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!

November 12, 2009

Bugs! Originally uploaded by Generik11 Was the warning painted by the person who discarded this mattress and box spring in San Francisco, or by the person who appears to have removed the plastic covering?

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Caveat dumpster! Do not take those Brooklyn sofas, Craigslist readers

May 5, 2009

Those Craigslist crazies are at it again, this time in Bushwick/East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Check this out: CURB ALERT: 2 nice couches (Bushwick/E. Williamsburg) Two very nice couches have been thrown out in front of 15 Thames St, in Bushwick/East Williamsburg. One is red velvet, the other is a floral pattern. They both have signs that […]

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Time Out New York tackles the New York obsession with free furniture

October 16, 2008

In a new article in Time Out New York’s Apartment section this week, entitled “Bugs in a rug … and everything else!” TONY teases readers: Yeah, we know you love found furniture. We do too. But what’s hiding in that street-side score? Good question. Journalist Julia Schweizer tours the Lower East Side and Williamsburg, examining […]

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Greenpoint mattress mountain: bed bugs, perhaps?

October 13, 2008

Miss Heather points us today to a veritable “Colossus of Abodes” in Greenpoint, one of the hip ‘hoods battling it out for bed bug capital of Brooklyn. What looks like 7 different box springs and mattresses piled at curbside. Check it out. And hope they don’t get covered in cloth and sold to your neighbors […]

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Take a Seat project: a really bad idea where bed bugs are concerned

October 9, 2008

When a representative from the New York City Housing and Preservation Department told attendees of a bed bug seminar last spring that five NYC subway stations had had bed bugs, Miss Heather blogged about it, and the story was picked up by the mainstream press as well as every blogger and her brother. (You can […]

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Another Craigslist bed bug story

August 21, 2008

It’s a dangerous time for taking in secondhand goods. These days, you don’t need to crawl the curbside looking for secondhand furniture that may contain bed bugs. Craigslist, Freecycle, and similar websites offer forums where people with stuff can connect with people who can buy it or take it for free. Inevitably, some of that […]

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Bed bugs in Madison, Wisconsin: warnings on moving day

August 18, 2008

As a good-sized city, the state capitol of Wisconsin, and a big college town (which means lots of students who tend to move frequently and often try to furnish homes on a budget), you can imagine bed bugs might be taking hold in Madison. From the Capitol Times, last Thursday, on the brink of the […]

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caution – bed bugs!

June 15, 2008

caution – bed bugs! Originally uploaded by Shira Golding Bed bug warning sign in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, June 2008.

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Word about bed bugs getting around: how a set designer avoids bed bugs

June 8, 2008

This article from the New York Times is about New York set designer Michele Spadaro, and how she furnishes theater stages on a budget. What caught my eye were the designer’s comments about how she tries to avoid bed bugs in her search for salvageable items: . . . sometimes New York thrift stores are […]

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How to avoid bed bugs, according to Texas A&M’s student paper

January 22, 2008

Independent Texas A&M student paper covers bed bugs this week. They mention the seminars in New York City, and the interesting research out of the Center for Urban and Structural Entomology (CUSE, housed at Texas A&M) on bed bugs and chicken farms. And–because it’s a college paper, perhaps–they dig right into the fascinating and […]

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Dumpster-diving tenant evicted after Winnipeg apartment seriously infested with bed bugs

December 29, 2007

Lindor Reynolds of the Winnipeg Free Press reports on a bed bug eviction case in Winnipeg: a woman was evicted from her Sherbrook Street apartment. It was infested with bed bugs. She is disabled and on social assistance. This is a heart-breaking story. But this is also a complicated story: George Bibik, owner of the […]

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