Bed Bug sightings in the media today: NYC, North Carolina, Vancouver Island.

by nobugsonme on February 3, 2007 · 5 comments

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by Nobugsonme

I am glad that I’m not the only one who takes photos of curb-side bedbug garbage. Now Gawker has joined in, and thankfully, found stuff tagged with a bed bug warning. See East Village Bed Bug Outbreak. Oh, Gawker, if only it was just E. 10th St. If only it were just the East Village. If only it were just NYC. Alas.

Also, file this under seriously gross bed bug discoveries: a woman in Cameron, North Carolina bought a bedroom set, and kept the plastic on the mattress and box springs for a year (until they got tired of listening to it rattling). When she took the plastic off, the bed was completely infested in bed bugs. If this is true, as she claims, it is seriously disgusting. It also poo-poos the idea that a mattress that comes shipped sealed in plastic will necessarily be bedbug-free. (Okay, so the mattress has to be completely brand new and clean before it enters the plastic, got that furniture companies?)

But, hello NC ABCnews-affiliate, you need a proof-reader to correct the multiple misspellings of “bedroom suite,” not to mention multiple grammatical errors. Sure, Nobugsonme plays free and easy with the English language and encourages readers to do so as well. But she expects her major media outlets to have a handle on Standard English usage.

Finally, going through withdrawl has got to be awful. (I’m thinking more Trainspotting and less Sandra Bullock in 28 Days.) So perhaps people needing de-tox in Vancouver Island this past week were lucky to miss out on having had to go through de-tox and a bed bug infestation at the same time. Withdrawl Management Services closed down for a week between 1/25 and 2/2 due to a bed bug infestation:

Moira McLean, Vancouver Island Health Authority communications officer, confirmed that Withdrawal Management Services, a detox centre, is operated under VIHA.

Why is it closed?

“Bed bugs,” she replied, adding that the centre has been plagued with the pests since last summer.

Finally, pest control experts recommended the best course of action would be to spray the entire area.
That was done, and the current occupants were found alternative accommodation.

I am just hoping they make sure their problem is totally gone before they host any new clients. A week is not much time, and “spraying the entire area once is unlikely to suffice.

1 Bugalina February 3, 2007 at 12:39 pm

This is the quote in the No. Carolina article that stands out to me,

“It’s definitely bed bugs,” said Staples, and they are a problem.

“It’s much more common today,” said Staples. “It’s the fastest growing problem in the U.S. right now. They can get in furniture because they hide back in the cracks and where you find them in bed frames is where the bed frames join together.” If it is the fastest growing problem in the US right now, how come there are no directives or education from any government agencies ?????

2 jessinchicago February 3, 2007 at 10:16 pm

The North Carolina story is just sickening. I want to know what the heck the furniture store did with the bedroom suite once it was returned! And how did it get back to the store (or wherever it was taken)? In a truck, no doubt. I sure hope it was sealed somehow!

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