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Iowa Supreme Court Hears About Bed Bugs!

The Supreme Court Justices in Iowa may be feeling a bit itchy this week as they have begun to hear a high profile skin crawling case about bed bugs!  The case is of such high interest to Iowans that special sessions have been set for the hearings so that more residents will be able to watch the evening proceedings about the bloodsucking pests.

According to the DesMoinesRegister.com on February 19, 2013, the landmark bedbug case was filed in 2010 between 250 tenants of Elsie Mason Manor and Ligutti Tower in Des Moines against the First Baptist Housing Foundation, which serves as the management company for the low income apartment complexes.  In 2011, a lower court granted the plaintiffs wish that the case be converted to a class action case.  The tenants claim that the management company refused to treat the bed bug infested property properly and did not warn tenants about the pests.  Their attorney further argued that the residents lived in “unconscionable and substandard living conditions for years”.

The defendant’s legal eagle has been arguing to reverse the decision of the lower court and have the class action suit halted.  He contends that each of the 250 bed bug cases filed by the tenants should be heard individually instead of together as a class action lawsuit.

It stands to reason that adding 250 individual bed bug cases onto any court’s docket would be exhausting for the judges and staff who work within the court system.  It makes you wonder…if the class action suit is reversed, would the first cases that are heard receive the same time and attention as the last cases that are heard?  It also makes you wonder if hiring a good pest control professional with extensive bed bug eradication experience at the onset of the bed bug infestation problem could have solved the bed bug problem so that the entire lawsuit could have been avoided in the first place.

Oregon Lawmakers Concerned About Bed Bug Victim Privacy

From coast to coast, incidents of bed bug infestations continue to be on the rise report Manhattan pest control professionals.  Some cities and states have created bed bug regulations and educational campaigns that have helped to bring their bed bug populations down.  Many states do not require pest control professionals, property owners, or businesses, to report bed bug infestations, so it is difficult for the state to ascertain just how bad the bed bug infestation rates are within the state.

According to reports by OPB on January 29, 2013, in the state of Oregon, lawmakers are looking at new legislation that will protect the anonymity of anyone that is suffering through a bed bug infestation.

House Bill 2131 would require that personal information that would be required to be provided by pest control companies performing bed bug eradication be held confidential, and not subject to disclosure under public records law.  The information that is collected however can be shared between local health authorities, health district, and the Oregon Health Authority.

At the passing of the Law, pest control professionals would be required to immediately provide:

• Information about the location of where the bed bug eradication procedures were performed.

• The identity of the owner, renter, or person/company leasing the property where bed bugs were found or suspected.

• Information describing the infestation or suspected infestation.

The hopes are that by creating the new legislation, the stigma of having bed bugs would be erased for all levels of society.  In addition, public officials are hoping that the information that is collected will give them a better understanding of their current bed bug infestation rates and enable them to develop programs to help the community if necessary.

If the legislation passes the Oregon legislature this week, it will take effect immediately for the “preservation of the public, peace, health, and safety, an emergency is declared to exist.”  This legislation is quite different than those that have popped up in other parts of the United States.

Bed Bugs Have Found Their Way To The Wall Street Journal Headquarters In NYC

It’s been just over two weeks since employees at the Wall Street Journal in New York were informed that their office had been invaded by bed bugs.  According to the Capital on January 14, 2013, employees were informed that a bed bug was found in the video room.  As a precaution reports are that the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) brought in a bed bug sniffing dog which found pay-dirt when the bed bug video hiding place was revealed.

To date there has been no word as to whether these itchy little pests have reared their ugly beaks once again or hitched a ride home with any WSJ employees.  As icky as bed bugs are, the Wall Street Journal has joined other literary big wigs that also dealt with the bloodsucking pests within the past few years.  Bed bugs were previously found creeping along at New York’s Penguin and Time Warner offices as well as major retail stores, theaters, and other office buildings throughout New York City.

