Bed Bugs Hit Jersey City Municipal Court, Hudson County Plaza Building

It seems we are writing about new bed bug infestations daily and, today, is no different. Bed bugs, said ABC Local, have been reportedly found at the Jersey City Municipal Court and the Hudson County Plaza building in New Jersey.

According to a city spokeswoman, a “single bed bug was found in one of the court’s departments,” wrote ABC Local. The building will go through a “routine examination” later this week, added ABC Local.

Meanwhile, yesterday, we wrote that the administrative offices of the University of Wisconsin Health and Clinics reported an infestation of bed bugs.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the United States is experiencing what Wake My NC described as an “alarming” return of the tiny bloodsucking parasites. Also, at least five states have sought assistance from the Department of Defense and the state of Ohio recently asked the Environmental Protection Agency for permission to use a banned pesticide, said ABC News previously.

In New York, bed bugs have been found at the New York City Ballet and New York City Opera at Lincoln Center; a variety of popular stores, including Nike Inc.’s flagship store, Victoria’s Secret, Hollister, and Abercrombie and Fitch; large offices, such as Sirius Radio and the Wall Street Journal headquarters; theatres; and both housing projects and chic apartments. Bed bugs have also been reported in a couple of hospitals nationwide.

The Associated Press (AP) added the Empire State Building and Bloomingdale’s to the growing list saying travelers are changing plans to visit New York. According to the AP, reports of new infestations in Manhattan have been occurring on a nearly daily basis and, now, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration has expressed concern that the tiny pests are impacting the City’s image and hurting its $30 billion tourism industry.

Bedbugs which can survive a year without feeding, said the AP, are very difficult to eliminate and, although nearly eradicated and not seen in any significant numbers in the US in the past 50 years, they have returned in earnest, showing up virtually everywhere, with new reports cropping up daily. Not disease carriers, the pests can bite, leaving people with uncomfortable, itchy wounds.

The reduced use of powerful pesticides such as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), which was banned in the 1960s, as well as use of narrow spectrum products targeting specific pests, have enabled the bugs to survive, thrive, and develop pesticide resistance. In addition to turning up everywhere, bed bugs appear to be virtually unresponsive to chemicals, which only seem to be having a negative effect on people.

The EPA has issued a warning against using outdoor chemicals indoors saying that some of these chemicals adversely affect the central nervous system and can lead to skin and eye irritation and, worse, some cancers.

The resurgent pests have sparked at least two lawsuits and many more lawsuits are expected as bed bugs continue to show up in an ever-growing range of areas.

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