bed bug bites

Orlando’s Fire Station 6 battles bed bugs

November 19, 2013

Firefighters at Fire Station 6 near Orlando Executive Airport are dealing with the red scourge: bed bugs. As WFTV notes, The Fire Department is taking aggressive action to keep the pests out of other stations and even homes. The first thing to do with a bed bug infestation is to throw away mattresses, which the […]

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Bed bug bites: what are your anti-itch remedies?

July 8, 2013

Our trusty six-year-old FAQ on anti-itch remedies for discomfort caused by bed bug bites (“Bed bug bites make you itchy and scratchy? This may help…”) has just been updated to include David Cain’s recommendation of the following product for bed bug bite relief: David, of Bed Bugs Ltd. (UK) and our forums, now recommends Caribbean […]

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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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Bed bug bites may make hospital patients more vulnerable to MRSA

November 8, 2010

[This post refers to a Crain’s New York story which we now know contains inaccurate quotes. Please see corrections in the Update below.] This is scary not quite as scary as the article implies: Cornell entomologist Dr. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann believes that there’s notes there may be a link between patients experiencing bed bug bites in […]

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Lou Sorkin in AMNH video, more bed bug bite photos

October 18, 2010

The American Museum of Natural History produced this wonderful short video of Louis Sorkin talking about bed bugs, and feeding bed bugs on his hand: Click here to view on YouTube if the embedded video above does not work for you. I know you’ll also want to read Lou Sorkin: On the Front Line in […]

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Bed bugs: cinema scare in Toronto, moving day in Boston, and New York hotel, schools, and flea markets

September 2, 2010

This is a bed bug news round-up for Toronto, Boston, and New York. A Toronto International Film Festival venue was inspected for bed bugs Monday night after a filmgoer tweeted that she “woke with bites” four hours after viewing Scott Pilgrim vs. the World at the Scotiabank Theatre on Richmond St. W., according to The […]

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New photos of bed bug nymphs feeding

August 21, 2010

Lou Sorkin has some interesting new close-up photos of first instar bed bug nymphs feeding on his hand. If you look closely, you can see one of the bed bugs before and after it feeds. Before Lou’s description of this photo: First instar nymphs feeding. Some bugs are almost full and ready to leave. On […]

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Latest research on bed bug bites says most do react

April 4, 2010

Bed bug bites are one of the murkiest areas when it comes to our knowledge of bed bugs: who reacts, when, and how? The latest research says most people do react to bed bug bites. The February 2010 issue of PCT Online reported the results of the latest study of bed bug bite reactions carried […]

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Mystery bug bites in the workplace

January 27, 2010

Dr. Mike Merchant has a new post on Insects in the City today about the rise in complaints of perceived insect bites in offices around this time of year. Merchant suggests a number of possible explanations for these mystery bites — fleas, rodent mites, a theory that dry air and static electricity can cause small […]

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Portland State University students vs. bed bugs (and landlord)

January 14, 2010

Portland State students living (or recently living) in off-campus rentals at the Park Plaza are battling their landlord over bed bugs. Some have sought legal advice from Student Legal and Mediation Services. This article in the Daily Vanguard says tenants with bed bugs had their units treated individually on a case-by-case basis, and that the […]

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Hazleton Area School District goes bed bug wild

November 13, 2009

The Hazleton, Pennsylvania school district went bed bug-wild on Wednesday, after a single student apparently discovered a single bed bug bite after a sleepover, according to the Standard Speaker. The discovery of a child with a bedbug bite at the Valley Elementary Middle School on Tuesday led exterminators to search five schools on Veterans Day […]

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McSweeney’s on Bed Bugs part 3: who would you bite if you were a bed bug?

November 3, 2009

A taste of Alan Good’s latest Global War on Bed Bugs column in McSweeney’s: It is necessary to explain a biological fact before revealing the list of people I would bite if I were a bedbug: a bedbug partakes of five blood meals in its nasty journey from egg to adulthood. Consequently, your hematophagous narrator […]

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