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Is your city on this list of the most beg bug-infested? | WFTV – WFTV Orlando

August 18th, 2017 by admin

by: Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated: Aug 17, 2017 – 11:26 AM

A report released earlier this yearmorning names Baltimore as the city with the most bed bugs in the country.

The Maryland city moved up nine spots from its 2016 ranking.

Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York City and Columbus, Ohio, rounded out the top five.

Atlanta (No. 16);Charlotte, North Carolina (No. 19); Boston (No. 28); Dayton, Ohio (No. 32); Seattle (No. 34); Orlando (No. 44); and Miami (No. 46) made the top 50.

Read more: How to avoid bed bugs at a hotel

The cities were ranked based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bedbug treatments from December1, 2015, to November30, 2016.

We have more people affected by bed bugs in the United States now than ever before, Orkin entomologist and director of technical services Ron Harrison said. They were virtually unheard of in the U.S. 10 years ago.

Orkin calls bed bugs hitchhikers thattravel from place to place.

Orkin officials think bedbugs have become prevalent because theyve built up a resistance to chemicals.

They also said you might not know you have bed bugs because many people dont have a physical reaction to the insects bites.

See the full list and read more at Orkin.

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Marvel Superheroes Who Basically Only Protect New York City, Ranked – Gizmodo

August 18th, 2017 by admin

Image: Marvel Comics/TSR. Marvel Superheroes RPG: New York, New York supplement cover.

The New York City of the Marvel universe is teeming with heroes, being home to everyone from Steve Rogers to Peter Parker. With four of those famous New Yorkers teaming up on the small screen today in The Defenders, we decided to rank the finest inhabits of the comic book Big Apple.

Given the vast number of heroes that operate on Earth-616’s NYCand we mean vast, were talking hundreds, if not thousandswe decided to lay some ground rules before forming our final list. First, these heroes have to spend the majority of their superhero careers actively in New York City. Its not just that they live there, or have their headquarters there, but they actively fight bad guys there, instead of flinging their way around the world like the Avengers do. Second, they operate within the five boroughs of the city: Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island, which rules out Kamala Khan in New Jersey (lets be honest, shed probably be pissed a being called a New Yorker), and the X-Men, whose mansion up until recently was based in Westchester, outside of the city.

So, without further ado, a comprehensive ranking on the best heroes swinging around in Marvels NYC, based on the very scientific notion of New-Yorkiness.

There is literally nothing more New York than a clan of misfits with strange abilities who find their chosen family after being rejected by the dominant culture and building their own society in the dark, dark tunnels of the MTA subway system. There are people who ride the subway because they have to, and then there are the Morlocks who are the the subwaynot in form, but rather concept. Theyre scrappy and downtrodden and broken, but also powerful and a reflection of both the good and the evil of the harsh world that lives above them.

The New Warriors most infamous moment might have occured outside of the five boroughsthat time their reality TV show lead to hundreds of lives being lost and the start of the superhero Civil Warin Stamford, Conneticutbut for much of its time actively crimefighting, the team called Brooklyn and Manhattan their home, supporting the myriad other heroes who called the city home. Being known for blowing up part of another town dings your New York cred a bit though.

In-between bouts of being dead or being insane, Marc Spector has spent most of his second career in crimefighting on the streets of New York as Moon Knight (with some stints in LA for the West Coast Avengers) since settling down after a career as a mercenary. In fact, Spector built multiple personas, from a high-rising Manhattanite financier to a lowly cab driver, to help him fight crime on the streets of the city. So you might argue that hes almost three times the New Yorker than everyone else! But thats not how it works.

For the vast majority of their careers as heroes, the Fantastic Four lived in the Baxter Building, a gargantuan sky scraper ever-so-conveniently located on the corner of 42nd Street and Madison Avenue. The Foursome are New Yorkers in a sense that they own(ed) a ridiculously expensive piece of real estate that was more a statement about who they were as opposed to what they could do for the city. Add that to the fact that they spend almost as much time in outer space messing around with Galactus as they do actually enjoying all that NYC has to offer, theyre sort of low on the list. To their credit, though, they are responsible for having saved the world (and city by extension) more than a few times. Then again, who hasnt?

Clint Bartons early life might have been spent in a traveling circus, but once he quit that, joined the costumed villain game, quit that, and then joined the costumed heroes game (its a long story), Clints made a home for himself in and around NYC while working alongside Earths Mightiest Heroes. Hell, in the excellent Matt Fraction/David Aja Hawkeye comic series, he even bought out his own apartment building to maintain rent levels for all the residents, so hes technically a New York landlord who just also happens to be very good with a bow.

Silk is relatively new on the hero scene, having been introduced in the pages of Spider-Verse a few years ago as the alias of Cindy Moon, the other person bitten by Peter Parkers radioactive spider. But shes a life-long New Yorker. Outside of some parallel world Spider-adventures, Cindy hasnt really left the city… although part of that is because she spent 13 years of her young life locked up in a bunker in Times Square, being protected from a race of interdimensional, Spider-Person-eating vampire monsters. In fact, its kind of impressive she managed to stay in the city and come to terms with her trauma over being trapped there after being freed.

There is no character in Marvels comics who better embodies the complicated, dark, and at-times terrifying id of New York City than Frank Castle. To flat out call the Punisher a hero, villain, or anti-hero is to misunderstand just what it is to be a person devastated by a loss so profound that their world falls apart on a fundamental level. Franks approach to justice is a dangerous and threatening one (even with his code), but at the same time, his feelings are understandable in undeniable ways. Frank is, quite literally, the product of what one very, very bad day in NYC can do to a person, which makes him both a tragic figure and a proof that even at a persons lowest lows, theres always a way to hang on.

Danny Rands spent a lot of time outside of NY thanks to years of training to become the Immortal Iron Fist in the magical city of Kun Lun. But when hes not in the mystical world of living weapons and ancient dragons, hes best known as one of Marvels premiere street-level heroes, both in the Defenders and as a Hero for Hire alongside his best friend, Luke Cage, keeping the streets of New York safe with his magical martial arts. Also, he runs a dojo.

At this point a lot of Spider-People call New York home, but Jessica Drew has lived in the city as both a costumed superhero and a private investigator, after the early days of her career saw her globe-trot across Europe and eventually move to San Francisco. Since then, though, Manhattan has been Jess home through thick and thin, from crime-fighting base to the hectic city where shes currently raising her newborn son.

