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netscape check two
09-09-2010, 07:25 PM
The next plague

Recent reports that bedbugs have infiltrated office buildings, movie theaters and stores in New York did not come as a surprise to Wes Tyler, general manager of the Chancellor Hotel on Union Square in San Francisco.

"Short of putting a bedbug-sniffing beagle at your door to check everyone before they come in, you're going to get bedbugs," he said. "Dealing with them is the cost of doing business these days."

An employee first discovered a bedbug in the 137-room hotel in 2003, and Mr. Tyler has since instituted a comprehensive bedbug detection program to find the blood-sucking insects before a guest does. For starters, Mr. Tyler created a position called "bedbug technician" -- an employee whose sole job is to go from room to room checking for bedbugs. There is also a bedbug bounty of $10 paid to any employee who finds one.

If a bedbug is found, the room and all adjacent rooms are taken out of service for up to five days while they are steam-cleaned and chemically treated to eliminate the bugs and their eggs. The mattresses in the rooms are also discarded. The total cost for each room is $2,500, including lost bookings.

"It sounds like a lot of money, but the value of a good reputation is infinite," Mr. Tyler said. "Your biggest fear is that someone will get bitten and post something about it on an online travel site, and that'd be a killer."

Bedbugs used to be solely a residential problem, but they are showing up in commercial settings, and not just in places with beds like hotels, nursing homes and apartment complexes. Increasingly, pest control companies report finding bedbugs in office buildings, movie theaters, clothing stores, food plants, factories and even airplanes. For the affected businesses, the expense can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. For the companies that deal with the scourge, it is a bonanza, with business doubling and tripling.

The costs of coping with bedbugs are significant, and they are not covered by most insurance policies because they are seen as a maintenance issue. Hiring bedbug-sniffing dogs, which is considered the most effective detection technique, costs about $250 for a 1,200-square-foot retail store and as much as $10,000 for a million-square-foot department store.

"To stay ahead of bedbugs, I recommend having the dogs come through quarterly," said Pepe Peruyero, chief executive of J&K Canine Academy in High Springs, Fla., which trains bedbug-sniffing dogs and offers inspections for large buildings like department stores and school dormitories. However, he added, many customers cannot afford it and instead choose to rely on the vigilance of employees after an initial dog check comes up clean.

Eliminating infestations is also costly, ranging from $750 for a few rooms in an office building to $70,000 for a large apartment complex. And that is just for the application of the cocktail of pesticides that kills bedbugs. It costs an additional 40 percent for the gold standard regimen of placing all the contents of an office or retail space into a heat chamber -- bedbugs die at 120 degrees -- and then spraying pesticides in the temporarily empty rooms.

"It takes about four to seven hours per room" for the combination heat and pesticide procedure and a couple of hours on three separate occasions if using pesticides alone, said Judy Black, technical director for the Steritech Group, based in Charlotte, N.C., which provides pest control and other quality control services to commercial customers. "Getting rid of bedbugs is not quick or easy."

Businesses lose money when they have to interrupt operations. In addition, they may have to destroy bedbug-infested merchandise. Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF - News), for example, had to close two of its stores in New York in July, one for four business days and another for five, to deal with bedbug infestations. A representative confirmed disposing of merchandise but declined to comment on the cost.

The managements of the Empire State Building and the AMC Theater chain were similarly tightlipped about the cost of dealing with recent bedbug infestations.

"Nobody wants to talk about this even though it's happening everywhere," said Ron Harrison, director of technical services for Orkin, a pest control company based in Atlanta, whose commercial business has more than tripled since 2008. "I spoke at the Mobile, Ala., chapter of the National Apartment Association and asked for a show of hands of who had experienced problems with bedbugs, and not a single hand went up, and right there in front of me were three of our customers who I know had us out to treat for them."

The silence, of course, is to avoid the stigma of an infestation. Even if businesses manage to avoid media attention, they may end up on one of several websites like bedbugregistry.com and bedbugreports.com, which encourage people to report hotels, apartment complexes, offices and retailers where they saw or were bitten by bed bugs.

"It's been nonstop drama dealing with hotels disputing claims," said Maciej Ceglowski, a computer programmer in San Francisco who started bedbugregistry.com in November 2006 after he was bitten by bedbugs in a local hotel. "Everyone is scared of being publicly outed and losing business."

There is also a real fear of liability. Bedbug-related lawsuits have been increasing since 2003, and several lawyers now advertise themselves as specialists in such litigation. Typical is a recent case filed against Aaron's Sales and Lease in Norristown, Pa., by a woman who contends furniture she bought there had bedbugs. In court documents, she said she wanted at least $50,000 in compensation because the bedbugs not only gave her itchy welts but also caused her to lose her hair and her job as an attendant at a nursing home.

"Most bedbug suits are settled out of court for less than $5,000, but I've seen damages go as high as six figures," said Christian Hardigree, associate professor at the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a lawyer who has consulted on bedbug cases involving hotels, cruise ships, movie theaters and nursing homes. "It can be a nightmare for businesses because a lot of claimants in these cases are treating the litigation system like a lottery and are going after the big win."

