Bed Bug News Roundup – Top Bed Bug Stories for January-February 2018

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 ourselves well informed about the latest developments. This is the sixth in our series of regular news roundups, in which we summarize the top headlines that grabbed our attention over the past month.

  1. 13-Year-Old Boy Causes $300,000 Damage in Attempt to Kill Bed Bug With Fire

Ohio officials claim a 13-year-old boy is responsible for a fire in a Cincinnati apartment building that caused $300,000 in damage and resulted in eight residents being evacuated. The fire began around 11 p.m. on a Tuesday evening last month, after the teenager doused the bed bug in alcohol and then lit a match. No injuries were reported, but six apartments suffered extensive smoke and water damage. The Red Cross located emergency housing for the affected families.

  1. Students Relocated Following Vanderbilt University Bed Bug Infestation

Campus leaders are struggling to eradicate a bed bug infestation inside dorms at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee. Bed bugs were confirmed at the Carmichael Towers residential complex, and students have been relocated while pest controllers deal with the problem. The University refused to confirm how many students were affected,or exactly when the bugs were discovered. The standard treatment process requires students to evacuate for one week, leaving behind all belongings to prevent the spread of the parasites. Residents may only take a few items of clothing that have been carefully laundered and inspected.

  1. British Couple Eaten Alive by Bed Bugs During Dream Holiday to West Africa

John Boweand Sharon Murray paid £2,400 for a trip, but the couple’s dream holiday turned into a nightmare due to a bed bug infestation at the five-star Hotel. When John and Sharon first noticed multiple bite marks on their skin, they assumed they were simply mosquito bites from sitting outside. But by the final night of their holiday, they were both completely covered in itchy red marks. After stripping the bed before departing, they discovered dark spots all over the mattress, which turned out to be bed bug feces. When they contacted management to complain, they were offered only a bottle of Prosecco as compensation. Ms. Murray said all their clothes had to be washed at 60 degrees to kill the bed bugs, which destroyed much of their clothing.

  1. Pennsylvania Woman Sentenced to Five Years Probation Following Bed Bug Death

Deborah Butler from West Manheim Township was charged with neglect of care and involuntary manslaughter this month, following the bed bug related death of a senior citizen in her care. Mary Stoner, 96, passed away at York Hospital. The autopsy found the cause of death to be “complications of sepsis following a bed bug infestation”. Police visited Butler’s carefacility in 2016 and observed bed bugs in various lifecycle stages crawling around the deceased person’s room. Butler claimed to have been attempting to eradicate the bugs since 2015, and blamed Stoner for introducing the parasites.

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