As Miles Morales has adjusted to his new life in Marvels primary comic book universe where Peter Parker is still alive, hes proven that in many ways, he is the modern personification of all the things that Spider-Man once represented in his younger years. As Peter Parkers grown up, gotten married, and had a kid (in certain continuities), Spider-Mans trials and tribulations have gradually become textured by his adulthood and rightfully so. What Miles brings to the table, though, is a fresh take on the youthful wonder and heroism that Spider-Man always stood for, now updated to speak to a broader, more diverse audience like the melting pot that is the city he lives in.

It isnt just that Miles is Afro-Puerto Rican himself, its that the world he lives inhis friends, family, and surroundingsis objectively more expansive and inclusive than Peters was when he was Miles age, and theres an importance to that that cant be understated. Also, Miles powers and costumes are cooler.

Patsy Walker may be responsible for having brought literal demons from hell to New York on more than one occasion, but honestly, the demons are the only people she should be apologizing to. Patsys spent her fair share of time living in a couple of the citys boroughs, but in her most recent series, she really made a point of living like a real New Yorker (albeit in Brooklyn). The things that made Hellcat! A.k.a. Patsy Walker such a fun series to read werent just Patsys kooky, kick-ass shenanigans, but the way that she lived her civilian lifesearching for a roommate, hanging out with friends, flirting with guysall while taking full advantage of the city. Also, youve got to hand it to her for having a villain whose primary power was to summon bed bugs as part of her odd rogues gallery.

Misty Knight is the kind of NYPD officer that you want to show up when you need help. Not just because shes got a badass vibranium arm, but because her sense of justice has been forged and tempered by her experience as a full-on superhero. Most city cops that you meet have a deep and abiding love for their cities and Misty does as well, but her perspective and understanding is immeasurably more expansive because of the life shes led away from the force.

Although the movies have recast Steve as a Brooklyn boy, in the comics, he grew up in Manhattanand although technically a good chuck of his life after becoming Captain America during the war saw him living outside the city (as a block of ice in the North Atlantic), when he returned to help found the Avengers, Steve found himself back in his beloved city soon enough, helping establish the teams first headquarters right on Fifth Avenue. His time as an Avenger has seen Steve travel the world, but as the superpowered face of American liberty, his heart will always been in New York.

Shame about the fascism, though. Points off for that.

Janet van Dyne doesnt get enough credit for the role that she played in helping the original Avengers become the team that they are today. Sure, Janets the one who came up with their name, but more importantly, she was the moral center of the team who helped it weather all manner of challenges that plagued them, be an attack from Ultron, or a family dispute from within the team. Even as her fellow Avengers dart all over the world, Janet still remains rooted in the city where it all began, starting her own businessand now looking after the next generation of the Wasp in the form of budding young scientist Nadia Pym.

Cloak and Daggers destinies were forged in New York, when the two runaways found each other and went through hell being forcefully put through a dangerous drug program that turned them into dark-and-light-powered superheroes. Since then, theyve fought back against citys illegal drug industry that gave them their powers, and otherwise teamed up with countless other heroes and teams in New York. This includes during Manhattans recent entrapment in the Darkforce Dimension in Secret Empire, throughout which Dagger painfully provided light to the city at the cost of nearly killing herself.

Sam Wilson grew up in Harlem, and a tragic upbringing in the borough that saw him lose both of his parents as a young man set him on a path that would ultimately see him collide with Steve Rogers and become his erstwhile companion, the Falcon. Years by Steves side ultimately lead Sam to take on the Captain America mantle himselfgranted by an ailing, super-serum-drained Steve after Sam nearly sacrificed himself saving New York from being destroyed by a bomb. Sam decided to differentiate himself from Steves career as Cap by being a more socially-minded hero, starting in his home city.

Jessica Jones always knew that being superhero was for the birds and, like her partner Luke Cage, understood the importance of being able to capitalize on her god-given skills in order to pay her bills. As a private detective, Jessicas used her powers to help the people of New York in immediate, appreciable ways that other heroes seldom do and thats a very big deal.

Sure, the folks up in Avengers Tower have saved the world countless times, but there comes a point at which the adventures of heroes kind of lose their meaning for regular people on the ground. If you asked a random person on the subway in Marvels 616 universe who Ultron was, theres a chance they might be aware of that robot the Avengers are always scrapping with. But if you were to check out Alias Investigations Yelp page, youd probably see countless posts from people who were once in desperate need of help that neither the authorities or most well-known capes bothered to take seriously. Thats what makes Jessica a hero in the truest sense of the word.

Lets say one day you suddenly developed superpowers after a freak chemical spill and decided to become a superhero. Lets say that rather than spending time learning how to control your newfound ability to lift incredible amounts of weight with your breath, you threw yourself into the fray, stopped a bunch of criminals, and accidentally caused millions of dollars in property damage that the city council decides to sue you for. You know whod have your back in court and probably be able to convince a jury to let you off with a warning and some community service? She-Hulk, thats who. For all of the good that Jennifer Walters has done as hero fighting alongside the Avengers, its her work as an NYC lawyer that really makes her stand out as one of Marvels most versatile and giving heroes.

Howard the Duck is every single oddball youve ever bumped into in New York, made eye contact with, and had an immediate and tacit understanding that youre both going through some shit. As a character, Howards whole schtick has always been about pulling back from the present events of ones life and taking the time to appreciate how incredibly weird life can be. Its an outlook on like that we could all stand to have more often than not and it makes him one of NYCs better, uh, duck… people… things.

Hells Kitchens perennial defender, Matt Murdock and his home neighborhood are deeply intertwined in a way so few other heroes can claim. They can say they protect a city, but Hells Kitchen is Daredevils turf, and the Marvelverse knows it. Sure, hes taken extended periods of time away from the city, most notably to live in San Francisco a few times, but eventually, Matt Murdock always returns to Hells Kitchen, whether its as a lawyer or as the man without fear.

Up until very recently, the entirety of New York City was trapped in the Darkforce dimension thanks to Hydras evil plan to divide and conquer the worlds heroes. Though there were many sacrifices made in an attempt to break through the Darkforce bubble and save millions of innocent people, none was quite as great as Dr. Stephen Strange offering to trade his New York brownstone to a demon in exchange for a powerful spell that almost managed to break through the barrier. Ultimately, it didnt work out and Strange kept his home, but his willingness to part with it in the first place is telling. Like many of Marvels other heavy hitters, Strange spends a sizable amount of time away from NYC as his duties require him to, but Stranges appreciation for the city, its people, and its real estate is admirable.

