pest control

Dacorum Borough Council: bed bugs not a public health problem, so we’re no longer offering free bed bug treatment to needy residents

April 6, 2009

Dacorum Borough Council used to provide free treatment for bed bugs to householders who could not afford it.  Alas, no longer. One local resident, Alex Francis, was concerned: “If there are people with bed bugs or mites who can’t afford to have them treated privately, will they just be living in those conditions, whereas before […]

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Bed bugs as big business: 1939 Post Office London Directory

January 9, 2009

This morning, a bit of history: the Post Office London Directory in two volumes, 1939, discovered at the New York Public Library. (Sorry for the graininess but let’s just say this was an accidental find — the camera phone was the only option.) Note the advertisement around the edges: We Destroy Rats, Mice, Beetles, Moths, […]

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Bed Bugs in Northern Irish hospitals

January 7, 2009

The Fermanagh Herald reports that Erne Hospital in Enniskillen had 28 call-outs from pest control in 2008, including those for bed bugs; facilities in the Western Health and Social Care Trust had 128 pest control call-outs in total.  (A small percentage of these were routine visits.) A Western Trust spokesperson said, “Visits are often to […]

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Wrexham Council in Wales offers bed bug inspections to all tenants

December 28, 2008

The Evening Leader reports that Wrexham Council is offering its tenants an inspection to rule out bed bugs. A FREE inspection and advice service is available from Wrexham Council for residents who may be worried about the possibility their home has bed bugs. People wanting to make use of the facility should telephone 01978 298989 […]

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Zen and the Art of Bed Bug Prep? And positive thinking and bed bugs.

December 14, 2008

Well, okay, not Zen exactly. I enjoyed reading some of New 2 The City’s blog entries about bed bugs.  In this post, she describes going through her books over the bathtub, before bagging them and placing them in sealed containers: Upon confirming that my apartment was infested with BBs, I was instructed to put everything […]

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A day in the life of a City of Westminster pest control operator

November 23, 2008

Alice Miles of the Times (UK), clad protective garb, follows City of Westminster pest control operator Uriel Bowen as he treats for bed bugs, mice, and more bed bugs.

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Bed bugs continue to multiply in Winnipeg

August 28, 2008

The Winnipeg Free Press has a new article Thursday about bed bugs in the city. Reporter Murray McNeill spoke to local Pest Control Operator Lincoln Poulin: So how big has the bedbug problem become in Winnipeg? Poulin said that in his first six years as a full-time exterminator — he’s been doing it for nine […]

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British NHS hospitals have frequent pest infestations, including bed bugs

August 5, 2008

Two articles today, from the BBC and the Telegraph, report British National Health Service facilities are battling lots of vermin, including bed bugs. The Telegraph reports that 127 of 171 hospital trusts responded to a survey, and 100 had kept detailed information on the types of infestations: Of the trusts that collected detailed information 80 […]

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Man blew up apartment while trying to self-treat a bug infestation

July 22, 2008

MSNBC reports that an Eatontown, NJ man blew his apartment up while trying to get rid of insects with bug spray in his apartment: The accident occurred as [Isias Vidal] Maceda was spraying for pests in his kitchen. Somehow the bug spray ignited a blast that blew out the apartment’s front windows and triggered a […]

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WPRI 12 News on bed bugs, pesticide resistance, and alternative bed bug treatments

May 23, 2008

This item from WPRI 12 Eyewitness News takes a spin down the “pesticide resistance” road, with sound bites from a woman with bed bugs, Dr. Michael Potter (whose unofficial fan club is housed right here), an unnamed ThermaPure Heat representative talking about that technology, and Douglas Stern talking about Cryonite. Stern stresses the need for […]

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Maclean’s on bed bugs

January 11, 2008

Canadian news weekly Maclean’s has a story on bed bugs dated January 3, 2008 by John Intini. The article conveys the scope of the problem and the speed at which it seems to be spreading: To get a full sense of the bedbug boom, ask any pest control expert. [Carlo] Panacci, for one, used to […]

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How bad are bed bugs in Toronto? Nobody knows for sure.

December 22, 2007

We haven’t had any real data about how many people in Toronto are suffering from bed bugs since the 2003 survey of Toronto PCOs. But this article in Friday’s Toronto Sun has some interesting statistics. On the one hand, According to Reg Ayre, the city’s Healthy Environments manager, Toronto Public Health received 194 calls for […]

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