May 2011

New Manitoba Bed Bug Hotline now live

May 30, 2011

Manitoba now has a hotline dedicated to distributing information about bed bugs. The CBC reported today that “The bedbug hotline and website are essential pieces of our $770,000 provincial strategy to deal with bedbug infestations,” Jim Rondeau, the healthy living minister stated in a press release on Monday. “We believe that education is the best […]

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What happens when bed bugs come home from work?

May 28, 2011

Joceylyn Perkins, a nurse, claims to have gotten bed bugs in the course of her work taking care of patients at a retirement home in Richmond, Virginia. She wants her employer to help cover the costs of eliminating bed bugs in her home. However, as NBC 12 notes, “bed bugs are not covered” by Virginia […]

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A $200 hand-held bed bug detector, but is it for real?

May 23, 2011

The Internets are buzzing this week over a handheld device which the technology magazine and ‘blog “Popular Science” highlighted and granted a “2011 Invention Award”, according to Popular Science writer Brooke Borel.  The “Bed Bug Detective” purports to mimic a trained dog’s smelling mechanism and the inventor claims it works as a bed bug detector. [The device] uses CO2 and […]

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Thermal treatment for bed bugs destroys home of two Cincinnati families

May 18, 2011

A thermal treatment for bed bugs has ended in sorrow. Two families were displaced when a two-family home in Carthage, Ohio caught fire during structural heat treatment. According to Cincinnati.com, Cincinnati Fire District Chief Glenn Coleman said one of the six [propane] heaters Tyree was using ignited carpet in a living room, a fire that […]

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Bed bugs may act as “hidden environmental reservoir” for drug-resistant bacteria MRSA and VRE

May 11, 2011

Remember the concern raised last year that bed bug bites (like other breaks in the skin) may make hospital patients more susceptible to MRSA? Now, researchers have found methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE) — a less dangerous form of antibiotic-resistant bacteria — in bed bugs removed from the bodies of three […]

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Journalist suggests tourist in Thailand was killed by Chlorpyrifos used against bed bugs

May 10, 2011

New Zealand’s 60 Minutes has investigated the mysterious case of Sarah Carter, a young tourist who died while visiting Thailand.  Journalist Sarah Hall believes they have evidence Carter was killed by the overuse of the insecticide Chlorpyrifos, which was applied to treat bed bugs in her hotel. 60 Minutes consulted an expert who said the […]

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Bed bug product industry sinks to new low

May 6, 2011

Can anyone explain to me how placing a polypropylene cover on top of your seat in a movie theater will prevent bed bugs which may be in the seat or in the theater from biting you or hitching a ride home with you in your clothing or possessions? Can you give me any reason on […]

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Spider-Man’s world to be turned topsy-turvy by bed bugs

May 4, 2011

The Canadian Press reports that Marvel Comics will put out an eight-issue series of their Spider-Man comic, in which the Manhattan of Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s alter ego, goes topsy-turvy in a plotline dubbed “Spider-Island.” And — you guessed it: there’s an important bed bug twist to the plotline — more on that in a moment. […]

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