Remember when we said few heroes were so closely rooted to their home area like Daredevil is? Luke Cage is one of the few heroes who not only matches Matt, but trumps him. Lukes connection to Harlem and its people, starting from his life as an ex-con trying to blend in to its protector as the Power-Man, is a bond thats even stronger than his friendship with his fellow hero for hire, Danny Rand. In the Marvel universe, Luke is a symbol of Harlems spirit, a man whos willing to do anything to help its people, a community he has always been fiercely protective of.

Its hard to think of a more quintessentially New York hero than Peter Parker. From his early days in Forest Hills to today, where he runs his global megacorp from the Baxter Building itself, Peter Parker is rooted in the beating heart of New York City in a way almost no one else in Marvels vast pantheon of heroes ever has been, or really, ever will besomeone who knows it in and out like the back of his spandex-covered hand. In his entire superhero career hes barely ever lived outside of the city, and his goal as a hero has always been to protect the civilians that call it home. Spider-Man is far more comfortable on the streets of New York than he is in any other environment, even if hes mostly swinging above thembut he will always be New Yorks finest champion.

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Is your city on this list of the most beg bug-infested? | WSB-TV – WSB Atlanta

August 18th, 2017 by admin

by: Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated: Aug 17, 2017 – 11:26 AM

A report released earlier this yearmorning names Baltimore as the city with the most bed bugs in the country.

The Maryland city moved up nine spots from its 2016 ranking.

Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York City and Columbus, Ohio, rounded out the top five.

Atlanta (No. 16);Charlotte, North Carolina (No. 19); Boston (No. 28); Dayton, Ohio (No. 32); Seattle (No. 34); Orlando (No. 44); and Miami (No. 46) made the top 50.

Read more: How to avoid bed bugs at a hotel

The cities were ranked based on treatment data from the metro areas where Orkin performed the most bedbug treatments from December1, 2015, to November30, 2016.

We have more people affected by bed bugs in the United States now than ever before, Orkin entomologist and director of technical services Ron Harrison said. They were virtually unheard of in the U.S. 10 years ago.

Orkin calls bed bugs hitchhikers thattravel from place to place.

Orkin officials think bedbugs have become prevalent because theyve built up a resistance to chemicals.

They also said you might not know you have bed bugs because many people dont have a physical reaction to the insects bites.

See the full list and read more at Orkin.

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Hollywood’s Curve-Crazy Costumer Bob Mackie Returns To NYC For ‘When Pigs Fly’ Revival – Deadline

August 15th, 2017 by admin

EXCLUSIVE: Howard Crabtrees When Pigs Fly, a campy, politically charged musical revue that was a two-year off-Broadway hit in the late 1990s, will be revived this fall with a Hollywood star on board, if not on the boards: Cher, Liza, Carol and Barbie favorite Bob Mackie will design the clothes for the show that was conceived by Crabtree and Mark Waldrop, with book and lyrics by Mark Waldrop and music by Dick Gallagher.

Im told that producer Joshua Goodman, whose Broadway credits include Come From Away and Rocky, will mount the revival at the Shubert Organizations Stage 42, with previews beginning October 6 and opening night set for October 30. Waldrop will direct, with choreography by Denis Jones (Holiday Inn).

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The Mackie connection is a poignant one. The show stars a character named Howard (Jordan Ahnquist, Shear Madness), not unlike Crabtree, a former dancer and wardrobe designer who died of AIDS shortly before the show opened in 1996 at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre. In a hastily booked theater under renovation, Howard struggles to put on a lavish musical revue while facing down numerous obstacles, including the near-mutiny of his cast and the nagging memory of his high school guidance counselor, who told him hed succeed when pigs fly. Just when it seems all is lost, Howard realizes the problem isnt that hes gone too far its that he hasnt gone far enough.

The late New York Times critic Vincent Canby, a novelist and playwright who had given up his post as chief film critic and was reviewing theater during his final years at the paper, loved the show, calling it an exceptionally cheerful, militantly gay new musical revue that comes close to living up to its own billing, the side-splitting musical extravaganza. No sides are ever in serious danger of splitting. Yet theres enough hilarity, wit and outr humor here to evoke that era, more than 40 years ago, when bright, irreverent revues were as commonplace on Broadway as todays stately Cameron Mackintosh spectacles.

Crabtree had begun creating outlandish costumes for friends while working in the wardrobe department at Broadways original production of La Cage aux Folles, where he met cast member Waldrop, his future collaborator and director for several Off-Broadway musicals showcasing Crabtrees designs. Crabtree embraced Mackies aesthetic, equal parts glamour and whimsy, a staple of The Carol Burnett Show that earned him nine Emmys. Mackies last NYC venture was 2010s Viagara Falls, a flop that played this same theater.

In addition to Ahnquist, the cast includes Taylor Crousure (Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging!), Jacob Hoffman (Ill Be Damned), Brian Charles Rooney (Bedbugs!!!) and Frank Viveros (The Phantom of the Opera). Additional design and production team includes Adam Koch (sets), Julie Duro (lighting), Ian Werhle (sound), Ed Goldschneider (music director) and Jay Binder, CSA/Justin Bohon (casting).

Hollywood’s Curve-Crazy Costumer Bob Mackie Returns To NYC For ‘When Pigs Fly’ Revival – Deadline

Mark Normand returns to New Orleans –

August 15th, 2017 by admin

Years before Conan and The Tonight Show, Madison Square Garden and an hourlong special on Comedy Central, Mark Normand performed at a handful of open mics in New Orleans with a small cadre of stand-up comics, driving to Baton Rouge and Lafayette for a few minutes of stage time.

“We’d drink, it was a community, a group of us who’d push each other and got all excited about new jokes, and it was scary and fun and new,” Normand says from his home in New York. “Back then it was like being a what’s something that’s really rare? Like a Mormon. It was like six of us.”

Normand returns to New Orleans to headline One Eyed Jacks Aug. 15.

His first hourlong special, Amy Schumer Presents: Mark Normand: Don’t Be Yourself, premiered earlier this year. Normand has toured and opened for Schumer for several years after she caught him at Comix in 2010.

