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Bedbugs crawl into Lawrence, creating costly concerns

October 18, 2010

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The bedbug infestation that has been working its way across the country has made its way to Lawrence, taking “sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite” beyond the realm of a children’s nursery rhyme.

Renee Mellenbruch, a 20-year-old single mother in Lawrence, found the parasitic insects in her bedroom last Wednesday — the second time she’s found the pests in her home.

“Our neighbors had had bedbugs for a year, did not tell anyone,” Mellenbruch said. “And then, the bedbug problem came into our house.”

Mellenbruch’s apartment received a special heating treatment, which warms the structure to about 130 degrees and is supposed to kill the bedbugs. A month after the treatment, she found the creepy crawlers in her bedroom again. Mellenbruch’s 2-year-old daughter has even received multiple bites from bedbugs, and she can’t go to day care anymore because of the exposure.

“My daughter’s not even allowed to go to day care,” Mellenbruch added. “I got a note from the day care provider, and a phone call, stating that until the situation is resolved with the bedbugs that my daughter is not allowed to go to day care any longer.”

Richard Njoroge of Laser One Pest Management in Lawrence, who has recently dealt with bedbug infestations in Topeka and Kansas City, says heat treatments can be costly.

“An average house, you’re looking at $500 to 600 to get rid of bedbugs,” Njoroge said about the heating process.

Njoroge said there are several ways to spot bedbugs if you suspect an infestation.

“First of all, you need to look at your mattresses,” Njoroge said. “Secondly, you look and see if there are any droppings. A lot of times, you’re going to see dots — red dots, sometimes kind of a brownish color.”

He suggests contacting a professional exterminator to rid your home of bedbugs.

“If you’re trying to get rid (of them) yourself, you are really defeating yourself,” Njoroge said. “It takes a lot of work, a lot of inspection and different materials that are not available to the public.”

Kansas University has taken precautions to educate its students not to bring bedbugs to campus.

“It’s not the easiest thing to get rid of, but it’s very easy to get in contact with it,” said Todd Cohen, the director of University Relations at KU. “Being in contact with bedbugs is not something to be ashamed of … . You can very easily carry them back if you don’t wash the clothes before you come back and put them in your dorm room.”

Comments

KansasPerson 3 years, 6 months ago

larry88, I see that you've just arrived on this board and this is your first comment, so first of all, welcome. Secondly, did you get this information from the property management company, or were you actually one of the inspectors? If the former, are you sure about the truth of what they're telling you? If the latter, are you aware that the bugs are usually hiding during the day? I'm pretty sure it'd be a better test to actually spend the night there and see if you wake up bite-free. I'm sorry to imply that your post is not truthful (again, it may just be information you were given and were passing on here) but how can it possibly be that the bugs moved away on their own, without any treatment? Or is the management company trying to imply that the woman is not being truthful? After seeing the bites (on the news story) and the bug she'd caught and saved in a bag, how can we think that she's making it up?

Also, is the management company going to be truthful to the next tenants, or are they just going to put people in that apartment without treating the premises for bugs? Aside from the ethical questions that would raise, it would also cause more trouble for everyone involved in the long run, wouldn't it?

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larry88 3 years, 6 months ago

The news outlet you have posted a link to didn't allow the management company to respond when their message was returned. After the property was inspected this week there was no sign of bed bugs.

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Gene Wallace 3 years, 6 months ago

That and washing with Mom's old favorite, Borax. There was a reason why Twenty Mule Team Borax and hot hot water was used in the past. boric acid to the rescue.

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DillonBarnes 3 years, 6 months ago

"Kansas University has taken precautions to educate its students not to bring bedbugs to campus."

Anyone have any idea what this means, I haven't heard a thing from KU.

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acg 3 years, 6 months ago

Starlight is soooo right. Diotomaceous earth also works on flea infestations. We got fleas really bad a few years ago from a cat my kids insisted on trying to adopt. I bombed, vacuumed, cleaned, cried, tried everything to get rid of them. 1 week of D. Earth down and then vacuum it up, they were gone. All gone, all dead, 1 treatment, totally safe. Loved it!!!

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BABBOY 3 years, 6 months ago

Well, this is an interesting thread.

