Beware of your mails!

The transport of goods from one place to another has undoubtedly been a boon to everybody directly or indirectly. It makes a lot of activities easier for people. These packages and parcels are more often than not shipped via airways and waterways to reach their intended destinations.

However, sometimes on the way, these packages unintentionally pick up something undesirable along with the actual contents. That in itself is a scary thought. But what it actually picks up is scarier. Bugs and pests! Especially pesky little bed bugs and other similar insects. Though the thought of it might seem weird, it is not all that uncommon. A lot of the items that are to be transported are stored in warehouses at different stages of the shipping process. These warehouses are crowded and have many, many packages in them. If even one of the packages has insects on them, it spreads throughout the place very soon. After the warehouses, the packages are transported and even during this stage, a lot of packages come in contact with each other. Infestation can spread way too quickly if an infested package or item is exposed to others.

Many such incidences of bugs and insects arriving via mail and packages have been brought to light in the recent past. Some of the reports are listed below.

Is it possible to catch bed bugs from Amazon packages?

Yes, it is 100% possible to find bed bugs in Amazon packages.

Many people consider cheap motel rooms and public laundromats to be the sole source of bed bug infestations but, unfortunately, this is far from true. Bed bugs can be picked up just about anywhere, including fitting rooms, second-hand stores and even from your latest Amazon order.

These vampiric bugs love dark, enclosed spaces, and the cozy, insulated environment of a cardboard box is especially appealing. Bed bugs will happily stow away inside shipping packages that come into contact with infested items, only to be carried, Trojan-horse style, into your house. Once inside, they can easily be transferred to other items in your home and, if they reach your bed, it’s game over.

Mattresses and bedding are the preferred environment of the bed bug, as it gives them prime access to their favorite food source (i.e. your sleeping body).

The worst thing about bed bugs isn’t even their bite, it’s their persistence. A bed bug infestation can be very difficult to eradicate, and the process can be incredibly distressing (and itchy) for their victims.

Wayfair Class Action Says Headboard Infested with Bed Bugs

A Wayfair class action lawsuit claims that consumers were exposed to bed bugs in infested headboards and mattresses knowingly sold and shipped by the company.

The Wayfair class action lawsuit says the online retailer continued to sell infested furniture items to consumers despite their knowledge of the bed bug infestation,

The lead plaintiff argues that the company did nothing to eradicate the bed bugs or to warn consumers about the problem, ultimately selling the affected items for two years after the defendant became aware of the problem.

The Wayfair bed bug class action lawsuit also states that the infested items are still for sale.

As pointed out in the Wayfair class action lawsuit, bed bugs are insects that feed on human blood.

Can Insects Come in the Mail?

Everything from car seats to cat food can now be delivered to our doorsteps. But in addition to the item you ordered, what else may be lurking inside the packing box? Shripat Kamble, former director of the certification program for the Entomological Society of America and a professor of Entomology at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, scratches the issue.

A bug in a box can be a hardy traveler. Cardboard is a good insulator for small critters, even if it is cold outside, says Dr. Kamble. “Climate doesn’t have a whole lot to do with survival, since the inside temperature doesn’t get that cold.” And a lack of food isn’t an issue either. “We have known bedbugs to survive 30 to 40 days with no food,” he says.

For the most part, says Dr. Kamble, the creatures you may find in the foam peanuts—besides mice—are live adult specimens and egg cases of common insects like roaches, moths, beetles, spiders and bedbugs. But the list, he says, goes on and on.

Tolerance for creepy crawlies on the receiving end varies, says Dr. Kamble. In warm-weather climates, where people see bugs all the time, they may not be too bothered by a few ants or roaches. “But if you go way up North, where you rarely find any insects, you’ll find people’s tolerance is very low,” he says.

Boxwoods shipped to Tennessee may contain invasive pest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s animal and plant health inspection service confirmed the presence of box tree moth, cydalima perspectalis, in the United States, and Tennessee is a state that may have received infested boxwood plants.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture was notified that boxwoods shipped to a distribution center in Memphis from Ontario, Canada between August and April may have been infested with box tree moths. APHIS believes six other states may be affected.

“We are monitoring the box tree moth with traps in the Memphis area,” said Commissioner Dr. Charlie Hatcher. “Tennessee imports boxwoods from Canada, and once the pest was detected in Canada last year, TDA placed traps in West Tennessee and in other high-risk areas. Fortunately, there have been no box tree moths detected since that time. Based on the latest information from APHIS, we will place additional traps in West Tennessee.”

Once the unwitting recipient of the packages accepts them and takes them inside their homes to open the parcels, that’s when all hell breaks loose. Now the pesky insects have direct access to the house, an infestation inside the house is bound to occur. Clothes, books, beds and mattresses, pictures and even sofa covers and insulations, everything becomes a large feast for the bugs and the entire apartment is now infested.

What can be done to stop this invasion from happening? Surely one cannot stop accepting their packages and mails, right? A better and effective solution needs to be devised.

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The racks, shelves and all other polymeric materials inside the storage houses or the warehouses can be incorporated with the masterbatch. This will prevent infestation inside the warehouses.

