entomologists

Room for Debate on bed bugs: a must-read!

August 24, 2009

Today’s Room for Debate, entitled Bedbugs (Itch, Itch, Scratch, Scratch)! (hosted by the New York Times) has an excellent virtual roundtable, including posts by fabulous entomologists Lou Sorkin, Michael Potter, and Susan C. Jones. Although Bonnie Friedman’s contribution waxes nostalgically for DDT (which isn’t going to happen, for all kinds of good reasons), we did […]

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Bed bugs in the media: David Cain on British radio, Dr. Susan Jones in the Plain Dealer

August 12, 2009

Bed bug specialists David Cain (of Bed-bugs.co.uk and active in our Bedbugger Forums) and Dr. Susan C. Jones (of Ohio State University) have been in the press this week, spreading good information about bed bugs. David Cain was interviewed by BBC Derby’s Aleena Naylor on her morning show today. The approximately ten-minute interview starts at […]

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Protect-a-Bed and Bed Bug Central: live Q&A on Twitter, Tues. 6/23 2pm EST

June 17, 2009

Protect-a-Bed is hosting a live Twitter Q&A session about bed bugs with Bed Bug Central entomologists Richard Cooper and Jeff White (who is well known to Bedbugger Forum users).  (I quote below directly from a Press Release Protect-a-Bed sent me; thanks Laura!) Beginning at 2 p.m. EST, on Tuesday, June 23, Protect-A-Bed is inviting the general […]

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Insects in the City on bug bombs and bed bugs

May 22, 2009

Entomologist Mike Merchant of Texas AgriLife Extension wrote on his “Insects in the City” blog Thursday about bug bombs, and why they are not a good treatment for bed bugs. A highlighted quote in PMP magazine’s Buzz Online caught my eye today. Alex Barbarin is a graduate student at Penn State University studying bed bugs […]

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Lou Sorkin and Bill Schutt: feeding Lou’s bed bug colony

February 1, 2009

An excellent youtube video from Bill Schutt (the author of Dark Banquet) featuring Lou Sorkin feeding his “pets.” We’re big fans of Lou Sorkin, and we can’t thank him (and all the other entomologists who do this) enough for enduring bed bug bites in the sake of research. As Lou quips, “Without me, what are […]

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New pyrethroid-resistance study of New York City bed bugs

January 14, 2009

The web is buzzing about a new pyrethroid-resistance study of New York City bed bugs by researchers at the University of Massachusetts and Seoul National University. Pyrethroid-resistance is just one reason it is often so hard to get rid of bed bugs. Two of the many articles picking up on the study’s results included this […]

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On getting better pesticides for killing bed bugs (no, DDT is not one of them)

January 7, 2009

I was poking around some historical items, for reasons which will soon become revealed to you, dear readers, when I found an interesting document from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation which outlines the history of DDT in Canada, the US (the three countries represented on the CEC) until 1997.  Click here to load a PDF […]

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Mark Sheperdigian on what consumers should know about bed bugs; also, neonicotinoids, and why bed bugs came back

January 6, 2009

Pest Management Professional’s articles are often so good, but in the past, you had to know to look for them. (Thank goodness they added an RSS feed so we can subscribe.) Mark Sheperdigian brings the bed bug information in three “new to us” articles: the first is on what consumers need to know about bed […]

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Excellent new podcast: Renee in conversation with David Cain

December 28, 2008

I don’t have enough time at this moment to do much commentary on this, but I want to point you to New York vs. Bed Bugs, where Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs posted a new podcast with David Cain of Bed Bugs Limited (many readers will also know David from our Bedbugger forums, […]

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Article on Lou Sorkin’s work in forensic entomology

November 5, 2008

This article in the News Transcript details a recent visit of our friend Lou Sorkin, of the American Museum of Natural History, to the Manalapan Englishtown Middle School, where he spoke to eighth graders about his work in forensic entomology: … Sorkin discussed how he is called upon by medical examiners in New York and […]

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Interview with Clive Boase: forget DDT, think better bed bug management

September 3, 2008

Renee has an excellent interview with UK entomologist and bed bug expert Clive Boase posted over at New York vs. Bed Bugs today. One of the strongest messages coming from the discussion is that, in the UK at least, bed bugs were declining in the 1930s — well before DDT was available — due to […]

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Bed bugs on the news: a warning!

August 25, 2008

We’ve all become accustomed to the sight of a news personality interviewing an entomologist who studies bed bugs. Richard Cooper, Lou Sorkin, Michael Potter, and many more bed bug experts have been featured in this way, again and again, in all the major news media. Often, they bring a vial of bed bugs, and someone […]

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