their report, the Food and Drug Administration allows for up to 60 insect pieces per 100 grams of chocolate to be present before it is rejected for consumption.  On average, there are eight…yes, eight insect parts that can be found in one single chocolate bar that is produced in the United States.  These “parts” are considered to be safe for consumption.  If you think you can just stop eating chocolate to avoid eating bugs, you would be mistaken.  “Other foods like peanut butter, macaroni, fruit, cheese, popcorn, and wheat also contain this material.”  You may read the article here.

What has been revealed is that these trace amounts of insect parts can adversely affect people who suffer from asthma and allergies.  According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, the diagnosis of asthma has been on a steady increase in the United States for the past 30 years.  Cockroach waste has been proven to trigger acute asthma attacks, especially in children.  Studies have shown that “from 23 percent to 60 percent of urban residents with asthma are sensitive to the cockroach allergen.”

So the question remains…will you still eat chocolate?  Despite the insect parts, I know I won’t be able to give up such a decadent treat!

HUD Helps Victims Of Bed Bugs Part 2 Of 2

Continuing from Monday…

• If a unit is suspected to have bed bugs, but no bugs are found, O/As should continue to re-inspect the unit/s for several months.

• When bed bugs are found in a unit, that unit, as well as the units surrounding it, must receive treatment for the pests.  Treatment can be in the form of heat, freezing, using mattress encasements, vacuuming, steaming, and interception devices.

• O/As may ask for financial help from HUD to treat bed bug infestations in a dwelling.  O/A’s should submit a request via the “Reserve for Replacement” or “Residual Receipts” accounts at HUD.

• O/A’s can help keep the incidents of bed bug infestations low by offering tenants bed bug mattress covers, monitoring devices, or other detection tools.  The O/As may not charge a tenant for the use of any of these products.

• To protect the building, O/As may voluntarily offer to inspect a tenant’s furniture before they move in and inspections of luggage when a tenant returns from a trip out-of- town, and inspection of any used furniture before it is brought into a building. The O/As may not charge a tenant nor can they require a tenant to be subjected to any of these services.

• Tenants that have had a bed bug problem at a previous residence cannot be denied residency based upon that history.

• The cost of bed bug eradication cannot be passed along to the tenant.  The O/As must incur the costs associated with the bed bug infestation or ask for financial assistance from the “Reserve for Replacement” or “Residual Receipts” accounts at HUD if necessary.

• Tenants should immediately report any bed bug sightings to the O/As so that treatment can commence before the infestation spreads throughout the building.

• Tenants should expect the O/As to perform treatment within 5 days of calling to report the bloodsuckers.  If not possible, tenants should be kept aware of when the pest control professional will provide treatment.

• Tenants must cooperate with all bed bug treatment efforts and OA’s can offer assistance free of charge if needed.

NJ Pest Control Experts Warn College Students About Bed Bugs Part 2 Of 2

Continuing from Monday…

To date, there have already been a number of colleges and universities throughout the United States that have reported having trouble with bed bug infestations.  Maysville Community and Technical College has found them in their tutoring center.  Wake Forest University had bed bug infestations thriving in 2% of their dorm rooms and the dorm rooms at Old Dominican University have the buggers lurking around too.  This is likely only the beginning of the bed bug nightmare for many college students!

New Jersey pest control experts report that many colleges throughout the United States are being proactive by having pest control experts at the ready in case an outbreak occurs.  If the bloodsuckers are discovered, colleges are using high tech devices such as heat treatment, Cryonite, pesticides, and bed bug sniffing dogs to clear any area of the infestation to have the least amount of disruption and to keep students healthy and safe.

The recent study from the National Pest Management Association called “2011 Bugs Without Borders Survey” revealed that 73% of pest control professionals believe that bed bugs are the most difficult pest to eradicate.  Upon arriving at any campus dorm room, New Jersey pest control experts recommend that you carefully examine the room for bed bugs prior to bringing in any personal belongings.  Bed bugs can easily be lurking in the tufts and seams of the bed so you so definitely buy a Protect-A-Bed Mattress Encasement. The encasement will not only fully encase the entire mattress, trapping any potential bed bugs or their eggs inside (forever), they will also keep bed bugs from being able to make a nest on the mattress if any exist in the room or hitchhike their way inside at a later date.

Always remember, avoiding bed bugs is easier than dealing with an infestation!

The Verdict Is In…Dismissed! Part II Of II

Continuing from Wednesday…

Out of complete desperation to get rid of the bed bugs, Fox News hired an entomologist that was employed with the American Museum of Natural History.  The entomologist was able to determine that the treatments were working, but the office was continuously being re-infested by another staff member.  This was only confirmed after the entomologist visited each of the employee’s homes, and second homes, in an effort to pin-point the exact location of the bed bug infestation so that the re-infestation within the office building could stop.

Ms. Clark claims to have sustained physical and mental injuries because of the bed bug bites that she received, resulting in her resigning from her job in 2008.  Ms. Clark soon became the first worker to sue a commercial landlord, and its agents, over a New York City bed bug infestation.  Fox News was not named in the lawsuit.

New York Supreme Court Judge Carol Robinson Edmead dismissed the negligence lawsuit in mid-April.

The judge said that the Fox worker had “no contractual relationship” with the property defendants in the case and that “Fox News took extraordinary measures to combat the bed bug infestation.”  Quite frankly…she’s correct!

Judge Edmead said…

“Movants posit that since there are no effective prophylactic measures against bed bugs, the only thing they could do to prevent bed bugs would be to subject all persons entering the building and their possessions to a thorough search by specially trained dogs and human inspectors which would be much more intrusive than the searches conducted at airports — a practical impossibility since more than 6,000 people a day go into the building.”

The former Fox News employee has announced that she does intend on appealing the ruling in this case.

Businesses can avoid potential lawsuits by employees if they hire a licensed pest control professional with experience in eradicating New York City bed bug infestations!  For expert bed bug removal service, contact Stern Environmental Group.

The Verdict Is In…Dismissed! Part I Of II

Just the mention of bed bugs to many New York City residents can send shivers down their spines.  Since the pesky bloodsuckers made their way into the spotlight a few years back, New York City has been dubbed our nations “bed bug capitol”.  Typically nocturnal, these hitchhiking parasites have made their way into daytime venues too.  NYC retail stores, courtroom, hospitals, and offices have all reported trouble with NYC bed bug infestations.

It’s a high profile bed bug lawsuit that many people around the United States have been itching…pardon the pun…to learn the verdict of….

According to the much publicized reports, in October of 2007 Jane Clark claims that she was repeatedly bitten bybloodsucking bed bugs while working at the offices of Fox News in New York City.  According to court documents, she claims that the daytime munching continued even after Fox News relocated its office to another floor in the building in the early part of 2008.

Fox New was quick to react to the bed bug infestation and hired a pest control expert in October of 2007.  Pest control began chemical treatments of the office building on December 1, 2007.  It should be noted that the delay in providing immediate pest control treatment could have helped contribute to the spreading and multiplication of the bed bugs within the office.  The eradication services continued at Fox News even after the company moved to their new location within the building.

Despite the chemical treatments that ensued, the bed bug infestation persisted at Fox News.  Extensive efforts were made to get rid of the NYC bed bug infestation.  Fox News installed insect monitors, hired bed bug sniffing dogs, Cryonite was used to freeze the bed bugs and their eggs…and yet the bugs still remained.

Please check back on Friday for the conclusion.