(PRWEB) June 01, 2011
Even though there is no proven correlation between bed bugs and MRSA, an alarming amount of people bitten by bed bugs end up in the hospital with severe infections, MRSA being one of them.
“Scientists studied five bedbugs taken from three patients treated at St. Paul's Hospital. All three patients were residents of Vancouver's poor Downtown Eastside, where both bed bugs and MRSA have been on the rise in recent years. The researchers wanted to see if there was a connection, so they crushed and analyzed the bugs and found three samples with MRSA, the superbug that is resistant to most commonly used antibiotics. The two other samples had vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium, or VRE, a less dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It's also not clear whether the bacteria existed on the bed bugs or in them. That is, were the bedbugs carrying MRSA on their backs, or were the bacteria living and growing inside them? Either way, it's bad news: if bed bugs are capable of carrying and transmitting MRSA the way a mosquito spreads malaria, it could mean a whole new vector of human disease.”
- MRSA can live for up to 7 months on dust
- MRSA can live for up to 8 weeks on a mop head
- MRSA can live for up to 9 weeks on cotton (towel)
- MRSA can live for up to 203 days (over 6 months) on a blanket
- MRSA can live on the skin of otherwise healthy individuals, with no symptoms indefinitely
We have to wonder if bed bug contamination is not so far fetched.
To curtail the contamination, a California company, Decon ProGreen, LLC has developed a protocol called: “bio hazards & bed bugs” using solutions that kill MRSA on contact as well as most bacteria, viruses, fungi and molds. In laboratory tests, this solution has been proven highly efficient on exoskeleton bugs like bed bugs as well as their eggs. The protocol has been tested in hotel chains for over one year with 100% success. This company only uses products that are biodegradable and non toxic, safe for humans, pets and plants.
Decon ProGreen’s “Bio hazards & Bed Bugs” protocol is now available for licensed pest control applicators.