August 2008

MSNBC: bed bugs go back to school

August 31, 2008

MSNBC did a report on Friday about the problem of bed bugs on college campuses, warning students and their parents about bed bugs going back to school (or, for that matter, coming home from school). Don’t be put off by the fact that Matt Lauer opens the segment by dropping the nursery rhyme bomb. Watch […]

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Boston Globe on the second hand furniture “industry” and bed bugs

August 31, 2008

This article was not primarily about bed bugs; it was mainly about college students, and how it’s harder than ever to furnish a student apartment from things you find on the curb. The reasons given: more competition, including not just students, but from people who buy and sell used items, and also young professionals who […]

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Piecemeal inspections and treatment: no way to rid an apartment building of bed bugs

August 29, 2008

Annie Rourke reported for News Channel 8 in New Haven on Thursday that residents of the Bella Vista complex in Elm City feel their management is not treating bed bugs aggressively enough. New Haven (WTNH) — People living in one Elm City apartment complex say they have unwanted guests: bed bugs. And, they’re saying there’s […]

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Bed bugs continue to multiply in Winnipeg

August 28, 2008

The Winnipeg Free Press has a new article Thursday about bed bugs in the city. Reporter Murray McNeill spoke to local Pest Control Operator Lincoln Poulin: So how big has the bedbug problem become in Winnipeg? Poulin said that in his first six years as a full-time exterminator — he’s been doing it for nine […]

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Bedbugs!!! The Musical: tickets on sale

August 28, 2008

It’s finally here. Broadwayworld.com reports that The New York Musical Theatre Festival and Leschen, Mrozek & Sauter present the world premiere of BEDBUGS!!!, an official selection of the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s 2008 Next Link Project. 80’s rock excess meets the Creature Feature in this hilarious and extremely timely hard-rocking new musical by Paul […]

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Saratoga Race Course workers plagued by bed bugs

August 28, 2008

The New York Times reported Wednesday that the State Labor Department has been investigating poor working conditions suffered by Saratoga Race Course backstretch workers (including grooms, hot walkers, and night watchmen) and those at other race tracks — conditions which include sleeping quarters infested with bed bugs: The backstretch workers are employed by individual trainers, […]

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Brooklyn Eagle on bed bugs (part II)

August 28, 2008

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s Mary Frost did a second article on bed bugs Tuesday, following up from one two weeks ago. Readers may recall that it was just last February when another reporter from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Dennis Holt, was mocking the idea that the city might spend money to work on the bed […]

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German couple surprised by bed bugs in Cortez, Colorado hotel

August 27, 2008

Some tourists come to Colorado looking for the “Wild West.” However, I don’t think bed bugs are what they have in mind. The Durango Herald, in Durango, Colorado, reported Tuesday on a recent bed bug encounter in a Cortez, Colorado hotel: German tourists Billy and Helga Held didn’t travel to Cortez to have a close […]

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Would you like a treadmill in your room, sir?

August 26, 2008

Some Westin hotels are now offering guests the WestinWORKOUT: a treadmill, spinning cycle, dumbbells, or other exercise equipment left in their room for use during their stay in the hotel room. This is not a great idea at a time when bed bugs are spreading so widely (and to all classes of hotel). Anything that […]

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Tour of infested Brooklyn apartment, bed bug commercials, from YouTube

August 26, 2008

This YouTube video appears to have been taken by a PCO during a second visit to a badly infested apartment. The person who posted it, iamyournot, said in the comments, The Video doesn’t show how bad it really was, I had to stop taping because there were thousands of bed bugs running over the top […]

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Times article on spread of bed bugs via trains, planes, and automobiles

August 25, 2008

A Times (UK) article today on the spread of bed bugs emphasized the role of travel, specifically, the spread of bed bugs in public transportation: Savvas Othon, technical director at Rentokil, said: “The short turnaround times for planes and other forms of transport means they are sometimes not inspected as thoroughly as they used to […]

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Bed bugs on the news: a warning!

August 25, 2008

We’ve all become accustomed to the sight of a news personality interviewing an entomologist who studies bed bugs. Richard Cooper, Lou Sorkin, Michael Potter, and many more bed bug experts have been featured in this way, again and again, in all the major news media. Often, they bring a vial of bed bugs, and someone […]

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