July 2009

Ohio County, WV Health Dept. official: bed bugs “public health nuisance” and “psychological disaster”

July 30, 2009

Fox 28 reports that an Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department official says about 100 apartments at a Wheeling, West Virginia complex are infested with bedbugs. What struck me in the article was this: Health department Administrator Howard Gamble calls bedbugs a public health nuisance and a psychological  disaster for the people who are affected. “A public […]

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Co-op pays $250K after bed bugs found in several units, storage area, stairwells

July 29, 2009

BrickUnderground reports that the July/August 2009 issue of Habitat magazine (not yet available on their website) reports that a three-tower, 217-unit Theater District co-op building paid $250,000 to get rid of its bed bug problem. BrickUnderground writes, The co-op in the Habitat article found bed bugs in several neighboring apartments, two stairwells and some of […]

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KillerQueen’s (a.k.a PCO John Furman’s) delightful new plates

July 27, 2009

bedbugplate Originally uploaded by bedbugwarrior Will traffic cops cower in horror? Will all the other PCOs be jealous? See this forum thread.

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18-story Dayton apartment building infested with bed bugs to be treated with Vikane gas

July 27, 2009

On August 22nd, an entire 18-story apartment building in Dayton, the Biltmore at 210 N. Main St., is being treated for bed bugs with Vikane (sulfuryl fluoride) gas fumigation.  Residents will be evacuated for a week (to friends’ homes, or to a local hotel). The Dayton Daily News reports that this process is only being […]

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Nashville woman files suit with Rent-a-Center over bedbugs

July 24, 2009

This seems to be the week for bed bug lawsuits. The Tennesseean reports that Evangela Cowan of Nashville is suing Rent-a-Center, claiming the furniture she rented (including a mattress) gave her bed bugs. She is suing for $575,000.  The Tennesseean also reports on the company’s response: Xavier Dominicis, a Rent-A-Center spokesman, said he could not […]

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Residents sue motel on Staten Island due to bed bugs

July 24, 2009

Edward Reed and Juanise Rayford are among eleven residents who are suing the Midland Motor Inn, a motel on Staten Island, because of bed bugs.  Staten Island Live reports that The couple are among 11 motel residents who have recently sued the building owner, 630 Midmot Corp., in state Supreme Court, St. George. The plaintiffs, […]

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Family sues Chicago area Holiday Inn over bed bug infestation

July 23, 2009

A family is suing a hotel near Chicago’s O’Hare airport after allegedly encountering bed bugs in the hotel, suffering from bed bug bites, and bringing bed bugs  home with them. CBS 2 reports, The suit, which names First Hospitality Group, Inc., Holiday Inn Select-Chicago O’Hare and Rosemont RREF, LLC as defendants, claims the Holiday Inn […]

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Newport News motel with bed bugs story shows need for greater awareness about bed bugs among police, reporters

July 23, 2009

Residents and an employee of he Midtown Motel in Newport News, Virginia claim the motel has bed bugs in a story from News 10 by Mary Kay Mallonee. It’s a typical “bed bugs in motel” expose, with motel guests complaining of and displaying what they say are bed bug bites, and the maintenance man describing […]

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PETA Women to Breast Feed Bed Bugs in New “Compassion Tour”

July 18, 2009

You’re going to love this one: The Spoof reports that PETA is extending compassion to bed bugs in its new campaign. Their new “Compassion Tour” involves beautiful, naked women in raised platforms and lying in bed in a very public setting. The catch? The women are breast feeding large broods of “guest” bed bugs in […]

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Bed bugs in New York Times travel, etiquette, health, finance sections; why not ask the big question?

July 17, 2009

The Social Q’s etiquette column in the New York Times covered a bed bug issue Thursday.  The anonymous letter writer said, My brother has bedbugs. He told our mother and made her promise not to tell me. But she called me immediately. Apparently, he hasn’t told his landlady or called an exterminator, or done anything […]

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Thriftlodge guest finds hypodermic needles while searching for bed bugs in hotel

July 17, 2009

Wise travelers search their hotel rooms for bed bugs before settling in.  (Our Travel FAQs are a good place to start learning how.) However, it’s worth noting you may find things besides bed bugs lurking in the room. Friday night Michigan resident Frank Escamilla rolled in to town to look into buying a house in […]

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Low-income tenants not liable for treatment costs in HUD-supported rentals

July 17, 2009

WFTV in Florida helped some low-income tenants with bed bugs to get help. The owner of Oakwood apartments in Mount Dora tried to charge seven families almost $3,000 each for extermination fees. The South Florida based company, Miami Mar Incorporated, told the residents they would be kicked out if they didn’t pay. Whether this is […]

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