Save A Bulldog, Gain A Companion

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Bulldogs are an old breed and have been around since the 17th century. With so many things known about the right way to raise a dog, it is amazing that there are still many bulldogs that are in need of help and rescue. This article was created so that people could better help bulldogs in need find their homes and live better.

Bed bugs found in two locations at Northwest Territories hospital

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Bed bugs were found in two different locations at Stanton Hospital in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, according to the CBC News article Bedbugs discovered at Yellowknife’s Stanton Hospital.

Bed bugs were found in both the staff lounge and men’s locker rooms.

Stanton Territorial Hospital, Yellowknife,

Stanton Territorial Hospital, Yellowknife, NT

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According to CBC News,

Staff who had used either of those areas were notified and told to remove their clothing, put them in sealed bags and given instructions for how to launder them properly when they got home.

Reid says pest exterminators have sprayed both rooms and furniture in the lounge has been destroyed .

The exterminator will return to spray both areas one more time and they’ve set traps in case other bedbugs show up.

The hospital reacted efficiently in sealing clothing and providing instructions for treatment, though hopefully items such as bags and shoes were not neglected.

I also note that destroying furniture seems like a waste of resources.

Bed bugs are likely to be a recurrent problem in public spaces like hospitals, so they would probably be better served by setting up a method to decontaminate infested items as big as chairs and beds. Heat is very reliable method of killing bed bugs when used properly.

Since staff or clients may come in with bed bugs at any point (and the locations here suggest staff are the likely source in this instance), teaching all staff how to detect bed bugs and react accordingly would also go a long way in preventing or controlling future introductions of bed bugs to the hospital.

Have you heard the Berlin Wall Theory about bed bugs?

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This is a short video news segment about Dr. Dini Miller’s lab at Virginia Tech and her grad students who work on bed bug research.

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What struck me most was this soundbite from Dini Miller about DNA testing of bed bug populations:

“A lot of these bed bugs are genetically connected to Eastern Europe, and if you think about when the Berlin Wall came down, and the fact that we started seeing bed bugs in this country in the 90s — in the late 90s — there’s directly a tie.”

Interesting. I don’t think I’ve heard this theory before.

It’s fun to get a glimpse into a bed bug lab and it’s always good to hear about the grad students who are currently studying bed bugs. The more researchers working on this problem, the better.

If you have bed bugs, please take the newscaster’s doom-and-gloom about how “no chemical is killing” bed bugs with a grain of salt. That’s not exactly accurate, as pest professionals do eliminate bed bugs successfully using chemical treatments — every day.  It is not easy and does take knowledge and skill, but I believe most bed bug cases in the US are handled using sprays and dusts.

You can view the video on the WDBJ website if the embedded video does not display above.

Tips to Protect Your Home From Cockroaches

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Finding a proper solution to prevent cockroaches from entering your home is one of the most serious concerns. Cockroaches cause several diseases to you and your family. Follow these simple tips to stop these tiny insects from entering your home.

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