misinformation

Before you tell people how to search a room for bed bugs…

November 27, 2012

…it’s best to learn what bed bugs look like. Sorry, Lifehacker. We love you, but you need to do a bit more research on bed bugs! They don’t look like the one pictured in your article today:   Lifehacker is part of Gawker media, which has unfortunately made similar mistakes with images before. Don’t worry, […]

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Bed bug product industry sinks to new low

May 6, 2011

Can anyone explain to me how placing a polypropylene cover on top of your seat in a movie theater will prevent bed bugs which may be in the seat or in the theater from biting you or hitching a ride home with you in your clothing or possessions? Can you give me any reason on […]

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Man with “Bed bugs falling off of his clothing” causes Trenton courtroom to be evacuated

April 19, 2011

A Trentonian headline announced Monday, “Trenton judge clears courtroom after man’s clothes drip bedbugs”: TRENTON — A visitor infested with bedbugs forced the evacuation of a city courtroom Monday and prompted officials to seal off the room and call in an exterminator. “The guy literally had bedbugs falling off of his clothing,” a court employee […]

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Bed bug B.S. in the media, part I – Ohio’s secondhand stores

September 30, 2010

Though the media frenzy around bed bugs is conveying lots of good information, the bed bug B.S. is not any less prevalent than it used to be. First, let’s consider this NBC 4i report that explores the issue of bed bugs and secondhand merchandise in Ohio. (If embedded video does not play, click here to […]

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Probiotics fight bed bugs? Not really

August 29, 2010

This Sify.com article got my attention: If there’s one thing that absolutely kills off a good sleep, it’s bed bugs, but now scientists have found a new way of getting rid of them – by using yoghurt. Probiotic yoghurt has ‘friendly’ bacteria. So now scientists say that bed bugs can be wiped out by loading […]

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Gawker’s bed bug photo FAIL; White House humor & rumors

August 28, 2010

Gawker joins the mainstream US media in their confusion about what bed bugs look like. Check out their graphic for Friday’s article about the Bed Bug Registry: (At least that’s what it looks like at 1:30 am EST on Saturday 8/28, apparently more than 24 hours after it appeared.) I was also amused to see […]

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Bed bug photo FAIL, brought to you by the letters CBS, CBC, and ABC

August 21, 2010

On Friday morning, CBS published a story on its website about bed bugs, featuring an old friend of ours. Winston tells us he’s some kind of shield bug.  Check him out: I have, personally, had it up to here with this guy: (Photo credit: iStockphoto.) Here he is in a CBC article from August 5th: […]

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Mocking victim of bed bugs? Classy, Good Day Philadelphia, really classy

August 9, 2010

Just when you thought that journalists were getting smarter about bed bugs, check out the mocking comment made about a bed bug victim by the male anchor on Philadelphia’s Fox 29 News, on the Good Day Philadelphia show. It happened during Dr. Mike’s segment today on Preventing Bed Bugs. In this segment, “Dr. Mike” (Cirigliano, […]

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Recent bed bug press from all over Canada

August 5, 2010

The press in Canada is aflutter with the current bed bug media frenzy. This CBC story picks up the findings of the 2010 Comprehensive Global Bed Bug Study done by the University of Kentucky and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA). CBC Radio’s The Current features a story this week about how we’re “on the […]

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Bed bugs in the news: Jacksonville, Florida

June 17, 2010

This is an interesting bed bug story from First Coast News in Jacksonville, Florida. First, it documents another case of someone being denied necessary medical treatment due to an acute bed bug infestation. Second, it represents a case where people obviously lived with bed bugs until they became unbearable, and only got treatment when forced […]

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“200 bed bugs in every train compartment”? Rentokil’s PR FAIL

March 16, 2010

On March 3rd, the Daily Mail reported based on research by Rentokil that . . . on average, a single train compartment houses a staggering 1,000 cockroaches, 200 bed bugs, 200 fleas, 500 dust mites and 100 carpet beetles. And remember that we suggested back then that this was a bit sensational? (Along with the […]

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Faulty bed bug information

August 3, 2009

Florida’s WCTV.com recently ran a story about the wonderful methods used at the University of Florida to bake bed bugs in furniture (they set up an ad hoc oven in the center of the room). That’s not news to us. However, this report also contained a curious sidenote: The environmental protection agency has prohibited the […]

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