“She saw my act, and I bombed, but one joke worked and she clinged on to that,” he says. “She gave me a gig it was a date in Atlanta. I was too scared. I didn’t know if I could do 30 minutes, I didn’t know who this girl is, I didn’t want to hang out with her, who the hell is she? So I turned it down. I lied and said my parents were coming into town. I was talking to her on the phone and she was like, ‘OK?’ I remember her being like, ‘What are you, an idiot?'”

Two weeks later, she called him back for a show at Hofstra University. They rode the train from the city and hit it off. “I later learned she said the reason she used me was she liked my stuff, I was low maintenance and I never tried to sleep with her,” he says. “All the bigthree.”

After a year performing standup around New Orleans, Normand moved to New York in 2007 with only a few hundred bucks, followed by a harrowing series of events he rattles off in one breath mugged three times, apartment got bedbugs, landlord died of complications from AIDS, all within Normand’s first few months in town. After begging his old film school for a job, they hired him as acustodian.

“It was brutal,” he says. “I was so desperate. My whole career was put together with gum and tape. … The city tries to chew you up and spit you out, and if I was a sane, normal human being I would’ve listened to it but I had nowhere else to go.”

Normand has appeared in the comic slot on several late-night TV shows and on Louis CK’s Horace and Pete and Schumer’s Comedy Central sketch series Inside Amy Schumer, among many gigs around the world, including institutions like Carnegie Hall and the Apollo Theater. He’s also active on social media (@marknorm on Twitter, @marknormand on Instagram) and hosts a long-running podcast Tuesdays With Stories with comedian Joe List. But he still works material at open mics and intimate bar shows, including spots around New Orleans.

“One day you’re in Madison Square [Garden], Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater,” he says. “The next day you’ve got that new joke to try out and it bombs in front of six people at a bar with the Rangers game on.”

Onstage, Normand carefully builds up to taboo or collar-pulling topics, revealing his relatably awkward, sometimes-charming and admittedly gross behavior on the way there.

“I’m really trying to tell jokes about these horrible things and make light of them,” he says. “That’s my favorite kind of joke. At one point they are a new joke that’s not ready, so when it’s not funny yet you just look like an asshole holding a microphone. You have to go through that suffering and pain of people hating you and hope to God you find the funny in it. … It’s a long journey to get there, but if you get there, it’s worth it.”

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A problem bugging Malaysians – The Star Online

August 13th, 2017 by admin

IT is a five-star hotel. A few years ago, they received unwanted guests.

It was also the worst case of bed bugs he had ever encountered as a pest control operator.

Pest Control Association of Malaysia president Tajudin Abd Kadir recounts how his company had to treat a room in the hotel three times before all the bugs were eradicated.

The infestation level in the room was very high.

There was a big colony of bed bugs and they were even in the carpet. We had to conduct two types of treatments to eliminate the bugs, he recalls of the hotel, located in the east coast.

His company, he says, has seen a five to 10% increase in cases.

Tajudin says the association, which represents over 200 pest control operators, has also been encountering stronger bugs.

Its definitely more difficult to get rid of them now. They dont die immediately.

Our last resort is to fumigate a space for 24 hours but not all industry players can do this as they require a licence from the authorities, he explains.

Cases affecting hotel rooms can be quite severe because if one room is affected, all adjoining rooms will also have to be closed and treated, says Rentokil Initial technical director Juliana Soo.

One of the most unique cases dealt by the company involved a client whose legs were severely bitten by bed bugs at his home in Kuala Lumpur.

He couldnt sense it because he was paralysed from waist down, she says.

Upon checking, we found that his mattress and wheelchair were both infested but we couldnt throw them away. (The man could not afford to buy new ones.)

They later found out that the source of the infestation was from a neighbour who frequently visited the man. The company checked the neighbours house and found bed bugs there.

The fact that a five-star hotel can be infested with bed bugs shows that cleanliness has little to do with the problem.

The bug just needs to be brought in by a host, says Dr Abdul Hafiz Ab Majid, a senior lecturer from Universiti Sains Malaysias School of Biological Sciences.

The urban and molecular entomologist also believes the bugs started becoming more resilient about 10 years ago, noting that genetic changes take a long time to develop.

But while they have become tougher, Dr Abdul Hafizs studies found that these insects have an odd trait they are fussy about their food, namely human blood.

They prefer to feed on human blood at specifically 37C. In my lab, the bugs are fed with artificial feeding devices using blood which has to be maintained at that temperature.

If it is 36 or 38, they wont go for it, he says.

But the main challenge to rid these pests is the lack of knowledge among Malaysians about them.

Many Malaysians mistake bed bugs for small cockroaches and beetles.

Their eggs white, tiny specks, also resemble dandruff, Dr Abdul Hafiz says.

We will need a combination of methods to control such pests if chemical treatment alone is not enough, he says, suggesting alternative methods like heat treatment, which involves increasing the temperature in a space to kill the bugs and its eggs.

Concurring about the low awareness among Malaysians, Tajudin laments that some Malaysians dont even know what bed bugs look like.

Malaysia should consider having regulations to certify places that are bed bug-free buildings, he says.

Tajudin also suggests that awareness programmes on bed bug infestations be held, similar to those for dengue fever and leptospirosis to increase public awareness and prevent infestations.

Major bed bug infestations were reported in several countries, including a courtroom in Kentucky, United States which had to be shut down last month. Just days after that, the Houses of Parliament in the United Kingdom were reported to be crawling with bed bugs and a pest control team was sent there to take urgent action.

In 2010, the Google office in New York was also found to be infested with the bugs.

Closer to home, a Singapore permanent resident, who took a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore late last year, recounted on Facebook about her ordeal of being bitten by bed bugs.

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Bed bugs make unwelcome return to Southern California – The San Gabriel Valley Tribune

August 13th, 2017 by admin

Each night a couple years ago, Louis Salgado fell asleep knowing he would wake up a few hours later itching all over his body.

The West Covina apartment he and his late wife shared for two decades was infested with bed bugs for the better part of 2015.

I couldnt sleep, Salgado, 64, said recently as he recalled the most uncomfortable experience of his life. It got to the point that Id be up in the middle of the night with a flashlight and Id be seeing them crawl all over the carpet and Id try to kill them, try to stomp on them tried whatever I had available.

Turns out bed bugs, those not-so-cuddly insects our parents mentioned when they tucked us in at night and that we didnt give a second thought to, are very real these days.

And, yes, they bite.

