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Bed Bug Infestation Rates Are Increasing Dramatically In Arizona, And The Pests Seem More Resilient Than Ever

For the past two decades, bed bug infestation rates have been steadily increasing throughout the United States and most of the world. In fact, bed bugs are even expanding their range into Alaska where they are becoming significant pests in isolated rural villages. In Arizona, bed bug infestations have been common in apartments and single family homes for over a decade, but in recent years the pests have been appearing in government buildings, businesses, public buses, dormitories and many other high traffic public locations.

In response to growing bed bug infestations in Arizona apartment buildings and smaller multi-unit housing complexes several years ago, state lawmakers passed a law in 2014 that requires landlords to pay for bed bug treatments in circumstances where the pests invade more than one rental unit. This law also requires renters to promptly report bed bug issues when they occur in a rental unit, and if a renter neglects to do this, or attempts to eliminate the pests his/herself, he/she could be made liable for the total cost of eliminating the infestation.

Toward the end of 2017, pest control professionals removed three benches from the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix after multiple treatment efforts failed to eradicate the pests. Several years earlier, bed bugs were found on the same type of padded benches in a different area of the airport, and this case also saw the eventual removal of the infested seats. Earlier that same year, experts declared Phoenix to be the 7th most bed bug-infested city in the US, and this year, the New York Library Association published an article describing the alarming increase in bed bug infestations in Arizona’s public libraries. The most recent bed bug fiasco in Arizona that has made national news involves the long running infestation at the Phoenix Department of Economic Security.

A few months ago, employees at the DES building discovered that bed bugs were active in their workplace, which prompted management to hire pest control professionals in order to have the pests eliminated. However, bed bug issues, such as bites and employees bringing the pests home with them, continued for weeks, which eventually motivated a group of employees to describe the situation to a local news station. Once the story became public, management decided to vacate the building in order to have more aggressive treatments carried out.

While the building remained empty for extensive treatments, employees worked remotely from home, but upon returning to the building ten days later, they found that the bed bug infestation had spread to new areas. Now government officials are paying to have bed bugs eradicated from employee homes, as many individuals in the building left work with bed bugs on their clothing. The agency is also working with experts at the University of Arizona and the Department of Health and Human Services in order to fully eradicate the bed bug pests from the building.

Have you noticed that more people are claiming to have experienced issues with bed bugs?

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Government Employees Working In A Bed Bug Infested Office Building Inadvertently Transported The Insect Pests Into Their Homes

Government Employees Working In A Bed Bug Infested Office Building Inadvertently Transported The Insect Pests Into Their Homes

A few weeks ago, an anonymous individual called reporters with the Phoenix New Times in order to announce that bed bugs have been infesting a branch office where employees for the Department of Economic Security (DES) work daily. This office is located at 115th Avenue and Bell Road in Phoenix, and the caller stated that the heavy infestation has lasted for weeks and authorities are doing little, or nothing at all to have the infestation eliminated. This whistle-blower claimed to be a government employee working at the office where his/her colleagues are also distressed about the high probability of tracking the bed bug pests back to their home. The anonymous employee further claimed that the bed bugs have been biting both employees and disabled residents visiting the office for financial assistance. After being contacted by reporters, DES spokesperson, Taysa Peterson, confirmed that the office is, in fact, infested with bed bugs.

After learning that the office houses case workers for the Division of Developmental Disabilities, reporters questioned another employee at the office about this matter, and she was happy to answer questions. The employee, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal, claimed that bed bugs had been found in several cubicles, and she also claimed that office management had done nothing to address the long-running infestation which is causing psychological distress among employees at the office. The infestation has become so bad that employees have become used to removing their clothes before setting foot within their homes after work, and both case workers and their clients are concerned that the infestation will lead to further infestations at schools, daycare facilities, homes and other government offices. The employees seem to agree that the entire building needs to be fumigated, but officials are merely having repeat inspections conducted within the office.

