Attempted bed bug treatment with alcohol destroys Kentucky building, leaves 30 homeless

July 1, 2012

Another “do-it-yourself” attempt at bed bug eradication has ended in disaster. Two historic buildings in the village of Carlisle, Kentucky (population 1900) were destroyed by fire on Friday, June 29. Fifteen to thirty people (depending on source) have lost their home and all possessions. Based on news reports, some of the residents are elderly and/or […]

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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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Bed bugs from furniture rentals? Fox 41 in Louisville investigates

May 24, 2010

Fox 41 News in Louisville, Kentucky spoke with a man claiming to be a Rent-A-Center employee, who says that the company’s bed bug policy is not followed. (If video player does not load above, you can view it on the Fox site.) Fox 41 reports, “The bug problem in Louisville is pretty bad,” said “Jeff” […]

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Brookview Apartment tenants in Louisville display sign in window: “These apartments have bugs!!!”

November 3, 2009

Some Louisville tenants are trying to get their landlord’s attention, claiming their apartment building has many problems, including bed bugs. They’ve gotten 50 people from their building to sign a petition against the landlord. A photo included in this story from WHAS 11 news shows tenants hanging a banner in their window prominently proclaiming, “these […]

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More bed bug treatments in Lexington’s Ballard Griffith senior apartments

November 10, 2008

More on the bed bug situation in the Ballard Griffith senior complex in Lexington, Kentucky, where the 55-and-older residents have been suffering from bed bug bites for 2 years now. Two years! According to this news report from Lex18, 86 of over 300 units are infested. Today, two pest control firms are going door to […]

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Building with bed bugs hosts polling station this week

October 31, 2008

Remember the Ballard Griffith senior apartment complex in Lexington, Kentucky?  Back in September, we were told more than a hundred seniors there were living in apartments infested with bed bugs. Nearly two months later, the building is still infested. And on Tuesday, 600 people (including 400 who don’t live in the complex) will be voting […]

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Bed bugs infest Lexington, Kentucky public housing complex

September 10, 2008

Bed bugs are taking over a Lexington, Kentucky public housing apartment complex.  According to, residents of the Connie Griffith and Ballard apartment complexes on Tower Plaza Road are suffering from bed bug bites. The buildings are run by the Lexington Housing Authority for residents aged 55 and older. WKYT claims more than a hundred […]

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Frankfort, Kentucky Public Housing Authority plays the “bed bug blame game”

August 2, 2008

WKYT in Kentucky reports that residents of low-income housing units run by the Public Housing Authority in Frankfort, Kentucky, have to pay for their own bed bug treatment, at a cost of $500-600. This seems to be fairly unusual for public housing. And it is not a great idea. New Jersey residents are discussing whether […]

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Cincinnati city/county combined bed bug task force drafts bed bug plan, not a moment too soon

March 28, 2008

Rich Jaffe reported today for Local 12 in Cincinnati that the combined city/county bed bug task force (Greater Cincinnati in Ohio, and Hamilton County, Kentucky Ohio) has released a draft report of their plan to combat bed bugs. Jaffe also reports on one Silverton, Ohio building that is infested with bed bugs, and one tenant, who moved to […]

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Bowling Green Towers: residents organize to demand proper bed bug treatment in low-income building

March 1, 2008

Three weeks ago, building management of Bowling Green Towers — a low-income housing building in Bowling Green, Kentucky that houses elderly and disabled tenants whose rent is subsidized by the government (via HUD) — claimed the building had only “four” units infested with bed bugs. You can read an earlier story we did on this […]

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Bowling Green Towers: another infestation in elderly and disabled housing

February 5, 2008

Jim Gaines Reports for the Bowling Green Daily News (Bowling Green, Kentucky) that A few of the roughly 200 residents in Bowling Green Towers at 1149 College St. have had restless nights due to a pesky problem. Several apartment-dwellers have reported an infestation of bedbugs – but health officials say trouble is being squashed before […]

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Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana hold tri-state “Emergency Meeting” about bed bugs

January 22, 2008

The Kentucky Post and WCPO (ABC9 in Cincinnati) reported that there was an “Emergency Meeting” held behind closed doors last Friday to discuss the bed bug problem in the tri-state area of Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. (Indiana was not mentioned by name in any of the articles, but we can assume it’s the third state […]

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