Bed Bug News Roundup – Top Bed Bug Stories for July-August 2017

In the world of bed bugs and pest control, there are always plenty of interesting stories making the news each week. At Bed Bug Guide, we like to keep our ear to the ground and stay informed about the latest developments. This is the second in our series of regular news roundups, in which we summarize the top headlines that grabbed our attention over the past month.

1. Man Who Dumped 100 Bed Bugs At Augusta City Center Office Pleads Not Guilty
Charles Manning from Augusta, Maine, appeared in Capitol Judicial Center courtroom this month to face charges of assault and obstructing government administration. Manning faces a $2,000 fine and one year in prison after he released more than 100 bed bugs in the Augusta City Centre Office. The defendant had visited the office earlier that day seeking assistance to find a new place to live while his own apartment was treated for a bed bug infestation. After being told no help was available, he returned later that day to exact his revenge. City hall was forced to close the office for several days while the bugs were removed. Manning has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

2. Bug-sniffing Dogs Called In To Deal With Burbank Library Infestation
It’s not unusual to discover bed bugs in pubic libraries, and the Buena Vista Branch Library in Burbank, California, has become the latest building to suffer an invasion. The library’s service director, Elizabeth Goldman, advised council members that the parasites have been found in staff offices and in the main reading area of the children’s section – often hiding in books or under cushions. She said exterminators from the Burbank Public Works Department have been trying for some time to eradicate the pests using various techniques including sprays, deep cleans, and even using bedbug-sniffing dogs to locate the tiny creatures.

3. Budget Airline Scoot Investigating Passenger Bed Bug Claims
Low-cost Singapore airline Scoot is investigating a reported case of bed bugs aboard its flight, after a passenger complained of bites from the insects. Traveller Jiamin Han posted on Facebook on August 12 to say she was left with a “cluster of bed bug bites” on her arms and back after a return trip from Singapore to Hong Kong on flights TR-2062 and TR-2069. “As it was a daytrip to HK, these bites could not have come from anywhere apart from the plane,” wrote Ms Han. A Scoot spokesman apologized for Ms Han’s experience and said they would investigate the incident, while noting that all seats are cleaned and disinfected regularly.

4. British Family Attacked By Bed Bugs In Spanish Holiday Nightmare
Liam Edmonds and Laura Docherty from Edinburgh say their Spanish holiday was ruined after being bitten repeatedly by blood-sucking bed bugs while staying for a week at the Sol Parc Apartments in Spain with their two children. The British couple published alarming photographs of their experience, showing painful red itchy bites covering their arms and legs, along with images of the tiny creatures crawling over mattresses and bed frames. Travel operator Jet2 apologized for the incident, and admitted that the apartment has now been fumigated. The unfortunate family was forced to pay for medical treatment and disinfection of their clothing.

5. New York Call Center Invaded By Bed Bugs
A Maximus call center in Gates, New York is suffering from a severe bed bug infestation this month, with the unwelcome parasites discovered throughout the building. The health care services company, situated in the Rochester Technology Park, Monroe County, has been working with local pest control officers to rectify the situation. The Monroe County Department of Health, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, received complaints from the Maximus facility last week after several employees were sent home with bites. Bedbugs were also reported at the nearby Rochester Public Library earlier this year.

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