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New pyrethroid-resistance study of New York City bed bugs

January 14, 2009

The web is buzzing about a new pyrethroid-resistance study of New York City bed bugs by researchers at the University of Massachusetts and Seoul National University. Pyrethroid-resistance is just one reason it is often so hard to get rid of bed bugs. Two of the many articles picking up on the study’s results included this […]

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On getting better pesticides for killing bed bugs (no, DDT is not one of them)

January 7, 2009

I was poking around some historical items, for reasons which will soon become revealed to you, dear readers, when I found an interesting document from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation which outlines the history of DDT in Canada, the US (the three countries represented on the CEC) until 1997.  Click here to load a PDF […]

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New FAQ on using steam to kill bed bugs

August 3, 2008

Check it out here! Steam information was removed from this FAQ, and it has been greatly enhanced. Many thanks to Mangycur who wrote most of the new FAQ, and to all whose ideas are included (as many as possible are named in the FAQ itself). If you have additional suggestions, leave a comment on the […]

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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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Bed Bug Success Stories: Collette and a professional steamer

February 19, 2008

Note: since this post was written, Bedbugger has a new FAQ on Killing Bed Bugs With Steam. There are steamer recommendations and further tips on technique and safety in the Steaming FAQ, compiled by bedbugger Mangycur and nobugs. We have long had a success stories page. And though readers often forget to write and tell […]

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Bed bug dog Joni: fighting bed bugs in New Zealand and Australia

November 5, 2007

In an article today entitled “Hard-worker sniffs out bedbugs,” from the Taranaki Daily News (New Zealand), Sharon Marris writes about bed bug dog Joni who works with Pro-Tek Systems owner John Morley in New Zealand. We’re familiar with bed bug dogs, here at Bedbugger, but it is interesting to read of the situation in NZ. […]

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NJ halfway house infested

August 14, 2007

The once-monthly pest spraying at this halfway house wasn’t keeping bed bugs away (of course it wasn’t!) so the staffers have got some steamers. It’s a state residential substance abuse program for women nearing the end of a prison sentence. (Withdrawl: bad. Withdrawl plus formication brought on by a bed bug infestation? Nightmare.) NJ.com says, […]

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Bed bug news round-up (New Jersey is notably silent)

May 25, 2007

Such an interesting assortment of bed bug news came through my inbox this evening. First, WLNS of Lansing, Michigan warns that bed bugs are the pest of the 21st century, that they “wreak havoc on your skin and your life,” their incidence has increased 75% n five years (oh, I’d say much more than that), […]

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Can you fight bed bugs without pesticides?

November 25, 2006

Update 1/2009: the post below was written in 11/2006.  We know a lot more now than we did then about non-pesticide treatments for bed bugs. Non-pesticide treatment options are increasing in many locations, and may include thermal treatment and fumigation with a gas such as sulfuryl fluoride (Vikane TM); though costly, if done properly, they […]

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