Can you escape encountering bed bugs…unfortunately, no!  Bed bugs are now a fact of modern day life report Manhattan pest control professionals.  Many people believe that DDT was the magic bullet that ended bed bug infestations in the United States in the 1940’s-50’s.  Without a doubt, the powerful pesticide was instrumental in kicking bed bugs to the curb, but one cannot discount another important bed bug fact during that time period…the human contribution.

Years ago, generations were raised knowing about bed bugs and how to deal with them.  They were a pest that everyone got from time to time and one that did not carry the stigma of today.  In past years, people worked hard at being proactive to avoid bed bug infestations.  Because people were constantly on the lookout for the pests, residents were quick to respond with eradicating them so that small pockets of bed bugs would not spread into massive infestations.

Interesting Bed Bug Treatment

Manhattan pest control professionals have different ways that they will treat bed bug infestations depending on the severity of the problem.  Heat treatment, Cryonite (freezing), pesticides, bed bug traps, lures, and other bed bug products have proven to be useful tools in the fight against bed bug infestations.

The Litchfield County Times reported on January 24, 2013 that bed bugs have been discovered at a Rose Haven in Litchfield, CT.  To rid their facility of the bloodsucking pests, several steps were taken to get rid of the bugs according to reports.

Most of the seniors at the facility were relocated to another facility while four non-toxic chemicals were used to get rid of the pests.  Additionally, all mattresses, pillows and pillow cases were thrown away as they were bed bug infested.  According to the NPMA, mattresses do not need to be tossed to the curb as they can be safely treated for bed bugs and then encased in a mattress and box spring encasement such as the Protect-A-Bed Mattress Encasements.

Reports are that their pest control professional recommended that “Rose Haven took the extra precaution of encasing the new mattress with tape to ensure there will be no possible infestation for at least one year. Rose Haven plans to do this on an annual basis with mattresses.”  This technique of taping a mattress is an interesting one.  Using a mattress encasement is not only easier; it would save the facility from having to use tape year after year.  Time will tell if this method of taping a mattress is effective at keeping bed bugs out.

The Litchfield County Times reported that the staff is confident that the bed bugs are gone from the facility now that treatment has commenced.  But as many Manhattan bed bug specialists know, bed bugs are sneaky and robust creatures which often make a reappearance after the first round of bed bug treatment.

New Top 50 Most Infested Bed Bug Cities Announced

January is a time to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new.  January is also a time when cities across the United States are named the best place to live, the best place to work, the best place eat…and the list goes on and on.  Along with the good comes the bad and one national pest control company, has released their Top 50 Most Bed Bug Infested Cities In America rankings.

Many city leaders across the US are surely surprised to see that their city has jumped up in the ranking, while others are thrilled to find that their city has slid down in the ranking.

The ranking is comprised of cities with the most bed bug infestation treatments from January 2012 through December 2012.  The firm is reporting a whopping 33% increase in bed bug infestation business for the 2012 year as well.

Here’s the final 2012 ranking of the Top 15 cities according to Orkin as reported by the Huffington Post on January 18, 2013:

• 15 Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, NC

• 14 San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, CA

• 13 Seattle/Takoma

• 12 Richmond/Petersburg, VA

• 11 Dayton, Ohio

• 10 New York City, NY

• 9 Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX

• 8 Cleveland/Akron/Canton, Ohio

• 7 Washington, DC

• 6 Columbus, Ohio

• 5 Cincinnati, Ohio

• 4 Denver, CO

• 3 Los Angeles, CA

• 2 Detroit, MI

• 1 Chicago, IL

Manhattan pest control professionals are thrilled to learn that New York City has dropped in the rankings for 2012.  They have taken up the number 10 spot in comparison to the 2011 of #9 (and even lower by Terminix’s ranking for 2011).

The interesting thing to note about this year’s top 50 listing is that several smaller/mid-sized cities are battling bed bugs now in a big way.  Where New York City has continued to drop in its rankings each year, showing that educational campaigns and efforts by Manhattan pest control experts are working, smaller cities must take on the same techniques that larger cities have in order to successfully combat the bloodsuckers.