September 13, 2010
IN THE LONG history of bashing the DROP program - a history almost as long as the program itself - the deferred retirement option plan has usually been referred to as a "management tool" or a "planning tool. " The whole reason it was created was supposedly to make succession planning easier for department heads. Now we know it's a flawed program, a perk for city workers and elected officials that cost the city plenty and delivers little in return. On Aug. 3, Mayor Nutter heard the results of a report that put the cost of DROP over the last 10 years at about $25 million a year.
December 5, 2014 |
CITY COUNCIL is prepared to fight the latest invader into the lives, homes and mattresses of Philadelphians - the dreaded bedbug. Imagine now a task force established specifically to address the growing problem of bedbugs creeping into the small fibers of rowhouses across the city. Beyond that, Council will consider a Bedbug SWAT Team to work in conjunction with the Bedbug Task Force. Councilman Mark Squilla said he had bedbugs in April, and according to one witness who testified before the Committee on Public Health and Human Services yesterday, Squilla won't be able to "start relaxing" for two years.
January 10, 2014 |
The bad news from a new University of Pennsylvania study is that bedbugs are everywhere in Philadelphia. The good news - for now - is that they seem to lie low in the winter. The Penn team analyzed 236 calls to the Philadelphia Department of Public Health between December 2008 and May 2011. It learned that the number of reports was increasing, that they came from almost all parts of the city, and that the bugs caused the most distress in the summer. Michael Z. Levy, assistant professor in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, said that surprisingly little was known about bedbugs - bloodsucking pests that practically disappeared for decades.
January 31, 2013 |
RANKINGS BITE. Philly is accustomed to appearing on lists it would prefer not to be on, including the June 2012 Terminix report that turned the city's mattresses upside down. An annual list by the pest-control company named Philadelphia the No. 1 most bedbug-infested city in the country. But this month, competitor Orkin released its annual Top 50 Bedbug Cities report - and Philly didn't crack the list. Maybe Philadelphia has quickly gotten rid of bedbugs? Not so fast.
July 24, 2009 |
Is it bigger than a bedbug? If it is, lucky you, I guess; but if it is as big as a bedbug, you'd better know something about the problem you may be facing. Here are some things to ponder and actions to take with the assistance of Terminix and the National Pest Management Association. What are bedbugs? They are insects that lurk in the crevices of mattresses, box springs, and furniture. They emerge at night to feed on the blood of their sleeping victims. While their bites are generally painless, they can leave behind red, itchy welts similar to a mosquito bite.
August 15, 2010 |
The American way of life is facing a new threat, one as profound as climate change or pandemic flu. Bedbugs. OK, that's a bit hysterical. But without DDT and the other now-banned pesticides that kept bedbugs in check for more than 50 years, the United States is as vulnerable as parts of the world where the insects remain a plague. From New York to Los Angeles, and everywhere in between, these apple-seed-size vampires are spoiling sleep, vacations, and the bottom line of just about every business except pest control.
June 13, 2013 |
A man trying to get rid of bedbugs from his Woodbury home accidentally set it on fire Tuesday, injuring himself and a firefighter. Gloucester County spokeswoman Debra Sellitto said firefighters responded to the house on the unit block of Penn Street just before noon to find the second floor on fire. The homeowner, a male who was not named, had apparently been trying to eradicate the bedbugs from his house using a home remedy that included a space heater, hair dryer, and heat gun to "heat" the bugs out, Sellitto said.
October 14, 2013 |
If you live in Philadelphia, the Sanitation Department will soon be bugging you to seal unwanted mattresses and box springs in plastic disposal bags before putting them out for pickup. The reason is Cimex lectularius, better known as bedbugs. Many mattresses wind up on the curb because they harbor the apple seed-sized bloodsuckers. (Not saying you were infested, but, for sure, bedbugs are in apartments, hotels, nursing homes, schools, thrift stores, and other places near you.)
July 7, 2009 |
Heidi was being put to the test, and she knew it. She also knew that if she didn't pass, she wouldn't be fed. That's the boss' training rule: No bedbugs, no dinner. So, as Marty Overline, the boss' son, grasped her leash tightly, Heidi, the 18-month-old beagle-turned-pest-management expert, moved ever so slowly across the floor of the multipurpose room at Opportunities Tower III in West Philadelphia, sniffing all the while for that distinctive, sickeningly sweet smell that can permeate glass.
January 15, 2012 |
Nocturnal intruders that feast on human flesh are making a star out of Jeff White. Vampires? Zombies? Please. "Bedbugs. They've changed my life," says White, an entomologist whose witty online Bed Bug TV show landed him a recurring - and recently expanded - role on the Animal Planet documentary series Infested! "An interviewer told me there's something about my face that makes me the person to talk about bedbugs," says White, 33. The goateed Rutgers grad does, indeed, have an appealing and affable presence.