Pennsylvania infestations of bedbugs
BedBugs on a bus has become a common headline, not just in Philadelphia, but with metro bus and rail operations across the country. Increased awareness of Bedbugs is making commuters more aware, but also quicker to jump to conclusions. Local CBS 3 TV in Philadelphia jumped on the news story. You can see the webpage version of the story about BedBugs on SEPTA Busses HERE. None of this should be a surprise, since Philadelphia is on the Top 50 Most Bedbug Infested Cities list.
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Here’s what riders can learn about this newest – BedBugs on the Bus – news story:
1> Be aware. Remember: BedBugs are hitch-hikers. “We” follow you tasty-humans everywhere / anywhere you go. You are just as likely to see Bedbugs in a movie theater and you are in your office cubicle, a DR office waiting room, an airplane seat, in a rent-a-car or a your children’s school. BedBugs will cling to any fabric that smells like a tasty-human “buffet-opportunity” and travel from place to place, look for a new home/nest to build. [BedBug “nest” are called “harborages”]
2> Don’t panic. BedBugs do NOT spread disease. They are embarrassing. They are incredibly difficult to remove. Once infested into your home, they are tough to kill, but Bedbugs won’t KILL you.
3> Report all sightings. Know what BedBugs look like [there are photo examples […]
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There is new information about a 4 year study of BedBugs in Philadelphia. Since Philly is one of the “Top 10 Most BedBug infested Cities”, it’s a good place to do research. The data is based on self-reported complaint calls to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. There wasn’t any “field” work, just the data of calls, geo-location reports and mapping migrations. [I’ve got comments about “self-reports” below, but let’s look at the news.
Penn Medicine is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, based in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine. Michael Z. Levy, PhD, an assistant professor in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Penn, and was the leader of the research team.
The “seasonality” of BedBugs may offer another way to control them more effectively. If it could be shown that BedBugs in Philadelphia were more vulnerable during certain times of the year, that could be helpful. Dr. Levy [and his team] tracked calls to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health between 2008 and 2012. Those reports were “mapped” to show when these Bedbug reports were occuring and where the BedBugs were in the Philly metro. BedBugs were Philadelphia’s most common complaint. From 2008 to 2001, just about 50% of the calls received were about BedBugs. “South Philadelphia” was the location of the greatest number of Bedbug reports .
The Penn Medicine research shows trends of two peak times,[August […]
There is a scene in the Steve Martin comedy movie [called “The Jerk”] inwhich the character [Navin R. Johnson] is overly-excited by the arrival of the new phonebook. He thinks he is “somebody”, because his name is in print. The old saying, “any publicity is good publicity” does NOT always apply….. like when the new annual “Top 50 Most BedBug Infested Cities in the USA” list is published.
Contrary to what “Navin” believes [“This is the kind of spontaneous publicity that “makes people”] most Mayors, Chambers of Commerce and City Health Departments would rather NOT be recognized for the inglorious achievement of being on the list, but there they are. Both Orkin and Terminex play this game with PR/news releases as a way to hype the franchise pest control services they sell. The list are not really very scientific, but actually based of the number of service calls received in each city. This introduces reporting variables that have nothing to do with the level of BedBug infestations, but lets allow them to have their “fun” at the expensive of Municipal reputation all across the USA.
Here is the Top 50 Most Bed Bug Infested Cities List [per the newest Orkin press release.]
1. Chicago Il (moving up +1 spot to be the New #1, like Casey Kasum used to say)
2. Detroit MI (up +1)
3. Los Angeles Calif (up +2)
4. Denver Colo (holding steady at #4)
5. Cincinnati Ohio (down the list -4 places, but everyone else in Ohio is “catching-up” fast. )
6. Columbus, Ohio (still ranked #6, but workin’ hard to break that Top 5 goal.) […]