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Sleeping in red or black bedsheets? You may want to redecorate: a quirky new study suggests bedbugs are most drawn to these colours while they tend to avoidgreen and yellow. Bed bugsare tiny biting, bloodsucking insects that multiply quickly and travel easily. Its possible for anyone to end up with an infestation of bedbugs, regardless

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Is Hong Kong on the verge of a major bed bug epidemic? We talk to the experts and get some tips – South China Morning Post

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Waking up several times during the night with itchy skin, Mr and Mrs E (whose names have been withheld) have not had a good nights sleep in almost a year. They have tried everything from tossing out their belongings including bedding replacing the wooden bed with a metal-framed one, and flea bombing their subdivided apartment numerous times. But they still cant get rid of their unwanted intruders, bed bugs.

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Theyre getting desperate, because Mrs E is pregnant and due to give birth any day. On a visit to their cramped apartment in Cheung Sha Wan with Francisco Pazos, head technician of pest control company, Pazos lifts the blanket and immediately sees the small dark insects crawling on the bed. Many more appear as he moves the mattress.

Judging by the amount of droppings, Pazos estimates there are more than a million bed bugs in the apartment, and classifies the case as an extreme infestation. The neighbouring apartments are likely to be crawling in them, he says.

Bed bugs (Cimex hemipterus) feed on blood, are arguably the most irritating household pests, and are indiscriminate lodgers. They can be found in all types of homes, clean or dirty, big or small.

Pazos next takes us to a luxurious, 3,700 sq ft Mid-Levels flat. One of two domestic helpers suspects the critters hitchhiked to Hong Kong with her employer when he returned from a trip to the mainland. The parasites have since spread to all of the bedrooms.

Bed bug infestations are on the rise – and the pests are hard to kill

Hong Kong is on the verge of a major bed bug epidemic, Pazos warns. There are only two types of households in Hong Kong: those who have bed bugs and those who will have bed bugs.

The Spanish expert, who has dealt with the pests for more than 10 years, says the city is a Disneyland for bed bugs because the high population density and small, cluttered homes are perfect breeding conditions. Seams of mattresses, crevices in furniture and cracks between floorboards are all ideal hiding places for bed bugs.

Pazo says his team receives more than 500 phone enquiries a month. They visit some districts more frequently, such as Tung Chung and Ho Man Tin, but Pazos says this is not a reflection of how severe the problem is in these areas. Rather, middle-class families in these neighbourhoods are more likely to have the financial means to pay for treatment. The cost ranges from HK$1,500 to HK$18,000, depending on the type of treatment, size of the home and the level of infestation.

The resurgence of bed bugs is a worldwide problem. They were almost wiped out in the 1960s through use of the pesticide DDT. The pesticide was later found to have wide-ranging harmful effects, and was banned worldwide in 2001 under the Stockholm Convention. Since then, the critters have made a comeback.

We experienced a sudden reappearance around 2000, followed by rapid population growth, mirrored across most of Europe, the US, Canada and Australia, says Dr Richard Naylor, an entomologist from University of Sheffield, in northern England, who studies the bloodsuckers behaviour.

One theory about the spread of bed bugs in Hong Kong is that they are imported from the mainland, where migrant workers dormitories and trains have spread the pest rapidly across the country. Shenzhen has a large immigrant population and many factory dorms, where bed bug infestations are often reported. Considering its vicinity to Hong Kong, the risk of bed bugs spreading from Shenzhen to Hong Kong is high, says Dr Changlu Wang, an entomologist from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

New York, with a population density comparable to Hong Kongs, suffered a mass infestation in 2010, when bedbugs were reported in hotels, shops and cinemas. City authorities had received more than 8,000 complaints in 2008 alone.

Sleeping in McDonalds better than in a bug-infested bed at home, says Hong Kong McSleeper

Statistics on the number of homes affected are difficult to obtain because many sufferers are too embarrassed to report the problem. There is a stigma surrounding bed bugs. People believe that they are associated with dirty places, which isnt true. But because of this, people tend not to talk about the problem, Naylor says.

