bed bugs and health

Soundbites from the EPA National Bed Bug Summit

April 16, 2009

We look forward to hearing more about what happened in Arlington, Virginia these last two days, at the EPA National Bed Bug Summit. This video from the Associated Press has some nice snippets from Dini Miller, Harold Harlan, and others, speaking at the conference. Pete Grasso of the PMP blog liveblogged the bed bug summit. […]

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Dacorum Borough Council: bed bugs not a public health problem, so we’re no longer offering free bed bug treatment to needy residents

April 6, 2009

Dacorum Borough Council used to provide free treatment for bed bugs to householders who could not afford it.  Alas, no longer. One local resident, Alex Francis, was concerned: “If there are people with bed bugs or mites who can’t afford to have them treated privately, will they just be living in those conditions, whereas before […]

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Steven Kells: bed bugs “could almost be considered like a disease themselves”

April 3, 2009

Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs alerted readers to this story from It’s yet another response to the new JAMA report, but we appreciated this approach: There is some good news. A new study this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says when bit by a bed bug, most […]

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Bed Bugs and Public Health

April 1, 2009

The news was abuzz today with reports about a new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, from Jerome Goddard and Richard DeShazo. It’s a review of past research on the question of whether bed bugs transmit disease. . . . in the April 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical […]

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Two big upcoming bed bug events in Wasington D.C.; also: New York City, Department of Veterans Affairs

March 17, 2009

We’ve previously mentioned the upcoming EPA bed bug summit on April 14-15 and the upcoming Washington DC bed bug summit on March 27. We now refer you to New York vs. Bed Bugs, where Renee has compiled all the details and links on the EPA National Bed Bug Summit (4/14-4/15) and Stop Bed Bugs DC […]

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Washington D.C. Department of Health holding bed bug summit 3/27; also D.C. EPA bed bug conference 4/14 and 4/15

March 3, 2009

According to the Washington City Paper’s City Desk: The summit is skedded for March 27 from 10:00 am to 3 pm at 441 4th Street NW, Room 1107. Get ready for a “dialogue on creative and effective approaches to dealing with bedbugs.” That’s in addition to the even bigger EPA National Bed Bug Summit in […]

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Halifax tenants dealing with with bed bugs and unsympathetic health department

November 10, 2008

The Chronicle Herald in Halifax had more to say about bed bugs on Sunday, reminding readers that it can be hard to get a landlord to deal with bed bugs in private rentals, and pointing out exactly why the provincial government isn’t getting involved: Tenants who move into privately owned apartments already infested with bedbugs […]

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Bed bugs on the comeback in Israel

July 23, 2008

An article in Haaretz reports that bed bugs are making a comeback in Israel. A second article in the same media outlet tells Israelis what to do if they suspect they have bed bugs: If the bite is found to be that of a bedbug, a report should be filed with the ministry of health […]

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Nova Scotia home help nurses stop visiting client with bed bugs

June 12, 2008

The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has ceased home health visits for a client while his home is treated for bed bugs. According to the Chronicle Herald: The Victorian Order of Nurses has put home care on hold for a client living in a Halifax public housing complex because of bedbugs […]

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Toronto Board of Health gearing up to fight bed bugs

March 10, 2008

A bit of background: Toronto has had a serious bed bug problem for some time, just like New York, London, San Francisco, Vancouver–I could go on and on, but you get the idea. The Toronto Star also has a journalist called Joe Fiorito who wrote extensively and repeatedly about how serious a problem bed bugs […]

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Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana hold tri-state “Emergency Meeting” about bed bugs

January 22, 2008

The Kentucky Post and WCPO (ABC9 in Cincinnati) reported that there was an “Emergency Meeting” held behind closed doors last Friday to discuss the bed bug problem in the tri-state area of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. (Indiana was not mentioned by name in any of the articles, but we can assume it’s the third state […]

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Reg Ayre of Toronto Public Health: bed bugs a “health concern,” not a “health hazard”

January 15, 2008

In some cities, the housing department inspects for bed bugs. In others, it’s public health. Toronto Public Health apparently has jurisdiction over inspections for bed bugs in the city. Joe Fiorito of Toronto’s The Star spoke with Reg Ayre of Toronto Public Health about why that body can’t legally class bed bugs as a health […]

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