October 2008

Building with bed bugs hosts polling station this week

October 31, 2008

Remember the Ballard Griffith senior apartment complex in Lexington, Kentucky?  Back in September, we were told more than a hundred seniors there were living in apartments infested with bed bugs. Nearly two months later, the building is still infested. And on Tuesday, 600 people (including 400 who don’t live in the complex) will be voting […]

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Stamford Manor residents have had bed bugs for three years!

October 31, 2008

Here’s The Stamford Advocate with another story that makes me mad. Residents of a building for senior citizens like Adelaida Ramos have been dealing with bed bugs for three years: Ramos is one of more than 50 people at Stamford Manor, a public housing residence for seniors, who have reported bedbugs to the housing authority […]

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King of Queens: “Buggie Nights” episode about bed bugs found!

October 30, 2008

bugbattler did us all a huge favor and found the episode of the King of Queens featuring a bed bug infestation. It came out in February of 2006 as hopelessnomo pointed out here. They get a lot of things wrong, as you might expect, but they also get quite a bit right. My favorite quote? […]

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Is BC Housing in Vancouver considering the drilling-and-DE method for bedbugs?

October 29, 2008

The Official 2010 Olympics Newswire blogger David Eby says News is ripping through the DTES that BC Housing may have found an effective way to control bedbug populations in SRO hotels. The DTES is Vancouver’s bed bug-beleaguered Downtown Eastside. And now, Eby continues, BC Housing determined that ‘food grade diatomaceous earth, fresh water based’ within […]

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Large Philadelphia Seniors’ Apartment Building Gets Thermal Remediation for Bed Bugs

October 29, 2008

Action News 6 in Philadelphia reports that around a hundred senior citizens have been evacuated from the Coatsville Towers apartment building in downtown Philly because of a bed bug infestation. Every resident has been moved out — some to stay with relatives, and 23 more were evacuated to a Norrisville apartment building by their management […]

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Portland, Maine detox facility closed due to bed bugs

October 28, 2008

WMTW reports that a 38-bed non-profit detox shelter in Portland, Maine closed for two nights due to a bed bug infestation. PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland detoxification shelter closed Sunday night because of bed bugs. The Milestone Foundation at 65 India St. will have an exterminator visit Tuesday and has plans to reopen Tuesday night, […]

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Farmington Days’ Inn story prompts another local hotel to be proactive about bed bugs

October 28, 2008

It was the Farmington, New Mexico Days Inn that hotel guests claimed had the recent bed bug troubles. But KOB reports that the local Best Western is now publicizing their pro-active campaign against bed bugs. They say exterminators are coming once a month and spraying when needed. The video (below) shows Ladybug Pest Control peering […]

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Bed bug sniffing dog and handler to be featured on Animal Planet

October 27, 2008

According to SunCoast Today, Animal Planet will feature bed bug k9 handler Mike Tache and his dog Tracer on “Dogs 101” this Saturday (11/1/2008): Tracer and his owner, Mike Tache, will demonstrate how dogs can be trained to sniff out bedbugs on a show called “Dogs 101.” Mr. Tache operates his own business known as […]

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Chicago: time to take action on bed bugs

October 27, 2008

If you’re in Chicago, ally yourself at once with Chicago vs. Bed Bugs. Its founder, Jessica Kevan, is working from the premise that we have to do something about the spread of bed bugs. I will quote liberally from the group’s About page: Our Mission (Phase One): We endeavor to disseminate good information to and […]

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I’ll take “What do bed bugs smell like?” for 500 please, Alex.

October 27, 2008

Do bed bugs smell? If so, what do bed bugs smell like? Some readers and pest control operators claim to smell “the bed bug smell.” Many others don’t.  (Don’t be surprised if you don’t.)  I’ve heard it called “sweet” or “musty” or compared to “ripe raspberries.” Entomologist Dr. Lou Sorkin of the American Museum of […]

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San Francisco woman settles bed bug case out of court for $71K

October 25, 2008

SFist reports (based on a City Star report) that … a woman who received more than 400 bedbug bites during her stay at San Francisco’s Ramada Plaza Hotel has received $71,000 to settle her claim against the downtown hotel. The out-of court settlement is the largest ever paid to victims in similar bedbug-attack cases. That’s […]

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Waterbury, Connecticut: let’s try less shame, and better information about bed bugs

October 23, 2008

Channel 3 in Waterbury, Connecticut reported today, School: Boy Brought Bed Bugs to Class; Parents Urged to Check Children There’s a lot wrong in that statement alone, let alone the report that follows. First, check your children?!? Bed bugs do not live on children. They are not like lice. They may be carried briefly in […]

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