August 2009

Pest Control Technology’s Aug. 2009 bed bug supplement

August 28, 2009

Check out the new “Bed Bug Supplement” in August’s PCT: Bed Bugs: A Market Opportunity, Pest Control Technology Magazine – August 2009. I know: the title grates on us. It’s hard to think of your itchy, costly nightmare with a blood-sucking parasite as someone else’s “market opportunity,” but it is to our advantage as bed […]

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Seattle NPMA Bed Bug Symposium, consumer bed bug dog awareness

August 28, 2009

A brief report from KOMO in Seattle on Thursday’s NPMA Bed Bug Symposium. It was interesting that the reporter noted that attendees who run hotels and buildings do not want to be filmed. They feared people would think their buildings have bed bugs, and they’d lose customers. Since bed bugs can infest any multi-unit building, […]

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Department of Homeless Services in NYC investigating anonymous bed bug call

August 27, 2009

The Department of Homeless Services at 33 Beaver Street in New York City is investigating a claim that the building has bed bugs. An anonymous caller told NY1 that workers on eight floors of the Department of Homeless Services building on Beaver Street have been getting bitten by insects since Monday. However, the DHS told […]

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Newark and Seattle Bed Bug Symposiums this week

August 27, 2009

There’s a nice recap of Tuesday’s National Pest Management Association 2009 Bed Bug Symposium in Newark, NJ on the M&M Buzz, PCO M&M Environmental’s blog. Another NPMA Bed Bug Symposium today (8/27) in Seattle.  Anyone attending? We welcome your comments on the Newark or Seattle NPMA Bed Bug Symposiums below! The bed bug war?  It’s […]

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Mary-Louise Parker talks to Letterman about her current bed bug scare

August 26, 2009

The big news today was that Mary-Louise Parker talked to David Letterman on his Late Show last night about her current bed bug scare. (You can scroll in to about 1:33 in the video window below to see the start of the bed bug conversation.) Apparently the star of “Weeds” suspected bed bugs and then […]

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Bed bugs in storage facilities

August 26, 2009

Brick Underground, a blog for New York City homeowners, has a two-part in-depth series on the issue of bed bugs in storage facilities. The Brick Underground blogger asked me about how people can avoid getting bed bugs in this manner, and I was happy to pass on some suggestions.  The author also talks to (among […]

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Bed bugs or rats: Gothamist asks which you’d rather have

August 24, 2009

Things have sunk pretty low, don’t you think? Gotahamist’s take on the weekend’s New York Times Real Estate section’s bed bug series: asking commenters whether they’d rather have rats or bed bugs. (Would you rather be ruled by Pol Pot or Idi Amin?) So far, it’s hands down: people would rather have rats in their […]

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Room for Debate on bed bugs: a must-read!

August 24, 2009

Today’s Room for Debate, entitled Bedbugs (Itch, Itch, Scratch, Scratch)! (hosted by the New York Times) has an excellent virtual roundtable, including posts by fabulous entomologists Lou Sorkin, Michael Potter, and Susan C. Jones. Although Bonnie Friedman’s contribution waxes nostalgically for DDT (which isn’t going to happen, for all kinds of good reasons), we did […]

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Bill Clinton’s offices have bed bugs, according to New York Daily News

August 23, 2009

Rush and Malloy’s Gossip column in the New York Daily News reports today that Bill Clinton’s offices are infested with bed bugs, and employees have been evacuated during treatment: Bedbugs have sent Bill Clinton and his staff fleeing the former President’s offices, a source tells us. No word on whether WJC actually has a bed […]

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Bed bugs take over the New York Times Real Estate Section

August 22, 2009

Well, almost. Bed bugs feature in a trio of New York Times Real Estate articles this weekend. The first, Buying and Selling in Bedbug City attempts to navigate the complicated and murky waters of shopping for a co-op or condo in a multi-unit building, in what New York Magazine’s Intelligencer referred to Friday as “The […]

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Penguin offices infested with bed bugs. Are non-Bedbuggers worried yet?

August 21, 2009

Gawker broke the story today that Penguin’s offices are infested with bed bugs (see: We Know Which Publisher’s Office Has Bedbugs). Gawker’s readers have apparently not learned much about bed bugs — even after the same blog broke the Marie Claire bed bug infestation story last year. Instead of “Bed bugs at work?  It happens,” […]

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Atlantic City public housing: 1/3 of 800 units in four buildings infested with bed bugs

August 19, 2009

The Press of Atlantic City reports that there was a four month delay in treating bed bugs in four public housing buildings, even after bed bugs were detected in a third of the 800 units in Altman Terrace, Inlet Tower, Shore Park Hi-Rise and Charles P. Jeffries Tower, back in March. Treatment did not begin […]

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