Some people may be aware of the problem because not everyone reacts to their bite.

Cheung (who didnt want her full name revealed) took her eight-year-old son to two doctors when he developed rashes on his skin. One doctor laughed off the suggestion the rash could have been caused by insect bites.

Our youngest son was being eaten alive and was misdiagnosed by two different doctors, who put him on antihistamines for several weeks, Cheung says. The drugs made him drowsy but his rashes just got worse. The cause was only discovered after another of Cheungs sons got rashes from bites, and they did some online research.

The easiest way to tell if you have a bed bug problem is by looking for droppings pin head sized black dots normally found on bedsheets, Pazos says. Another way is to blow hot air from a hairdryer into the corners of a wooden bed, which will flush them out. They are typically brown and flat, and up to 4.5mm long.

Bed bugs possess many qualities that make them hard to get rid of. Containing an infestation is notoriously difficult due to how quickly they grow and reproduce. An adult female bed bug can lay about 25 eggs a week. The life cycle from egg to adult takes about six weeks, which means if a single female bug finds its way into your bed, it can keep on laying fertile eggs, and by the time its ready to mate again, its own offspring will be reaching maturity, Naylor says.

This ability to inbreed means they can mutate, and produce stronger detoxifying enzymes that can break down insecticides. They can grow a thicker protective exterior that prevents insecticides from harming them.

Modern populations of bed bugs now have widespread resistance to every major class of insecticide, Naylor says. So its not surprising that people are struggling to control the insects using conventional insecticides.

Most of Pazos clients have already tried terminating bedbugs with flea bombs or by employing pest control companies, to no avail. [Flea bombing] is the worst thing you can do, Pazos says. They feel uncomfortable and will stop feeding for a night or two, but they will come back when they are hungry. It only makes them more difficult to kill because they hide deeper inside the walls.

Pazos has found another way of combating bed bugs that he says has been particularly effective. He uses an amorphous silicon gel powder, which he dusts on every surfaces of an infected apartment, and kills the insects by dehydrating them. It is completely harmless, he says. To prove his point, a colleague dips his finger in the powder and slips it in his mouth. (Not all types of silicon gel are non-toxic, Pazos stresses.)

Another, more expensive, method, is to raise the temperature of an apartment up to 60 degrees, which Pazos can do using special equipment. It is almost like a sauna, he says. Bedbugs die when the temperature reaches about 48 degrees, but Pazos maintains the heat for three hours so it penetrates walls, furniture and mattresses.

Pasoz shows how the heat treatment works, on a visit the cluttered flat of an elderly couple in Shau Kei Wan. It was one of the worst cases he had seen. When he first visited, the bed bugs, which are normally inactive in daylight, were crawling on the floor. The elderly man, who suffered the most, had thrown out the mattress and was sleeping on plastic sheets to prevent bites.

I wanted to cry seeing how my old man suffered, his wife says.

Its been five weeks since Pazos and his team first visited the flat. They have since done one heat treatment and applied the silicon dust three times. Like a detective on the hunt for evidence, Pazos lifts up the wooden bed panel and, bingo, he finds fresh bedbug droppings.

Despite rounds of chemical warfare and turning up the heat, Pazos job is not yet done.

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A role for employees in workplace pest prevention – REMI Network – Real Estate Management Industry Network

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Dr. Alice Sinia

Facility managers might be surprised to find out how often an employee accidentally introduces pests in the office. It happens more than one might think, especially with two of the biggest offenders: cockroaches and bed bugs. These pests are capable of hitching a ride into the office on personal belongings such as a purse, briefcase, lunch box and on clothing. This is a contributing factor in the upward tick in bed bug activity in places including offices, schools and other commercial properties.

To prevent pest infestations in the workplace, consider rolling out an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. These programs monitor and detect pests at the earliest stages and combat them before they can become a major problem. Taking a proactive IPM approach is more environmentally conscious because it helps eliminate the need for chemical treatments. When employees understand this approach, they are more likely to do their part.