Indeed, experts say the reddish-brown bed bug that is about the size of a grain of rice has made an extraordinary comeback after a roller coaster of a century.

In the early decades of the 1900s, the bug was widespread across the U.S. But the advent of DDT during World War II changed that, killing off huge numbers in the 1940s and 50s.

We thought it was gone forever, said Dini Miller, professor of entomology at Virginia Tech University. When you think about it now, that was kind of stupid.

After lying low for decades, the dreaded insect that was mentioned in medieval European literature is enjoying a renaissance of sorts. Since 2000 its numbers have multiplied.

Its just exploded, Miller said.

Today theyre everywhere.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, theyre in apartments, houses, shelters, college dormitories, cruise ships, buses and trains. They typically live within an 8-foot crawl of where people sleep.

And if you thought your car was a refuge from the blood-sucking pests, guess again. Miller said bed bugs are fond of automobiles for good reason.

The food comes and sits down on a regular basis, she said. And everybody gets something to eat.

The crazy thing is, you dont know when your blood is being slurped through the bed bugs version of a straw an elongated beak for a meal. The CDC says the bug injects an anesthetic and anticoagulant that renders its bite painless.

Itchy, bite marks do appear in a few days. They are similar to marks from a mosquito or flea bite, a slightly swollen and red area, the CDC said.


Scratching sometimes causes infection. But many people have no reaction at all.

In any event, bed bugs arent considered dangerous.

They do not transmit any diseases, said Dong-Hwan Choe, an urban entomologist and assistant professor of entomology at UC Riverside.

Choe is working to develop a device that can detect bed bugs for hotel chains and other businesses.

It has to be simple. It has to be cheap, Choe said. It has to be small so that it can be placed without being noticed by the people staying in the hotel.

Disease bearing or not, the thought of being dined on is enough to make ones skin crawl.

Choe said the bugs feed mostly at nighttime, which creeps people out.

And dont think you can fool them if you work a graveyard shift and sleep during the day.

In a 2015 article titled, Your Guide to Bed Bugs, University of Kentucky entomologist Michael Potter said the pest will adjust its schedule to yours.

Sleeping with the lights on is also not likely to deter hungry bed bugs, Potter wrote.

Potter said a feeding takes three to 10 minutes. Then the bug crawls back into its hiding place to digest the meal. Its flat body enables it to hide in tiny crevices in mattresses, box springs and bed frames.

When it comes to the creep-out factor, there is at least one thing in our favor: unlike other insects, bed bugs cant fly, Choe said.

But theyre speedy. The CDC says the bugs can crawl more than 100 feet in a night.

The nations big bad bed bug blow-up can be traced to a number of factors, experts say.

For one, DDT is long gone. The EPA banned it in 1972.

Even so, the bugs were building up resistance to DDT, Miller said. And, gradually, they are building up a defense against insecticides being used today.

She said some have developed thick, protective skins.

Others produce enzymes that break down toxic ingredients and render insecticides harmless.

We like to call those the hard-drinking bugs, she said.

Still other bed bugs have mutated.

They meet, fall in love and make other genetically immune babies, Miller said.

Perhaps we have ourselves to blame, too.

With the bugs out of sight and out of mind for decades, we have been slow to rally against them.

Plus, we travel a lot these days to faraway places, experts say. And the bugs are good at hitchhiking a ride home on our luggage.

Los Angeles is the nations sixth worst metro area for bed bugs, according to Atlanta-based Orkin. In the firms 2017 ranking, L.A. followed Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York and Columbus, Ohio.

For the Orkin survey, the L.A. area was defined as Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties.

Miller noted Terminix puts out an annual ranking, too. In its most recent report, Detroit was No. 1 on the list. L.A. was No. 4.

You have to take all of this with a grain of salt, Miller said. But, its one of the few indicators that we have.

During the fiscal year ending June 30, Los Angeles County received nearly 1,500 bed-bug complaints about 19.5 percent fewer than the previous year according to data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which does not track Long Beach, Pasadena or Vernon because those cities have their own health departments.

Sixty-two of those complaints originated from communities within the San Gabriel Valley, the data showed.

Between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, the Pasadena Environmental Health Division received 25 bed-bug complaints, according to city data. It received 26 complaints during the same period the previous year.

Not including Pasadena, residents in El Monte filed the most bed-bug complaints 15 with the county during the year ending June 30, according to the county data.

Choe, the expert from UC Riverside, said densely populated cities such as El Monte are more prone to infestations than sparsely populated ones.

They tend to have more frequent problems with bed bugs because they have more units and more people living close together, Choe said.

Some apartment units are treated repeatedly.

That may seem over the top. But its in line with the industry experience.

Salgado, who moved to La Puente earlier this year, said his West Covina apartment was only treated once and once was enough.

They spray your mattress, we had to throw couches away, everything was infested, he said. It was a big ordeal.

According to a national survey, two to three treatments is typical when insecticide is sprayed.

Survey results were detailed in Bed Bugs Across America, a 2015 report by University of Kentucky entomology professors Potter and Kenneth Haynes, and Jim Fredericks, vice president of technical services for the National Pest Management Association.

More expensive heat treatments are more likely to knock out an infestation in one visit, the report stated.

Because heat treatment can take most of the day, said Glen Ramsey, Orkin technical services manager, conventional treatment is more common.

Heat treatment takes longer than conventional treatment, as the affected areas need to be warmed up to 125 degrees, held for one hour and then cooled back down, Ramsey said.

The report said treatment costs averaged $1,225 for single-family homes and $3,128 for multifamily buildings in 2015, though some apartment managers spent as much as $50,000.

That places Plymouth West at the high end of the range. Davis said LOMCO spent $400,000 for treatments there from 2013 to 2016.

Before an exterminator ever steps foot in the door, extensive preparations are made.

Residents strip beds of sheets and blankets, empty dressers and closets, and wash and bag clothes.

The key is to put them through the dryer for an hour at high temperature, Long Beach resident Gary Shelton said.

Shelton had to leave his apartment for several hours. He returned the same day. Other renters spent a night in a motel.

Underscoring the difficulty involved in eradicating bed bugs, Sheltons unit was sprayed three times. Even then exterminators didnt get everything.

They said they couldnt get the bed bugs out of the bed frame, Shelton said.

So he threw it out and bought a new one.

Life is getting back to normal now. Its been anything but since that fateful day in late November.

A friend was over and noticed a live bug in the middle of the bed spread, Shelton said.

