Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego Once Again Make the List for Top Cities With Bed Bug Infestations
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Huntington Beach, CA, February 27th, 2020 This past January, Orkin published its annual Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List and it included several major population centers in California. The highest ranking city in the state was Los Angeles (ranked 4th for a second year in a row) followed by the San Francisco (13th) and San Diego (44th). The list was compiled from bed bug data from residential and commercial treatments from the pest control company’s operations spanning from December 1st of 2018 through November 30th of 2019. “In the.......[Read More]
More Lawsuits Filed in City in Southern California Claiming Mold, Moisture and Health Issues in Private Military Housing
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Huntington Beach, CA, February 26th, 2020 Three new lawsuits were recently filed in a city in Southern California against a private military housing provider according to a recent article by the Stars and Stripes. Their report detailed multiple families that alleged that mold, moisture and other conditions in their homes lead to unhealthy living conditions that caused medical problems. The lawsuits included negligence and other complaints against the housing provider. In a similar case last year, a Marine Corps family also located in.......[Read More]
California Community to Replace Aging Concrete Water Pipes That Contain Asbestos
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Huntington Beach, CA, February 24th, 2020 It was recently announced by several media outlets that a California community district approved a $2.3 million bid to replace asbestos-containing concrete water pipes in parts of the town. The project is expected to last approximately six months and will take place in some of the older community neighborhoods that were constructed in the 1950s and 1960s. The dangers of inhalation exposure to asbestos fibers is well known and has been labeled a human carcinogen as it can cause lung cancer and.......[Read More]
Water Damage and Mold Concerns for Students Living in a Dormitory in San Diego
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Huntington Beach, CA, February 20th, 2020 A news broadcast from KGTV recently highlighted problems some students were facing in their dormitory in San Diego at the end of last semester. Heavy rains in November caused flooding and leaks that resulted in over 40 students having to be relocated after their rooms were damaged. According to their report, students complained of water coming through ceilings and around windows. The students also shared stories of humid conditions and moldy smells, including on their clothes that were stored in.......[Read More]
Children in Parts of Los Angeles County Still Exposed to Significant Lead Hazards
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Huntington Beach, CA, February 14th, 2020 The Los Angeles Times recently published an article about parts of South Los Angeles and exposure risks to lead that are still causing elevated lead levels in the blood of too many children. The report specifically mentions problems due to lead-based paints that could be in countless homes constructed and renovated before the ban on these paints that took effect in 1978. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), if a home was built before 1978 there is a good chance it has.......[Read More]
Work-Related Asthma and Exposure to Cleaning Chemicals in California
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Huntington Beach, CA, February 12th, 2020 The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has found that nearly 10% of all work-related asthma cases are caused by exposure to cleaning products. The agency goes on to report that most cases involve new asthma that started only after an employee began work. About 20% of these workers used cleaning products directly, such as janitors, and the other 80% attributed their asthma symptoms to cleaning products used nearby. Work-related asthma, also known as occupational asthma, results from.......[Read More]
Study Finds Elevated Levels of Carbon Dioxide in California Classrooms
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Huntington Beach, CA, February 10th, 2020 In the January issue of Building and Environment, researchers from UC Davis and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory published a study that examined carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in schools in California. The study focused on 104 recently retrofitted classrooms from 11 schools with new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. The schools were located in both large and small school districts and from different parts of the state. Carbon dioxide is a colorless, odorless gas that.......[Read More]
Materials in California Homes and Buildings May Still Contain PCBs
LA Testing provides analytical services to identify polychlorinated biphenyls and other hazardous substances from building materials and environmental samples.
Huntington Beach, CA, February 3rd, 2020 Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) belong to a broad family of man-made organic chemicals known as chlorinated hydrocarbons. PCBs were domestically manufactured from 1929 until manufacturing was banned in 1979. The ban was implemented due to environmental and human health concerns. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that although no longer commercially produced in this country, PCBs may be present in products and materials produced before their ban. The agency is concerned.......[Read More]