Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by KateMac329, Jan 22, 2006.

  1. KateMac329

    KateMac329 New Member

    Okay I hope I don't get in trouble for copying this article and pasting it in here but I HAD to tell you guys about this!!!

    I read an article about these little pests over a year ago but hadn't really heard that it had become an issue.

    READ! I am already itching all over! YUCK!


    By SARA KUGLER, Associated Press Writer
    Sun Jan 22, 12:46 PM ET

    NEW YORK - Legions of tiny blood-sucking bugs are munching their way through the Big Apple, making this the city that never sleeps ... tight. Bedbugs are back, and they're not just rearing their rust-colored heads in New York City. Authorities say it's a global crisis: Exterminators who handled one or two bedbug calls a year are now getting that many in a week, according to the National Pest Management Association.


    "There's an epidemic going on throughout the country, and New York seems to be the hotbed," said Jeffrey Eisenberg, a pest control expert.

    The elusive critters avoid light and attack in the middle of the night. About the size of an apple seed, a bedbug hides among cracks and crevices in furniture and walls, and can disappear into the edge of a picture frame or between buttons on an alarm clock.

    They invade even the cleanest apartments and swankiest neighborhoods, including Manhattan's Upper West Side, where a city councilwoman is calling for a citywide bedbug task force.

    "We've always had pests in New York City — we have rats, cockroaches, etcetera, but bedbugs are new," said Councilwoman Gail Brewer. "We're not doing a good job focusing on it."

    The pests are efficient and active travelers, often hitching a ride on people's clothing and jumping from host to host when people brush up against each on the subway, in elevators or on crowded streets.

    Bedbugs are turning up in hospitals, schools, movie theaters, health clubs. Recent reports put them in a a New Jersey college dorm and a Los Angeles hotel — where one guest filed a $5 million lawsuit. A New Yorker and his landlord wound up in court over an infestation in his Lower East Side apartment, where he fruitlessly tried everything to get rid of the relentless buggers.

    Eisenberg, who owns the Pest Away exterminating company in Manhattan, said bedbugs are spreading "like wildfire" through the city. And treating infestation is a costly, time-consuming process.

    Belongings must be removed from the home to be thoroughly washed or dry-cleaned, followed by meticulous vacuuming, before the exterminator can even begin his work. Several home visits are often needed.

    People who have bedbugs often never see them alive. The only signs are pepper-like spots of their fecal matter, specks of dried blood on bedsheets, and of course, the bites. The scourge is nearly impossible to eradicate; the creatures can go a year without feeding, they reproduce rapidly and don't die easily.

    "Now it's just us against these bugs," said Sofia Sapinha, a 20-year-old junior at a New Jersey college where her dorm room has been infested since September.

    Between calls to campus officials and visits from the exterminator, she and her roommate have tried their own tactics, including covering her mattress in a zippered plastic cover and greasing bedposts with Vaseline to keep the bugs from crawling up.

    But nothing has worked. This week, two nights after they returned from holiday break, she was bitten again — on the face. The bugs, it seems to her, are winning the war and becoming quite bold as a result.

    "We found one this week in the middle of my bed, it was just crawling up as if it owned the place," she said.

    Not even the professionals feel like they have a handle on battling the epidemic, said Eisenberg, who returned this weekend from a conference where bedbugs were a top priority.

    The current generation of exterminators has been caught unaware by these pests, which were all but dormant for decades. The recent comeback is attributed to several factors, primarily an increase in global travel and the banning of potent pesticides like DDT.

    "We feel like we're starting from scratch," Eisenberg said. "The only thing we know is that we don't know anything."

    In New York City, Brewer wants to create a task force that would monitor the epidemic and develop policy solutions to curb the spread of the bloodsuckers. On Sunday, she announced new legislation that also seeks to halt some common mattress industry practices that exacerbate the problem.

    The legislation calls for a ban on reconditioning mattresses — essentially taking old ones, refurbishing them and selling them like new, often spreading the bugs into stores and homes.

    It would also require separate transport of old and new mattresses, which is common. A mattress purchase often includes the removal of the old one, and when several used and new mattresses mingle in the truck, it becomes a bedbug free-for-all.

    A similar bill was introduced last year but died when the council session expired.

  2. gramaT

    gramaT New Member

    Funny you should mention this topic. My son lives in Germany in the AirForce. He has a wife and two little sons. A couple mo.after they shipped over there from TX, they decided to get a place on base. They had noticed a rash on the little one who is 18 mo. He cried a lot too.A few wks after they moved, they tried two or three Dr's and no one knew what it was. My son's wife went home and started searching the baby's bed. She found blood, and some bedbugs in the cracks of the bed. They called the exterminators and kept searching. They were everywhere in both boy's rooms. Even behind the pictures on walls.

    this turned into a nightmare that has lasted 9 months. Now my son has been shipped to Iraq for sev.months and his wife went to TX to stay with her folks. The day before they left, the bug people sprayed for the third time but who knows if it will work. I'm praying they will be gone when they get back. My DIL has nightmares about it AND the baby screams at night.

    I hope it can be stopped

    Carolyn in Illinois
  3. KateMac329

    KateMac329 New Member

    For starters sorry the post was so long but I REALLY wanted you guys to read about it!

    I get a little crazy when I think about bugs crawling around my house. Although our home is not anywhere near as clean as I would like it to be I get so freaked out about the thought of bed bugs and dust mites!

    I vacuum our bedroom constantly!!! I know that dust mites can crop up anywhere in the home especially when you have a lot of hair and dander being shed so I try to vacuum the rest of the house on a regular basis too but our bedroom gets it not daily but close to it!

    I change out the sheets on a weekly basis and believe me if I had the energy it would be more often!!! It's just with my huge belly on top of energy making the bed is becoming a problem. LOL (our bed is high off the ground so I literally have to hop to get in and I am 5'6")

    Anyway, I just wanted you guys to read about this. They these bugs can attack even the cleanest of homes which of course gets my mind going!

    I am going to have to search for the article I read a year ago on them because they had some good tips on how to avoid getting an infestation.

  4. KateMac329

    KateMac329 New Member


    Yes!! Thank you for the welcome! It is glad to be back!!!

    Also a lady from Bellsouth called at 9am this morning and asked if we would like a guy to come out because he was in our area.

    LOL Would I??? I jumped at that! It has been weird with my DSL working and then not working but thank goodness it is finally working right now!

    I am just glad that I don't have to fool with it until Tuesday. I was going through a little bit of withdrawal! LOL

    Okay I sent you an email, did you get it?

    Scott and I are about to watch Desperate Housewives but I will try to call you tomorrow!


    I hope you are doing great and tell Ben I said hello!


    P.S. Thanks for the sweet words on Landon's room! We are super excited!!!! :)
    [This Message was Edited on 01/22/2006]

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