The liquid concentrate can be mixed with paint in a predetermined ratio and can be applied to the walls of the warehouses. It can also be applied on the interior and exterior walls of houses and apartments so that no insects are able to survive there.

The lacquer is a topical application and compatible with most surfaces such as wood, polymer, concrete, metal, etc. It can be directly applied on floorings, metal racks, etc. inside the storage houses.

The wood polish additive can be blended with wood polish and applied directly on wooden shelves, racks, and cabinets to protect them from bedbugs as well as other wood damaging insects such as termites, ants, etc.

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The Ant Attack

Ants like to build nests in the electrical and wiring systems of your household. They build nests and if they find access to food and water sources, they can easily thrive in the dingiest of spaces. Electrical outlets, wires and cables can provide them very comfortable living space. Ants are weirdly attracted to electric hardware as well as electricity and in the process cause critical damage to these systems. The aromatic polymers that most of the electrical appliances are made of attract the ants. However, the exact reason for the affinity towards electricity is unknown. 

The destructive power of these tiny ants is huge. When they come in large numbers around electrical boxes and outlets, they start chewing on the sheathing present on the wires. After degrading the protective sheathing, they have a high chance of coming in direct contact with electricity, leading to them getting electrocuted. When ants die, they release a pheromone that is perceived by other ants as a signal to detect danger. When other worker ants get the scent, they come to the same place to rescue the ants in danger, thereby getting electrocuted themselves during the process and sending out more pheromone signals. This makes a repetitive cycle with more and more ants coming near the wirings. The build-up of dead ants will cause blockage and eventual breakdown of the system, which can prove to be very dangerous due to the possibility of a short circuit or system failure occurring.

Apart from this, ants also build nests around electrical systems and wirings inside walls. They use wet and moist mud, dirt and other debris that they collect from the outdoors to build these nests. The moisture will definitely harm the wirings and can lead to power failures and blackouts. The waste and dead bodies they leave behind act as corrosive agents for the wires for the electrical contacts and boxes. 

Conventional insecticides used to kill these ants have proven to be an ineffective solution. Apart from these insecticides being extremely toxic in nature, the sprays and other killing materials used have been seen to attract other species of insects to eat the ant carcasses left behind. These toxic sprays also kill non-target species and are hazardous to us humans. Moreover, certain species of ants like the crazy ants are not at all affected by the toxic effects of these insecticides.

“New Ant Species Arrives With a Taste for Electronics, Scientists Say”

There’s a new player on the continent and it is spreading damage from Texas to Florida in a scary assault that sounds like a really bad movie.

“Crazy” ants on the march have a taste for everything from livestock to electrical equipment. They are so obnoxious that many residents yearn for the good old days when all they had to fight was red ants that are quickly being wiped out by the crazies.

The tiny insect is called “crazy” because the trail it leaves as it eats its way across the country is so erratic it appears the ants have tipped the bottle too many times.

Scientists know it as Nylanderia fulva, but its commonly accepted name is “tawny crazy ant,” formerly known as the raspberry crazy ant.

It doesn’t sting, but it has an annoying bite that can scare wildlife away — and, unlike its more famous cousin, the red ant, it is highly invasive, infesting homes, recreational vehicles, transformers and any laptop or smart phone left in its path.

Both reds and crazies and a few other species share a peculiar attraction to electrical wiring and components, and no one is sure why. The damages can be extreme. In one year alone, researchers documented $146.5 million in damages to electrical equipment just in Texas.

How they cause that damage also sounds like a really bad movie. One ant finds its way into a transformer and grazes against a hot wire. It gets electrocuted, and immediately “waves its abdomen in the air (called gaster flagging) to release its own brand of perfume, which lures many more ants to the scene.

Another species, called acrobat ants, infiltrated an air conditioner in Austin, Texas, causing it to malfunction and costing the homeowner $196.54.

“Perhaps the biggest deal is the displacement of the fire ant,” LeBrun said, in releasing his study. “The whole ecosystem has changed around fire ants. Things that can’t tolerate fire ants are gone. Many that can have flourished.

New things have come in. Now we are going to go through and whack the fire ants and put something in its place that has a very different biology. There are going to be a lot of changes that come from that.”

“Why ‘Crazy Ants’ Swarm Inside Electronics”

“Exterminator Mike Matthews got the call because the home’s air-conditioning unit had short-circuited. Why an exterminator for a problem with an appliance? Because of the crazy ants.

Matthews has seen crazy ants disable scores of air-conditioning units near Austin, Texas, where the invasive creatures have been a real headache. The ants swarm inside the units, causing them to short-circuit and preventing them from turning on. Often the switches inside them need to be replaced, thanks to the ants, said Matthews.

“When you open these things up, you see thousands of the ants, just completely filling them up,” Matthews said.