In addition to personal injury law firms, other businesses benefiting from the bedbug scourge include Protect-A-Bed, based in Chicago, which makes mattress encasements to keep out mites and bedbugs. The company developed the product in 2004 and had sales of $10 million last year, twice as much as in the previous year, according to James Bell, the company's chief executive. He predicts an even larger jump in sales this year. "The response has been enormous," he said.

Bedbugs gave Linda Develasco of Des Plaines, Ill., a new career when she was laid off from her job as a new-accounts manager at Verizon (NYSE: VZ - News) two years ago. Having learned about bedbugs in the hospitality industry from her fiance, who was general manager of a hotel, she bought a bedbug-sniffing beagle named Scooby for $9,700. She recouped the expense within three months by doing one to three inspections each week. "He was worth every penny," said Ms. Develasco, who had been doing mostly residential work but within the last week began inspecting office buildings, retail stores and movie theaters. "It's been crazy."

Exterminators are also enjoying a windfall after several years of declining revenue as customers cut back on pest control treatments to save money in the tight economy.

"I just got a $60,000 contract to take care of bedbugs in an apartment complex," Tony Esposito, owner of the Bug Reaper, a pest control company in Katy, Tex., shouted into his cellphone as he drove to investigate another bedbug complaint in nearby Houston. "I had to pull my truck over and do a happy dance."


netscape check two
09-15-2010, 04:09 PM
Everybody scared of the bed bugs?

09-16-2010, 12:13 PM
I used to have them. How did I get rid of them?

First, I vacuumed the floor. After that, I washed ALL of my clothes. Finally, I wrapped my entire bed (box spring included) in plastic. Ever since that day, I haven't had one bed bud.:)

09-18-2010, 03:56 PM
Damn people here is grungy. I do all that shit on a weekly/bi-weekly basis minus glad wrappin my bed.

netscape check two
09-20-2010, 04:22 PM
-Nike headquarters shut down because of bed bugs:

It is widely known that bed bugs have been plaguing hotels and motels with infestations becoming more and more prevalent and widespread. The pests have been reported in movie theatres; offices; dressing rooms; and, most recently, hospitals and colleges.

Now, says Business Week, Nike Inc, the athletic clothing and shoemaker giant, just temporarily shut down its Niketown store on East 57th street in Manhattan after discovering bed bugs there. “We are taking all proper steps to eradicate the problem and we expect the store to reopen shortly,” said a statement issued by Nike, quoted Business Week.
Business Week reported that bed bugs also have been reported in a New York City theater, “other stores, housing projects, and posh apartments.” The City of New York implemented an outreach and information program, with information that can be accessed at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/vector/vector-faq1.shtml

Most recently, classrooms and dormitories at North Carolina’s Catawba College were inspected for the tiny bloodsucking parasites according to WSOCTV previously. Over 100 students were evacuated following reports of an infestation. Students were allowed to return after exterminators treated five buildings, WSOCTV added.

An exterminator involved in treating that infestation said that inspecting all of the campus buildings was a wise move, noting that if bed bugs are in dorms, then they are likely to be found in classrooms, wrote WSOCTV. Bedbugs are known to travel in luggage, furniture, and clothing. Once they infiltrate, they are extremely difficult to eradicate.

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky report a 25-percent increase in bed bug infestations in the past 10 years, according to Market Watch, which noted that resolving an infestation can cost thousands of dollars in funds that are not always covered by insurance.

The NPMA advises consumers that bed bugs are: “Flat, brownish or reddish bugs that grow to the size of an apple seed. The marks they typically leave, spots of blood and fecal matter, can look like pepper flakes,” Missy Henriksen, NPMA spokeswoman said, quoted Market Watch.

Diligently inspect rooms for bed bugs and stains they leave on bed sheets; keep possessions off the floor; clean bags and clothing immediately upon arriving home, washing items in hot water and ensuring to dry the items in the dryer, where the high heat can kill bed bugs, said NPMA.

Many believe the growing problem could be tied to increased travel and the reduced use of powerful pesticides like dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), which was banned in the 1960s, as well as the use of narrow spectrum products targeting specific pests, allowing others to survive. Worse, bed bugs appear to be developing pesticide resistance, leading the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue a warning against using outdoor chemicals indoors, said The New Star. Some can have adverse effects on the central nervous system and can cause skin and eye irritation and cancer.


09-20-2010, 06:01 PM
Bed Bugs game from the cavemen of the Caucus mountains. It was a source of protein for the cave women's diet as she picked them out of the cavlings hair.

Dirty Knowledge
09-21-2010, 04:30 AM
Nasty ass crackas lmao

Anyways, I hate insects, bugs, little sneaky lizards and shit, all those things. I had to kill a few roaches in the crib earlier. Who knows what they do when you sleepin. Them things prolly in the walls plottin how to take over. This one jail I was in had scorpions in the damn rooms. Hate anything you can't see is there with you. Especially ones that bite and all that. And mosqituos if anything..those things are tHe REAL problem especially a bigger 1ne in some parts of the world.

netscape check two
09-21-2010, 12:46 PM
lol you have some roaches in your place?