He was stunned. I wasnt getting bites that I was aware of, he said. But he promptly called the apartment manager.

After seeing one, he started seeing a lot more bugs.

Once you see them, youll see them in your mind, Shelton said. Youll see them everywhere.



Size: 1 mm to 7 mm, roughly the size of Lincolns head on a penny

Color: Reddish brown, similar in coloration to an apple seed

Food: Human blood

Home: Within 8 feet of sleeping quarters. Known to live in apartments, houses, hotels, shelters, cruise ships, buses, trains and dormitories

Travel: Cant fly or jump, but can crawl fast up to 100 feet per day

Bite: Similar to mosquito, flea bites; does not carry disease

Evidence of presence: Bedbugs in folds of mattresses and sheets, rusty-colored blood spots; a sweet, musty odor

Treatment: insecticide, heat; significant preparation required of home occupants in advance; professional treatment recommended

No-nos: Do not spray bed sheets, blankets or clothes; do not apply bleach or alcohol. Applications of rubbing alcohol have sparked fires.

Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Your Guide to Bed Bugs, by Michael Potter; news reports

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Months-long Toronto rent strike ends in win for tenants – VICE News

August 13th, 2017 by admin

More than 300 tenants and their landlord have reached a deal in a months-long Toronto rent strike that cuts to the heart of global gentrification pressures.

Declaring victory, the tenants finalized a deal Friday with landlord MetCap Living that will see the company substantially reduce the rent increase it sought, Cole Webber, a community legal worker, told VICE News. The deal also includes a commitment by the landlord to complete required maintenance, and the creation of a new fund administered by MetCap and its investor Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) that will allow tenants on income assistance to apply to reduce their rent further.

The details of the deal, including exact numbers, remain confidential. But the strike speaks to a growing backlash on the part of tenants, who are feeling the crush of rising housing costs, and see rising rents as a move to push them out entirely. This year, protests against high rent and gentrification have also swept Montreal and Vancouver, where tenants have called rent increases of as much as 43 percent unfair.

In Toronto, MetCaps proposal for an above-guideline rent increase prompted 200 residents in seven buildings to stage a rent strike May 1, joined by another 100 renters in five other buildings on June 1.

In some buildings, MetCap sought a 3 percent rent hike each year for three years, on top of the 1.5 percent maximum rent hike set out in provincial guidelines for 2017. Those provincial guidelines are supposed to offer a cap on rent increases, but building owners can apply to raise rents higher if they claim the buildings need maintenance which is what MetCap did.

The provincial cap is tied to inflation, which currently sits at about 1.5 percent, and is slated to go up to 1.8 percent next year.

We have to accept change to a certain point. But we decided to fight back.

The hikes meant that some tenants couldve seen their rent go up from $1,000 to $1,150 for a bachelor, Webber said.

Never been involved in a protest before in my life, Barb Livesay, a tenant who went on strike in one of the buildings, told VICE News. The woman who lives on disability payments would have seen her rent go up by about $30, stretching her already tight budget. We have to accept change to a certain point. But we decided to fight back.

The strike was marked by protests at MetCaps Toronto headquarters in March, and solidarity pickets by students and teachers at schools in the Parkdale neighbourhood, where the buildings are located. Tensions with the landlord hit a boiling point in late May when MetCaps president nearly hit a protester with his truck.

MetCaps CEO and president Brent Merrill told VICE News that accusations MetCap wanted to increase the rent to evict tenants were absolutely false.

However we have heard in our talks that certain residents are concerned about their ability to pay the increases, he said. We are developing a plan to make those increases more manageable and to help those residents in need manage current and future increases.

We are developing a plan to make those increases more manageable.

Rent strikes have a long history worldwide from the no-rent movement in New York City in the 1840s and the Irish Land war in the 1880s to a wave of rent strikes responding to the urban housing crisis in the US in the 60s and 70s to current rent strikes like those staged across the UK by more than 1,000 university students last fall.

A variety of factors are pushing housing prices up in Canada: Continued migration from rural areas into cities, foreign investors parking their cash in the (relatively) stable Canadian market, the advent of short-term rental websites like Airbnb, the craze of house-flipping, and the availability of cheap credit have all contributed to the rising housing and rental prices.

After a decade of single-digit growth, housing prices in Toronto in 2016 jumped more than 17 percent over the year prior, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board. Vancouvers housing board reported that housing prices jumped over 40 percent from January 2015 to the same time a year later. Those sorts of price increases have put heavy pressure on the rental market.

Neighbourhoods like Torontos Parkdale, which has been a pocket of low rent housing for decades, is now facing gentrification and increasing rents.

Livesay, a tenant in a MetCap building at 135 Tyndall Avenue, across the street from VICEs bustling Liberty Village office, hailed Thursdays agreement as a win.

Im very happy, she told VICE News. Weve been able to get a fair negotiation with the amount of the increase and get maintenance issues addressed.

Livesay resides in a cozy bachelor on the sixth floor of a MetCap apartment block one of many similar buildings erected in Parkdale in the 50s and 60s, and home to low-income families, new immigrants and people living on disability payments. Livesay herself relies on a monthly disability cheque of about $1,300, which stretches just enough to cover her $776 rent, plus phone, cable and hydro, and $25 to $50 a week for groceries. In the past, she has relied on a food bank to get by. Her budget also has to account for her 12-year-old Terrier mix, Mork.

So Im not left with anything, and of course Mork is an aging dog so its costing me more for special food and vet bills.

MetCaps proposed rent increase would have bumped up her rent by $30, an increase she says isnt fair given issues with roaches, mice and even bedbugs in the building. She pulls up her sleeve to show white scars on her arm from the bedbug outbreak in her previous apartment on the first floor of the same building. She added that earlier this year her apartment flooded from a leak on the seventh floor, and it took the landlord six months to fix her bulging floor tiles.

Merrill said he was unable to respond to the allegations unless VICE News provided an apartment number and tenant name so he could do a proper investigation. He said the company had a very strong maintenance program and customer help line.

There is no way if a resident filled out a work order or contacted our personnel or help line that any required work would not be done.

Livesay moved to the building three and a half years ago when Mississauga became too expensive. In the short years shes lived here, Parkdale has changed. Liberty Village is creeping closer, and we have our first Starbucks, she said. Developers are proposing new condo buildings at King and Dufferin, around the corner from her house.

