June 2010

Bed bug school disclosure bill also passed by NY legislature

June 28, 2010

Remember the bill which would require New York State school districts to notify all parents of children in the school if a bed bug is found there? New York Assembly Member Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria, Queens) has been expressing concern about this issue since late 2006, when reports of bed bugs in NYC public schools were […]

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Bed bug disclosure bill MAY apply to coops, Habitat Magazine says

June 28, 2010

Remember A10356 (S8130), the bed bug disclosure bill, that just passed in the New York legislature? It gives tenants the right to information on prior bed bug infestations in the property, going back a year.  (Note: though passed by the New York State Assembly and Senate, it only applies to New York City housing.) However, […]

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Bed bug disclosure bill awaits Governor’s signature; journalists still can’t ID bed bugs!

June 25, 2010

The Wall Street Journal’s Metropolis blog has a new story on the bed bug disclosure bill currently in front of Governor David Paterson. The good news is that the New York State Senate and Assembly approved the bill yesterday. According to Brick Underground, once the Governor signs the bill into law (which usually takes a […]

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Bed bug mattress bill S7316b passed in New York

June 23, 2010

The New York State Senate passed S7316b, the mattress bill sponsored by Senator José Peralta (D-Queens) on Monday, June 15th, 2010. The bill first appeared as A7691, sponsored by  Assembly Member Nelson Castro (District 86).   (Here’s Peralta’s press release on the legislation.) The bill reads as follows: BILL NUMBER: S7316B TITLE OF BILL: An act […]

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Bed bugs, Housing Inspectors, and Homeowners

June 18, 2010

An article on the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) website entitled “Inspecting for the new ‘House Herpes’” (nice), written by Nick Gromicko and Rob London, argues that [Home] Inspectors should learn the telltale signs of these pests and be capable of providing information to their clients. I agree 100%! House inspectors need to […]

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Unlicensed exterminator charged with using banned pesticides to treat bed bugs

June 17, 2010

Boston.com reports that a Massachusetts man has been charged with using agricultural pesticides malathion and carbaryl (which are banned for use indoors) to treat bed bugs in Quincy, Somerville, Malden, and Everett, Massachusetts, and is also charged with running a pesticide application business without certification. Josimar Ferreira owned TVF Pest Control, on Main Street in […]

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Bed bugs in the news: Jacksonville, Florida

June 17, 2010

This is an interesting bed bug story from First Coast News in Jacksonville, Florida. First, it documents another case of someone being denied necessary medical treatment due to an acute bed bug infestation. Second, it represents a case where people obviously lived with bed bugs until they became unbearable, and only got treatment when forced […]

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Goldman Sachs Jersey City offices treated for bed bugs

June 15, 2010

ABC reports that last month, multiple floors of Goldman Sachs Tower in Jersey City, New Jersey have been inspected and treated for bed bugs. Employees who work in Goldman’s Jersey City, N.J., office tower have been moved from certain floors and ordered out of the building at times because exterminators have been in checking and […]

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Bed bugs cheer: Ohio’s propoxur exemption request denied

June 11, 2010

Darnit. The Environmental Protection Agency has unfortunately denied the State of Ohio’s emergency Section 18 label exemption request for propoxur. According to the EPA’s Notice of the request, the exemption would have allowed for three products containing propoxur to . . . be applied as a crack and crevice or spot treatment to indoor residential […]

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Bed bug disclosure bill under consideration for New York City (amended)

June 8, 2010

We previously told you about A10356, the New York City bed bug disclosure bill introduced by Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF) and currently under consideration in the New York Senate. As we noted previously, the bill originally called on New York City landlords to provide disclosure to prospective tenants of a building’s bed bug […]

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University of Wisconsin sued over bed bugs in lodging

June 6, 2010

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that a woman is suing the University of Wisconsin System (in other words, the whole state college system, not just one college) over bed bug bites she sustained while staying in a University of Wisconsin campus hotel and conference center in Madison, back in 2007: Kena J. Samuels-Stith, an accountant […]

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Bed bugs board game is back, like the pest

June 3, 2010

Remember, the game “Bed Bugs”? Patch Products announces in a press release that it is bringing back three “nostalgic” and “classic” board games: “We are excited to debut our Treasured Toys line and add a nostalgic touch to playtime again,” said Brian Maxwell, President of Patch Products. “Part of the appeal of our Treasured Toys […]

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