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    Bed Bugs BullCrap Article!

    Friends,

    Please take a look at this article. At the link there are pictures, but the pics are not for those with weak stomachs.

    Read it carefully.

    http://cbs2chicago.com/watercooler/wate ... 82211.html

    Lawsuit Follows 500 Bed Bug Bites

    (CBS) CHICAGO A Chicago woman is suing a hotel for $20 million after waking up one morning with more than 500 bed bug bites.

    Leslie Fox, a 54-year-old bookings agent, says that after four nights at the 700-room Nevele Hotel in Ellenville, New York, last July, she awoke to find red, itchy welts all over her body, reports Mary Ann Childers of WBBM-TV.

    "My body felt as if it was on fire. I just wanted to tear it off," Leslie Fox said.

    "I had no idea what was happening to me. We noticed the blood on the bed. I became very upset and alarmed," she said.

    She and her husband – who was also bitten, but not so badly – tore the bed apart and found a swarm of bugs under the linens.

    "The bugs were sent to the University of Illinois in Chicago and verified to be bed bugs," said attorney Alan Schnurman.

    When the couple reported to hotel officials that their room was infested, the officials offered two free nights but Fox and Cohen declined, Schnurman said, because they were just itching to leave.

    Joe O'Connor, a lawyer for the resort, said he and his client had not seen the lawsuit so he could not comment. But he said the hotel has ongoing treatment and inspection by pest control companies that will certify the Nevele is bug-free.

    O'Connor also said he had contacted the lawyer who filed the suit and was "trying to work things out."

    Several other lawsuits have been filed in New York City and around the country because of alleged bedbugs attacks in hotels.

    Bed bugs are bloodsuckers, but they are not known to transmit disease. Their bite is painless, and it can take up to nine days for welts to appear.

    Redness and irritation fade after several days, but one dermatologist says each person reacts differently.

    "While a bed bug may bite me and I get a very small reaction, it could bite you and get a large reaction," said Rush University Medical Center Dr. Clarence Brown.

    Fox, who has seen five doctors, says she's still suffering. She says she's scarred, stressed every time she sleeps in a hotel and afraid she may have unknowingly carried home bedbug eggs that may still hatch.

    "A clean room is not necessary any guarantee of a safe room," she said.

    How can you protect yourself? It's tough because bed bugs only come out at night. They hide during the day in mattresses, headboards, upholstery and inside walls and baseboards. They can fit in a crevice the width of a playing card, and they can live for a year without food. Most people don't know they have them until they've been bitten.

    O'Connor, the resort lawyer, noted that bedbugs have become a problem in many places across the country, even in upscale hotels. He attributed the bedbug's resurgence to international travel and the banning of some dangerous pesticides.

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    Now after reading this I did a quick Google search on Bed Bugs and found some information im trying to relocate now.

    The source said "international travel and the banning of some dangerous pesticides, and human migration from 3rd world environments!

    Funny how they left that out.

    This article also says "Bed bugs are bloodsuckers, but they are not known to transmit disease."

    Excuse me? Mexican Bedbugs spread Chagas Disease right!?!?!?

    http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/IG083

    Other sources say they can spread Anthrax and Tularemia!

    Im going to track these sources down again, but please feel free to post material about this here.

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    This woman was just on tv. Man, she looks as though she has smallpox. I hope she get the $20 million.

    Bedbugs Biting From Coast To Coast

    http://cbs2chicago.com/health/health_st ... 51359.html

    (AP) NEW YORK Legions of tiny bloodsucking bugs are biting their way through the Big Apple, making this the city that never sleeps ... tight.

    Bedbugs are back, and they’re not just rearing their rust-colored heads in New York City. Experts say they’re spreading to other states and countries. Exterminators who handled one or two bedbug calls a year are now getting that many in a week, according to the National Pest Management Association.

    “There’s an epidemic going on throughout the country, and New York seems to be the hotbed,” said Jeffrey Eisenberg, a pest control expert.

    Bedbugs are turning up in hospitals, schools, movie theaters, health clubs. Recent reports put them in a Los Angeles hotel— where one guest filed a $5 million lawsuit. Apartment tenants have taken landlords to court over infestations—and a New Jersey college dorm.

    The current generation of exterminators has been caught unaware by these pests, which were all but forgotten for decades. They blame the comeback on several factors, primarily increased global travel and the banning of potent pesticides like DDT.

    “We feel like we’re starting from scratch,” said Eisenberg, who returned this weekend from a conference where bedbugs were a top priority. “The only thing we know is that we don’t know anything.”

    The tiny vermin avoid light and attack in the middle of the night. About the size of a flattened apple seed, they hide in cracks and crevices in furniture and walls.

    They’re efficient and active travelers, often hitching rides on clothing and jumping from host to host when people brush up against each on the subway, in elevators or on crowded streets.

    And they invade even the cleanest apartments and swankiest neighborhoods.

    “We’ve always had pests in New York City—we have rats, cockroaches, et cetera—but bedbugs are new,” said city Councilwoman Gail Brewer, who is calling for a bedbug task force. “We’re not doing a good job focusing on it.”

    Fighting an infestation is a costly, time-consuming process. Belongings must be removed from the home to be thoroughly washed or dry-cleaned, followed by meticulous vacuuming, before the exterminator can even begin work. It often takes several visits.

