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.
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