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Bedbugs Hitching Rides On Detroit Buses, Say Drivers
FoxNews ^ | June 29, 2012 | FoxNews.com

Posted on 06/30/2012 5:22:28 AM PDT by Son House

Edited 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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KEYWORDS: bedbugs; buses; detroit; drivers
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And I thought this only happened in Europe...
1 posted on 06/30/2012 5:22:32 AM PDT by Son House
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
I choose to live in a virtual quarantine for a reason.

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2 posted on 06/30/2012 5:25:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

America- the latest third world sewer!


3 posted on 06/30/2012 5:28:51 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Son House

Remember that scene from The Shawshank Redemption flick where the guards delouse Andy Defrane? Well, that’s what they need to due to all of the bus patrons before they get on the Detroit Buses.


4 posted on 06/30/2012 5:30:55 AM PDT by zbogwan2
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To: Son House

Not a big surprise after my recent visit there while crewing for the Indy Car / Grand Am races the first week of June. Everything looked OK on Jefferson Ave between the Marriot (GM) and Belle Island, but get one street off and Yikes!


5 posted on 06/30/2012 5:31:10 AM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: Son House

The White House DNC CZAR-for-Fomites-and-Parasites
is doing his job well.

Rumor is that AG Holder and the DOJ eagerly
want to arm them with FleshEatingDisease-AutomaticWeapons.


6 posted on 06/30/2012 5:33:33 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Son House

Even the bed bugs are trying to get out of Detroit.


7 posted on 06/30/2012 5:41:08 AM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: layman

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!


8 posted on 06/30/2012 5:43:31 AM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: zbogwan2

Detroit busses, Chicago busses, Philly busses, St Louis busses.......


9 posted on 06/30/2012 5:43:54 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek
Detroit busses, Chicago busses, Philly busses, St Louis busses.......

Subways, taxis, airplanes. Anyplace where filthy subhumans might park their arse.

10 posted on 06/30/2012 5:53:42 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

A friend of mine who lives in town found bedbugs in his house and he’s a regular old clean freak. He took all his washables to a laundromat in another town.

Yeas ago I worked with a guy who moved, sold, or scrapped old mobile homes. The ones he sold went to an empty field he owned for fumigation before going to his sales lot next to his house.


11 posted on 06/30/2012 6:05:17 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Son House

I wasn’t aware that parasites could exist on other parasites...


12 posted on 06/30/2012 6:09:26 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: Son House

Leave the buses locked up for a day in this heat. End of problem.


13 posted on 06/30/2012 6:09:44 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: vetvetdoug

Diatomaceous earth (Shell flour). You don’t want to inhale it due to the silicosis danger but its completely non toxic and appears to work well.


14 posted on 06/30/2012 6:13:21 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Maybe federal money should go for cattle shutes which would have each mass transit passenger dip before entering at each bus stop. That would resolve the bedbug problem and the not-showering problem often seen on mass transit.


15 posted on 06/30/2012 6:22:43 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: cripplecreek

Maybe federal money should go for cattle chutes which would have each mass transit passenger dip before entering at each bus stop. That would resolve the bedbug problem and the not-showering problem often seen on mass transit.


16 posted on 06/30/2012 6:22:51 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: hal ogen

My mass transit motto.

Mass Transit - Because nobody wants to die alone.


17 posted on 06/30/2012 6:24:25 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: hal ogen

Yeah, they could put drains on the floors of the buses.


18 posted on 06/30/2012 6:24:40 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Son House

IIRC, the bedbugs are from south of the Border.


19 posted on 06/30/2012 6:25:25 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: popdonnelly

Yup. People ride a city bus to a greyhound terminal and on to the next town. Its how they’ve spread all across the country.


20 posted on 06/30/2012 6:30:30 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Son House

DDT

http://www.alibaba.com/trade/search?fsb=y&IndexArea=product_en&CatId=&SearchText=ddt

21 posted on 06/30/2012 6:37:47 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: Son House

no there is an epidemic of bedbugs and scabies in the usa.


22 posted on 06/30/2012 6:38:55 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: cripplecreek

Detroit is not alone. Birmingham Alabama is in dire straits and so are some other major cities....going to Third World status


23 posted on 06/30/2012 6:41:52 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: Son House

Well, bedbugs on Detroit buses have to be the only safe passengers on those buses.