Libety-one has provided plenty of insight. First, he is a nut. Second, he says he qualifies for Medicaid. I have no issue with folks who need Medicaid. But, Medicaid exists for people who some reason cannot work and have very limited funds. I have no issue with helping people get back on their feet throgh this useful govermental program to keep people on their feet in times of need or on going trouble..

But, I do have a big issues with dead beats that post crap all day long when they should be working and paying taxes. That would appear to be Liberty-One.

I see that he posted that he does not accept Medicaid because he is too good for it. But, appartently his girl friend is trying to get him on it. That tells me that he is very likely existing by sucking off his girl friend. This seems to be a trend for male conservatives on this stupid site. I am betting his girl friend would probably prefer he just goes out and get a job and support himself as opposed to playing on the Internet all day.

So, Liberty, as oppose to wasting our time with your BS, go get a job and pay taxes and then maybe I will take you seriously......

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ralphralph 3 years, 6 months ago

Don't it always seem to go, you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone ...

I miss DDT.

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KansasPerson 3 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for the info, Wally and (earlier) Starlight. I had heard of di. earth but I was wondering how you managed it. We've been lucky in not getting the little devils in our house but I would certainly not want them! Wally, what are you planning to bomb your house with, and are you doing it yourselves or is this part of the Shendel treatment?

In case someone missed it up above (it got buried in a "smallerized" post) here is a link to a different news outlet's take on this story, complete with video. I didn't realize how much bedbugs resemble ticks (kind of). I wonder if they are also arachnids. Anyway: http://www.fox4kc.com/news/wdaf-bed-bugs-infest-townhouse-lawrence-101710%2C0%2C1120074.story Cute little girl; I hope she gets to sleep fear-free soon!

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Shane Garrett 3 years, 6 months ago

Well, If this post continues I will let everyone know the results. Wife had bed bug bites about a month ago. Shendel pest control was costly for the heat treatment, about three times the $500.00 amount mentioned in the story. Plus we bought beg bug covers for all the beds. She has not been had any bites since. But we plan to bomb the house soon. Waiting for any missed eggs to hatch. I think we may have brought them home from a purchase from the thrift store, but we will never really know. We did a lot of laundry for about a week as we washed in hot and tumbled dry on high.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 6 months ago

so is it possible for crabs and lice too mate?

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gr 3 years, 6 months ago

This can mean only one thing.

We MUST increase taxes.

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bobberboy 3 years, 6 months ago

kill them with diatomacious earth.

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hdcase 3 years, 6 months ago

If the bed bug epidemic continues to grow at an exponential rate and becomes a pandemic, literally millions of homes, businesses, modes of transportation, etc. will be affected and require bed bug control. With this in mind, here are some questions for environmentalists and all of us, to consider... Read the full post here: http://pestcontrolcenter.com/blog/?p=629

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Starlight 3 years, 6 months ago

I'll say it again. Diatomaceous Earth, DE, 89% Silcon dioxide(Silica). The food grade this outfit sells can be eaten as a dietary supplement for humans, feed to your pets for internal parasites or dust them to kill fleas. Dust the perimeter of your rooms and put a barrier between you and the bed bug infested neighbor. If you're infested spread it around and give it a couple or three days to work. It is made from ancient ocean diatoms which shells are ground up to a powder. When bugs crawl through it is like rolling in glass for them and cuts their exoskeleton and they dessicate and die.

http://www.earthworkshealth.com/

Bug companies don't want you to know there is a non-toxic, persistant and inexpensive powder that can be used to kill any insect that crawls through it. $27.50 will buy you a 50# bag, though you don't need all that much.

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gphawk89 3 years, 6 months ago

Anyone know whether DDT breaks down over time? Not that I know where there are several gallons...

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Centerville 3 years, 6 months ago

Chlordane. But don't tell anyone you have it.

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jafs 3 years, 6 months ago

Anybody have a good idea how to prevent bedbug infestations?

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jackbinkelman 3 years, 6 months ago

DDT... Can you say Silent Spring?

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swan_diver 3 years, 6 months ago

First of all -- Corky needs a strong cocktail, laced with DDT. Take two boy -- then call an undertaker before posting at the LJW one last time.

