Bed Bugs

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An end to our bed bug nightmares?

An end to our bed bug nightmares?

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Of all the scourges that hit nursing homes, there is one that always causes me to shudder. It's not pressure ulcers or norovirus, C. diff or MRSA. It's something less dangerous, but that I respond to viscerally because I have experienced it myself: bed bugs. That's why I am so excited by the news that 2015 could a turning point in the war against the pests.

Bed bugs continue to thrive, especially in the Midwest

Bed bugs continue to thrive, especially in the Midwest

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For the second-straight year, Chicago finds itself No. 1 in Orkin's rankings of the top bed bug infested U.S. cities, ranked in order by the number of bed bug treatments performed by Orkin. Los Angeles was second, followed by Columbus, Ohio, Detroit and Cincinnati.

Ants lead survey list for most challenging pest in healthcare

Ants lead survey list for most challenging pest in healthcare

Orkin and the Association for the Healthcare Environment have released a survey that says the most challenging pests for healthcare facilities are ants, flies, roaches and bed bugs.

Don't let the bed bugs bite at your facility

Don't let the bed bugs bite at your facility

Once a pest expected only to be encountered on rare occasion, bed bugs are more prevalent than you'd think in healthcare facilities — especially in long-term care and assisted living facilities. In fact, more than a quarter of respondents to an Association for the Healthcare Environment survey earlier this year indicated they had experienced a problem with bed bugs in their facility.

New technology could revolutionize healthcare disinfection processes, study finds

Infection control experts say they have developed a disinfection method that could revolutionize the way healthcare facilities prevent healthcare-acquired infections.