December 2007

NY Daily News: bed bug epidemic attacks New York City

December 30, 2007

The lead story in the “News” section of today’s New York Daily News is on bed bugs. That’s good: it’s always good to see bed bugs in the news. It’s not a particularly helpful story, however. For starters, there are inaccuracies. Let’s start with this caption below a photo of an adult bed bug: Unfed […]

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Dumpster-diving tenant evicted after Winnipeg apartment seriously infested with bed bugs

December 29, 2007

Lindor Reynolds of the Winnipeg Free Press reports on a bed bug eviction case in Winnipeg: a woman was evicted from her Sherbrook Street apartment. It was infested with bed bugs. She is disabled and on social assistance. This is a heart-breaking story. But this is also a complicated story: George Bibik, owner of the […]

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Bed bugs and Christmas; the blasted 55-day rule

December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it. And a special shout out to mangycur whose bed bugs unfortunately popped out on the 53rd day after they were last sighted, reminding us of the “55-day rule.” (If you remember, the 55-day rule refers to the period of time Rich Cooper suggests you need to be free […]

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Reader question: if I don’t react to bites, how do I know they’re gone?

December 25, 2007

An anonymous reader who has bed bugs in an apartment wrote to describe her bed bug problem.  She definitely has them but neither she nor partner react to them.  She says, The thing that troubles me the most is how will I know if they are ever truly gone? They say bite free for x […]

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Ventura County motel closure makes many families homeless at Christmas

December 24, 2007

Catholic Charities is one group trying to help those displaced when the Traveler’s Beach Inn was shut down due to bed bugs and electrical problems, the Ventura County Star reported Saturday. The week before Christmas and raining, to boot, some 14 families were tipped out of a Ventura inn because of electrical hazards and an […]

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Craigslist bed bug warnings

December 24, 2007

We know bed bugs are all over Waterbury, CT. And all over Craigslist. Craigslist reader BOB warned fellow Craigslisters (namely residents of Oakville and the Waterbury area) to beware: re oakville Reply to: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@craigslist.org Date: 2007-12-20, 11:07PM EST Watch out for bed bugs. THey are spreading fast. They are all over waterbury and the reactions […]

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Reuse of NYC garbage [art]

December 24, 2007

This is an interesting concept. Artist Justin Gignac seals up NYC garbage in a solid, sealed, leakproof, see-through container. Read more about it here. You can buy one of his works for $50. It appears to be bed bug-proof. Heck, it may even have bed bugs inside. I’d pay for one of those! Perhaps some […]

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Still life with bedbugged mattress and dresser

December 23, 2007

Social Interloper, with another San Francisco mattress and dresser scene. We can only assume there are bed bugs. Again with the bugs, enough already by Social Interloper, on Flickr

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Bed bugs not so nice either

December 23, 2007

The Star (Toronto): “Yule tales aside, mice are not nice.” …although bedbugs may not be quite so widespread a problem in Toronto yet, they actually bite us and “when you have little children or babies with bedbugs on them, it’s just plain gross.” David Hayes needs to read Star columnist Joe Fiorito more often. From […]

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Monty cartoon features bed bugs

December 23, 2007

Monty (cartoon) on bed bugs, December 22, 2007 by Jim Meddick. Bed bugs as the subject of a Monty cartoon, this week. Thanks go to meckman for pointing this out in a forum post!

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Bed bugs! Quarantine!

December 22, 2007

IMG_1221.JPG Originally uploaded by ry_aka_olympia ry_aka_Olympia is back with some social commentary. Since the health dept. in NYC (like most) is paying scant attention to bed bugs, Olympia provides a DIY quarantine poster: Dept. of Public Health Bed bugs! Quarantine Area! Do not Enter or Exit Any Buildings! Nice work.

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How bad are bed bugs in Toronto? Nobody knows for sure.

December 22, 2007

We haven’t had any real data about how many people in Toronto are suffering from bed bugs since the 2003 survey of Toronto PCOs. But this article in Friday’s Toronto Sun has some interesting statistics. On the one hand, According to Reg Ayre, the city’s Healthy Environments manager, Toronto Public Health received 194 calls for […]

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