October 2009

Bed bugs and furniture rentals: a risky business

October 31, 2009

Aaron Schalk told Channel Four in Nashville (see: Bedbugs Infest Family’s Sofas) that his pest control operator suspected sofas from an unnamed furniture rental firm brought bed bugs into his family’s home: Schalk said the pest control worker asked where the couches came from. “She said, “Did you get them from a rental place?” We […]

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Caution Bed Bugs Ahead

October 29, 2009

Caution Bed Bugs Ahead Originally uploaded by Social Interloper Another shot from San Francisco’s Tenderloin: Flickr photographer Social Interloper says in the caption, Bed, Duct Tape, plastic cover, and a freaking caution cone, this picture says it all.

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Cambridge, MA considers how to address city’s bed bug problem

October 27, 2009

Wicked Local Cambridge, MA reports the following in a brief recap of  last night’s Cambridge, MA City Council meeting: Councilors voted to look further into bedbug extermination protocol and ways make the associated costs for residents more affordable. I had some trouble with this video of the meeting, but the relevant part is item five […]

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Bed bugs at Drew University, New Jersey

October 25, 2009

Drew University recently alerted its students that bed bugs were found in a student’s room.  The student was moved temporarily while the room was treated and furniture and mattresses were replaced. According to the student paper, The Acorn, A campus-wide e-mail was sent out on Oct. 15 letting students know that two bed bugs had […]

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NYC Department of Health tells press about movie theater bed bug complaint

October 24, 2009

The New York City Health Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) apparently received an anonymous tip last week that the UA Theater Sheepshead Bay 14 on Shore Parkway in Brooklyn had bed bugs. Fox 5 News reports that A manager on site did not want to speak with Fox 5’s Ti-Hua Chang about the […]

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Rachael Ray Show not bad, but not quite right on bed bugs

October 23, 2009

It was not the worst segment we’ve seen, not by a long shot. It was great to see that Rachael Ray spent the first fourteen minutes of her show on this important topic. It is crucial that everyone learns about bed bugs, and I am glad to see the focus on them here. No doubt […]

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AgencySpy reports “there may be bed bugs at MediaVest”

October 23, 2009

Media Bistro’s AgencySpy blog says that there may be bed bugs at MediaVest (whose New York City office is at 1675 Broadway). AgencySpy shared a memo which said that employees on two floors were being evacuated for Thursday and Friday of this week, until bed bug treatments could occur on the weekend: Unfortunately I’ve been […]

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Alan Good in McSweeney’s on bed bug “consciousness” and life after bed bugs

October 23, 2009

You might think that once a bed bug infestation is gone from your home (or you’re gone from the bed bug-infested home), that life would be normal again. In many cases, that’s not exactly true. The second installment of a series of articles on bed bugs by Alan Good in McSweeney’s focuses on the author’s […]

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Update on the bed bug battle at 125 Canal St., Brattleboro, Vermont

October 22, 2009

More on the multi-unit building in Brattleboro, Vermont where landlord Ron Gaida took out a $3000 loan from the town to help pay for bed bug treatment. The Brattleboro Reformer cites Daniel Dente, owner of Vernon, Vermont PCO firm Abatem as saying 125 Canal Street has now been “treated with chemicals approved by the Environmental […]

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Rachael Ray to feature bed bug segment on Friday

October 17, 2009

The Rachael Ray Show this coming Friday (10/23/2009) will feature a segment on bed bugs: It’s being called the worst bed bug outbreak in 60 years, so Dr. Ian Smith checks in with the top three tips to help you get the critters to check out! Episode guide here.

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Who pays for bed bug treatment in a rented NYC Condo?

October 17, 2009

On Friday, the New York Times Real Estate Q&A clarified the issue of who pays for bed bug treatment in rented condo units: “The condominium owner would have the primary responsibility,” said Robin LoGuidice, a Manhattan real estate lawyer. The respective responsibilities between the owner and the board are governed by the condo’s bylaws. But […]

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Theresa Braine’s bed bug-induced trip down memory lane

October 17, 2009

Although options like the Packtite mean people don’t need to throw their potentially infested items away in order to get rid of bed bugs (and probably shouldn’t — at least not without rendering them bed bug-free), decluttering is often part of the bed bug experience or its aftermath. A bed bug infestation at home forces […]

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