This is disgusting! I spend an average of 1-2 nights a week in hotels and this news is creeping me out...
Nearly eradicated in the United States 50 years ago, resistant strains of "super" bedbugs are infesting mattresses at an alarming rate. In what's being touted as the biggest mystery in entomology, all 50 states are reporting outbreaks of the blood-sucking nocturnal critters.
Pest control companies nationwide reported a 71 percent increase in bedbug calls between 2000 and 2005. Left alone, a few bedbugs can create a colony of thousands within weeks.
"We never treated bedbugs until 2002. Now we have a dedicated bedbug crew working on this every day," said Luis Agurto, president of Pestec in San Francisco.
Agurto's arsenal includes a vacuum, steam heat to cook the bedbug eggs and targeted spraying of insecticides. It takes three, eight-hour visits and about $500 to $750 to exterminate one room. A whole house would cost closer to $5,000.
I blogged about bed bugs here about a year ago. If you want to read an actual account of a bed bug attack, check it out.
I heard somebody ask this question yesterday and the more I think about it, the more sense it makes: is it possible that illegal aliens bring these infestations across the border?
According to the Spring issue of the Journal of America's Physicans and Surgeons, as a direct result of sick illegals invading America, diseases that were eradicated decades ago are making a comeback. Drug resistant Tuberculosis, malaria, leprosy, the plague, polio, dengue fever, and Chagas disease to name a few. If anybody has a reasonable argument that we should not slam shut the border between us and an honest to goodness third-world country, I would love to hear it.
Did I mention...THE PLAGUE?