When it comes to pest management, facility managers cant carry the burden alone. It takes a team to protect a facility from pests. To best protect against pests in and around a property, employees need to be knowledgeable of the issues, understand their roles in the processes and support the facility managers efforts. Pests can be introduced in a variety of ways, from incoming shipments, poor sanitation regimens and through an employees personal belongings, so its crucial to use a comprehensive approach. Keep the following tips in mind to take a pest management program to the next level.

Speaking openly, on an ongoing basis, about the organizations pest management program will make employees feel comfortable discussing pest issues. This dialogue should include keeping employees in the loop about proactive pest management initiatives such as reporting pest sightings or concerns and even notifying employees of upcoming service visits. It should also include communicating with staff about the potential risk of introducing pests into the facility from home. Increase staff awareness and understanding of how they can affect pest management with strategies including:

1. Have a clear, simple plan in place to keep shared meeting spaces clean when theyre not in use. Also, consider designating someone from the administrative staff to keep an eye on communal areas.

2. The greater the number of people that use coffee and filtered water machines, the greater the potential for spills. Make it easy to clean up this area by providing paper towels and cleaner, and place a trash can immediately next to the machines. This should cut down on tiny spills from creamer cups, sugar packets and water.

3. Encourage employees to keep their workspaces tidy and remove any food and drink containers after use.

4. Create an environment where employees feel comfortable sharing any concerns around pest issues. Most importantly, employees should be able to speak up if they have pest problems at home. This should be as discrete as possible to respect personal privacy. If they report an issue early, the facilitys pest management team can devise a plan to eliminate pest threats before they get out of hand.

5. Encourage employees to report structural damages and deficiencies such as leaky pipes, broken windows and improperly closed doors.

Consider training staff on the specific pest pressures the facility faces and often-overlooked signs of pest activity. Most reputable pest management providers offer complimentary staff training, so ask about on-site training sessions for the team. Training sessions give staff a chance to meet the organizations pest management professional face-to-face, which is important for staff to be comfortable enough with the pest management team to communicate any issues.

Pest management professionals can discuss the basics of IPM, as well as educate teams on the basic biology of pests, conducive conditions and pest hot spots that are specific to the facility. Conducive conditions are environments within or around an establishment that are favorable for pest activity, such as standing water and improper drainage. Pest hot spots are the key areas inside and outside of a building that pests target as entry or harborage points.

As the organization builds a relationship with its pest management provider, continue to have the provider host more tailored training sessions specific to the organizations needs, such as one dedicated to bed bug education. Any report of bed bugs, from a single sighting to a full-blown infestation, can hurt a facilitys reputation and ultimately affect the organizations bottom line. The training session can include information on bed bug biology, how they can get into a facility, how fast they can spread, evidence of their activity, potential hiding spots and more. Theres no doubt that being proactive and educating teams about bed bugs will help protect the facility.

Pest management professional also commonly provide educational materials to share with employees, such as tip sheets and checklists to help with sanitation and maintenance. Consider including seasonal pest management tips in regular newsletters to keep these issues top-of-mind.

Even with the most stringent pest management programs in place, theres always the risk of pests finding their way inside. Employees need to know whom they should notify, and how, in the event of a pest issue.

Establish a pest-sighting protocol that identifies key staff members that should receive pest-sighting reports. The protocol should also lay out a clear communications process for reporting a pest incident, which is as important as acting proactively to prevent pests. Here are examples of steps that can be included in a pest-sighting protocol:

To reduce the risk of pests being transmitted from homes to the office, arm staff members with basic pest knowledge and provide ways to document and communicate pest concerns . By working with the organizations pest management provider to get staff on board with the organizations efforts, the facility manager can increase efficiency and generate savings at a facility while maintaining a stringent pest prevention program.

Alice Sinia, Ph.D. is the resident entomologist regulatory/lab services for Orkin Canada focusing on government regulations pertaining to the pest control industry. With more than 10 years of experience, she manages the quality assurance laboratory for Orkin Canada and performs analytical entomology as well as provides technical support in pest/insect identification to branch offices and clients. Alice can be reached at [emailprotected]

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Bed Bugs: How to Get Rid of Bedbugs

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How to identify bed bugs

Learn what bed bugs look like, and how to detect if you have a bed bug Infestation.

