Yellow Cabs Infested with Bed Bugs

Sources tell RCNN that most of the taxis used by the Yellow Cab Company of Parkersburg are infested with bed bugs. At least one individual has reported being bit while in a Yellow Cab.

Management so far has not responded to these allegations ā€“ nor has any action been taken to eradicate the problem. The parasites are known to be more than a nuisance. Bed bugs feed almost exclusively on blood. Adverse health effects include skin rashes, psychological effects and allergy symptoms. The parasites are not known to transmit diseases. However, it is not known if they play a role in the spread of MRSA.

Although they were nearly eradicated, in 1995 bed bugs began to re-emerge with pesticide-resistant properties. At the same time, the EPA has cracked down on the use of pesticides. Eradication is further complicated because the bugs can live for nearly a year without feeding.

An infestation can be detected by a distinctive odor of rotting raspberries. Spiders, ants and cockroaches are their natural enemies.

About River City News Network

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute at UC Berkeley, Lyons' book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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