March 2011

New bed bug rules for New York City! Bed Bug Portal goes live

March 30, 2011

The New York City media was busy with bed bug news yesterday, including that of a new bed bug page from the New York City Department of Health, as well as new rules for treatment in rental units, and regarding protocols professionals use to treat bed bugs. Last year, the New York City Bed Bug […]

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Bed Bug Management, Prevention and Research Act (HR 967) proposed in Congress

March 25, 2011

Representative Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) introduced the Bed Bug Management, Prevention and Research Act (HR 967) in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 9th, 2011. HR 967, which as of this writing has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture, would . . . amend the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 […]

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Yes, Virginia, bed bugs can climb up glass surfaces!

March 24, 2011

Many people think that bed bugs can’t climb up glass surfaces.  Some university fact sheets suggest people place bed legs in glass jars for this reason. For example, The University of California’s IPM bed bug fact sheet says, “you can exclude bed bugs from clean beds by … placing [the legs of the bed] inside […]

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History of bed bugs expanded upon in new article by Michael Potter

March 17, 2011

You’re familiar with the 2008 PCT article “Lessons from the Past,” in which Dr. Michael F. Potter explores the history of the bed bug problem, and human attempts to fight the beasts. Now, American Entomologist has published a new article in which Dr. Potter builds and expands on that foundation: “The History of Bed Bug […]

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Don’t use gasoline products to treat bed bugs

March 15, 2011

The New York City Fire Department is again warning residents not to attempt to treat bed bugs with gasoline products. The Queens Gazette reported last week that Queens fire officials last month issued a warning to borough residents to steer clear of gasoline or gasoline products to fight bedbug infestation at home. FDNY officials said residents […]

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Bed bugs found in several rooms at New Jersey psychiatric hospital

March 7, 2011

The Jersey Journal reported today that two rooms at the Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey have been vacant since bed bugs were found in them: A patient in Room 306 of the Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital reported a bite on Jan. 11 and subsequent testing revealed that there was a bedbug infestation in Room […]

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Royal Environmental Health Institute for Scotland calls bed bugs a ‘major public health issue’

March 6, 2011

The BBC News reports that Health experts have warned a rise in bedbug infestations in Scotland is becoming a ‘major public health issue’. The claim by the Royal Environmental Health Institute for Scotland (REHIS) comes as US experts said the world was on the verge of a ‘global pandemic’. According to the same article, the concerns […]

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Bed bug burglar sought by NYC police

March 4, 2011

One local burglar is preying on New Yorkers’ fears of bed bugs in order to gain access to homes and rob them. A con artist wanted for five burglaries in Brooklyn arrives at the door dressed as an “exterminator” and with appropriate gear. Victim Leora Handlersky told NBC News: ‘I said, ‘I don’t have bugs,’ and […]

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The EPA said what about bed bugs?!?

March 1, 2011

“A bedbug plague is sweeping the United States and shows no signs of stopping.” There’s nothing very unusual about this quote.  You’ve probably seen similar statements made in the media.  You might even agree that it fairly represents — more or less — your perception of the spread of bed bugs. The word “plague” is, […]

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