not a bed bug

Bed bugs allegedly bite “X Factor” finalists in LA hotel

November 13, 2011

Four finalists on the television talent show “X Factor” claim to have been bitten in the Grafton, their Los Angeles hotel, this week, according to TMZ, which notes the contestants have now been moved to new lodgings. However, our regular readers will likely be even more interested in the TMZ graphic accompanying the piece, which […]

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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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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 bug disclosure bill awaits Governor’s signature; journalists still can’t ID bed bugs!

June 25, 2010

The Wall Street Journal’s Metropolis blog has a new story on the bed bug disclosure bill currently in front of Governor David Paterson. The good news is that the New York State Senate and Assembly approved the bill yesterday. According to Brick Underground, once the Governor signs the bill into law (which usually takes a […]

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Nightline still trying to figure out what bed bugs look like

April 30, 2010

If you are not following the developments on the Nightline website, please read the updates on this post from yesterday. It’s now been updated twice with screenshots of the ABC team’s various attempts at including a photo of a bed bug. They started out with a photo of dust mites, and have moved away from […]

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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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Let’s play “bed bugs/not bed bugs”

May 14, 2009

If the new “Bed Bugs” game for iPhone/iPod Touch actually had you blasting away graphics of bed bugs, instead of nebulous blobby creatures with one eye, it might be kind of cool. As is, it’s just more sad evidence that people do not know what bed bugs are. [Updated 3/27/2013]

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spider beetle

March 11, 2008

Photo courtesy of Lou Sorkin. This spider beetle, a stored product pest, is commonly confused with a bed bug. Click the photo, then “all sizes,” then “large” to see in more detail. Thanks, Lou! spider beetle Originally uploaded by louento.pix

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Book lice or bed bug nymphs? How to tell the difference

March 4, 2008

This is a book louse (psocid), submitted for ID in the forums. Many bedbuggers have mistaken book lice for bed bug nymphs. Notice the shape of the body is elongated, with three clear segments. There’s a pronounced head. Compare this photo from L. Sorkin and R. Mercurio of a bed bug nymph: Both book lice […]

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