Find out how bed bugs infiltrate your home and where they are attracted to.

Learn about bed bug bites. their feces and how they can impact your health.

Learn how Orkin handles bed bugs, homeopathic cures and the cost of bed bug extermination services.

Bed bugs can be brought in from the outside at any time, so we cant guarantee that your homewill never have bed bugs again. No credible provider can make that promise. We can guarantee that our customized solution will be effective for at least 30 days. If bed bugs return to your home within 30 days of the completion of our service, we will re-treat at no additional charge.

Bed bugs are flat, reddish-brown, oval insects up to 4 to 5 mm long or the size of an apple seed. Swollen and reddish after a blood meal. For more information, see what do bed bugs look like?

Bed bugs only feed on blood. Under cool conditions, bed bugs have been able to survive up to a year without a meal. They prefer to be more active at night when the host is asleep.

Bed bugs are found in cracks and crevices, including mattress seams, sheets, furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames. Often found in hotels, where they can travel from room to room and in visitors luggage or other personal belongings such as purses and briefcases.

Seeing the bugs: Adult bed bugs are about the shape and size of an apple seed.

Case skins: As the juvenile bugs grow, they shed their skins, discovery of which can indicate their presence.

Defecation: After feeding, bed bugs return to their harborage to hide where they defecate black to brown stains on porous surfaces or black to brown mounds on nonporous surfaces.

Bites also may indicate bed bug activity, but further signs will need to be found, since other sources can cause red welts on the skin.

You can pick up bed bugs almost anywhere offices, stores, hotels and gyms for starters. Theyre great at hiding and have been known to hitchhike in luggage, personal belongings or even you. Once indoors, they can be very difficult to control without the help of an experienced pest specialist. You can reduce your chances of a costly bed bug infestation by catching them early.

Females can deposit one to five eggs a day, and may lay 200 to 500 eggs in a bed bugs lifetime. Under normal room temperatures and with an adequate food supply, they can live for more than 300 days.

It is possible that bed bugs can carry diseases, however, they are not known to transmit diseases to people. To learn more, see bed bugs and disease.

Bed bugs feed exclusively on blood, and people have various responses to bed bug Bites. To identify, learn about symptoms etc, see bed bug bites.

Bed bugs can multiply quickly, so early detection is critical to help prevent an even larger infestation. Our integrated A.I.M. protection process works to assess your home, implement solutions, and monitor any bed bug problems you may face.

How our A.I.M. process works

If you have seen evidence of bed bugs or want to help protect your home against this multiplying intruder, your Orkin Man will come and inspect your home.

Bed bugs are sneaky and hard to find, but your Orkin Man is trained to pinpoint evidence if they are around. On the first visit, he will examine your entire home including the bed, furniture, rugs, and linens. He will conduct an inspection of target areas, and if required, use tools to check cracks and crevices.

Your Orkin Man will usually start in the bedroom and work his way through your home, concentrating on the furniture and the areas immediately surrounding the furniture. He will look for signs of bed bugs including:

Upon completion of the inspection and an assessment of the situation, your Orkin Man will recommend the best course of action. If the inspection confirms an infestation, your Orkin Man will recommend a treatment plan based on the severity of the infestation and your preferences. He will use the best tools and science to address the causes and treat your bed bug problem in the best way for your family, pets, and the environment. This implementation method targets bed bugs as well as the bed bug larvae preventing them from maturing into breeding, biting, and potentially disease-carrying adults.

Bed bugs can be difficult to eradicate; so your Orkin technician will perform a follow-up visit to help ensure the effectiveness of the professional treatment that was performed. Additionally, your Orkin technician will document the visit and recommend next steps to ensure the best maintenance approach for your home.

