July 2008

Jersey City Fire Dept. sets up “decontamination tent” outside building with bed bugs

July 31, 2008

I really don’t know what to make of this article in Tuesday’s Jersey Journal. Some Hudson County Sheriff’s officers were answering a domestic violence call in Jersey City, and encountered bed bugs in the home. (The article claims the officers were bitten by bed bugs upon entering the home.) What happens next is quite astonishing: […]

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Bed bug trap on its way, finally

July 30, 2008

You may be interested in our more recent FAQ on Bed Bug Monitors, which offers a comparison of various models of active and passive bed bug monitors. While most claims of an effective bed bug trap have to date been much ado about nothing, a new product which seems to be the real deal is […]

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New Jersey legislators pushing to make landlords pay for bed bug treatment

July 30, 2008

As we’ve noted recently, New Jersey’s Warranty of Habitability laws currently state that landlords of buildings with three or more apartments have to pay for their tenants’ bed bug treatment. But the laws don’t prohibit landlords from passing on the costs to tenants. The real problem with this is that it means some folks may […]

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Newark tenants suffer health problems — possibly related to bed bugs, fleas, mice, or pest control treatment

July 23, 2008

Thirty-eight residents of a Newark apartment building were hospitalized and all residents were evacuated from their 3-story, 6-family apartment building, after suffering from “light-headedness, sore throats, itchy, watery eyes and irritated skin,” according to this article from the Star-Ledger (via nj.com). The building has problems with bed bugs, mice, and fleas, and has been treated […]

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Bed bugs on the comeback in Israel

July 23, 2008

An article in Haaretz reports that bed bugs are making a comeback in Israel. A second article in the same media outlet tells Israelis what to do if they suspect they have bed bugs: If the bite is found to be that of a bedbug, a report should be filed with the ministry of health […]

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Man blew up apartment while trying to self-treat a bug infestation

July 22, 2008

MSNBC reports that an Eatontown, NJ man blew his apartment up while trying to get rid of insects with bug spray in his apartment: The accident occurred as [Isias Vidal] Maceda was spraying for pests in his kitchen. Somehow the bug spray ignited a blast that blew out the apartment’s front windows and triggered a […]

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Bed bug legislation in the U.S. House and in the Ohio House

July 22, 2008

In reference to the Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite Act of 2008, Budget Travel asks, “Should taxpayers fund the war against bed bugs?” The Act, H.R. 6068, is now in consideration by the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection,and would primarily give states funding to inspect hotel rooms for bed bugs. (Welcome […]

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Bed bugs in a senior apartment building in San Diego

July 17, 2008

NBC reports that there are bed bugs in a senior apartment building in San Diego: It’s happening at the Westminster Manor, which is home to low-income seniors. Resident Rose Chapin, 76, told NBC 7/39 she first noticed the problem in June. “I saw little black spots on my bedspread,” Chapin said. Soon after, she noticed […]

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Bed bugs in a University of Alberta residence (again)

July 17, 2008

Edmonton Journal: Bed bugs in the Newton Place apartments at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

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Real estate brokers who do not disclose that buildings are infested with bed bugs

July 16, 2008

There really should be a special place in Hell set aside for this kind of real estate broker behavior. The section of Hell where you have to watch bed bugs bite you all night long, and it never ends. That, or perhaps some new tenants in this Brooklyn building who contract bed bugs could sue […]

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Bed bugs infest New Rochelle cell block and three police cars

July 16, 2008

New Rochelle police had to deal with a cell block infested with bed bugs three weeks ago, The Journal News reports (via LoHud.com). The cell block was treated. But then bugs turned up in three radio cars from different tours, including a car used for a daytime tour of duty yesterday. The car was taken […]

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New York City bed bug numbers, Bedbugger-style

July 16, 2008

The official New York City data on how many people have bed bugs consists of two sets of numbers: calls to 311 (which are available to the public, sort of), and constituent complaint calls to city council members, which are currently shrouded in mystery. 311 posting NYC Originally uploaded by Beauty Playin ‘Eh According to […]

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