June 2011

Exhibits in San Francisco and New Haven feature bed bugs

June 30, 2011

Two current exhibits on the east and west coasts feature bed bugs. The San Francisco Public Library is hosting “Bug Off! An Exhibit About Bed Bugs” from June 4th to August 15, 2011. The small exhibit focuses on educating people about bed bugs, according to the library’s website: To help our local community prevent the spread […]

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Bed bugs pop up in Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Madison Ave. office

June 29, 2011

The Real Deal reported on Friday that Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate’s headquarters at 575 Madison Avenue were evacuated Thursday, after bed bugs were found in a senior broker’s office. The Real Deal notes that Assured Environments treated the offices: Barry Beck, COO of Assured Environments, issued an emailed statement through Elliman’s spokesperson, confirming that […]

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Bed bug insurance policies for hotels, residential properties

June 29, 2011

And now: more bed bug insurance policies for hotels and residential properties. I told you a few weeks ago about an insurance policy to cover bed bugs which was being offered to landlords, student housing providers, businesses, leisure travelers and hotels. The plan was offered by AON, partnered with Global Express, and Terminex. One of […]

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Do you have bed bugs? (video from the University of Florida)

June 27, 2011

This video is from the University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department does a fairly good job of showing signs of bed bugs. Some complaints: The music is unnecessarily creepy (and since there’s no audio narrative, I would encourage you to mute the audio)! Some of the closeups are disturbing, though they are also educational. […]

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Hotel suing customers who wrote bed bug review on TripAdvisor

June 27, 2011

The Carleton Hotel in Oak Park, Illinois is suing a Massachusetts couple who posted a review on TripAdvisor.com stating their room in the hotel had bed bugs, a claim the hotel denies. The defendants, Michael Gladstone and Liora Braun, stayed in the Carleton Hotel from April 7-10, 2011.   On checking out, they told the […]

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Hints from Heloise on bed bugs at the dry cleaner’s; remember Bed Bug Helloise?

June 24, 2011

Back in the earlier days of this blog, we used to feature a sassy older blogger who went by the nom de plume Bed Bug Helloise, sharing her hints for beating bed bugs and living a post-bed bug life with aplomb and style. As her 2006 introduction stated, Bed Bug Helloise is neither a professional […]

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New Bed bug PSAs from the National Pest Management Association

June 22, 2011

The following Public Service Announcement is going to debut on US television in the coming weeks, according to PCT Online. The announcement emphasizes that bed bugs can be found in all kinds of locations, and reminds viewers not to try and deal with their bed bug problems alone. (If the YouTube does not load, you […]

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Get rid of bed bugs, or eat: life in the Carriage Circle Apartments

June 20, 2011

Residents of government-subsidized low-income units at the Carriage Circle Apartments in Pontiac, Michigan are in a bed bug bind. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development does not own the property, but merely subsidizes some residents’ costs. According to The Oakland Press, HUD says the owners need to maintain the complex. The Pontiac Housing Commission, […]

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Bed bugs hit The Onion again

June 19, 2011

The Onion’s slacker commentator Jim Anchower described his bout with bed bugs last week in I Had Bedbugs, But They’re All Cleared Up Now. Anchower claims he got bed bugs from a sofa he found on a curb.  He tosses out all his stuff, but finds the silver lining. The good thing is that I had […]

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Bed bug insurance offered by AON, GEP and Terminex

June 14, 2011

Aon Risk Solutions announced in a press release Monday that it would be offering bed bug insurance to landlords, hotels, student housing providers, businesses and leisure travelers: In response to the growing bed bug epidemic, Aon Risk Solutions, the global risk management business of Aon Corporation (NYSE: AON), announced today its strategic alignment with Global Excess […]

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Caveat emptor in the bed bug arena: more sprays and seat covers

June 1, 2011

Bedbugger Forums readers often ask about whether this spray or that spray will kill bed bugs. Quite a lot of things seem to effectively kill bed bugs if they’re sprayed directly. (Spraying them directly is not very easy, however, and this is why other methods are generally needed to get rid of bed bugs.) However, […]

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