May 2010

Did DIY pesticide treatment lead to death?

May 31, 2010

Bed bug treatment is expensive and many people feel forced by necessity to do their own bed bug treatments for this reason. We generally advise against DIY bed bug treatment because bed bugs are difficult to treat and because misapplying or overapplying pesticides can make bed bugs worse and/or cause health problems, and even death. […]

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Bed bugs from furniture rentals? Fox 41 in Louisville investigates

May 24, 2010

Fox 41 News in Louisville, Kentucky spoke with a man claiming to be a Rent-A-Center employee, who says that the company’s bed bug policy is not followed. (If video player does not load above, you can view it on the Fox site.) Fox 41 reports, “The bug problem in Louisville is pretty bad,” said “Jeff” […]

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Bed bug educational grant obtained by Changlu Wang & Richard Cooper

May 22, 2010

Changlu Wang of Rutgers University and Richard Cooper of Bed Bug Central have been awarded a $20,000 grant by the USDA to produce educational materials about bed bugs for the community in the form of videos and a website. The aim is to help the community learn more about bed bugs and how to eradicate […]

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New York City “Bed Bugs” by Samuel Mark

May 22, 2010

Bed bug “infested” furniture – apparently a “gift” from Samuel Mark to Shepard Fairey, deposited in front of the latter’s May Day mural at Bowery and Houston (via Animal New York). I bet it makes viewers more uncomfortable than Marks’ “Suspisious Package” [sic] did. No word yet on whether the bed bugs are all superficial. […]

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Bed Bug Bill A2072 headed for New Jersey Senate

May 21, 2010

The Quigley Bed Bug Bill (A2072) — so named because it was introduced by Joan Quigley (Jersey City) and L. Grace Spencer (Newark) — has now cleared the New Jersey State Assembly and is headed for the Senate, according to the Jersey Journal. The bill, if approved by the state Senate, would require landlords to […]

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Bed bugs factor into plan for South Africa World Cup

May 19, 2010

South Africa’s Sunday Times recently reported that the hotel housekeepers’ industry association is preparing to deal with issues which accompany the country’s hosting of the World Cup in June. The “unique demands” brought by an increase in tourism include a potential influx (and outflux) of bed bugs. To avoid embarrassment and ensure that hotels, lodges […]

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Bed bugs vs. Central Ohio

May 18, 2010

Bed bugs continue to gain ground in Central Ohio.  The Columbus Dispatch has a new story about the problem in the region. Though this is rare, the title of the article actually reflects the genuine health problems caused by bed bugs: “BEDBUG INFESTATIONS: Bloodsuckers inflict mental, physical harm.” This piece opens with the heartbreaking story […]

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Lou Sorkin in Gelf; how do you spell “bed bugs”?

May 18, 2010

Gelf Magazine has a new interview with Dr. Louis Sorkin, who they’ve dubbed “The Bedbug King of New York.”  (We would hardly disagree, though we lean toward the more common spelling “bed bug,” which entomologists tell us has a scientific basis.  More on that below.) Here’s a snippet of the new Gelf piece, to whet […]

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EPA’s new Controlling Bed Bugs page

May 17, 2010

The US Environmental Protection Agency has a brand new Controlling Bed Bugs page, with information on bed bug biology, prevention and identification and various forms of bed bug treatment (and Integrated Pest Management), choosing a pest management professional, as well as wonderful photos of bed bugs, cast skins, eggs, and other signs of bed bugs. […]

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Bed bug disclosure bill under consideration for New York City

May 11, 2010

If New York State Assembly Bill A10356 is approved, New York City landlords would have to disclose to tenants any bed bug infestations in the property during the last five years. The bill, sponsored by Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF), has the following purpose and provisions, outlined here: TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the […]

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Bed bug tax credit bill under consideration in New York State Assembly

May 11, 2010

There is a bill under consideration to give a tax credit to residents of New York State who lose property due to bed bugs in their homes. New York State Assembly Bill A10081, sponsored by Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF), is summarized as follows: SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The bill will amend section 606 of the […]

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Learn about bed bugs at Gelf event featuring Lou Sorkin

May 10, 2010

Gelf, an online magazine, is to host an event featuring Lou Sorkin, who will speak about bed bugs, on May 20th in Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. According to Gelf, On Thursday, May 20th, we’ll be hosting our grossest Geeking Out yet in DUMBO. The night will feature Gene Kaplan, author of the parasite-riddled new book, What’s […]

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