    People who have bedbugs rarely see them. The only signs are pepper-like spots of their fecal matter, specks of dried blood on bed sheets and, of course, the bites. The scourge is nearly impossible to eradicate; the creatures can go a year without feeding, they reproduce rapidly and don’t die easily.

    “Now it’s just us against these bugs,” said Sofia Capinha, a 20-year-old college junior whose New Jersey dorm room has been infested since September.

    Between calls to campus officials and visits from an exterminator, she and her roommate have tried covering her mattress in a zippered plastic cover and greasing bedposts with Vaseline to keep the bugs from crawling up.

    Nothing has worked. Two nights after they returned from holiday break, she was bitten again—on the face.

    In New York City, Brewer announced new legislation Sunday that seeks to halt some common mattress industry practices that exacerbate the problem.

    She wants a ban on reconditioning mattresses—essentially taking old ones, refurbishing them and selling them like new, which can spread the bugs into stores and homes. The legislation would also require separate transport of old and new mattresses. A mattress purchase often includes the removal of the old one, and several used and new mattresses mingling in a truck produce a bedbug free-for-all.
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    Yea, I have been watching this on the news past couple of days. Well we remember what mom use to say "Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite "
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    I am so paranoid when it comes to motel/hotel rooms. Years ago, my Mom wouldn't allow us to sit on the bedspreads or blankets...I still don't allow my husband to sit on them.

    When we take the dogs with us, I won't let them get on the spreads or blankets.

    Most motels/hotels only wash their spreads and blankets once a month! Even the finest places. My niece used to work in a fancy place.

    Last year was the first time in 10 yrs. that I have been in a motel, and it took me forever to fall asleep because of this.

    So...since I would like to go on vacation, we bought a small travel trailer 3 weeks ago.....

    Yuk, bed bugs.....and many other things.....!
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    I saw this article today and if it's true the woman doesn't deserve a dime.
    Also here was an article I posted several months ago.

    https://www.alipac.us/ftopict-13151-bed.html+bugs


    http://www.recordonline.com/archive/2006/03/09/6.html

    March 09, 2006

    Woman bit by bedbugs went back for second stay

    By Paul Brooks
    Times Herald-Record
    pbrooks@th-record.com

    Ellenville - Six days after a "horrifying" experience with bed bugs at the Nevele Grande resort, the woman who filed a $20 million lawsuit went back for a second stay.

    "It takes the wind out of their sails," said Joe O'Connor, the Kingston lawyer representing the resort.

    Leslie Fox, 54, and her husband announced their lawsuit against the Nevele with a big press conference in New York City Tuesday.

    She said she was bitten 500 times while staying at the hotel last summer. She had pictures of her back and arms covered with red welts. "I was miserable. My skin felt as if it were on fire and I wanted to tear it off," said the booking agent from Chicago, according to press reports. Fox didn't tell the press assembled at the event that six days after she left the Nevele that she reserved a room for a second stay.

    Schnurman said he has learned a lawyer sustained 100 bites from bed bugs during a December stay at the Nevele and is preparing to sue also.

    "Her purpose is to make sure the hospitality industry as a whole makes their rooms safe, not just look clean for the pubic, but safe."
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    I think I just heard that the woman, or some bedbug bite victim, is going to be on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 10:00 - Midnight eastern tonight.

    This old Atlanta Journal-Constitution article via FR is the best I saw about bedbugs transmitting disease, but the article is over 2 years old.

    Bedbugs don't seem to transmit disease, but health officials haven't completely ruled that out. Researchers at the University of Toronto reported last month that bedbugs can be infected with plague, tularemia and Q fever and carry those pathogens for long periods. They may potentially play a minor role in transmission of hepatitis B.

    Disease risk unknown

    Bedbugs are closely related to reduviid, or "kissing," bugs. Those bugs can cause Chagas' disease, a sometimes fatal malady causing brain, heart and digestive problems mostly in Central and South America.

    If bedbugs are interrupted while feeding on one person and quickly move to another person, they can theoretically infect the second person with germs from the first, said Phil Koehler, an urban entomologist at the University of Florida. But they usually drink their fill of one victim and crawl away.

    While there is no proof that bedbugs spread disease, said Bill Brogdon, an entomologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is also no proof they don't. "That's the best we know now, but we have to be prepared every day to be shown something different," he said.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1064803/posts

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    Fox didn't tell the press assembled at the event that six days after she left the Nevele that she reserved a room for a second stay.
    Wonder if she went back and if the sores were oozing when she made the second reservation.

    and many other things
    A tv program not long ago took a "black light" to hotels/motels. Even the very expensive ones had crap you wouldn't believe show up everywhere.
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    Thanks y'all. I'm gonna be itching all night just THINKING about this. LOL Talk about heebie jeebies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuniusJnr
    Thanks y'all. I'm gonna be itching all night just THINKING about this. LOL Talk about heebie jeebies!
    As COI said, "Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite "
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    LOL Had_enuf. AFter our recent dust storm, I'm more worried about dust mites.

    AND, the title to this thread sounds like a good title for a book:

    Of Bedbugs and Bullcrap

    Got a nice ring to it, doesn't it?
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