bed bug detection

How do I avoid bed bugs when buying used furniture?

November 21, 2015

An anonymous reader, let’s call her “Fiona,” asks via our contact form, “I’m trying to find reliable information about buying secondhand teak furniture [online] and how concerned I should be about bedbugs, which precautions should I take (if any), etc. I’m specifically thinking of a teak coffee table (not too many places to hide, etc., […]

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Bed Bug Blue Fecal Spot Detection consumer kit now available!

May 18, 2012

A few weeks back, we told you about Bed Bug Blue, the new detection kit for identifying fecal stains left by bed bugs. It comes from David James (inventor of the Packtite and Bed Bug Beacon) and has been tested and cheered by a number of well-known experts on bed bugs (per our earlier post). […]

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“Is it bed bug poo?” Introducing Bed Bug Blue

February 29, 2012

“Is it bed bug poo?” Good news: it is now going to get a bit easier to answer that question. A new product from David James (inventor of the Packtite, Packtite Closet, and the Bed Bug Beacon) is being launched this week, to be manufactured by Cold Pine LLC and distributed by Packtite. Bed Bug Blue (TM) is designed […]

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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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Bed bugs found at Catawba College, Wake Forest, NYU, Penn State & Missouri State

September 16, 2010

It’s that time of year: “Welcome to college.  Meet your new roommates: bed bugs!” Whenever lots of people move around, bed bugs will too.  And in the first few weeks of the new semester, we always hear reports of bed bugs turning up at college.   As with the bed bug press in general, it does […]

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BBAlert Passive bed bug monitors now available

August 22, 2010

I updated this post on passive monitors yesterday, to add up to date information on and photos of the BBAlert Passive Monitor, designed by David Cain of  (The BB Alert Passive Bed Bug Monitor is now available, currently priced at $19.95). Here’s the BBAlert Passive video again, for good measure: (Note: video was updated […]

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Bed Bug Barrier passive monitors

August 15, 2010

Remember the Bed Bug Barrier? This passive bed bug monitor designed by Australian inventor Tony Abrahams is now available in the US and Canada. The Bed Bug Barrier is basically an inverted glue trap which comes in two designs: the screw-in style attaches at the top of bed legs, and the castor style attaches underneath […]

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Bed bugs, Housing Inspectors, and Homeowners

June 18, 2010

An article on the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) website entitled “Inspecting for the new ‘House Herpes’” (nice), written by Nick Gromicko and Rob London, argues that [Home] Inspectors should learn the telltale signs of these pests and be capable of providing information to their clients. I agree 100%! House inspectors need to […]

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Bed bugs or not? Introducing the Bed Bug Beacon

March 12, 2010

Got bed bugs?  Sometimes it can be hard to tell, but determining whether you have them may be getting easier. The Bed Bug Beacon is an inexpensive active bed bug monitor for at-home use. It looks like David James, creator of the Packtite, has come up with another winner.  Like the DIY dry ice monitor […]

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What’s Working for Bed Bug Control in Multifamily Housing?

February 15, 2010

The National Center for Healthy Housing has a new report entitled, What’s Working for Bed Bug Control in Multifamily Housing: Reconciling best practices with research and the realities of implementation (click to download PDF). The document is aimed at helping health, housing, and pest management professionals plan how to deal with, or address bed bug […]

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Into every hotel, a little bed bug will creep

December 28, 2009

Bed bugs can be a problem in any hotel, regardless of quality. It’s almost inevitable that someone will bring a bed bug in eventually. Hotels can go to some lengths to train staff about signs and symptoms, and to implement a bed bug inspection program. But eventually into every hotel, a bed bug will creep. […]

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Bed Bug Barrier passive bed bug monitor wins ABC’s “The New Inventors” episode

June 6, 2009

Update (8/15/2010): Since this post was originally written, the product described below has gone to market. You can read more updated information about it here. You can purchase the Bed Bug Barrier Passive Monitor Glue Trap from US Bed Bugs, and either style is currently $6.99 per barrier (or under $28 if your bed has […]

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