September 2010

Bed bug B.S. in the media, part II – Rachael Ray on preventing infestations, bed bug lifespan

September 30, 2010

Although I found the misinformation in the Ohio story about sanitizing secondhand items disturbing, Rachael Ray’s second big bed bug feature, which aired yesterday, gave it a run for its money. (A previous Rachael Ray segment on bed bugs aired last October.) Although Dr. Ian provided some useful advice, other suggestions were pointless or even […]

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Bed bugs on SNL’s “Bronx Beat”

September 30, 2010

The topic of bed bugs featured in SNL’s Bronx Beat sketch last weekend: (If the embed does not work, view on NBC’s site.) My favorite line is when Amy Poehler describes the current bed bug epidemic as consisting of: “Marauding armies of bed bugs galloping in on mice.” Bronx Beat is awesome. Of course, Maya […]

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Bed bug B.S. in the media, part I – Ohio’s secondhand stores

September 30, 2010

Though the media frenzy around bed bugs is conveying lots of good information, the bed bug B.S. is not any less prevalent than it used to be. First, let’s consider this NBC 4i report that explores the issue of bed bugs and secondhand merchandise in Ohio. (If embedded video does not play, click here to […]

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Mayor Bloomberg talks about bed bugs with David Letterman

September 30, 2010

The New York Times offers quips from Mayor Bloomberg’s appearance on the David Letterman Show Wednesday night, including the Mayor’s remarks about bed bugs: Mr. Letterman also touched on a few subjects close to the hearts of many New Yorkers — like vermin. ‘What are we going to do about the rats?’ Mr. Letterman asked. […]

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Bed bug satire in Cracked.com

September 29, 2010

I think you will find this bed bug satire by Chris Bucholz amusing (rated PG for language): “9 Ways to Get Rid of Bed Bugs” (Cracked.com): If you haven’t been living in a cave with your Ace of Base CDs and your Tamogatchis and your Seinfeld references, you’d know that the hottest trend sweeping the […]

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Mover marketing itself as “Certified Bed Bug Free”

September 29, 2010

iMoveGreen, an agent for Bekins Van Lines is now advertising itself as “Certified Bed Bug Free,” according to a press release Monday. The press release states, Despite popular assumption, bedbugs are not caused by lack of cleanliness, and can be transported easily and unknowingly by nesting in furniture and clothing. As traveling is one of […]

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Bed bug oven in a trailer: the Insect Inferno

September 28, 2010

Last Tuesday, a number of news reports from the Bed Bug Summit mentioned this product, the Insect Inferno: It’s basically a heat treatment facility in the form of a trailer, which allows you to load your mattresses, furniture and other household items inside, so they can be baked to kill bed bugs. People typically get […]

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Bed bugs hit Sirius XM Radio HQ & Howard Stern’s limo

September 28, 2010

NBC New York reports that the Sirius XM studios and headquarters in New York City have been fighting bed bugs: “We received treatments here and supposedly we’re 100% bedbug-free,” a very doubtful Howard Stern lamented on his Sirius XM Radio Show Monday morning after his Midtown office building was treated by exterminators. Stern said he […]

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How to get rid of bed bugs (c. 1777): gunpowder and Guinea-pepper, anyone?

September 28, 2010

On the eve of the Toronto bed bug summit, The Star takes a trip down memory lane, examining eighteenth-century bed bug killing methods, which were often more dangerous for humans than bed bugs: A 1777 English tract titled The Complete Vermin-Killer, for example, contains several prescriptions for killing bedbugs. First on the list: Beat some […]

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Want to give the gift of bed bugs? Craigslist can help.

September 27, 2010

We knew you could get bed bugs from Craigslist, but this is not what I was expecting. Mela commented on this post: Out of curiosity I searched Craig’s List for bed bugs and came across this which horrified me. I flagged it and encourage you all to do the same. It sickens me that people […]

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Bed bugs and “Store Wars”

September 27, 2010

THREADNY predicts cut-throat retailers may stoop to bed bug foul-play in throes of ongoing “Store Wars.” As NBC reports: The very words ‘bed bugs’ are enough to induce a preconditioned hysteria, as anyone who’s experienced them before knows how hard it is to rid the critters from their homes. Nowadays claiming that a store has […]

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Heat treatment for bed bugs is not a Do It Yourself project

September 27, 2010

Although heat treatments can be effective for bed bugs, this is not a treatment method you can do yourself. A Lexington, Kentucky woman recently set her home on fire while trying to treat her home with heat to kill bed bugs. WKYT reports, Carol says they’ve called exterminators in before to no avail. So frustrated, […]

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