This is the only place I can afford now that rents are going so high, she said. I know Im best to stay here. And it has to be a pet friendly building for as long as my guys going to hang around with me, she adds. As if on cue, Mork shakes himself and his collar jangles.

Were just really excited its over.

Livesay believes Parkdales rent strike could gain momentum in other cities. She has advice for other tenants facing rent increases.

Start with having lobby meetings, getting the tenants together to discuss their concerns, she said. Thats the main part be organized with the support of your neighbours.

The rent strike brought her closer with her neighbours, many of whom she didnt know before. Now she chats with them regularly, and one of them even put her down as an emergency contact.

Its been a huge community effort, she concluded. Were just really excited its over.

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How Rich FOBs and Asian Yuppies Are Gentrifying Chinatown – NextShark

August 12th, 2017 by admin





Born in China and raised in middle-of-nowhere Pleasanton, California, making the trek to San Francisco had always been a privilege that expanded my young mind and helped me reconnect with my cultural roots.

Beyond visits to the California Academy of Sciences and Fishermans Wharf, exploring the offerings of Chinatown was an integral part of forming my identity. Streets filled with the smell of char-siu bao and tea, stores carrying books and magazines with Asian faces, this cultural hub helped me find a place where I belonged a physical place in America that represented me and where I came from.

Across America, the integration of ethnic regions into metropolitan areas is what brings vibrancy and uniqueness to city life. To me, no visit to Los Angeles is complete without sushi in Little Tokyo and a taste of Korean barbecue and HoneyMee in Koreatown. With Flushing, New York, Little Saigon in Chicago, and dozens of other such neighborhoods dotting every major city, Asia-towns leave their mark and provide a space for Asians and Asian-Americans to share, express, and flourish.

Between my high school and college graduations, something unsettling started happening, and rapidly so Chinatown started to die.

A full recovery from the recession and a Silicon Valley tech boom, coupled with growth in financial services and more job market entrants, changed San Francisco in huge ways. At the expense of locals, the citys real estate operators, tech giants, bulge bracket banks, and overseas real estate investors from China and Hong Kong prospered from this influx of talent and opportunity.

In recent years, San Francisco has become nearly unlivable for many working Americans, which is particularly impactful in newly gentrified areas like Chinatown. Although Chinatown rent is more affordable than rent in other SF neighborhoods at $2,700per month compared to SFs median $4,500 per month, Chinatown residents are left with considerably less disposable income.

Approximately two-thirds of Chinatown residents, many of whom are elderly or immigrants, live in Single-Room Occupancies (SROs). These 50 to 80 square foot homes are jam-packed with bunk beds, dishware, and a few stools, leaving little room to perform regular household tasks. Health hazards within SROs include respiratory problems; insufficient light; infections; exposure to mold, lead, rodents, bed bugs, blood, as well as sleep deprivation from noisy neighbors. According to the SRO Families United Collaborative, 62% of San Franciscos SRO families have no lease, which puts them at risk of sudden displacement. Landlords have continued to evict tenants in favor of higher-paying professionals and students.

With a rise in tech, finance, and consulting also came the accelerated prevalence of the hipster lifestyle. Pho carbonara, kimchi tacos, and foie gras soup dumplings crowd out decades-old dim sum joints and herbal pharmacies. On my most recent search for Chinese tea, I stumbled into Red Blossom Tea Company. The shop prides itself on offering artisanal loose-leaf teas & teaware, which somehow translates to selling chrysanthemum buds five times above market rate in sleek packaging and pandering to White customers (I was the only Asian in the store and was promptly ignored). Rose blossom tea? Moroccan Mint? Get outta here.

Alas, gentrification spares no one not residents, not businesses. Every time someone signs a $5,000/month lease in Financial District or dines at a White-owned Korean fusion restaurant, the Yin family is a step closer to getting evicted, and Grandpa Lee seats one less customer.

It might be easier to just blame the White Man for taking over these scarce and valuable neighborhoods; however, Asian Americans themselves contribute considerably to the erasure of Asia-towns.

Thats right. Rich FOBs and educated white-collar Asians yes, even those who minored in Asian-American studies play a part in hurting urban Asian communities. Despite supposed liberal viewpoints, many Asians are guilty of propagating the urban Asian plight. Fortunes 2015 diversity census found that, among top tech firms such as Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn, approximately 20 to 40% of companies overall workforces were Asian.

At these companies, the early-career median salary is between $80,000 and $100,000. Even for those who dont work at topmost firms, college educated urban professionals have socioeconomic resources and purchasing power several times greater than those of the average Chinatown resident, thereby driving socioeconomic inequality for fellow Asians.

Some Asian Americans have never thought about this. Some know this, but dont care.

A couple years ago, I was also blind to this issue. I saw myself as a different breed of Asian from the old ladies collecting cans and food stamps. I rationalized that my parents worked hard to get us where we were. The truth is, many Asians in similar situations buy into the Model Minority Myth and the Pan-Asian Myth, laying complacent with the narrative that White people have for People of Color.

Imagine this. Youre driving down the highway and get pulled over by the police, and you realize you were speeding. As an Asian, you know that there are a multitude of ways to try escaping this situation scott-free. If youre female, you might start playing the sweet, innocent little Asian girl trope. Maybe you casually mention that youre home on winter break from Harvard. Or maybe you act embarrassed and overly apologetic in purposefully broken English. I, and many other Asians, have either experienced this very situation or know someone who has. An Asian Americans innate reaction to such situations, and the fact that most other minorities do not have this luxury, is the direct result of the Model Minority Myth.

The Model Minority Myth is the concept that a certain minority group is inherently more hardworking and successful than the general population due to racial or otherwise genetic predispositions. Household income, education level, and crime rate are some of the factors used to justify that racism and socioeconomic inequality do not affect a minority groups ability to succeed.

Meanwhile, the Pan-Asian Myth is the concept that all Asians can be enveloped in a generic, unified culture, with no distinct identity for neither individuals nor Asian nations and their varying histories. The Pan-Asian Myth works to bind all Asian Americans to the Model Minority Myth.

However, a little light digging reveals mounds of reasons why the Model Minority Myth simply isnt true. Contrary to what the foreigner stereotype suggests, Asians have a lengthy history in America and have been integral in the making of America. From Chinese slaveryused to build the Transcontinental Railroad to the internment of Japanese Americans in WWII, Asians have experienced institutional oppression of people of color in America, albeit differently than other minority groups. Vietnamese refugees fled to the U.S. after the Vietnamese War ended in 1975. Hmong and Cambodian refugees escaped to America during the Communist takeover of Laos and the Cambodian Civil War, respectively.

