November 2006

What are bedbugs, how do I know if I have them, other possible causes

November 30, 2006

The FAQ on this issue has just been updated (including links to info on other possible causes– bird mites, scabies, hot tub folliculitis, and delusory parasitosis). Click here to see it! Coming soon: shed skin and feces photos, thanks to Lou Sorkin!

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bed bugs: incidence studies needed in NYC and elsewhere

November 30, 2006

I keep saying that my own gut feeling is that there may be as many as 20 times as many infestations in NYC as are reported to 311. (Approx 4600 reported in NYC to 311 in a one year period ending last summer; no doubt the numbers are growing monthly.) I realize my gut is […]

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Used furniture may contain bed bugs

November 30, 2006

Warning Thrift Shoppers Originally uploaded by Rob Elliott. Should be required on every wall inside and out in every location selling used furniture, on every alley wall where garbage is discarded. Click image for a closer look at this photo by Rob Elliott!

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bed bug help needed: tell us about tenants’ rights in your city

November 28, 2006

I want to update the FAQ on tenants’ rights (relating to pests). If you find a website that lists these for your city or state, please click “comments” above this post and give me the URL and any other suggestions. As you can see, the list is far from complete. Any city, any locality, any […]

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Dubai newspaper reports that NYC is suffering from bed bug epidemic

November 26, 2006

Most international press about bed bugs reports on local infestations. But this article in Dubai’s Khaleej Times reports on NYC’s bed bug problems (and includes quotations from Lou Sorkin of the AMNH). A few interesting points: 1/ The article implies that NYC’s bedbug epidemic started in Queens and Brooklyn and spread to Manhattan. While this […]

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Can you fight bed bugs without pesticides?

November 25, 2006

Update 1/2009: the post below was written in 11/2006.  We know a lot more now than we did then about non-pesticide treatments for bed bugs. Non-pesticide treatment options are increasing in many locations, and may include thermal treatment and fumigation with a gas such as sulfuryl fluoride (Vikane TM); though costly, if done properly, they […]

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Bed bugs in Halifax, Nova Scotia

November 24, 2006

Nova Scotia is fighting bed bugs. The Daily News of Halifax, NS reports on the bed bug epidemic there. This is a fairly informative, if brief, article. A few things are of interest. First, the reporter says that Pest control sevices provide efficient ways to deal with bedbugs. They dust and spray for bedbugs, and […]

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some hotels know what to do about bed bugs

November 23, 2006

It’s true that even upscale hotels suffer from bed bugs. Back in May, an unidentified hotel in Vancouver disclosed its bed bug protocols to Hotelchatter.com: 1. We’ve trained our housekeeping staff to watch for the tell-tale signs, i.e. blood spots on sheets and other visible signs. Also to watch for and have repaired any maintenance […]

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an honest hotel?

November 19, 2006

This description on Yahoo Travel of the Alamo Hostel in Rosarito, Mexico caught my eye. It’s $25 to stay there, but they have bed bugs: PLEASE NOTICE: WE ARE SUFFERING FROM A BEDBUG INVASION AND ALSO OUR POOL IS CURRENTLY NOT OPERATIONAL. ALAMO HOSTEL WANTS TO RELOCATE SOON ,PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND WHEN BOOKING! […]

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bed bug registries

November 18, 2006

The most comprehensive list (albeit in a simple format) of bedbug infestations that I have seen is on Caitlin’s blog. A number of people have started their own registries which, a step above a text list, are interactive: you type in the address, it gets mapped. Some of these, like the BedBugRegistry, which covers addresses […]

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Bed bugs: not fun anymore! Playskool’s Poundin’ Bedbugs and Bedbugs Popup Bedtime Book

November 18, 2006

When, oh, when are people going to remember that bed bugs are not fun! Bed bugs are not cute. Then we’ll no longer find adorable pictures of cute toddlers and infants and dachshunds and chihuahuas and other adorable creatures cuddled up in blankets [now-defunct link removed] on flickr.com, captioned or with the title, “bed bugs.” […]

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Comment dites-vous les bed bugs? Montreal finds out

November 17, 2006

We just heard about the recurring bed bugs at the Ryerson dorms in Toronto. Now another Canadian University, McGill in Montreal, is seeing red (well, rust-colored bugs, anyway), as reported by the McGill Daily. Students in MORE House (a brand new building) are battling a bedbug infestation that’s been in the same unit for some […]

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