24 posted on 06/30/2012 6:51:00 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Son House

Guess they won’t run an ad during the next Super Bowl highlighting Third World Detroit with bedbugs on buses.....


25 posted on 06/30/2012 7:15:14 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Yeah, they could put drains on the floors of the 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

26 posted on 06/30/2012 7:16:52 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: Son House

Reason number 509 to stay away from that pit that is Detroit.


27 posted on 06/30/2012 7:22:25 AM PDT by upchuck (FACEBOOK... Share pointless stuff with friends you don't know. Beg for intrusion into your life.)
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To: dennisw
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28 posted on 06/30/2012 7:24:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Son House

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.


29 posted on 06/30/2012 8:08:42 AM PDT by yorkie
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To: Son House

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?


30 posted on 06/30/2012 8:29:54 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: vetvetdoug
Leave the buses locked up for a day in this heat. End of problem.

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.

31 posted on 06/30/2012 8:34:47 AM PDT by 6SJ7 (Meh.)
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To: married21

Great idea! (at least in the summer)


32 posted on 06/30/2012 8:35:05 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: dennisw
Then hose down the riders to wash the bedbugs away

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.

33 posted on 06/30/2012 8:49:10 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: zbogwan2

Wild Bill in Green Mile.


34 posted on 06/30/2012 9:01:03 AM PDT by lucid discourse (got an uncontrollable urge. I got to scream and shout it.)
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To: 6SJ7

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.


35 posted on 06/30/2012 9:15:12 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: All

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?


36 posted on 06/30/2012 10:09:10 AM PDT by Terry Mross ( To all my kin: Do not attempt to contact me as long as you love obama.)
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To: Terry Mross
I would not call myself obsessed with bed bugs but I do check for them before I open my suitcase in a hotel. I pull the sheets and mattress cover back and look for them along with blood spots in the seams of the mattress. I haven't found any sign of them yet, not even in Las Vegas which was the first place I remember hearing about them.
37 posted on 06/30/2012 10:16:47 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Son House

Ass, gas or grass; nobody rides for free...


38 posted on 06/30/2012 10:50:06 AM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: cripplecreek
You don’t want to inhale it

But you definitely can eat it, and it's good at cleaning out your system. Also great for pool or aquarium filters.

39 posted on 06/30/2012 11:24:17 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: UCANSEE2

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.


40 posted on 06/30/2012 11:33:30 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: zbogwan2

I’ve seen this movie SO many times :)

It’s even better on Blu-ray.


41 posted on 06/30/2012 1:19:50 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (It's hurricane season! Yay!)
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To: cripplecreek

BFL


42 posted on 06/30/2012 2:14:37 PM PDT by Buddygirl (Just about all Democrats are (blank). You fill in the blank!)
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To: Son House

Tax the bedbugs.


43 posted on 06/30/2012 2:32:29 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: varmintman
YES!

I WANT MY DDT!

44 posted on 06/30/2012 2:59:16 PM PDT by Musketeer
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To: Son House

45 posted on 06/30/2012 3:15:47 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: cripplecreek

Going by that map my state has more bedbugs per capita than most. Or is that per illegal immigrant? NY looks very bedbug friendly, I would want to live there if I were a bedbug

Remind me not to ride the public buses


46 posted on 06/30/2012 3:47:59 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: cripplecreek

“food grade diatomaceous earth”

I see it on Amazon. Where do you get it. Thanks!


47 posted on 06/30/2012 3:50:41 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: dennisw

I ordered mine on Amazon some months back.

It was only $10 or $15 for 10lbs

Just read up on how to use it for what you want to use it for.


48 posted on 06/30/2012 4:26:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Thanks....I have some uses for it. I have a bit someone gave me. Diotomaceous earth is an item in better garden centers and nurseries though not the food grade I suppose


49 posted on 06/30/2012 4:30:41 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Ever work in a restaurant with a center tile drain or a few of them? At the end of the day you hose it all down and down the drain it goes

The one I worked in so long ago actually had a cement floor. No tiles. We just hosed the troubles, roaches, bedbugs, spilled food down the drain


50 posted on 06/30/2012 4:41:35 PM PDT by dennisw
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