When we think of the typical well-read, white-collar Asian, that stereotype is a direct result of governmental discrimination such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and theImmigration Act of 1924, barring anyone but highly educated Asians from specific countries to immigrate to the U.S. Remnants of these laws have trickled down to even the Millennial generation.

According to TechCrunch, of the 974,926 international students in the 2015-2016 academic year, 586,208 were undergraduates, with more than 165,000 coming from China. In California, the number of international students grew 10.5% between 2015 and 2016, with most coming from China and India. These students are paying significantly more than in-state students and usually completely out of pocket. They are afforded their opportunities due to familial wealth. If we were to separate Asians who came to America due to immigration acts from those who came to America due to war and violence or were affected by American war and violence we would see a huge discrepancy in household income and attitudes towards education and career.

Essentially, there are Asians who benefit from the Model Minority Myth and those who are harmed by it. This myth masks the reality that many subgroups of Asian Americans do not fit the Model Minority Myth and desperately need support from American institutions, including government, schools, and businesses. It is also used to propagate the idea that 1) Asians are a sort of superhuman, a perpetual foreign body hell-bent on taking the American economy and American jobs, and 2) blacks and other minorities have no excuse to bemoan racism and systematic oppression. Furthermore, the Model Minority Myth conceals the bamboo ceiling that Asians face in the workplace, whereby Asians work longer hours for less pay andless advancement opportunities.

As a first-generation Chinese woman whose husband is the descendant of Taishan Chinatown immigrants, I discovered my biases against poor urban Asian-Americans relatively recently. Admittedly, it wasnt until I got to know my husbands family and his ancestral background that I started to see commonalities between our families. My dad directed at a top bank, and I grew up learning languages and instruments. My mother-in-law worked night shifts at fruit packing plants, leaving my husband to care for his younger brother. Nevertheless, both our moms gift us with way too many frozen dumplings whenever we visit, and extended relatives incessantly spam our respective family WeChats. I had previously completely disassociated from underprivileged Asians and the hardships they faced, effectively dismissing their plight and dehumanizing them as other.

Although I was deeply devoted to my own family and local Asian community, I had been unable to connect, identify with, and care for Asians in circumstances different from my own. It took time for me to finally recognize the reality of poor urban Asians who, like my parents, work hard and do their best to provide for their families.

Subsequently, the challenge is for Asian-Americans to dispel the Pan-Asian and Model Minority Myths while remaining unified as Asians in America. We must recognize that, as Asians from varying backgrounds, we face different challenges yet all suffer from being seen as perpetual foreigners in a new country. We should celebrate all the different flavors of Asian while still recognizing that at our core, we are brothers and sisters.

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Jenny Shay is a hip hop dancer, V4 rock climber, and Berkeley Haas School of Business graduate. She lives in the SF Bay Area with her husband and two cats, Apple and Pear.

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As Hoteliers Look to Combat Bed Bug Rise Delta Five Offers Researched Solution – Markets Insider

August 11th, 2017 by admin

RALEIGH, N.C., Aug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ –Delta Five offers an innovative and effective solution to combat bed bugs. The company is the inventor of the Automated Insect Monitoring System, which has a proven 98 percent success rate at detecting bed bugs and other insects while preventing pest encounters. The devices are already in locations across the United States and around the globe. Delta Five’s bed bug monitoring system couldn’t have come at a better time. Cities across the country from New York to Southern California and everywhere in between are seeing an increase in bed bug infestations, and the pesticides known to treat them aren’t always working effectively.

In the 1940s and 50s, DDT was used to kill off the widespread bed bug problem, and many thought they were gone forever. But after a few decades of being dormant, bed bug infestations have had a resurgence. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes bed bugs are found in hotels, apartments, houses, college dormitories, and modes of transportation like buses and trains. DDT was banned by the EPA in 1972, but even so, bed bugs had started forming a resistance to it as they are today with other insecticides.

This is echoed in a research study Delta Five has been conducting on their Automated Insect Monitoring System. The company has been monitoring and tracking 762 installations across five branded hotels chains, two casinos, and one beachfront property. What Delta Five found was that even after these locations received the typical pesticide treatment for bugs, the monitoring system caught bugs in 3-4 percent of places, and nearly 1.5 percent of the time it was bed bugs that were caught. Even more impressive was within the first four months when the bed bug lure was new, the monitoring system caught bugs that were not seen or caught first by hotel staff, guests and others. Some locations even went as far as to use the devices with the original lure for 120 days, well-past the lure expiration, and it was still catching bugs.

The lure is simply bed bug pheromones used to draw in the bed bugs but it also draws in other similar insects like silverfish, roaches, fruit flies, and carpet beetles, among other insects. Some locations have found that placing more devices in a room that has caught a bug is a better prevention measure than spraying the pesticides, which can be harmful to people and the environment.

“Using the Delta Five Automated Insect Monitoring System, hoteliers are catching more bed bugs and other insects and doing a better job at prevention while saving money on costly inspections, room down time, and pesticide treatments,” says Dr. Jason Janet, CEO of Delta Five. “The Automated Insect Monitoring System is the first and only 24/7, safe, Wi-Fi-enabled bed bug solution. It’s discreet and compact and provides unprecedented early detection. Most important, the system is organic and chemical-free, protecting the health of people and the environment.”

The system is also compact and easy to use. It attaches easily to out-of-sight surfaces and provides remote 24/7 monitoring with real-time notification. It utilizes an all-natural, odorless lure to attract bed bugs and other insects, which are noticed by the device’s internal cameras that, in turn, activate the traps. The WiFi enabled system immediately notifies users via email or SMS. Users can simultaneously track thousands of sites, view images of captured pests and see alerts on the Delta Five dashboard. Because the system traps the insects, disposal is also easy.

The system provides a cost-savings to those that use it, and maybe just as important, it saves their reputation. Hotel guests are likely to change hotels in the event of finding what they believe to be a bed bug and potentially complain on social media. Once a hotel has a reputation of having issues with bed bugs, they can lose potential guests. Hotels that are innovating with the Delta Five system are staying ahead of the curve with early detection and prevention while limiting their guests exposure to pesticides.

To learn more about Delta Five’s Automated Insect Monitoring System, visit

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