Bed bugs (often misspelled as bedbugs) are small, nocturnal, wingless insects that belong to the family of Cimicidae. They feed on human blood and other warm-blooded hosts. They are oval in shape and grow up to 4 to 5 mm long when fully grown. Their skin color is rust brown to a deeper red brown. Bed bugs are also known as mahogany flats, red coats and chinches. The adult bed bug does not have wings and has a flattened body.

Bed Bugs Petri Dish

Bed bugs are both dorsoventrally flattened and thin, which creates a great advantage for them. They can hide in unusual places such as behind baseboards, floor cracks, and under carpets or behind loose wallpaper, which can make them difficult to detect. Not only can they be hard to detect, but bed bugs also tend to stay close together and have a distinctively sweet, yet unpleasant smell. Fecal smears on mattresses and nearby furnishings are also signs of a bed bug infestation. Their bites can leave itchy welts on the skin and can cause allergic reactions, such as severe itching, though not everyone reacts to their bite. Bed bugs have existed since the ancient times and are found throughout the world. There are different species of bed bugs, but the common bed bug (Cimex lectularius) is particularly adaptable to human environments. Other species are known to prefer birds and bats but also will feed on humans if necessary. Since they can survive in birds nests, they can be seen in houses and buildings that have several bird nests, particularly on rooftops. . Bed bugs have a great worldwide distribution, due to human travelers who transport them in luggage, clothing, bedding and furniture. Though they may reside in unusual places, they are also likely to be found in small cracks near a bed or in comforters and bed sheets.

Its possible to pick up bed bugs almost any placetheyve infested offices, stores, hotels, gyms and countless other places. They can hide in your luggage, personal belongings, or even on you, and hitchhike a ride back to your home, condo, townhouse or apartment. Once indoors, they can be extremely difficult to control without the help of an experienced pest specialist. A bed bug infestation has nothing to do with cleanliness you can pick them up in the finest hotels, and they can hitchhike into the cleanest homes at any time. But, you can help reduce your chances of a costly bed bug infestation by catching them early. Information on bed bugs in Canada.


When traveling, think of the acronym S.L.E.E.P. to remember the following action steps to help avoid bringing bed bugs home with you.

In the House

When at home, follow these handy tips to help keep bed bugs at bay.

Think You Might Have a Bed Bug Infestation?

Notify your local pest management provider immediately, or tell your property manager if you are renting so they can begin to create a customized treatment for your bed bugs. Bed bugs can multiply quickly, so early detection is critical to help prevent an even larger infestation.

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The bed bug crisis: Yes, it’s real –

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Editors note: Its Bug Bed Awareness Week.

Bed bugs were rare in the United States from 1930 to about 1980. Since 1980, most U.S. cities and even many small towns have become infested with bed bugs with the rate of bedbugs doubling every five years or so.

There are many theories about why bed bugs were absent and why they have come back, but there is no actual facts other than that this phenomena is going on all over Europe, U.S., Canada, and Australia. One interesting theory is that the war against cockroaches is responsible for the increase in bed bugs since cockroaches naturally eat bed bugs and prevent them from infesting the home.

Bed bug eradication has become a big business. Large hotel chains regularly employ bedbug sniffing dogs that are brought into each room in the building to alert management as to which rooms need bedbug eradication. Both traditional pest management companies and many newcomers have sprung up all over the U.S. to rid your premises of this dreaded creature.

Other than being disgusting, why do we care about bed bugs? Because bed bugs bite human beings to live.They take tiny amounts of human blood and leave painful, very itchy bites mostly in straight lines on shoulders, backs and arms.They do not directly cause disease, but when their victims scratch the woundsit can result in serious infections and scarring of skin.

So what can you do if you find bed bugs in your home? The treatment can be complex and sometimes quite expensive because bed bugs are very small (the largest adult is about 1/5 of an inch) and can hide in almost any kind of crevice. Remember that essential plant oil insecticides work as well as commercial grade products and are a lot safer for your family.

About 70 percent of bed bugs hide in your bed and 30 percent in crevices in the walls, floors and any clutter you have around your bed. Heres how you can handle it on your own:

You can employ a reliable commercial pest management firm to do all this, but it may cost a thousand dollars a room or more. If you have any questions, look at the Pennsylvania Integrated Pest Management bed bug resource.

