May 2009

Nightwatch active bed bug monitor recalled

May 31, 2009

On May 21st, Biosensory, maker of the Nightwatch active bed bug monitor, distributed a recall letter to Distributors and pest control operators. The letter, which you can download in PDF form here, reads, This letter is to notify you that BioSensory, Inc. is voluntarily recalling its initial production run ofthe NightWatch™ Bedbug Monitor and Dragonfly […]

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Minor renovations

May 23, 2009

Do not adjust your set. More small changes to the appearance of the site are coming soon. The biggest change is our new banner, just in time for Spring. For now, I hope you’re enjoying the latest banner image from our star graphics guru, talented former Bedbugger NotSoSnug (a.k.s. the Cimex Hunter), who is now […]

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North Carolina shelter with bed bugs: outlook grim

May 23, 2009

Guests of a Salvation Army shelter in Wilmington, North Carolina, are suffering from bed bug bites.  And the shelter managers are having trouble getting rid of the problem. Eleven-year-old Edwin Benitez is covered with bites. Bed bug bites from staying at the Salvation Army. They first appeared a week ago. “It feels humiliating and frightening,” […]

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A tale of two bed bug-troubled cities: Cincinnati, Columbus

May 23, 2009

My report about the Hillrise Apartments in Cincinnati the other day highlighted what can happen when local officials stop inspecting rental units based on bed bug complaints. As you’ll recall, funding was cut at the end of 2008 for the Cincinnati Health Department’s bed bug inspection program. Here’s another story with bedbugged tenants, this time […]

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Insects in the City on bug bombs and bed bugs

May 22, 2009

Entomologist Mike Merchant of Texas AgriLife Extension wrote on his “Insects in the City” blog Thursday about bug bombs, and why they are not a good treatment for bed bugs. A highlighted quote in PMP magazine’s Buzz Online caught my eye today. Alex Barbarin is a graduate student at Penn State University studying bed bugs […]

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Towels under the door: when cities abandon tenants with bed bugs

May 21, 2009

This is what happens when local authorities cannot help low-income tenants get help and treatment for bed bugs.  WLWT in Cincinnati reports that the Hillrise Apartments for Seniors in College Hill still has a serious bed bug problem. Cincinnati, you’ll remember, did not fund its Health Department’s bed bug inspection program in their last budget, […]

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Students vs. bed bugs at British outdoor activity center

May 20, 2009

The Kingston Guardian (UK) reports that A school trip to an outdoor activity center went awry when students encountered bed bugs: Children from Coombe Junior School had to camp outside while their dormitories were sprayed with pesticide last week, after bed bugs invaded an activity centre. Year 5 pupils were affected when Hindleap Warren in […]

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Bed bugs — and bed bug legislation — in the news

May 16, 2009

Bed bugs are covered by some local newspapers every week.  But some syndicated stories reach a lot of readers. One compelling story from the Springdale Gardens Apartments in Austin, Texas appeared on Wednesday on KVUE.com (click to read story or see video). Yahoo! News picked up the video from the KVUE story on Friday, where […]

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Let’s play “bed bugs/not bed bugs”

May 14, 2009

If the new “Bed Bugs” game for iPhone/iPod Touch actually had you blasting away graphics of bed bugs, instead of nebulous blobby creatures with one eye, it might be kind of cool. As is, it’s just more sad evidence that people do not know what bed bugs are. [Updated 3/27/2013]

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Renee catches us up on our bed bug research!

May 14, 2009

Thanks to Renee Corea of New York vs. Bed Bugs, we have lots of reading and viewing to catch up on!

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Bed Bugs hit Johnson City Fire Station

May 14, 2009

Can someone please tell the good folks at the Johnson City, Tennessee Fire Station #2 on Cherokee Road that leaving mattresses outside in the heat is not a reliable way to kill bed bugs? This news video says they’re “hoping the heat” will deal with bed bugs in the mattresses.  Not likely. They got a […]

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Mark Sheperdigian on the limits of bed bug inspections

May 14, 2009

Mark Sheperdigian has a new brief — but important — article in Pest Management Professional, about the limits of bed bug inspections. The author is stating truisms known to those who know bed bugs — not radical new insights.  And yet it is crucial for the pest management professional working on bed bug cases both […]

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