The ants first appeared in the United States in 2002 but have become more of a menace in the past few years, spreading to many areas of the Gulf Coast, particularly Texas and Florida. The ants are obnoxious because they reproduce in large numbers, sometimes outnumbering all other ants 100-to-1. That’s a problem since ecosystems depend on a wide variety of ants to perform different tasks; domination by one species is highly unusual, said Edward LeBrun, a researcher at the University of Texas. As the ants have advanced into new habitats, they’ve had the annoying habit of swarming inside electronics, like air conditioners and farm equipment likes pumps and occasionally destroying them, LeBrun told LiveScience.”

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THE NASTY BOOK PESTS

Isn’t it particularly scary to know that all of the books that you have collected and treasured over the past many, many years can be destroyed mercilessly? You might wonder who can be so cruel and the answer will definitely surprise you. That is because the destruction of all your precious books is be done by tiny little insects.

Insect pests that destroy books are apocalyptic for libraries.  Beetles, Booklice, Termites, Silverfish, some type of cockroaches, bed-bugs, etc. are among the common book pests. These are all tiny little insects. However, an infestation means humungous damage.

Some pest feed on the book itself, while others feed on the mould/fungus that grows on books. In any case, they are a nuisance and the infestation does not take much time to spread. Pests breed on the pages of the book and eat the binding and even the glue present on the bindings. They eat the corners of books and also leave non-uniform holes on the pages of the books. Silverfish also stain the pages with the trail they leave behind while they move around on the books. These pests like to hide in cracks and cervices, and tight, dingy spaces and bookshelves provide them the perfect spot. They also feast on other items that they find like wallpapers, cardboard boxes, newspapers, and even the bookshelf itself.  

In places like libraries, where the source of food is vast for these insects, an infestation can spread very quickly. The infestation is likely to go unnoticed if close attention is not paid to all books. And if such pest-infested books are borrowed by readers and taken to their homes, the chance of it reaching and spreading there is also quite high. Bedbugs, especially, have been known to be capable of residing and laying eggs on spines of book covers. These bedbugs then travel everywhere the books go.

Some incidences of reported infestations are mentioned below:

TWO REPORTS OF BED BUG SIGHTINGS IN RYE LIBRARY THIS MONTH

In Campus News, February 20, 2020

By Sarah Tomlinson

“The Ryerson University Library was closed following a report of a possible bed bug sighting.

Last week, a bed bug was discovered during a routine inspection and the chair on which it was found was disposed of, according to an email from Ryerson’s Facilities Management and Development (FMD).

FMD stated the area was closed off and steamed. Orkin, Ryerson’s pest control provider, inspected the area afterward. No bed bugs were found.

An undated picture of a bed bug found on a chair on the 10th floor of Ryerson’s library was sent to FMD’s help desk on Wednesday.

Under the Ryerson subreddit, a user posted a photo on Tuesday of what appeared to be a bed bug with the caption, “Looks like the bed bug problem on Ryerson library’s 10th floor is still unresolved.”

On Monday morning, a picture of what appeared to be a bed bug was tweeted to The Eyeopener by a physics student.

According to the student, what appeared to be a “baby bed bug” fell onto their textbook on the 10th floor of the library. The picture was sent undated and without a time, so FMD said they can’t determine whether the picture was taken last week or if it’s a new case of bed bugs in the library.

“The area has been cordoned off again as an extra precaution and a canine team will be re-inspecting the area this evening to ensure it remains clear,” said FMD on Wednesday.”

Giving library pests the cold shoulder

A.C. Petersen

UW Libraries

Bedbugs reveal a taste for literature, turning up in library books, the New York Times reported Dec. 5 in an article headlined “A dark and itchy night.”

“Bedbugs have discovered a new way to hitchhike in and out of beds: library books. It turns out that tiny bedbugs and their eggs can hide in the spines of hardcover books. The bugs crawl out at night to feed, find a new home in a headboard, and soon readers are enjoying not only plot twists but post-bite welts,” the article said.

UW Libraries was among the libraries mentioned in the article as having spotted bedbugs this year on returned books.

In August, UW circulation staff noticed dark spots and, upon closer examination, insects near the spine of some returned books. Following procedure, the staff sealed the books in plastic bags and called Environmental Health and Safety, which identified the insects as bedbugs.

The pests were on fewer than ten volumes within the UW’s collection of over 7million books, said Stephanie Lamson, preservation librarian and someone who regularly deals with pests and other threats to libraries collections.

“Above all, people should not be afraid of libraries,” she said. “Bedbugs are much more likely to be encountered in hotels, homes and apartments where they have easy access to sleeping humans – the food source they need to survive.”

Thus, it can be seen how repairing an infestation would be tedious and tiresome. And we all know that ‘Prevention is better than cure’. Taking care that such insects and pests don’t get a chance to thrive would be the best bet to truly safeguard one’s precious books and antiques.

The common pest control solution used will not only be toxic to the residents in case of a home infestation and reader in case of a library but can also damage the fragile books and antiques. Apart from this, it is also common, after a conventional pest control program, to keep the room/area closed for up to 3 days because of the toxic fumes and harmful chemicals present in them. And public libraries might have to be shut down, a sad situation for avid readers.

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The product temporarily blocks the reproduction system of the insects by hindering the release of vital hormones for growth.

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