bed bugs in the media

“Bedbugs” vs. “Bed Bugs,” and brother vs. brother

March 3, 2013

Alex Wild’s Myrmecos blog has a new post engaging with the age-old question: Is “Bedbugs” one word or two? and finds that internet searchers and printed matter — books, at least — don’t agree: According to Google’s ngram viewer, a measure of word frequency in scanned books, ‘bedbugs’ as a single word is used far more frequently…. […]

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Officials say Detroit courtroom bed bug evacuation was “false alarm”

August 31, 2012

Last week, a bailiff in a Detroit courtroom believed he saw bed bugs crawling on a court visitor’s body, and the court was evacuated (see this story for more). That could have been a false alarm — there are all kinds of bugs that might be crawling on someone sitting in a courtroom, which could […]

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Now casting for “Bedbugs!!!” musical in New York City

August 11, 2012

This isn’t really bed bug-related, but we thought you might be interested anyway. According to Playbill, they’re now casting for Bedbugs!!! The Musical in New York City: BEDBUGS!!! A Sci-Fi Thriller Comedy Rock Musical. Description: Girl meets bug in this original comic musical in the vein of Rocky Horror and Little Shop with an 80s […]

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Check out the Daily Kos: Tom Tomorrow’s The Modern World presents “Bedbug Man”

January 24, 2012

Followers of references to bed bugs in the non-pest-related media will enjoy this: Tom Tomorrow introduces “Bedbug Man” in his “The Modern World” comic, “a superhero with the proportionate powers of a bed bug.” These powers, as you might guess, include being able to “hide almost anywhere” and being “really annoying.” Check out: Daily Kos: […]

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Bed bugs allegedly bite “X Factor” finalists in LA hotel

November 13, 2011

Four finalists on the television talent show “X Factor” claim to have been bitten in the Grafton, their Los Angeles hotel, this week, according to TMZ, which notes the contestants have now been moved to new lodgings. However, our regular readers will likely be even more interested in the TMZ graphic accompanying the piece, which […]

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Hints from Heloise on bed bugs at the dry cleaner’s; remember Bed Bug Helloise?

June 24, 2011

Back in the earlier days of this blog, we used to feature a sassy older blogger who went by the nom de plume Bed Bug Helloise, sharing her hints for beating bed bugs and living a post-bed bug life with aplomb and style. As her 2006 introduction stated, Bed Bug Helloise is neither a professional […]

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Bed bugs hit The Onion again

June 19, 2011

The Onion’s slacker commentator Jim Anchower described his bout with bed bugs last week in I Had Bedbugs, But They’re All Cleared Up Now. Anchower claims he got bed bugs from a sofa he found on a curb.  He tosses out all his stuff, but finds the silver lining. The good thing is that I had […]

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Beware bed bug extermination scams and — La Nina?!?

April 14, 2011

CBS News reports that back in September, Consumer Correspondent Susan Koeppen asked Bed Bug Central’s Phil Cooper at the Chicago Bed Bug Summit what her chances were — as a frequent traveler — of getting bed bugs. He replied, “You’re going to bring them home.”  And he was right.  Koeppen recently picked up bed bugs […]

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Bed bugs in the London Review of Books & Sunday Times Magazine

December 22, 2010

Hugh Pennington takes bed bugs as his subject in the January 6, 2011 edition of the London Review of Books. I was glad to see the story published, and it is interesting on some levels, but falls short on others. My main concern here is that Pennington reiterates several times that bed bugs “have only […]

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Bed bugs: epidemic or media hype?

November 5, 2010

The most original bed bug story a journalist can tell is that bed bugs aren’t really an epidemic after all. That was so in 2008, when Washington Post journalist David Segal wrote “Hmm. Tiny, Evil– and Everywhere?” Still, it’s two years later and we’re ripe for a new attempted debunking of the “bed bug epidemic”; […]

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Bed bugs on SNL’s “Bronx Beat”

September 30, 2010

The topic of bed bugs featured in SNL’s Bronx Beat sketch last weekend: (If the embed does not work, view on NBC’s site.) My favorite line is when Amy Poehler describes the current bed bug epidemic as consisting of: “Marauding armies of bed bugs galloping in on mice.” Bronx Beat is awesome. Of course, Maya […]

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Bed bugs on the cover of the New Yorker

September 23, 2010

For real, this time. (They almost got there in July with Edward Koren’s “Big Bug City”: close, but no tamale.) The September 27, 2010 issue of the New Yorker features Barry Blitt’s “Bedbugs and Beyond” on its cover — with enough anatomical correctness to make it really clear what we’re dealing with even if we […]

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