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 – 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.