Extracted from: MIND YOUR BODY – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 2011 Tan Lay Leng reports If you perpetually wake up to a runny or blocked nose, watery eyes and sneezing fits, you are likely to be one of many people here suffering from allergic rhinitis.  This is an inherited condition caused by allergens, which are substances that induce an allergic response. A study by National University of Singapore involving 391 patients found that among those with asthma and/or allergic rhinitis, 96 percent of them were sensitised to house dust mites. The study showed that dust mites are on..

THE STRAITS TIMES – FRIDAY, MAY 13 2011 ATLANTA: Could blood-sucking bedbugs get any creepier?  The answer is “yes”. Researchers have reported an alarming combination: bedbugs carrying potent drug-resistant bacteria. The discovery was made after five bedbugs were plucked off hospitalised patients from a rough section of Vancouver, where rates of poverty, HIV and injection drug use are high.  The bugs were found to be infected with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE), said the United States Centers..

THE STRAITS TIMES – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6 2010 “HAVE you noticed black spots along the seams of your mattress or bedsheet? Or woken up with rows of itchy red welts on exposed parts of your body?  If the answer is “yes”, you may be sleeping with bedbugs. The problem appears to be bugging more people here.  While no official statistics are available, a spokesman for the Singapore Pest Management Association (SPMA) said it has observed a “gradual increase in service calls on bedbugs”.  But the situation has yet to reach the near-epidemic lev..

The Straits Times - Friday October 2, 2015 By Audrey Tan The seasonal haze that affects Singapore and the region was once thought to dampen dengue activity here, as the smoke was believed to be able to kill the Aedes mosquitoes that carry the virus. But Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith, an infectious disease expert from the Nanyang Technological University's Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, believes otherwise. "Even if the toxic components of the haze do result in a higher mortality rate of  Aedes mosquitoes, the haze may have changed both human and mosquito behaviour ..

Article from Today – 19 September 2015 The highest concentrations of dust mites in homes are found in mattresses, a small-scale study conducted by home appliances manufacturer Dyson and the National University of Singapore has shown. The study, which covered 27 homes here, also found beds to be a haven for mould, bacteria and allergens, which are substances that cause allergic reactions.  The average mattress had 3,000 colony forming units (cfu) of mould per gram of dust.  A single mould can produce 40 or more proteins that can cause allergies, symptoms include sneezing, ..

Excerpt from The Straits Times Thursday, June 4 2015 (by Timothy Goh) It sounds like a scene from a horror movie.  Patrons of a local cinema claim they have been leaving with more than just shivers down their spine – after finding themselves covered in bedbugs.  The theatre admitted that it has a problem with the bugs – and pest controllers say it may not be the only cinema here to have them. A group that watched a film on 31 May told how they began feeling uncomfortable during the two-hour showing. A movie patron said that as the movie was drawing to a close, hi..

Do you keep old books on your book shelves? Once-a-while, do check your books for booklice. Heard of them?  Quote from Wikipedia: Booklice are wingless and easily mistaken for bedbug nymphs and vice-versa. The eggs take 2 to 4 weeks to hatch and reach adulthood approximately 2 months later. They damage books and infest food storage areas where they feed on dry and starchy materials. How to kill them without harming the environment? You can either spray Bio-X 3-in-1 or Bio-X Lullaby. These products are manufactured in Singapore and are approved by NEA. JWP Marketing is an authoriz..