June 2009

The economy, homelessness, motels as shelters, and bed bugs

June 25, 2009

The Boston Globe reported Wednesday on how record numbers of families are now being sheltered in motels. In October 2007, 27 families were housed in Massachusetts motels. The number rose steeply in the last year, as the economy collapsed, many became unemployed, and foreclosures skyrocketed. The number of families sheltered in motels went from just […]

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NH Bed Bugs: grassroots community organizing against bed bugs

June 24, 2009

A new group, NH Bed Bugs, has formed in New Hampshire. And their website indicates that they mean business: Mission : To help New Hampshire communities stay bedbug free. We are a group of community organizers, college and university staff and students, not for profit leaders, local business owners, teachers, health workers, local officials, church […]

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Radio personalities with bed bugs: not just a NYC thing

June 23, 2009

Jeff Vandergrift, who hosts “JV Mornings” on WILD 94.9 in San Francisco, was a member of CBS’s popular “Dog House,” and who now has a new online media show on Revision3.com called “JV’s World,” has recently had bed bugs. The San Francisco Examiner asked Vandergrift, “How do you gather content for your show?” The answer: […]

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Never assume the tenant who complains about bed bugs is the only tenant with bed bugs

June 22, 2009

Cambridge (UK) tenant Alison Stephenson claims her property development and management firm Places for People is not concerned about her flat’s bed bug problem.  The tenant is apparently responsible for treatment, and Stephenson seems to be happy to arrange for this. But she says other units are infested also.  And there’s nothing she can do […]

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RainCity Housing’s “bed bug sauna” now active in new Vancouver building

June 19, 2009

Remember when we reported back in June 2008 that a new RainCity Housing development in Vancouver was going to contain a “bed bug sauna” for treatment of infested items? The new building “The Lux”, at 65 Hastings Street, is in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a highly infested neighborhood, and provides 25 transitional housing units, and 67 […]

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Protect-a-Bed and Bed Bug Central: live Q&A on Twitter, Tues. 6/23 2pm EST

June 17, 2009

Protect-a-Bed is hosting a live Twitter Q&A session about bed bugs with Bed Bug Central entomologists Richard Cooper and Jeff White (who is well known to Bedbugger Forum users).  (I quote below directly from a Press Release Protect-a-Bed sent me; thanks Laura!) Beginning at 2 p.m. EST, on Tuesday, June 23, Protect-A-Bed is inviting the general […]

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Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections houses former inmates in bed bug-infested motel

June 11, 2009

WKOW in Madison reports that the Wisconsin Department of Corrections helps newly-released prisoners get back on their feet by putting them up in motel rooms known to have bed bugs. Some of the ex-prisoners had been to local hospitals with evidence of bed bug bites.   WKOW notes, We found out former prisoners have been complaining […]

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“The Hunt”: bed bugs in New York real estate

June 7, 2009

Remember Joyce Cohen’s New York Times column “The Hunt” — which features New York tenants searching for just the right apartment?  In 2007, two separate columns in three months described young couples ending their searches in an apartment with bed bugs. In September 2007, it was Tabitha Shick and Benjamin Klein.  Then, in December, we […]

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New York vs. Bed Bugs on bed bug prep, and the widening divide between bed bugs haves and have-nots

June 7, 2009

Renee Corea has an excellent post over on New York vs. Bed Bugs today which discusses varying approaches to bed bug preparation, what people are required to do, and who does and does not have access to help with this. Although as Renee notes, it still is difficult for rich and poor alike to battle […]

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Bed Bug Barrier passive bed bug monitor wins ABC’s “The New Inventors” episode

June 6, 2009

Update (8/15/2010): Since this post was originally written, the product described below has gone to market. You can read more updated information about it here. You can purchase the Bed Bug Barrier Passive Monitor Glue Trap from US Bed Bugs, and either style is currently $6.99 per barrier (or under $28 if your bed has […]

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University of Manitoba student rooms infested with bed bugs

June 5, 2009

Several dorm rooms at the University of Manitoba are infested with bed bugs; they’re undergoing treatment, and residents have been relocated to temporary accommodation. While university officials here are “taking the issue very seriously,” according to CBC, they’re also assuring the media that bed bugs are “not a health risk” (as officials almost always do). […]

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