February 2013

Bed bugs do not need to stand on your skin in order to feed (photos)

February 25, 2013

Bed bugs don’t actually need to stand on your skin to feed. These images from entomologist Lou Sorkin (who feeds a colony of bed bugs kept for research purposes) show bed bugs can “reach out and bite someone,” so to speak. Lou Sorkin describes this photo as follows: 1. Cimex in a vial

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Patient residence in Ottawa refuses clothing donations due to bed bugs: why?

February 24, 2013

Nunatsiaq Online reports that a residence in Ottawa for Nunavut residents seeking medical treatment is infested with bed bugs thought to have come from clothing donations: Larga Baffin is making sure that the patient residence is clean, following the discovery of three bedbugs in a room. Bedbugs have been found at the Larga Baffin patient residence […]

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Word to the NYCDOE: if bed bugs enter schools, they can harbor in them and be taken home

February 19, 2013

PS 69 in Jackson Heights, Queens has had bed bugs in fifteen classrooms since September 2012, but the New York City Department of Education claims it isn’t infested. As I will explain in a moment, it all hinges on how the DOE defines the term “infested.” (Click here to view video if it doesn’t load.) […]

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Bed bugs should be considered public health threat, Canadian researchers claim

February 16, 2013

An article in the Winnipeg Free Press showcases a new study by seven Canadian public health experts and physicians, which suggests bed bugs can and should be considered a public health threat, even though they are not known to transmit disease. According to the Winnipeg Free Press: “Because bedbugs have not been proven to transmit disease […]

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Oregon bill under consideration allows for tracking bed bugs without identifying details

February 7, 2013

Oregon’s House Health Committee passed House Bill 2131 Wednesday which (if it becomes law) would help enable tracking bed bugs in the state, by permitting pest control operators to report cases without exposing clients to a “public backlash”. The bill is designed to keep the specific details of each case — who has bed bugs, […]

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Bed bugs infest penthouse of NYC coop; board sues owner/tenant to force treatment

February 7, 2013

A pricey Upper West Side apartment building at 39 W. 67th Street has a bed bug-infested penthouse, and the coop board is now suing the owner and her long-time tenant, for access to treat the room and “remove infested belongings,” according to the The New York Post: The board of 39 W. 67th Street is hauling […]

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Bed-bugs.co.uk exports its hotel bed bug monitoring system to US (NY and NJ)

February 5, 2013

Here’s an interesting development: Bed-bugs.co.uk in the UK has now licensed its Hotel Monitoring System for bed bugs to New York-based company Dana K9 (which we understand from their website has, until this point, focused on canine scent detection). The system will likely make its way into New York and New Jersey hotels and hostels, […]

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