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Pest Control Called After Bed Bugs Discovered at Long Term Care Facility – VOCM

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Eastern Health says a follow up assessment of a single resident room at Pleasant View Towers has determined the room to be free of bed bugs.

Eastern Health officials say on Saturday, June 3rd, bed bugs were discovered in the room in the new long-term care facility. Pest control was immediately called and the room was isolated and extermination took place.

A follow-up assessment yesterday showed the room was clear.

An entomologist specializing in bed-bugs says that there are a few common misconceptions surrounding the parasitic insects.

Sean Rollo, Eastern Regional manager with Orkin Canada, told VOCMs Nightline with Jonathan Richler that bed-bugs can live in any environment, regardless of cleanliness. Rollo says that many people associate the bugs with dirty homes and lower-economic settings, however the bugs are fairly indiscriminate and can be found even in luxury hotels or brand-new facilities.

Rollo says that residents shouldnt be concerned about bed-bugs getting into their homes, unless theyve been traveling.

He says that theres little chance of bed bugs walking through your front door, but encourages residents traveling and staying in hotels to give a quick check of their bed and night stand. He says if you dont see anything, than theres probably nothing to worry about.

The best defence in a multi-unit building, Rollo says, is to ensure that baseboards and walls are properly sealed to prevent migration between apartments.

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Weaving comfort: Veterans organizations join effort to provide sleeping mats for area’s homeless population – Mohave Valley News

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BULLHEAD CITY Local veterans groups are helping the areas homeless population especially homeless veterans rest a bit more comfortably.

The Bullhead City-based Guardian Foundation is partnering with some of those organizations to take discarded plastic bags and weave them into sleeping mats for those living on the streets.

Specially constructed looms were provided to Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts 10005 and 404 as well as American Legion Posts 87 and 127. Members of those groups spent Saturday afternoon at VFW Post 10005 learning how to use the looms for weaving mats.

Believe it or not, these mats will endure quite a bit, said CJ Captain Kelly of The Guardian Foundation. They stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They can take them down to the river to wash them off and then let them air dry.

They can also just roll them up and carry them on their packs. Thats a major advantage to mats made from more conventional materials that can be heavy to carry. They also require laundering and can be a source of bed bugs, Kelly said.

Sometimes a homeless person leaves his bedding and other possessions outdoors while working or running errands. Personal items can end up lost because someone else might consider them garbage. Other transients frequently grab homeless peoples possessions, or police officers might remove them if someone complains.

It requires 500 grocery bags to create one mat, said K.O. Bezona of Bullhead City, who constructs the looms.

A lot of people are reusing these bags, Bezona said. I read online about a school in Canada using bags to make mats they sent to Haiti after the earthquake and I sort of copied their idea.

He built the first loom about two months ago for St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Bullhead City. And he said he expects to construct more for other groups. Each loom costs about $60 to construct.

One of the people on hand Saturday to learn how to use the loom was Christina Corriveau. The Bullhead City woman is involved in the Legion and VFW, and goes to St. Margaret Mary.

What a great way to get rid of these bags because so many people just throw them away, Corriveau said. And its hard for homeless people to get to laundromats to do wash.

After the handles and bottoms of the bags are cut off, the remaining plastic loops are tied end-to-end to create long strands that run up and down or side to side. The completed mats are about 6 feet long and 32 inches wide.

About one-quarter of the more than 90 homeless people in Bullhead City are veterans but the mats will be distributed to homeless men and women regardless of veteran status, said Robert Brandefine, resource manager of The Guardian Foundation.

The 501(c)(3) nonprofit serves meals to this segment of the population daily in Community Park and was established in late 2015. Members also help area homeless people with day-to-day needs and strive to ultimately assist them in finding employment and a residence.

Duffi Barker, the service officer for VFW Post 10005 who also helps area homeless people, pointed out that the post used to throw out hundreds of plastic bags before becoming involved with this mat-weaving project.

