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Three Universities Receive Grants to Fight Bed Bugs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is doing its share to combat bed bugs. The government agency announced on Thursday that it is giving $550,000 in grants to five organizations, three of which are universities. The EPA hopes these grants will create innovative methods in bed-bug pest control.

These grants will be used to serve immigrant, low-income and minority neighborhoods where bed-bug infestations are most prevalent.

“Low-income communities suffer disproportionately higher bed bug infestation rates,” Rutgers University entomologist Changlu Wang wrote in his grant proposal. “Unfortunately, low-income communities lack the necessary resources and knowledge to cope with rapidly expanding bed bug infestation.”

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How to Prevent Bed Bugs in the Dorm

Just the idea of bed bugs makes my skin crawl. Typically, I think of getting bed bugs by staying in a hotel that is somewhat shady, but you can get bed bugs anywhere, including your own bed.bedbug

Bed bugs in dorms and student apartment complexes are a big problem. It can be difficult to know when you have bed bugs because they are small and typically nocturnal, so you probably won’t see one or two just lounging on your bed. They often hide in dark crevices and place their eggs in fabric seams, and only come out at night to snack on your blood while you are sleeping. Creepy, huh?

If the thought of sharing your bed with a colony of bugs doesn’t really bother you – well, I don’t know how it could not completely disgust you – then think about the annoying bites you are likely to receive. Bed bug bites cause cimicosis, a skin condition that varies from person to person. According to The Mayo Clinic, allergic reactions to bed bug bites result in red bumps or welts, typically formed in a cluster or line, and are very itchy. These bites are similar in appearance to mosquito bites. Unfortunately, bed bug bites can last much longer and be much itchier. However, almost 50 percent of bed bug victims do not react to bed bug bites; at least there’s one positive. Read the rest of this entry »

Hollister in SoHo New York Closes for Bed Bugs

Hollister-SohoCollege and high school students in New York City might have to throw out their clothes as the widely popular brand Hollister was forced to shut down their epic SoHo store because of a three-week long on-going bed bug infestation.

Many veteran New Yorkers, including myself, consider the 40,000-square-foot store’s painted building-side campaign the ugliest billboard-esque design, plaguing the famed shopping city, and now it seems the company actually is plaguing the city.

Hollister is the sister store to the popular Abercrombie and Fitch brand.

The sign on the outside of the door of the store says it is closed for “maintenance,” but a company spokesperson confirmed that the infestation was the reasoning behind the stores refurbishing. Read the rest of this entry »


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