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Bed bugs in Manitoba: residents to get grants to help with treatment costs

April 26, 2011

Finally, some help! The Winnipeg Free Press reports that Manitoba will begin distributing grants to cover part of the cost of bed bug treatment for residents of the province. Provincial bedbug coalition co-chairman Dave Funk said Manitoba will launch a grant program at the end of May that will help homeowners, apartment dwellers, landlords and […]

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Ontario will fight bed bugs with $5 million in funds and an educational campaign

January 10, 2011

Remember how Toronto officials asked Ontario for $15 million to fight bed bugs over five years, and were denied this funding? Now, Ontario is committing $5 million to fight bed bugs across the entire province. You can read more about this on Ontario News, a government-run news website. The provincial funding includes “up to $5 […]

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Bed bugs in Toronto: money needed to fight this villain

December 15, 2010

Torontist has crowned bed bugs as one of its 2010 Villains of the Year, as they did in 2009. And bed bugs may actually win the Supervillain! title this year, since they’ve been hard at work in Toronto. And thriving. After all, a recent request from the city for $15 million from the provincial Ontario […]

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Bed bugs found in USAID offices in Washington, D.C.

October 4, 2010

Fox DC reports that “juvenile bed bugs” [emphasis added] have been found in a federal government building in Washington D.C.: The pests were discovered in a single office in the US Agency for International Development office tower at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. A spokesperson for the USAID wasn’t able to say […]

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Bed bugs hit Antigua’s Land Registry office; misinformation abounds

September 25, 2010

According to the Antigua Observer, bed bugs have been found in the island’s Land Registry office. However, not to worry: the six bed bugs found are assumed not to have bitten anyone. Despite an infestation being found at the Land Registry, [Lionel Michael, Chief Environmental Health Officer of Antigua and Barbuda] said the insects had […]

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Bed bug meeting takes place between EPA, CDC, DoD and Ohio leaders

August 19, 2010

TIME has reported that state and municipal leaders from Ohio were to meet with the EPA yesterday (August 18th): Although the EPA rejected Ohio’s propoxur plea in June, the agency has scheduled an Aug. 18 meeting with state and municipal leaders to try to formulate an abatement strategy everyone can live with. Among the meeting’s […]

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Bed bugs vs. Madrid: the government takes action

March 4, 2010

AFP reports that the government in Madrid, Spain is educating its public about bed bugs and how to get rid of them: Authorities in Madrid have declared war on a growing and formidable enemy — bed bugs that are infesting hotel rooms throughout the country at an alarming rate. The government for the Madrid region […]

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Pest professionals talk to legislators about bed bugs

March 3, 2010

PCT Online reports on the Legislative Day held by the National Pest Management Association on Monday, where attendees educated legislators about bed bugs; they encouraged Congress members to consider: Providing additional resources and directing the CDC to provide leadership on the bed bug issue. Authorizing “a research program to helped develop effective methods of controlling […]

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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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WNYC on the EPA National Bed Bug Summit, which starts tomorrow

April 13, 2009

WNYC reports on the EPA National Bed Bug Summit which is happening tomorrow and Wednesday in Arlington, Va. WNYC’s Fred Mogul interviewed New York City Assistant Health Commissioner Dan Kass: KASS: There are folks who have done a tremendous amount of study, about the kinds of products and practices that work well, there are other […]

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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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More on the National Bed Bug Summit

April 4, 2009

Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs has more details on the upcoming EPA National Bed Bug Summit (April 14-15) in Arlington, VA): Sharon Heath of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will speak at EPA’s National Bed Bug Summit on April 14. It’s a portion of the session titled “How […]

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