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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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Family sues YMCA camp in Michigan, claiming son brought bed bugs home

February 25, 2008

The Jackson Citizen-Patriot reports that a family is suing the Storer YMCA camp in Napoleon Township, Michigan, claiming that their son brought bed bugs home with him from camp. Edward Higgins, the defense lawyer, tried to kill the suit, claiming it’s impossible to know how and when bed bugs arrived in the home, but the […]

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Bed bug news round-up (New Jersey is notably silent)

May 25, 2007

Such an interesting assortment of bed bug news came through my inbox this evening. First, WLNS of Lansing, Michigan warns that bed bugs are the pest of the 21st century, that they “wreak havoc on your skin and your life,” their incidence has increased 75% n five years (oh, I’d say much more than that), […]

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Snapshot: a few hours of Bedbugger.com visitors tells us something about the spread

April 16, 2007

You can click here to see a map of the last 90 or so visitors to the site. It will look different from what I describe below, because I am writing about what I saw there about 4-5 hours ago. Now it’s almost midnight in New York, and the Aussies are starting to surf in. […]

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