October 2006

A Few Comments About Peterborough

October 31, 2006

As I read through the Peterborough bed bugs story, I found my concern for the general public begin to mount. There is a definite sense of urgency in the words of Mr. Barford, the Pest Control Operator interviewed in the article, unlike anything I’ve seen in the news before. I’m grateful for his honesty, but […]

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Making mattress companies part of the no-bedbug solution

October 30, 2006

Are there any mattress companies who refuse to take away used mattresses? Most companies provide this “helpful service” (which helps spread bedbugs to otherwise uninfested brand new mattresses). If there are any who don’t — and who use their own trucks (so we can be certain they’re not hauling old mattresses for some other outfit) […]

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I asked New York’s Mayor Bloomberg what he is going to do about bedbugs

October 30, 2006

by Deb On Fridays, WABC radio (in NYC) has a talk show between the hours of 10:00 – 11:00 Am. It is hosted by John Gambling and is called “Ask the Mayor.” Mayor Bloomberg takes calls from concerned listeners. The phone number is 1-800-848-WABC. A few weeks ago, I called and the screener allowed me […]

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Alton, Illinois, motel: blaming the bedbug victim

October 30, 2006

This story from a local paper reports on a woman from Texas who was plagued by bed bugs in a motel in Alton, Illinois. This is a story that follows a familiar plot-line. Some of it is quoted below, with commentary. First, the woman, badly bitten, showed the bugs to a motel manager whose exterminator […]

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craigslist: An Open Letter to my Bedbugs

October 29, 2006

This is one of the funniest and truest personal stories I’ve read about bedbugs. It was posted on craigslist by a Chicago bed bug sufferer in August 2006, and is now a “best of.” In case you haven’t yet done so, you should read it. I’d quote it, but you really do need to read […]

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So many bad bedbug-fighting practices, so little time

October 28, 2006

Public officials make so many mistakes when it comes to bedbugs, that Bedbugger almost can’t keep up. Today, an article in the Rhode Island News provides just one example. A Cranston, RI shelter was so infested that 70 residents and housing advocates marched to the State House, seeking the Governor’s help. (You need a login, […]

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those “wee flat bronze coloured things with a black spot” that come out at night

October 26, 2006

It’s funny. I was aware that long-haul truckers refer to themselves as bedbuggers, presumably because they have beds in their rigs. Now, ironically, lorry (truck) drivers in Northern Ireland are suffering from a bedbug problem, according to this article in the Belfast Telegraph Wednesday. They believe the bedbugs infested their trucks while they were on […]

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Salon.com on Bedbugs

October 25, 2006

I am always glad to see articles on bedbugs. Although this one today in Salon.com is a good start, it does not go very far in depth. Its description of where one might find these little monsters is limited, and many of us on the Bedbugger yahoo group would have thought we didn’t have bed […]

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bedbugs and our interdependence

October 25, 2006

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New York City is behind in the bed bug wars

October 24, 2006

bed bugs?! Originally uploaded by grenade. This photo by grenade on flickr shows the bed bug tags residents of Boston are given to put on discarded furniture. It occurs to me that we should print and sell (not for profit) some similar tags, that those of us outside Boston could use until our localities get […]

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bedbugs in Denver

October 24, 2006

bed bug Originally uploaded by earmuffin. This is a picture on flickr that earmuffin took, and the location is given as the Beltz / McGowan apartments in August 2005. Ahhhh, August 2005. I remember it well: it was too hot in NYC, but I had never heard of bedbugs. Good times. Not only had I […]

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Bedbugs in the news today: Peterborough, England

October 22, 2006

Peterborough (UK) is itching. It sounds like it costs 99-120 pounds ($200 US, give or take) to clear a house of bedbugs in Peterborough. It sounds like the city council and the private pest control operators there are getting plenty of practice with bedbugs. The article says they fumigate as well as spreading insecticides, which […]

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