November 2010

Milwaukee Hospital quarantines patients based on suspected bed bug bites

November 17, 2010

This is a strange story. WISN.com reported Tuesday that Two suspected cases of bedbugs were discovered on patients who may have brought them to a Milwaukee hospital. Actually, if you read on, you find out that there were no bed bugs (or other evidence besides suspected bed bug bites) sighted at all. Aurora Sinai Medical […]

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Keep an eye on Doonesbury’s bed bugs this week

November 16, 2010

The Doonesbury crew have got bed bugs. Or is it just a bed bug scare? The saga seems to have begun tentatively yesterday, as I noted in our forums. And today, not surprisingly, the story continues. Check out these Doonesbury strips: Monday 11/15 Tuesday 11/16

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Fume Cube offers low-cost on-site commodity fumigation, packaged with inspection and treatment

November 14, 2010

Traditionally, Vikane gas (sulfuryl fluoride) has been used in two ways in the war against bed bugs: to treat a full structure (from a single-family house to a massive hotel), or to treat belongings and furniture in an enclosed space, otherwise known as commodity fumigation. It can be used to treat all kinds of belongings […]

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Bed bugs continue rampage: more from Next Media Animation

November 12, 2010

If you enjoyed the last bed bug news report from Taiwan’s Next Media Animation as much as I did, you’ll want to see NMA’s next faux news report on bed bugs in New York City: Crime wave has New Yorkers on edge (No embedded video? See it on YouTube.) And in case you missed the […]

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Bed bug bites may make hospital patients more vulnerable to MRSA

November 8, 2010

[This post refers to a Crain’s New York story which we now know contains inaccurate quotes. Please see corrections in the Update below.] This is scary not quite as scary as the article implies: Cornell entomologist Dr. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann believes that there’s notes there may be a link between patients experiencing bed bug bites in […]

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Bed bugs: epidemic or media hype?

November 5, 2010

The most original bed bug story a journalist can tell is that bed bugs aren’t really an epidemic after all. That was so in 2008, when Washington Post journalist David Segal wrote “Hmm. Tiny, Evil– and Everywhere?” Still, it’s two years later and we’re ripe for a new attempted debunking of the “bed bug epidemic”; […]

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Housing Authority of New Haven to purchase heat treatment technology

November 4, 2010

The Housing Authority of New Haven is planning to use Temp-Air heating technology to treat bed bugs in public housing, with the ambitious goal of entirely eliminating bed bugs from all public housing units “within six to nine months.” The According to the New Haven Independent says, On Wednesday morning Housing Authority of New Haven […]

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Bed bugs at home: should you tell people at work?

November 2, 2010

A story of an employee who was ostracized for having bed bugs at home turned up in Joe Fiorito’s column in The Star on Tuesday. The man, Mel, told co-workers who wondered why he was scratching about his bed bugs at home. Fiorito writes: Mel works with a dozen other men; a city job, to […]

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