Its providing so many benefits, she said of the endeavor.

The problem of homelessness isnt going to disappear, Kelly said. We do what we can to mitigate the reality for these people of being out there.

People can donate clean plastic shopping bags to VFW Post 1005, at 1611 E. Marble Canyon Drive in Bullhead City. Contact Brandefine at Guardian Foundation to assist efforts to help the areas homeless population by calling 949-275-6638 or email

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Riley Fleming works out the bugs of pursuing the golf dream – The Province

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In order for 23-year-old Riley Fleming to qualify for this week’s Freedom 55 Financial Open at Point Grey Golf and Country Club he must earn a spot by going through a Monday qualifier at Swan-e-Set Bay Resort and Country Club in Pitt Meadows. Claus Andersen / Mackenzie PGA Tour Canada

Driving across not only Canada but the entire continent, Riley Fleming has continued his pursuit of the dream.

For those outside of the PGA Tour, but still looking, scratching and clawing for that big break and enough earnings to move up the orders of merit in the feeder circuits, the reality is that such a dream can in many cases involve a long, gruelling, unglamorous road sometimes travelled in a car or an RV, and involving stays in more, um, financially thrifty accommodations.

And there is no guarantee of a substantial payday at the stops along the way.

People they laugh and say, Oh, you got it made. You get to play golf for a living. Its like, yeah, its awesome. I absolutely love what I do. I wouldnt change it for anything, said Fleming.

But most people have no idea Ill drive (from) Texas to Calgary in a few days and Ill stay in an absolutely awful motel, a Motel 6 in Kansas. Some of the things Ive seen in motel rooms because you like to save the money.

Fleming is 23 years of age, and has been on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada for the past three seasons. In 2015, he earned just under $17,000 in prize money, making the cut in seven of 12 events.

To add some perspective, tournament winners on the Mackenzie Tour last season made $31,500 in prize money for their victories. The exception was a $36,000 cut for the winner of the Freedom 55 Financial Championship the final event of the season. A tie for fourth at the 2015 Syncrude Boreal Open his best career finish on the Mackenzie Tour earned Fleming $6,890 and change in prize money.

Im not really in the position where I have disposable money, said Fleming. In my mind, I dont want to give up golf because I dont have the money, so with the money I do have, Im going to stretch it as far as possible.

As for those motels along the way? The perception of the dark, dingy and unkempt room it seems is on target.

Fleming said hes encountered rooms with blood stains on the floor. Bed bugs and cockroaches, too.

Thats just nasty, he said. Ive opened up the fridge and Ive had old food sitting in there. Nothing like super, super bad. But just like the bed bug stuff, that was pretty gross.

When I go into a motel now, I pull up all the sheets, look through the pillow cases.

Fleming is back on the road. Born in Calgary, he was planning to make the drive from Alberta to the Lower Mainland for a shot at playing in the Freedom 55 Financial Open at Point Grey Golf and Country Club, beginning Thursday.

Fleming asked for a sponsorship exemption into the tournament, the first stop on the Mackenzie Tour schedule, but was denied. In order to compete at Point Grey, he must now earn a spot by going through a Monday qualifier at Swan-e-Set Bay Resort and Country Club in Pitt Meadows.

Only 10 players from the qualifier will gain entry into the Freedom 55 Financial Open. Fleming admitted hes never competed in a one-and-done Monday qualifier before.

Theres no sense going out and shooting 72. If youre even par on 15 and youve got a Par 5 and a chance to go for it (in two shots), you dont lay up and play it safe, he said.

If you dont shoot 69, you may as well shoot 99. That said, if youre five-under par on 13, you dont do anything stupid, either.

Fleming has tasted success at Swan-e-Set in the past. He won the 2012 B.C. Amateur Championship at that course, winning by three strokes with a final score of eight-under par.

Fleming said this season isnt a make-or-break year for his professional golf career, but that tag is appropriate when talking about his future on the Mackenzie Tour.

