Do sellers need to disclose bed bugs in Tennessee?

January 6, 2011

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, a Chattanooga, Tennessee landlord is seeking compensation from the former owner of his apartment building, claiming it was known to be infested with bed bugs but that this was not disclosed during the sale. Bryan Kurtz of Chattanooga said he wants to be reimbursed for the $2,400 he […]

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Bradley County Commission considers tracking bed bug infestations

August 15, 2010

The Chattanoogan reports that the Bradley County Commission (local government in Bradley County, Tennessee) considered whether to track bed bug infestations in response to a local non-profit’s request. During Monday’s Bradley County Commission meeting, Commissioner Lisa Stanbery said that a local non-profit organization contacted her to tell her about a growing problem with bed bugs. […]

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Bed bugs and furniture rentals: a risky business

October 31, 2009

Aaron Schalk told Channel Four in Nashville (see: Bedbugs Infest Family’s Sofas) that his pest control operator suspected sofas from an unnamed furniture rental firm brought bed bugs into his family’s home: Schalk said the pest control worker asked where the couches came from. “She said, “Did you get them from a rental place?” We […]

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Bed Bugs hit Johnson City Fire Station

May 14, 2009

Can someone please tell the good folks at the Johnson City, Tennessee Fire Station #2 on Cherokee Road that leaving mattresses outside in the heat is not a reliable way to kill bed bugs? This news video says they’re “hoping the heat” will deal with bed bugs in the mattresses.  Not likely. They got a […]

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Johnson City’s John Sevier Apartments tenants get new mattresses

November 27, 2008

Residents of the John Sevier Apartments in Johnson City, Tennessee, formerly the John Sevier Hotel, live in a building historically associated with Al Capone. More recently they have had something else in common with people who stayed in the same building during Prohibition, when the town was known as “Little Chicago”: bed bug bites. Their […]

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Why are people with bed bugs being told to throw out all their furniture?

September 21, 2008

According to WKRN in Nashville, bed bugs have infested Madison Towers, a public housing development run by the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, or MDHA, in Nashville, Tennessee. WKRN claims, The first step in treating bed bugs is to throw out all furniture where the pest can hide. Can someone please tell me why some […]

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Bed bugs appear in a Time article on Obama’s upcoming Hawaii trip

August 8, 2008

Bed bugs are now more widely found on media reports on broader topics than bed bug infestations and new bed bug-proof mattress encasements. For example, this article from Time about Barack Obama’s upcoming week-long vacation visit to his native Hawai’i: Obama is also scheduled to hold a fundraiser at the posh Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki […]

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Tennessee Hotel and Lodging Association: “Bedbugs are really a non-issue”

August 7, 2008

Several articles came out Wednesday about the spread of bed bugs in Nashville, Tennessee, both in hotels and in homes. The Tennesseean reports that the Metro Health Department in Nashville investigates complaints about bed bugs in hotels, and keeps track of them: The Metro Health Department has received 30 complaints of bedbugs at area hotels […]

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Dr. Michael Potter on bed bugs: “It’s going to get worse. We’re in for some very, very interesting times.”

June 7, 2007

Lisa Hoffman did a story on bed bugs inThe Knoxville News on Tuesday. Most interesting was the article’s examination of the rise of bed bugs, and comments from University of Kentucky entomologist Dr. Michael Potter. A scourge of mankind since caveman days, the wingless creatures all but disappeared in the United States after World War […]

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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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