bed bug treatment

Killing bed bugs with a hairdryer, and other bad slow-news-day tips

July 1, 2014

It’s that time of year, folks, bed bug season! Sure, bed bugs happen year round, but they do tend to multiply and spread a bit more quickly in the warmer months, due to various factors. This means the pest management professionals are busy, and the consumers are too-often itchy (and hot, which makes itching worse). […]

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Don’t use kerosene to kill bed bugs; be cautious with alcohol

June 18, 2014

A tenant in Augusta, Georgia was horrified to find that after her building’s maintenance department treated her home for bed bugs, it smelled like kerosene. She was right to be concerned, since applying kerosene is a dangerous and inappropriate method for treating bed bugs. WRDW reports, “They came in to spray for bed bugs, to […]

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“An Army of Bed Bugs”: Wash Post on how to kill bed bugs

March 14, 2014

You can kill bed bugs, but it is not a simple or overnight matter. The Washington Post published Jessica Goldstein’s story of dealing with bed bugs yesterday. The article (“An army of bedbugs was partying in her mattress. What else could go wrong?”) does a good job of conveying what it’s like to deal with […]

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Were bed bugs behind the NYC bug bomb fire and explosion?

July 13, 2013

On Thursday morning, a building in New York City’s Chinatown exploded and a fire was started after a resident set off many bug bombs (foggers) at once. The New York Times noted Thursday that the explosion “was powerful enough to blow out windows on the first three floors of the five-story tenement building at 17 Pike Street” […]

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Pesticide overapplication in bed bug treatment injures kidney

June 25, 2013

We often warn our readers that do it yourself (DIY) bed bug treatment is not the best option for most people, for a variety of reasons, and suggest people do a lot of reading from trusted sources first, if they decide they really must do their own treatment for bed bugs. The most important reading, […]

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Man trying to kill bed bugs sets home on fire in New Jersey

June 12, 2013

I can’t emphasize it enough: heat treatment for bed bugs is not a do-it-yourself project. Not only is it dangerous, but it may not get rid of bed bugs, even if the DIY-er and the home survive intact.  (And that’s a big “if”!) And now it’s happened again: someone attempting to kill bed bugs with […]

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Bed bugs found at Bay Area, California Starbucks

April 26, 2013

A Bay Area Starbucks recently had bed bugs — according to NBC Bay Area news — for over two months. According to NBC Bay Area News, two women were getting ready to leave a Starbucks in Campbell, California (in Santa Clara County) when one noticed a bed bug on her purse, which had been sitting on […]

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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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Why are foggers and bombs still being sold to treat bed bugs?

June 4, 2012

Since this website was started in 2006, we’ve been told countless times that bug bombs (total release aerosol foggers) are not effective for dealing with bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) because they don’t penetrate into harborage areas. We are also told foggers and bombs may spread bed bugs, making problems worse.  It is well known to […]

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How did bed bugs get here? Did they never leave? Recent research on genetics and inbreeding

December 16, 2011

A new article by Katherine Harmon in Scientific American explores genetic research into bed bugs, which may be used to explain how they spread and thrive. North Carolina State Entomologist Dr. Coby Schal and other researchers (including Drs. Warren Booth and Ed Vargo of NCSU and Changlu Wang of Rutgers) have been collecting samples from […]

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Court sides with Baltimore tenant who claims she waited 48 days for treatment

October 24, 2011

The Baltimore Daily Record reported on October 17th that the Baltimore City Circuit Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff when former tenant Kristen Saunders sued her former building’s owners and operators for negligence, claiming they did not treat for bed bugs promptly. Kristen Y. Saunders said it took managers of her apartment building 48 […]

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CDC on “Acute illnesses associated with insecticides used to control bed bugs,” and why bed bugs are more than a nuisance

September 23, 2011

A new article  appeared today in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), cautioning against the dangers associated with using pesticides to treat bed bugs.  A preview of “Acute Illnesses Associated With Insecticides Used to Control Bed Bugs — Seven States, 2003–2010” is on the CDC website. The article describes how the Sentinel Event […]

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