Bed bugs on the BBC News, a short segment, via YouTube. The PCO on this interview blames the British origins of bed bugs to hotels travelers used at the Sydney Olympic Games. Some of the footage is creepy, but the footage of cast off shells and droppings on the headboard are very informative. Originally aired 1/20/2007.
Also, CBC Marketplace had a longer spot on Bed bugs. It’s about 15 minutes long and very, very good–absolutely the best news segment I’ve seen on bed bugs, and first aired on 2/7/2007. The CBC has it all:
- An interview with Caitlin, of the BedBugBlog and the founder of the Yahoo Bedbugger Group (Yay, we love Caitlin!);
- Ben (who isn’t affected) and Melody (who got 12-20 bites a night), Vancouver tenants whose landlord refused to pay for treatment, despite their being no evidence they introduced the bed bugs, and despite Vancouver’s clear laws that the landlordpays for bed bug extermination;
- Footage of Ben and Melody’s mattress cover and what it’s covering, the cushion where a sofa used to sit, footage of Melody getting ready for bed (including a hoodie, and mittens); footage of the reporter donning a respirator mask to walk along with the PCO on extermination visit #3, and finally, what happens next for the couple;
- CBC reporter and entomology grad student ransacking three Vancouver hotel rooms to find no bed bugs–but wonderful details of how to look for those wanting more information on that;
- An interview with the Chicago lawyer to have won the only bed bug hotel lawsuit which has gone to trial so far: the Canadian plaintiffs won $200,000 each from Motel6 in Chicago; it’s worth noting that other cases since then have only settled out of court (though it’s likely many plaintiffs were given nice payoffs to keep their traps shut about their horrible hotel experiences);
- An entomology grad student from Simon Frasier U: yet more footage of researchers and even the CBC reporter herself “feeding” the research colony. If that sounds gross, I promise the rest of the film is so worth it, you won’t mind.
Thanks to BedbugCity who emailed me the tip. Please–if you haven’t done so, register your infestation at these two bed bug registries: BedbugCity and the BedBugRegistry.com. They’re completely separate, and anonymous, and registering infested addresses with them gives others the chance to be warned, before they’re the next suckas who move into your bed bug infested building, or stay in your bed bug infested hotel room.