Just a week ago it was revealed that agency officials had been struggling to have the building’s landlord fulfill his legal obligation to have the bed bugs eradicated, but he has yet to fulfill this obligation. The office recently closed due to the infestation, and officials announced that the infestation in the office is now so advanced that the bed bugs have probably dispersed to new locations on the clothing of employees and clients. This infestation has displaced 135 government employees for an indefinite period of time.

Have you ever struggled to get your landlord to address an insect infestation in a rental unit?

 

 

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Video Showing Bed Bugs Infesting Multiple Motorized Shopping Scooters In A Phoenix Walmart Has Gone Viral

Video Showing Bed Bugs Infesting Multiple Motorized Shopping Scooters In A Phoenix Walmart Has Gone Viral

Walmart stores see a great deal of human traffic, and they are not known for being immaculate and well kept, but most people would not consider themselves vulnerable to bed bugs simply by walking into a Walmart location. However, considering that Walmart is the most profitable retail store chain in the world that attracts people of all types, it should not be surprising to learn that bed bugs have been found in Walmart stores in the past. Just like airplanes, airports, public libraries and movie theaters, Walmart stores see a massive amount of people coming in and out on a daily basis. And since many Walmart stores are open for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the risk of a person transporting bed bugs into a Walmart store is particularly high. However, unlike other locations that see a high amount of human traffic, Walmart customers do not share seats with other people, therefore, the risk of spreading bed bugs from customer to customer should be pretty low, right? Well, there are always motorized scooters available to people who have difficulty walking, and as it happens, this is exactly where bed bugs were found three years ago in a Phoenix Walmart store. After one couple noticed the bloodscuking insects infesting the fabric cushion of a motorized scooter, they found bed bugs on yet another scooter. Upon arriving home, the couple posted video footage of the bed bug infested scooters to social media sites, and not long afterward, the video went viral. Needles to say, this viral footage has not helped the chain store’s already compromised reputation.

The footage shows bed bugs crawling all over scooters in a Phoenix Walmart located on 35th Avenue and Bethany Home Road. Walmart officials have not said much about the infested scooters, but they did respond to reporters via email saying that the compromised scooters have been removed from the store. Unfortunately, the man sustained several bites before he realized the scooter was infested. Upon finding another scooter, he noticed that it too was infested with bed bugs. Of course, the couple notified the manager, but he claimed to not see any bed bugs on the scooters. The couple filled out a complaint form, but they were not issued a copy, even after asking for one. Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites exploded with negative feedback from thousands of Americans who responded to the situation with disgust.

Do you worry about acquiring bed bugs when sitting in crowded places?

 

 

 

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Bed Bugs Or Fleas?

Some people find joy in locating and handling certain insects, but nobody finds joy in handling insects that suck blood in order to survive. There exists a plethora of insect and arachnid species that suck blood. These arthropods include ticks, mosquitoes, fleas and bed bugs. Surprisingly, bed bugs are unique among blood-sucking insects in that they do not transmit any diseases to humans, but they do leave visible welts that itch like crazy. Generally, people have no problem discerning a mosquito bite from a flea or bed bug bite, but it can be hard to tell the difference between flea bites and bed bug bites. Both fleas and bed bugs inflict numerous bites on humans, but they are rarely caught in the act of sucking blood due to their tiny body size and nocturnal feeding habits. Fleas and bed bugs both inflict welts that look identical, and the bites that each insect leaves result in similar degrees of itchiness. Waking up with bug bites all over one’s body is unpleasant enough without having to stress over not knowing which type of bug caused the itchy welts. Bed bug bites are commonly mistaken for flea bites and vice verse, but there does exist notable differences between the types of injuries that each insect inflicts.

Bed bugs and fleas are similar in that they both survive solely by feeding on the blood of mammals. Bed bugs prefer to feed on human blood while fleas prefer the blood of furry mammals. However, fleas find human blood perfectly acceptable and they will not pass up an easy source of blood just because it comes from a human. Fleas and bed bugs are nocturnal, which means that both prefer to bite humans while they sleep. This makes it very difficult for a person to determine which insect is responsible for bite injuries. However, a sharp observer can spot differences between fleas and bed bugs easily by watching how the insects infesting their home move about. Fleas can jump long distances while bed bugs slowly crawl. Bed bugs are also larger than fleas. Flea bites also tend to be clustered together in one area of the body while bed bug bites are more scattered across the body. Of course, the most important difference between fleas and bed bugs is that only fleas can transmit disease to humans. These diseases include the plague, typhus, and cat scratch disease.

