February 2009

More bed bug coverage in New York — but not enough, considering

February 27, 2009

We are getting more press on bed bugs this week, presumably due to the excellent City Council Hearing held on three bed bug bills on Tuesday. I personally don’t feel I am seeing enough coverage of the event itself. The Daily News weighed in today with “Boro with the most bedbug calls: B’klyn 42% jump […]

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Bed bugs in the news in Chicago; State of Illinois Department of Public Health takes action on bed bugs

February 27, 2009

The State of Illinois is beginning to recognize the severity of its bed bug problem. It issued a press release Tuesday which noted that “The Illinois Department of Public Health is seeing an increase in the number of calls from the public and from local health departments about bed bug infestations,” said Dr. Damon T. […]

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Note to Tripadvisor.com: bed bugs can be found in clean hotels too!

February 26, 2009

I love Tripadvisor.com. I always use it to choose hotels when I travel (and I am not just avoiding those with bed bug reports, either, but also looking for a room that’s convenient, reasonably-priced, and hopefully with a little something extra). Tripadvisor also knows a thing or two about bed bugs in hotels; last year, […]

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Video of bed bugs including nymphs walking and feeding on humans

February 26, 2009

Note: I am republishing this with a new link, since the video was moved. It works now! Warning: this will be distressing to many suffering from bed bugs. But there is some really excellent footage here of bed bugs feeding on humans (in an obviously staged setting). In particular, I don’t think I have seen […]

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Tuesday’s New York City Council hearing on three bed bug bills

February 25, 2009

The press is starting to appear about the hearing yesterday. Frank Lombardi in the Daily News said, Prodded by rising complaints and pressure from some elected officials, activists and the media, the Bloomberg administration gave limited support Tuesday to launching a war on bedbugs. Testifying at a City Council hearing, representatives of the health, housing […]

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Free bed bug information session in Vancouver

February 24, 2009

The Structural Pest Management Association of British Columbia (SPMABC) will be hosting a free information session on bed bugs and related topics this Saturday (February 28th) at Library Square from 9:00am – 1:00pm. Admission is free, but on a first come, first served basis (the room holds 300 people). Topics will include:

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Climbup Insect Interceptors: new & inexpensive passive bed bug monitors

February 24, 2009

Sometimes discovering whether you have bed bugs (or still have bed bugs) is the hardest part of this ordeal. Luckily, 2009 is the year of the bed bug monitor. While some are thinking high-tech, it is also important to know that low-tech monitors are being improved. This month, the CDC 3000 is starting to be […]

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Exciting news: EPA to hold public meeting on bed bugs April 14th

February 23, 2009

Renee Corea of New York vs. Bed bugs broke the news today that the EPA is holding a meeting on bed bugs on April 14th. Renee writes: We have just received information, from our one and only contact at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that EPA is set to hold a public meeting on […]

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Lou Sorkin, “The man who lets the bed bugs bite”

February 21, 2009

The New York Times had a slightly more personal story on our friend Dr. Louis Sorkin yesterday, “The man who lets the bed bugs bite.” In it, Lou talks about how people have always brought bugs to him at the American Museum of Natural History, asking for identifications. And ten years ago, they started bringing […]

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Photos of bed bugs in a wooden bed frame, head board, and box spring

February 21, 2009

The following photos come from Lou Sorkin — pictures of bed bugs and eggs harboring in a bed (headboard, frame, mattress, etc.). All photos and descriptions above courtesy of Louis Sorkin, All Rights Reserved. Many thanks to Lou, for sharing these with us! (All descriptions follow the photo they describe.) Bed frame, headboard & box […]

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CTV report on bed bugs in an Ottawa home

February 19, 2009

This week, Canada’s CTV has been featuring stories on pests that invade the home. There’s a video story on bed bugs in an Ottawa home — an in-depth examination of what it’s like to live with, and fight bed bugs. The young woman interviewed (anonymously) in this interview is the daughter of Itchy-Scratchy, a Bedbugger […]

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New York Daily News: NYC bed bug complaints up 34% in one year

February 17, 2009

The New York Daily News has a good article today on the 34% increase in bed bug complaints in the last fiscal year, compared with the previous one. The data for this came from the amazing Renee Corea, who filed a Freedom of Information Act request on behalf of New York vs. Bed Bugs. Adam […]

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