Bedbugs are being spread by the exterminator industry in the lower 48, during hard times for small business. This has been patently obvious for almost two years. Look it up.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 6 months ago

whats is the difference between bedbugs and crabs?

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WHY 3 years, 6 months ago

I got bedbugs when I stayed at an apartment in Topeka. I had over 100 bites and each was slightly smaller than a dime. It took a month to recover. If you want to kill them yourself it is not easy but you can do it. Put a sticky bug trap or bowl of water under each leg of your bed. Move your bed away from the wall. Keep your bedding off the floor and wash every other day or on any day when you get a bite. They will climb the walls and drop from the ceiling. Spray around the baseboards and walls with bedbug spray, sold at hardware stores. Insecticides won't kill all of them which is why sticky traps help. They only come out at night so during the day you are safe. They are attracted to body heat and carbon dioxide. I'm sure some clever fellow will invent a trap using these as bait.

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DerwoodPhfeffer 3 years, 6 months ago

I think you people are seriously overreacting to these little bugs. I'm not ashamed of anything. It reminds me of having lice as a kid and being made fun of at school all the time. They're just a part of nature, get over it. Do you think they treat people in Africa like this when they have bug problems? Heck no they don't.

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somedude20 3 years, 6 months ago

I like to chop the bedbugs up into fine little lines and then I snort them. Yum...Go Keith Richards

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kernal 3 years, 6 months ago

Watch out when you purchase those cheap mattresses from discount furniture stores as sometimes those mattresses that look brand new are actually old infested dirty mattresses purchased from motels and recovered to look new and fresh.

As Kontum said, wash your beddings in hot water every week, regardless if the label says to wash in cold water. Cold water is not going to cut it; ditto with towels.

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kubacker 3 years, 6 months ago

There is no absolute proof where the invasion is coming from but scientists have found that 99.9% of the bugs are fluent in Spanish and speak fondly of mother Mexico.

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Liberty_One 3 years, 6 months ago

Thanks government for decreasing our standard of living. Socialism failed to bring prosperity so now instead it brings poverty because that's all it's good at.

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CorkyHundley 3 years, 6 months ago

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/272718

Cooties!

Liberals are why bedbugs have returned worldwide. Remember DDT? Just about anything the Liberals touch turns to ..........

http://www.articlesnatch.com/Article/Bed-Bugs-Have-Become-A-Worldwide-Epidemic/1085654

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KansasPerson 3 years, 6 months ago

It might be doing the public a disservice to use a "20-year-old single mother" (implying low income) for this story. Bedbugs couldn't care less how much money you have. They have been found in extremely high-dollar resorts and cushy apartments (not in Lawrence, but in cities where they've gotten a good start, like NYC).

I just don't want readers of this and similar articles to come away with the impression that it's a problem only for certain socioeconomic levels. It's not.

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gr 3 years, 6 months ago

", which warms the structure to about 130 degrees and is supposed to kill the bedbugs. "

Isn't this promoting cruelty to animals? I mean, if someone left their dog in a 130 degree car to kill it, wouldn't that be considered cruelty?

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Centerville 3 years, 6 months ago

What materials aren't available to the public? An inquiring reporter would have asked. Thus, we are to conclude that it includes things that our Mrs. Grundy government has forbidden to us.

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akt2 3 years, 6 months ago

Billy The Exterminator says he has had success with dog shampoo in a spray bottle.

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Kontum1972 3 years, 6 months ago

try washing your sheets every week in hot water.....not every semester...LoL

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yankeevet 3 years, 6 months ago

Those bedbugs are awesome; I ran over one on Iowa Street last night....................almost blew out my tire..........

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CorkyHundley 3 years, 6 months ago

oooo.... icky. Cooties!!!

Is this part of the transformation I've been hearing so much about? I've heard that cooties were once just a third world problem.

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LogicMan 3 years, 6 months ago

"Njoroge said there are several ways to spot bedbugs if you suspect an infestation.

“First of all, you need to look at your mattresses,” Njoroge said. “Secondly, you look and see if there are any droppings. A lot of times, you’re going to see dots — red dots, sometimes kind of a brownish color.”"

Bug bites a faster indicator?

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