Have you ever discovered several bug bites that you had no memory of receiving?

 

 

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People’s Complaints Over Bed Bug-Infested Airplanes Goes Viral

It is becoming common knowledge that bed bug infestations are increasing in hotels and motels. However, you may not have heard much about the increase in bed bug infestations aboard airline flights, but many people are being terrorized by these blood suckers while being thousands of feet in the air. Although the media has reported on numerous bed bug infestations on airplanes, many victims believe that the public is largely unaware of how often bed bug-related incidents occur during airline flights. This is why many people are taking to social media to share their stories concerning bed bug encounters on airplanes.Bed Bug Control

Recently, British Airways was forced to fumigate two airplanes after bed bugs were discovered during flights. Despite the fact that British Airways had been aware of a bed bug presence on the planes, they did very little to address the problem. In response to the lack of action taken by the airline to eradicate the bed bugs, one British Airways customer has started his own website where other angry bed bug victims can post their own complaints about the insects that they have found aboard airline flights. The person who started the website, Zane Selkirk, first posted pictures of the injuries that she had sustained from bed bugs while aboard a British Airways flight. The pictures showed bed bug bites covering her hands, legs and feet. Once these pics went viral, British Airways finally took action to eradicate the bed bug presence within their airplanes. Last year, another person who had been attacked by bed bugs on a United Airlines flight sent a letter to the New York Times detailing his experience. Despite all of these complaints, and the fact that bed bugs on airplanes is clearly a problem, very few statistics, if any, on bed bug problems within airplanes can be found. So far, bed bug complaints have been reported solely by business class customers, and not first class fliers.

Do you think that bed bugs will be on your mind the next time you fly an airline? Or do you prefer bed bug-free first class?

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Magic Pest Control’s Back to School Bed Bug Advice for College Students

As college students prepare to return to campuses nationwide, many plan to bring secondhand furniture including mattresses, futons, dressers, couches and more. As bags are being packed, and students begin to move in, Magic Pest Control is urging students in the Phoenix are to inspect new lodgings, personal belongings, and secondhand items, for bed bugs as these pests can cause painful, red itchy welts and can also spread quickly when introduced to new environments.

According to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), bed bugs pose serious concerns to dorm rooms and thrive in university environments as there are often many people living in a confined space. In fact, a 2015 survey, conducted by the NPMA and the University of Kentucky, found that bed bug infestations in the United States continue at high rates, with 99.6 percent of pest professionals treating for bed bugs in the year prior.

Bed bugs are opportunistic and elusive pests. As students return from summers filled with travel they may unknowingly be transporting bed bugs to college campuses. Or, they could be returning to an environment where bed bugs are already a problem. It is essential that students inspect all belongings to help keep these pests at bay. Bed bugs are not only undesirable for students but also for parents who don’t want their children bringing these pests home on breaks.

Magic Pest Control offers tips to help prevent bed bugs from taking up residence in dorms:

  • Fully inspect suitcases prior to re-packing for a return to school, especially if you have traveled during the summer. Wash all clothes, even those that haven’t been worn, in hot water.
  • On move-in day, thoroughly inspect the entire room including mattress seams on beds, behind the headboard and in furniture using a flashlight for good visibility. If you see anything suspect, immediately contact a university facility manager or landlord.
  • If you are considering bringing “secondhand” furniture to campus, properly inspect it for telltale signs of bed bugs. If you notice and signs of shed skins, small blot marks/pepper-like stains do not bring it to campus.

Students are urged to follow prevention tips when packing for school and before unpacking in a new room. For more information on preventing bed bugs, visit www.magicpest.com