bed bugs

Lice, not bed bugs, found on Chicago CTA Red Line train

September 29, 2016

Were they lice?  Or bed bugs? The pests a Chicago CTA  rider encountered on the train and brought home this week were lice, not bed bugs, yet the media seems reluctant to confirm the ID before running their reports. An ABC 7 Chicago headline last night announced “Bedbugs Reported on CTA Red Line Train”: A train car was […]

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Swiss Army Recruits Battle Bed Bugs in Dormitories

July 6, 2016

According to Yahoo! News, some Swiss Army recruits are battling a valiant foe: bed bugs in infantry training school dormitories: The defense department said Monday that a parents’ day event planned for July 16 is being cancelled because bedbugs have appeared in dormitories and fabrics used by three companies at an infantry training school in […]

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Alcohol is a very flammable contact killer for bed bugs

January 11, 2016

Another person has set their apartment building on fire in response to bed bugs.  And this time, he was badly hurt. According to Man trying to destroy bedbugs sets apartment ablaze in the Detroit Free Press, on Sunday at 4:30 am, a man in Detroit’s St. Antoine Gardens apartment complex (near Wayne State University) doused […]

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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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Detroit tenant watched alcohol-sprayed floor ignite

November 5, 2015

This is an update from our story last night on the bed bug treatment-related fire in Detroit. The tenant who accidentally started the fire in Detroit on Tuesday has now spoken to journalists, offering a heartbreaking apology for her actions: According to Fox 2 News, the tenant had bed bugs for a whole year, and […]

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Bed bug treatment with smoke bomb destroys building in 3-alarm fire

November 5, 2015

A Detroit apartment building burned for five hours in a 3-alarm fire and five people were injured due to a tenant’s attempt to treat bed bugs with a smoke bomb (which the tenant then attempted to put out with a pillow, causing the fire), according to Fox News Detroit. According to the Fox News report, […]

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Bed bugs discovered at Saratoga Springs city hall

November 2, 2015

Bed bugs have apparently been hanging out at City Hall in Saratoga Springs, New York. Some local politicians are using them in a mudslinging match as the local election season heats up. According to The Saratogian News on Friday, … the issue of bedbugs was hurled at incumbent Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco by […]

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Craigslist warns of bed bugs in Pawtucket curbside freebies

August 6, 2015

It’s not unusual to see “curb alerts” on Craigslist, where a poster lets others know of something laying on the curbside to be freecycled. However, today we have a Craigslist poster warning others not to take the items outside a particular address in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, which the poster claims has bed bugs: The ad […]

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Bed bugs in hotels? What two Wisconsin Dells visitors did

July 19, 2015

Since summer is a big time for bed bugs (which multiply more quickly in the warmer months), you may be wondering what you should do if you encounter bed bugs in hotels. Two coaches for a high school dance team traveling to the Wisconsin Dells (Wisconsin Dells in Wikipedia) for a dance camp recently encountered […]

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Bed bugs in Memphis HUD housing

May 31, 2015

Residents of a housing complex in Memphis for elderly and disabled people are dealing with what sounds like a serious bed bug problem, as LocalMemphis.com reports: (You can also view the video on the Local Memphis website if it doesn’t load here.) First, this sounds like a bed bug problem which has been growing for […]

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Bed bug death match film from Paul Bello

May 27, 2015

People who are dealing with bed bugs sometimes find this stuff encouraging, and maybe you will too. Bedbugger Forums participant and pest management professional Paul Bello (credited as P.J. Bello) and an accomplice (N.P. Bello) re-enact an ancient Roman-style Christian vs. Lion death match with the lion played by a jumping spider (Salticidae) on Wikipedia, […]

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Bed bugs are a problem in Govanhill, Glasgow

January 26, 2015

Glasgow’s Evening Times reports that a woman was told by her doctor to flee her bed bug-infested rented flat in the city’s Govanhill neighborhood, and was as a result homeless due to bed bugs: The woman, who asked not to be named, was bitten from head to foot by the parasites and sought medical attention. Doctors […]

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