Fleming made the cut in only four of 10 events last year. He earned $4,958 in prize money and finished 90th in the order of merit. The top five in the money rankings earn status on the Web.comTour, which is one step below the PGA Tour. Part of his season was hampered by a pinched nerve in his neck, which adversely affected his right arm to the point where holding a can of beer became difficult, he said.

To have something fluke like that happen is just too bad, he said, adding he has recovered from that injury.

Fleming now has the chance to start his 2017 Mackenzie Tour season off on the right foot with a strong showing Monday. Qualify, and its back in the car to continue the pursuit.

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How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Vancouver & Lower Mainland

Are you tossing and turning because you think you might have bed bugs? Bed bugs in Vancouver are far more common than you might think!Although they are only the size and shape of an apple seed, bed bugs can keep you up all night and rob you of precious sleep. Dont let themits time you show these tiny bugs whos boss.

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We rarely think about bed bugs until they take up residence in our homes and when they do, the most common questions people ask to try and stop a bed bug infestation include:

Bed bugs are small and oval in shape ranging in size from 5 to 7 mm. They are reddish brown (more red after feeding on blood) and with their flat body, bed bugs are commonly mistaken for ticks or small cockroaches. Although bed bugs do have wings they cannot fly.

Yes! Unfortunately bed bugs are more active at night when we are usually sleeping in our beds. And yes, they tend to bite exposed skin, although bed bug bites are painless and do not need treatment. However, bed bug bites can cause redness, swelling and itching along with a restless sleep and a sense of insecurity in your own home.

Bed bugs in Vancouver can be carried into your house on used mattresses, furniture and luggage from travel or even by guests who stay for the night. You certainly cant stop bed bugs from infesting, but with help from our bed bug exterminator you sure can stop bed bug infestations in their tracks.

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We focus on Integrated Pest Management, which involves thoroughly inspecting infested areas and adjoining living spaces.We can also perform pesticide treatments and educate our customers on how to eliminate future infestations of bed bugs in their Vancouver, Surrey or other Lower Mainland home.Green Valleys years of experience, continuing technician education, up-to-date pest control technologies and dedication to customer satisfaction are your guarantee for safe and environmentally sound Vancouver pest control management including bed bugs extermination and removal. Read more Vancouver bed bugs information here. Our high-end bed bugs Vancouver extermination services are competitively priced and cover all of the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley areas including:

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Avon Pest Control, a Surrey based exterminator, has launched a new report on the importance of being ready for pests in the summer months. The top three pests include ants, wasps and bed bugs.

Surrey, Canada May 21, 2017 /PressCable/

A British Columbia pest control company has launched a new report on dealing with the three most common pests in metro Vancouver BC. Summer is a popular season in the area, but because of the drier weather, its also popular for pests. Some of these can be destructive to property and people, and some are even dangerous to those with sting allergies.

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Avon Pest Control has established itself as one of the most respected and fastest growing pest management and consulting companies in metro Vancouver. It prides itself on its high levels of service, and strives to offer the best in advanced pest control technology.

This helps to ensure that local residents can live safe in the knowledge that they have experts on hand to help if pests strike around their home. The company has been providing cutting edge pest control services for the last eight years, and uses various methods to solve and prevent problems.

The company explains that the top three pests in the area during summer are ants, wasps and bedbugs. There are some species, like carpenter ants, which can be highly destructive to buildings, and its important for residents to prepare for these pests in the warmer weather.

Dr Garry Mann, the owner of Avon Pest Control, explains that the request the company gets the most is for these three types of pets. There are six or seven different species of ants in BC, but the carpenter ants are especially bad and can damage the structure of residential and commercial buildings.

Wasps love the warmer weather, and nest and reproduce in Spring. This means they are more likely to be seen flying around the area, and anyone who is allergic to their sting can be in danger.

In addition to this, bed bugs, although they are problem all year round, tend to increase in the summer months.

Contact Info: Name: Garry Mann Email: Organization: Avon Pest Control Ltd. Address: 37-6366 126 St., Surrey, BC V3X 1T9, Canada Phone: +1-604-239-1615

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