January 2011

Out of the frying pan and into the fire

January 25, 2011

UPI reports that another person has set their home on fire by attempting to self-treat for bed bugs (with rubbing alcohol) while smoking. This time it happened in Mount Carmel, Ohio, in a rented home. Here’s a similar story from January 2009 (Cincinnati), and another from October 2009 (Hamilton County). Q: What do these cases […]

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Amazing high resolution photos of bed bugs

January 22, 2011

This is a tricky post.  On the one hand, many of you will find these high resolution photos of bed bugs from Richard Naylor to be absolutely fascinating. On the other hand, many of you — perhaps especially those whose bed bug problems are recent, or not yet solved — will find them horrifying.  They’re […]

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NYS IPM in dire straits: let’s help keep them open!

January 19, 2011

As you know, we’re big fans of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM) at Cornell. They provide a lot of great publications, resources and education for the public about bed bugs — and other pest concerns. (Download the following PDFs to learn about NYS IPM’s broad impact in Community and Agricultural […]

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“Adapting parasites to combat disease” patent applied for by Microsoft

January 17, 2011

File under “mad scientists.” Microsoft has applied for a patent for “adapting parasites to combat disease,” as follows: United States Patent Application: 0110010782: Kind Code A1 Horvitz; Eric J. ; et al. January 13, 2011 ADAPTING PARASITES TO COMBAT DISEASE Abstract Provided are systems and/or methods that facilitate sensing, detecting, logging, or treatment of a […]

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Burlington, Vermont hospital focuses on bed bug prevention

January 17, 2011

Although they have not yet found bed bugs in any inpatient units, a Burlington, Vermont hospital is taking steps to prevent bed bugs and to help employees learn to detect them. According to this press release, Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington now has the following policies in place (bolded below): Bed Bug Prevention Policy: […]

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Bed bug event tomorrow night (1/18) at the Museum of the City of New York

January 17, 2011

There’s a bed bug event at the Museum of the City of New York tomorrow night. I am unable to attend as I won’t be in town, but it looks like it will be very worthwhile. January 18 Plague!: Bed Bug Myths and Realities How big a problem are bed bugs, really? What is the […]

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Ontario will fight bed bugs with $5 million in funds and an educational campaign

January 10, 2011

Remember how Toronto officials asked Ontario for $15 million to fight bed bugs over five years, and were denied this funding? Now, Ontario is committing $5 million to fight bed bugs across the entire province. You can read more about this on Ontario News, a government-run news website. The provincial funding includes “up to $5 […]

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More bed bugs from NMA.tv

January 9, 2011

We’ve enjoyed their previous bed bug animated “news” segments. This time, Taiwanese CGI animators Next Media Animation take on the dueling “top ten bed bug infested cities” lists put out by Terminex and Orkin. Or watch on YouTube. via Curbed. And since Curbed directs us to their stories on the Taiwanese CGI bed bug coverage, […]

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Ohio Bed Bug Workgroup’s Final Report and Recommendations

January 6, 2011

The Ohio Bed Bug Workgroup, which was organized by the Ohio Department of Health and which first met in February, 2010, has released its final report (which you can view or download here, providing the Ohio Governor and General Assembly with a list of recommendations for fighting bed bugs in Ohio. Its key recommendations are […]

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Do sellers need to disclose bed bugs in Tennessee?

January 6, 2011

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, a Chattanooga, Tennessee landlord is seeking compensation from the former owner of his apartment building, claiming it was known to be infested with bed bugs but that this was not disclosed during the sale. Bryan Kurtz of Chattanooga said he wants to be reimbursed for the $2,400 he […]

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Potter on bed bugs: infestation is inevitable, unstoppable

January 6, 2011

The National Pest Management Association is holding a National Bed Bug Forum this week in Denver. The press surrounding this event is a mixed bag, as usual. However, I found the following article from the Denver Post to be excellent, and a welcome respite from the tedious recirculation of the dubious “top ten bed bug […]

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Ocean City, Maryland will buy disposal bags for furniture, mattresses

January 5, 2011

The Maryland Coast Dispatch reports that Ocean City, Maryland is going to purchase bags for the disposal of residents’ mattresses and furniture, and to require residents to seal the items before disposing of them. The concerns over bedbugs arose recently when an incident erupted over whose responsibility it was to properly dispose of infested furniture. […]

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