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Am. Society of Safety Engineers Note Holiday Travel Stirs More than Joy, It Can Help Spread Bedbugs, Releases Safety Tips

DES PLAINES, IL (November 16, 2010) – Experts say that in the past two to three years, bedbug infestations have increased around the world. In an effort to educate its 32,000 occupational safety, health and environmental members about the threat of bedbugs, especially during the holiday travel season, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is distributing information aimed at reducing the threat of bedbugs at work and at home.

“Experts are saying that bedbug infestations are occurring almost weekly not only in some hotels, retail stores and homes, but in college residence facilities as well,” ASSE President-Elect and Chair of the ASSE Public Relations Committee Terrie S. Norris, CSP, ARM, of Long Beach, CA, said today. “To help our members address this issue at work and at home, ASSE is sharing tips on what bedbugs are and how to address the problem.”

According to the University of Florida Entomology Department, today word of bedbug infestation occurs almost weekly in the U.S. and worldwide. They also note that evidence of bedbugs have been around since the middle ages. In the past, pesticides were used to eliminate the problem, but as pest control practices have changed, the bedbug problem has grown. Experts note too that most bedbugs are home grown and are being spread from belongings taken from one place to another.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. ASSE will be celebrating its centennial in 2011 and will be host to its annual Professional Development Conference for the first time in Chicago at McCormick Place Convention Center June 12-15, 2011. Other centennial events are also planned. Please go to www.asse.org for more information.

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