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Alcohol is a very flammable contact killer for bed bugs

January 11, 2016

Another person has set their apartment building on fire in response to bed bugs.  And this time, he was badly hurt. According to Man trying to destroy bedbugs sets apartment ablaze in the Detroit Free Press, on Sunday at 4:30 am, a man in Detroit’s St. Antoine Gardens apartment complex (near Wayne State University) doused […]

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Detroit tenant watched alcohol-sprayed floor ignite

November 5, 2015

This is an update from our story last night on the bed bug treatment-related fire in Detroit. The tenant who accidentally started the fire in Detroit on Tuesday has now spoken to journalists, offering a heartbreaking apology for her actions: According to Fox 2 News, the tenant had bed bugs for a whole year, and […]

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Bed bug treatment with smoke bomb destroys building in 3-alarm fire

November 5, 2015

A Detroit apartment building burned for five hours in a 3-alarm fire and five people were injured due to a tenant’s attempt to treat bed bugs with a smoke bomb (which the tenant then attempted to put out with a pillow, causing the fire), according to Fox News Detroit. According to the Fox News report, […]

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Officials say Detroit courtroom bed bug evacuation was “false alarm”

August 31, 2012

Last week, a bailiff in a Detroit courtroom believed he saw bed bugs crawling on a court visitor’s body, and the court was evacuated (see this story for more). That could have been a false alarm — there are all kinds of bugs that might be crawling on someone sitting in a courtroom, which could […]

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Bed bugs halt mail service to Detroit public housing building

September 2, 2010

A Detroit mail carrier stopped delivering to a 143-unit Warren West Apartments due to the building’s bed bug problem. Unfortunately, it happened at the time in the month when many of the building’s residents were supposed to get their social security checks. According to the Detroit News: Ed Moore, spokesman for U.S. Postal Service Detroit […]

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Bed bugs spread in Michigan; new bed bug manual

July 27, 2010

Remember the Bed Bug Resources (and Public Service Announcements) Michigan was using to inform citizens about bed bugs? Now there’s a Michigan Manual for the Prevention and Control of Bed Bugs, developed by the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Bed Bug Working Group, and you can download it here. I have run […]

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Bed bugs are back: Michigan radio PSAs

April 28, 2010

PCT Online alerts us to the fact that Michigan has two radio PSAs about the bed bugs, sponsored by the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Pest Management Association. A female announcer tells audiences they don’t cause disease, but do cause stress and anxiety and can’t be eliminated using bug bombs. A male […]

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Bed bug bites after child gets new mattress

April 24, 2010

A new story from Fox 2 in Detroit concerns a Woodhaven, Michigan family that believes they got bed bugs from a mattress they bought for their son. Little Danny was itching, but his four-year-old twin brother, Kyle, was not. Their parents bought them new mattresses and beds from the Value City Furniture Store in Taylor […]

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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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Bed bugs on the rise in Detroit

November 10, 2008

Here’s a story from WXYZ in Detroit, Michigan. It’s the standard “bed bugs are real, and they’re in our area!” story that local news channels are turning out one by one. It focuses on the Shapiro family, who apparently got bed bugs from daughter Mackenzie’s newly acquired secondhand bed frame. And it cites Terminix and […]

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Grand Rapids, Michigan apartment complex residents vs. bed bugs

September 25, 2008

This story from WZZM News 13 in Grand Rapids emphasizes how difficult bed bugs are to treat — a message viewers need to hear more from the news media: GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) – A Grand Rapids area apartment complex is finding out how difficult it is to get rid of bed bugs. “It’s a […]

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Bed bugs in Detroit and Troy, Michigan

March 31, 2008

Neal Rubin writes in a Detroit News Op-Ed column today that At Rose Pest Solutions in Troy [Michigan], where Sheperdigian reigns as vice president for technical services, the number of bedbug jobs has risen from one or two in 2001 to about 160 last year, with continued rapid growth expected in 2008. The article goes […]

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