public health

Bed bugs should be considered public health threat, Canadian researchers claim

February 16, 2013

An article in the Winnipeg Free Press showcases a new study by seven Canadian public health experts and physicians, which suggests bed bugs can and should be considered a public health threat, even though they are not known to transmit disease. According to the Winnipeg Free Press: “Because bedbugs have not been proven to transmit disease […]

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Employees claim nursing home kept bed bugs a secret

November 2, 2011

NBC4 reports that employees at the Circleville Care and Rehabilitation Center in central Ohio claimed the nursing home kept the center’s bed bugs a secret from patients’ families: They claimed management threatened them with termination should anyone notify the media. They also claimed that families of patients were not being told about the problem. The […]

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Bed bugs may act as “hidden environmental reservoir” for drug-resistant bacteria MRSA and VRE

May 11, 2011

Remember the concern raised last year that bed bug bites (like other breaks in the skin) may make hospital patients more susceptible to MRSA? Now, researchers have found methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE) — a less dangerous form of antibiotic-resistant bacteria — in bed bugs removed from the bodies of three […]

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Royal Environmental Health Institute for Scotland calls bed bugs a ‘major public health issue’

March 6, 2011

The BBC News reports that Health experts have warned a rise in bedbug infestations in Scotland is becoming a ‘major public health issue’. The claim by the Royal Environmental Health Institute for Scotland (REHIS) comes as US experts said the world was on the verge of a ‘global pandemic’. According to the same article, the concerns […]

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Ontario will fight bed bugs with $5 million in funds and an educational campaign

January 10, 2011

Remember how Toronto officials asked Ontario for $15 million to fight bed bugs over five years, and were denied this funding? Now, Ontario is committing $5 million to fight bed bugs across the entire province. You can read more about this on Ontario News, a government-run news website. The provincial funding includes “up to $5 […]

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Bed bugs hit Antigua’s Land Registry office; misinformation abounds

September 25, 2010

According to the Antigua Observer, bed bugs have been found in the island’s Land Registry office. However, not to worry: the six bed bugs found are assumed not to have bitten anyone. Despite an infestation being found at the Land Registry, [Lionel Michael, Chief Environmental Health Officer of Antigua and Barbuda] said the insects had […]

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Bed bugs in Edmonton: inspectors’ bed bug precautions, and upcoming survey of landlords

September 22, 2010

Bed bugs continue to spread in Edmonton. The Toronto Sun has a new story today about Edmonton’s health inspectors, whose work puts them in danger of bringing bed bugs home. Health inspectors are charged with inspecting homes in response to bed bug complaints: “I don’t think you’ll find an inspector who works here who doesn’t […]

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EPA warns consumers with bed bugs to choose pesticides carefully and follow label instructions

August 10, 2010

The EPA issued a new Consumer Alert today about the proper and safe use of pesticides in treating bed bugs: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to alert consumers that there has been an increase of individuals or companies who offer to control bedbugs with unrealistic promises of effectiveness or low cost. This is […]

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CDC-EPA Joint Statement on Bed Bug Control in the United States

August 7, 2010

A new development: the Joint Statement on Bed Bug Control in the United States from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). I was happy to see the new CDC-EPA joint statement stressing that “Bed bugs cause a variety of negative physical health, mental health and […]

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Once more around the “bed bugs are not a health problem” maypole

January 7, 2010

Providers of affordable housing in Kingston, Ontario are pleading with the city to help them fund efforts to get rid of bed bugs in their rental units. Frontenac EMC news reports, “I think we have a major problem,” said Coun. Joyce MacLeod-Kane, who serves on the committee of non-profit Town Homes Kingston, one of the […]

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Ohio County, WV Health Dept. official: bed bugs “public health nuisance” and “psychological disaster”

July 30, 2009

Fox 28 reports that an Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department official says about 100 apartments at a Wheeling, West Virginia complex are infested with bedbugs. What struck me in the article was this: Health department Administrator Howard Gamble calls bedbugs a public health nuisance and a psychological  disaster for the people who are affected. “A public […]

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Bed bugs — and bed bug legislation — in the news

May 16, 2009

Bed bugs are covered by some local newspapers every week.  But some syndicated stories reach a lot of readers. One compelling story from the Springdale Gardens Apartments in Austin, Texas appeared on Wednesday on (click to read story or see video). Yahoo! News picked up the video from the KVUE story on Friday, where […]

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