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North Carolina’s misguided Landlord/Tenant/Bedbug Liability bill (H721)

August 2, 2011

The North Carolina Senate will be considering a bill in 2012 that would have a huge impact on how landlords and tenants deal with bed bugs — and who pays for treatment — in the state. H721, also known as the Landlord/Tenant/Bedbug Liability bill, passed in the North Carolina House in June. I have some […]

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Bed bugs at Niketown, NYC & Camp Lejeune, NC; life with bed bugs

September 19, 2010

Niketown’s flagship store on East 57th Street is the latest New York City store to close down for treatment after detecting a bed bug problem.  The NY Post reports: In a statement, Beaverton, Ore.-based Nike — which became synonymous with ex-NBA superstar Michael Jordan when he was its celebrity spokesman — the company said it […]

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Bed bugs found at Catawba College, Wake Forest, NYU, Penn State & Missouri State

September 16, 2010

It’s that time of year: “Welcome to college.  Meet your new roommates: bed bugs!” Whenever lots of people move around, bed bugs will too.  And in the first few weeks of the new semester, we always hear reports of bed bugs turning up at college.   As with the bed bug press in general, it does […]

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Bed bugs teach unwanted lesson at 4-H science camp

August 4, 2010

It’s summer camp season, and parents should be aware that bed bugs may come home from camp, along with the macrame plant hangers and duffel bags of dirty socks and shorts. NBC reports today that a 4-H science camp ended when bed bugs when bed bugs were discovered in some of the camper’s dorm rooms: […]

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Bed bugs in the North Carolina Triangle

January 25, 2010

This report from Channel 5 in the Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville “Triangle” in North Carolina says bed bug reports are up 50% in the region, according to North Carolina State University researchers, who are tracking their spread in the region. There’s footage of some serious fecal staining in a local home (as encountered by Triangle pest employees), and […]

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North Carolina shelter with bed bugs: outlook grim

May 23, 2009

Guests of a Salvation Army shelter in Wilmington, North Carolina, are suffering from bed bug bites.  And the shelter managers are having trouble getting rid of the problem. Eleven-year-old Edwin Benitez is covered with bites. Bed bug bites from staying at the Salvation Army. They first appeared a week ago. “It feels humiliating and frightening,” […]

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Bed bugs in another women’s shelter in Charlotte, North Carolina

June 28, 2008

A Charlotte, North Carolina shelter that houses women who have suffered domestic violence has evacuated residents for several weeks while bed bugs are removed, according to the Charlotte Observer: The Charlotte-area United Family Services domestic violence shelter has evacuated its residents to “a safe place” in order to battle a recent infestation of bedbugs, said […]

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Charlotte, NC Salvation Army Women’s Shelter has bed bugs again

June 12, 2008

Back in August 2007, we reported on a Salvation Army women’s shelter in Charlotte, North Carolina, which was fighting bed bugs. Ten months on, they’re in the news again. News 14 Carolina reports: Last August, crews removed mattresses and spread polyurethane on the beds to stop bed bugs from hiding in the cracks. “Overall they […]

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Gaston County, N.C. health officials to hotel: bed bugs not a serious violation

February 15, 2008

This story from Eyewitness News in Gastonia, North Carolina is about a woman named Patricia Starling who lived in a Super 8 motel with her two sons after they lost their home in a fire. Starling said she went back the motel, captured some of the bugs and gave some to Gaston County health officials. […]

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Bedbugged North Carolina: Bayer’s training grounds for bed bug detection and treatment

October 29, 2007

This article about bed bugs in North Carolina comes from South Carolina’s The State (republished from the Raleigh, NC News and Observer). “There’s a lot of folks who don’t bother to call us. They’re embarrassed. The social connotation goes back to the early 1900s; they were associated with slummy places. And that’s not the case […]

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Bed bug news round-up: South Jersey apartment complex; Charlotte, North Carolina Salvation Army shelter

August 14, 2007

Some days, there’s so much bedbug news, I can’t keep up. First, this item from NJ.com about an infested building South Jersey (Jamestown Square in Blackwood, NJ) makes me wonder: what if there was a newspaper item for every single infested building in New York?!? The New York Times would have to use a 4-point […]

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Stirring up anti-immigrant sentiment in Charlotte: let’s start the blame game

June 14, 2007

Okay, I think everyone here agrees that there were multiple causes for the rise of bed bugs after their 50-year disappearance in the US: the end of routine baseboard spraying which was done until the early 1990’s and fell out of favor with the invention of effective roach baits, the outlawing of DDT as a […]

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