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Bed Bugs on the Subway: should the MTA notify the public of sightings?

August 28, 2014

When bed bugs are found on Metropolitan Transportation Authority trains or buses, consumers should be notified, say New York City Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Brooklyn) and State Assemblyman Bill Colton (D), according to the Daily News.

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Bed bugs in the subway update: Fox News talks to Louis Sorkin

August 6, 2014

Move over alligators in the sewers, we’re still talking about bed bugs in the subway! Here’s a follow-up to last night’s post about bed bugs being found in three NYC N train subway cars this week:

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Bed bugs found in three N subway trains in New York City

August 6, 2014

The New York Daily News reported Tuesday that bed bugs have been found in three separate N subway trains, which have since been “fumigated” (I am assuming this means — as in the common parlance — “treated with pesticides,” rather than fumigation per se).

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How to live with bed bugs, a film from John’s Movies

May 4, 2014

If you’re creative, and get bed bugs, this often leads to bed bugs getting into your music, comics, art, writing or films. An interesting example is “How to live with bed bugs”, from John’s Movies.  The tongue-in-cheek film explains how to find bed bugs and bring them home, how to live with bed bugs, how […]

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Were bed bugs behind the NYC bug bomb fire and explosion?

July 13, 2013

On Thursday morning, a building in New York City’s Chinatown exploded and a fire was started after a resident set off many bug bombs (foggers) at once. The New York Times noted Thursday that the explosion “was powerful enough to blow out windows on the first three floors of the five-story tenement building at 17 Pike Street” […]

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Word to the NYCDOE: if bed bugs enter schools, they can harbor in them and be taken home

February 19, 2013

PS 69 in Jackson Heights, Queens has had bed bugs in fifteen classrooms since September 2012, but the New York City Department of Education claims it isn’t infested. As I will explain in a moment, it all hinges on how the DOE defines the term “infested.” (Click here to view video if it doesn’t load.) […]

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Bed bugs infest penthouse of NYC coop; board sues owner/tenant to force treatment

February 7, 2013

A pricey Upper West Side apartment building at 39 W. 67th Street has a bed bug-infested penthouse, and the coop board is now suing the owner and her long-time tenant, for access to treat the room and “remove infested belongings,” according to the The New York Post: The board of 39 W. 67th Street is hauling […]

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The Brooklyn Children’s Museum has bed bugs

August 30, 2012

Bed bugs have been found in multiple areas of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum  — both public areas and offices — since August 16th, according to an email from museum executives to employees which was leaked to the Daily News by an unnamed employee. The New York Daily News reports: An exterminator went to the popular Crown […]

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Did a NYC Urban Outfitters store ignore a bed bug problem?

August 1, 2012

It’s not really summer until a major chain store in Manhattan gets bed bugs. According to Jezebel.com, the rumor is that Urban Outfitters on 6th Ave. in Manhattan has a bed bug issue — and that it has been taking the ostrich approach to dealing with it. Image credit: 14th Street Store by Eden Pictures, […]

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Bed bugs bite at the 78th Precinct in Brooklyn

June 1, 2012

It’s not the first time bed bugs have taken up residence in a New York City police precinct or lockup. Now the 78th Precinct in Brooklyn is “Bedbugged” according to the New York Post, which reports the facility serving Prospect Park and Park Slope is also normally used to test blood alcohol concentrations of DWI […]

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Bed bugs at the Ritz-Carlton in NYC: housekeeper says she wasn’t warned

January 26, 2012

This New York Times article references a case of bed bugs at the Ritz-Carlton in New York City — but that’s not the story. Bed bugs can be present in any hotel, any time.  They arrive and depart with all kinds of people, after all. The issue here is that while the hotel apparently responded […]

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Slate asks, “how contagious are bed bugs?”

October 6, 2011

There’s a really interesting new article in Slate today about bed bugs, co-written by David Johns, a doctoral student in Public Health at Columbia, which examines the question, “How contagious are bed bugs?” This is really a side note, but refreshingly, Johns points to this Independent (UK) article from 1997 about bed bugs in London […]

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