Now available in Canada (and the US): the Packtite Closet

August 18, 2011

There are not a lot of reliable ways to kill bed bugs and eggs in your belongings. Heat is one of the best. And the launch of the Packtite back in 2008 was nothing less than revolutionary for a lot of bed bug sufferers, allowing them to reliably treat small items themselves. Old timers around […]

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Bed bugs, evolution and pesticide resistance

October 5, 2010

Bug Girl helpfully points us to some excellent new resources on bed bugs and pesticide resistance. Dr. James Crow, Professor Emeritus of Genetics at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, was a pioneer in the research of pesticide resistance in the late 1940s, and was a founder of the fields of population genetics and molecular […]

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Bed bug oven in a trailer: the Insect Inferno

September 28, 2010

Last Tuesday, a number of news reports from the Bed Bug Summit mentioned this product, the Insect Inferno: It’s basically a heat treatment facility in the form of a trailer, which allows you to load your mattresses, furniture and other household items inside, so they can be baked to kill bed bugs. People typically get […]

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Heat treatment for bed bugs is not a Do It Yourself project

September 27, 2010

Although heat treatments can be effective for bed bugs, this is not a treatment method you can do yourself. A Lexington, Kentucky woman recently set her home on fire while trying to treat her home with heat to kill bed bugs. WKYT reports, Carol says they’ve called exterminators in before to no avail. So frustrated, […]

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RainCity Housing’s “bed bug sauna” now active in new Vancouver building

June 19, 2009

Remember when we reported back in June 2008 that a new RainCity Housing development in Vancouver was going to contain a “bed bug sauna” for treatment of infested items? The new building “The Lux”, at 65 Hastings Street, is in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a highly infested neighborhood, and provides 25 transitional housing units, and 67 […]

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Bed Bugs hit Johnson City Fire Station

May 14, 2009

Can someone please tell the good folks at the Johnson City, Tennessee Fire Station #2 on Cherokee Road that leaving mattresses outside in the heat is not a reliable way to kill bed bugs? This news video says they’re “hoping the heat” will deal with bed bugs in the mattresses.  Not likely. They got a […]

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Kill bed bugs and eggs in your stuff using a Packtite

March 29, 2009

The FAQ below focuses on the original Packtite, which was subject to a voluntary recall by the manufacturer in December, 2013. More on the recall here — including what to do if you have a Packtite Original. To read about the newer, larger, more expensive and more powerful Packtite, available in the US and Canada, […]

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University of Central Missouri (and other Missouri colleges) vs. bed bugs

November 21, 2008

This article and video report from WCBD in Charleston reports that bed bugs have been found at colleges all over Missouri, including Northwest Missouri, Missouri State, and 70 cases at Wichita State. However, the focus of this article is on the encounter between bed bugs and the University of Central Missouri: It is a pest […]

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Large Philadelphia Seniors’ Apartment Building Gets Thermal Remediation for Bed Bugs

October 29, 2008

Action News 6 in Philadelphia reports that around a hundred senior citizens have been evacuated from the Coatsville Towers apartment building in downtown Philly because of a bed bug infestation. Every resident has been moved out — some to stay with relatives, and 23 more were evacuated to a Norrisville apartment building by their management […]

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MSNBC: bed bugs go back to school

August 31, 2008

MSNBC did a report on Friday about the problem of bed bugs on college campuses, warning students and their parents about bed bugs going back to school (or, for that matter, coming home from school). Don’t be put off by the fact that Matt Lauer opens the segment by dropping the nursery rhyme bomb. Watch […]

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New Vancouver building installs “sauna” for decontaminating bed bug-infested items

June 17, 2008

Wendy Stueck writes in today’s Globe and Mail that a new Vancouver apartment building is going to have a sauna for decontaminating bed bug-infested items. Talk about planning ahead: . . . a housing complex under construction in Vancouver will include what’s been dubbed the “bedbug sauna,” a room where furniture, clothing and other belongings […]

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WPRI 12 News on bed bugs, pesticide resistance, and alternative bed bug treatments

May 23, 2008

This item from WPRI 12 Eyewitness News takes a spin down the “pesticide resistance” road, with sound bites from a woman with bed bugs, Dr. Michael Potter (whose unofficial fan club is housed right here), an unnamed ThermaPure Heat representative talking about that technology, and Douglas Stern talking about Cryonite. Stern stresses the need for […]

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