Skip to comments.Bedbugs Hitching Rides On Detroit Buses, Say Drivers
Posted on 06/30/2012 5:22:28 AM PDT by Son HouseEdited on 06/30/2012 5:27:34 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
Detroit's bus drivers has reportedly asked local lawmakers to put pressure on the transit agency to help stop the spread of bedbugs on buses.
The Detroit News reports that roughly 50 Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) drivers have said they've seen bedbugs on buses, and some have been bitten within the past year, according to Henry Gaffney, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26.
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no there is an epidemic of bedbugs and scabies in the usa.
Detroit is not alone. Birmingham Alabama is in dire straits and so are some other major cities....going to Third World status
Well, bedbugs on Detroit buses have to be the only safe passengers on those buses.
Guess they won’t run an ad during the next Super Bowl highlighting Third World Detroit with bedbugs on buses.....
Put tile floors on the buses with a center drain down to the street. Then hose down the riders to wash the bedbugs away
Reason number 509 to stay away from that pit that is Detroit.
They are in hotels, motels, airline baggage area (where they can go from one suitcase to another), and even in new clothes. A report a few months back said that one bug inside the hem of a new blouse or shirt can be carrying hundreds of eggs - ready to hatch in your closet. Heat kills them - so, when you buy something new, or when you get home from a trip - just put all your clothes in the dryer for fifteen minutes.
Park the buses in the sun with the windows closed and the heat on for a couple of hours. Won’t that kill the bugs?
That's actually a brilliantly simple idea. Bedbugs die at about 120°. Of course, it is so simple and cheap, the City of Detroit will likely never give it a go.
Great idea! (at least in the summer)
Yeah, I can see it all now:
Overhead plumbing with an onboard water supply. A constant flow of water for the first couple of minutes. A smattering of writhing bedbugs on the street, in the bus's wake.
Obviously some stops would have a higher delousing yield than others.
Remember, public transportation. It's their duty to preserve your health and safety.
Wild Bill in Green Mile.
I came upon this idea long ago. Clients used to ask me how to disinfect their cars after they had transported a dog with a highly infectious disease. I merely stated that in the summer, the interior of the car reaches almost 150-175 degrees which is way past that required of Pasteurization..145 degrees for thirty minutes. Recently, a head louse infestation hit and the recommendations are to bag up contaminated clothes and items and leave them bagged for four weeks. I recommended that they be bagged and put them in a vehicle closed up for five days in this heat. No way a head louse or the nits will live at 150 degrees or longer for several hours.
My wife has recently become obsessed worrying about bed bugs. We recently went on a trip to Tennessee and stayed in 3 different motels and a nice cabin. She went over each place with a fine tooth comb. Supposedly they get behind the headboard. Unfortunately, you can’t look behine a head board that’s attached to the wall. When we got home she washed clothes for too days.
Funny thing is, we both swore we were getting bit by something but there were no marks. All in our head?
Finally, why are bed bugs all of a sudden front page news?
Ass, gas or grass; nobody rides for free...
But you definitely can eat it, and it's good at cleaning out your system. Also great for pool or aquarium filters.
I have a 10lb bag of food grade diatomaceous earth in the kitchen. I mix a teaspoon in with my dog food a couple times a month as a worm preventative. I also rub a little into their hair after a bath to keep fleas and ticks at bay.
I dust garden plants with it or spread it on the ground for snails and slugs.
I discovered it years ago when I worked for Dawn foods and saw them putting it in cake mix as an anti caking agent.
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