January 2010

Please help save the Cornell Community IPM program

January 31, 2010

Editor’s note: The following post was penned by an entomologist known around here as Winston O’Buggy. We have recently heard that there is currently no funding in the New York State budget for the Cornell Community IPM program. Founded in the late 1990’s, the program has traditionally been funded with $400,000 a year in the […]

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Canada’s first bed bug symposium to be held in Ottawa in March

January 27, 2010

Pest Management Professional brings us good news:

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Another Bedbugger contest: win a Packtite!

January 27, 2010

This week, David James of Packtite is giving away one Packtite to a happy Bedbugger reader! Some of you will be asking, what is a Packtite? It’s a clever device that bakes items at a temperature just high enough to kill bed bugs, in your home. Come to the forums to read the details and […]

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Bed bug killer: Ohio’s Propoxur Section 18 label exemption request

January 27, 2010

Brad Harbison has a new article in PCT Online with more background on Ohio’s EPA request for a Section 18 label exemption request for Propoxur, the process it went through, its current status (“wait and see”), and the prognosis for other states following suit, should it be successful. The change would allow Propoxur to be […]

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NYTimes “Neediest Cases Fund” helps another family with bed bugs

January 27, 2010

There’s a new New York Times “Neediest Cases” story involving a family battling bed bugs, this time the Shevchenko family in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. The family was given a new mattress and loveseat, which they were soon able to move with them to a new apartment. You will remember earlier “Neediest Cases” stories about families […]

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Mystery bug bites in the workplace

January 27, 2010

Dr. Mike Merchant has a new post on Insects in the City today about the rise in complaints of perceived insect bites in offices around this time of year. Merchant suggests a number of possible explanations for these mystery bites — fleas, rodent mites, a theory that dry air and static electricity can cause small […]

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Bed bugs in the North Carolina Triangle

January 25, 2010

This report from Channel 5 in the Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville “Triangle” in North Carolina says bed bug reports are up 50% in the region, according to North Carolina State University researchers, who are tracking their spread in the region. There’s footage of some serious fecal staining in a local home (as encountered by Triangle pest employees), and […]

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Identifying bed bugs: a pest identification service may help

January 25, 2010

Are you sure you have bed bugs?  Lots of people find a suspicious bug, and need to know (asap) what they’re dealing with. Some people are able to visit a local entomologist or university extension service, and others will ask a local pest firm to identify their bug. And some people even put their samples […]

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Protect your children! Creepy DDT-infused wallpaper circa 1947

January 25, 2010

This is a delightfully creepy find: Trimz DDT Children’s Room Wallpaper and Ceiling Paper. Yes, Disney-themed DDT-impregnated wallpaper, advertised in Woman’s Day magazine back in 1947. Remember, it’s “Certified to be absolutely safe for home use.” (Remember this next time you see such a statement being made!) And no, I do not think this is […]

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Twas the Night Before Christmas: Bedbug Remix

January 24, 2010

This poem was written by a Bedbugger named Louise and posted in our forums. It recounts her experience with bed bugs this past Christmas. I am reposting it here, with Louise’s permission. — ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas: Bed bug Remix by Louise ‘Twas the night before Christmas. Somewhere in my house A creature was […]

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Report on the recent New York Entomological Society meeting on bed bugs

January 24, 2010

There’s a report by Renee Corea here on the recent New York Entomological Society meeting on bed bugs, which Lou invited all of us to a few weeks ago. It’s a nice run-down on the event, which featured host Lou Sorkin and some experts on issues around tenants and bed bugs. Renee provides photos of […]

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Holiday Inn’s new human bed warmer service: good for bed bugs

January 21, 2010

The Telegraph reports that Holiday Inn is piloting a new service where staff come into your room and lie in your bed to warm it up for you. I am not making this up. The Telegraph cites Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, ”A warm bed – approximately 20 to 24 degrees […]

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