Health officials say bed bugs have been confirmed at Moncton’s
University Hospital Centre, resulting in a slowdown in the emergency
department. Medical staff detected insects on a patient who came
into the emergency department on Wednesday. A pest control company was
called to the site and confirmed the insects were bed bugs.
Sniffer dogs were called in to identify the bedbugs and affected areas,
which included examination rooms and an area of the waiting room. The
emergency room is still operating, but on a reduced scale, while
affected areas are treated. The statement stressed that, although
bed bugs are pest insects, they do not constitute a health risk to
Foggers Won’t Eliminate Bed Bugs.
A new study shows that Bug
Bombs are no match for the blood-sucking pests. Researchers at Ohio
State University looked at three brands of bug bombs, also known as
foggers, from a nationwide retailer and tested their effectiveness on
five different bed bug populations in the lab. What they found was what
pest-control experts had long thought. “There has always been this
perception and feedback from the pest-management industry that
over-the-counter foggers are not effective against bed bugs and might
make matters worse,” said lead author Susan Jones, an urban entomologist
with the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. “But up
until now there has been no published data regarding the efficacy of
foggers against bed bugs.”
Jones and her colleague Joshua Bryant found
that Hotshot Bedbug and Flea Fogger, Spectracide Bug Stop Indoor Fogger,
and Eliminator Indoor Fogger had little to no effect on the bed bugs.
(Only Hotshot Bedbug is specifically labeled for use against bed bugs.)
“All three total-release foggers claim ‘kills on contact’ yet all
field-collected bed bugs were unaffected upon re-entry,” the authors
write. Even five to seven days after contact, the bed bugs remained
unharmed. “These foggers don’t penetrate in cracks and crevices where
most bed bugs are hiding, so most of them will survive,” said Jones in
Even when the bugs do come into contact with the
insecticides, their varying levels of resistance to the insecticide and
the foggers’ poor toxicity leave the crawlers unscathed. ”If you use
these products, you will not get the infestation under control, you will
waste your money, and you will delay effective treatment of your
infestation,” said Jones.
Alaska Disapproves Foggers Claiming to Kill Bed Bugs
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's Pesticide Control
Program has taken action to disapprove total release foggers listing bed
bugs as a target species or include the terms "bedbug" or "bed bug" on
packaging. The first state to take this action, Alaska has cited several
reasons for this change in direction: 1) foggers lack efficacy against
bed bugs (especially in the places they tend to hide), 2) most foggers
are pyrethrins or pyrethroids, compounds to which many bed bugs are
resistant, 3) foggers can cause the bed bugs to spread to other units
and 4) risks associated with fire when people overuse foggers to control
hornets attack citizens in China
According to a Guardian report, dozens of people in recent
weeks in China have died of hornet attacks. Over
100 individuals in the Angkang city area of Shaanxi province were
attacked by these deadly flying insects and no one knows why.
Hornet attacks are nothing new in China; in fact, several people
die by hornet attacks each year. However, this time around attacks are
more frequent, which push the death toll to its highest point yet.
Health officials claim around 18 persons have died so far, but local
newspapers believe 21 have died in hospitals.
‘Crazy Ants’ destroying
new ant species has marched into Georgia causing unusual issues compared
to the typical six-legged insect. The tawny crazy ant, scientific name
nylanderia fulva, can overwhelm environments quickly, travel in
massive groups and move in a quick, erratic fashion. They can cause
major issues, including ruining electronics and electrical equipment.
These tiny, reddish
ants are attracted to electrical outlets because of the warmth
coming from them but small electronics aren’t the only things they
enjoy. They get into light fixtures, electrical breakers, computers,
handheld devices and things like that and in Houston they have even
gotten into large equipment in factories, and they have had serious
problems in that area.
University of Georgia county extension agent James Morgan found the ants
on in Albany at an assisted living facility.,,“I found that they can
cause problems. When they’re in the house they can get into wall sockets
and short-circuit things,” Morgan said.
Discovered in Texas in 2002, the ants originated from South America and
have been known to ruin pastures because of their overwhelming numbers,
Morgan said they can affect other wildlife, even small birds and
lizards. They just eat everything. You really can’t control these on
your own; you have to call in a professional.
The good news is that they don’t tend to move to new locations quickly
on their own. They move mostly by human means, such as on plants and
other items being transported, or in wood that is infested.
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is a giant water bug (Hemiptera: Belostomatidae), a.k.a. toe biter or
electric light bug. They are voracious predators on aquatic invertebrates as
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