activism

Bed bugs boo: New York State IPM Program saved

April 12, 2011

Thanks to everyone who wrote in support of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYSIPM) at Cornell University, whose imminent closure we warned you about back in January. (The possibility of the program closing was one we were alerted to by Winston O’Buggy the January before that, when the program did not receive funding […]

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Bed bug bites drive Indian train passengers to deboard and demand a new carriage

February 16, 2011

View Larger Map After complaining about bed bug bites for just under a hundred kilometers, twenty-two passengers in a bed bug-infested railway compartment in India got off their train yesterday, and demanded railway officials provide them with a new train carriage. The Times of India reports that Tormented by bedbugs, passengers in one of the […]

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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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Please help save the Cornell Community IPM program

January 31, 2010

Editor’s note: The following post was penned by an entomologist known around here as Winston O’Buggy. We have recently heard that there is currently no funding in the New York State budget for the Cornell Community IPM program. Founded in the late 1990’s, the program has traditionally been funded with $400,000 a year in the […]

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Ohio’s EPA emergency exemption request for Propoxur

January 13, 2010

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has asked the EPA for a public health exemption which would allow it to use the carbamate insecticide propoxur to treat bed bugs (with a 14-day retreatment period). (We mentioned this back in November. And New York vs. Bed Bugs discusses how Section 18 exemption requests work here.) Propoxur is […]

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Contact your elected officials — tell them about bed bugs

January 21, 2009

I just wanted to remind everyone how important it is to call, or write, your elected officials (city, state, and other representatives) and let them know what a tremendous hardship bed bugs can be. I did this today, and not for the first time.  But I always feel like I am getting a load off […]

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Bed Bug Lady Leonina Heringer of Somerville, Massachusetts

November 16, 2008

Leonina Heringer of Somerville, 55, known to many as “The Bed Bug Lady,” is making a video for Somerville’s public access cable station. According to the Boston Globe, she’s been giving people advice on avoiding and getting rid of bed bugs since 2004. She started her crusade in 2004 after a fellow parishioner at the […]

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Chicago: time to take action on bed bugs

October 27, 2008

If you’re in Chicago, ally yourself at once with Chicago vs. Bed Bugs. Its founder, Jessica Kevan, is working from the premise that we have to do something about the spread of bed bugs. I will quote liberally from the group’s About page: Our Mission (Phase One): We endeavor to disseminate good information to and […]

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Halifax tenants angry about bed bugs? Time for action.

June 23, 2008

A Halifax resident going by the moniker “Bugged by Bedbugs” used the soapbox “Love the way we bitch” on Halifax website The Coast, to call fellow residents to action on the bed bug issue, in a post entitled “WTF is with the bedbugs?”: There is a certain trio of dusky-colored high-rise apartment buildings in Halifax […]

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Update on New York State bed bug legislation (parental notification re: bed bugs in school)

April 10, 2008

Remember the bed bug legislation introduced by Michael Gianaris and passed in the NYS Assembly last May? We were happy the Assembly passed it. But Bill A6667a later died in the NYS Senate in January of this year. The good news is that the bill has now been amended and approved by the Assembly once […]

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Why we need a massive public education campaign about bed bugs (reason #327)

April 3, 2008

A reader in the NY/NJ/CT tri-state area wrote tonight to tell me this story. The reader, who has suffered much from bed bugs and was discarding a cherished piece of wooden furniture only after a long fight with bed bugs and many treatments. It was wrapped in sealed plastic and labeled as being infested with […]

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New York vs. Bed Bugs: NYC is the underdog!

March 25, 2008

Remember when I said that a number of New York bedbuggers were organizing a plan to call for local officials to take action on the bed bug situation in NYC? Well, it’s happening. New York vs. Bed Bugs, (slogan: “NYC is the underdog!”) declares: We believe that the city should lead the fight against bed […]

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