Illinois teacher uses school bed bug infestation as teachable moment

November 5, 2013

Hadley Junior High in Glen Ellyn, Illinois (a western suburb of Chicago) is currently dealing with a “small bed bug infestation.” According to video from WGN news, a science teacher at Hadley has turned this into a “teachable moment” by building a model and teaching students what to look for. Good idea! And it looks […]

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Bed bug patchwork: Lou Sorkin’s art project is beautiful & educational

October 22, 2013

Lou Sorkin’s latest art project is as colorful as it is educational: Of this photo, Lou writes, A patchwork quilt of plankton net, bed bug feces, metabolic waste and eggs for the fall. Plankton netting was the substrate upon which the bed bugs have harbored. Unfortunately, not all pictures have the same focus – but […]

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We are seven!

October 2, 2013

    The site turns seven today, October 2nd.  And we just passed the milestone of 20 million unique visitors last Friday. The site was created on October 2, 2006, and this is what the crudely drawn site banner looked like six months later, in March 2007, when the user forums were added:     […]

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New Hampshire’s new law regarding bed bugs

August 26, 2013

Perhaps New Hampshire’s famous motto “Live Free or Die” will be slightly amended — the state just passed a new law which means tenants and landlords may have an easier time living bed bug free. Like other pieces of bed bug legislation we’re aware of, the new law, which we told you about when it […]

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Were bed bugs behind the bug bomb fire and explosion in NYC Thursday?

July 13, 2013

On Thursday morning, a building in New York City’s Chinatown exploded and a fire was started after a resident set off many bug bombs (foggers) at once. The New York Times noted Thursday that the explosion ”was powerful enough to blow out windows on the first three floors of the five-story tenement building at 17 Pike Street” […]

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Bed bugs and mental health: suicide, depression, anxiety, PTSD, & more

July 12, 2013

The psychological effects of bed bugs have been the recent focus of a number of articles.  It’s pretty clear that bed bugs can exacerbate or cause psychological problems in many individuals.  And an article published at the end of May (“Suicide following an infestation of bed bugs”) suggests bed bugs can now be linked to […]

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Bed bug bites: what are your itch-relief remedies?

July 8, 2013

Our trusty six-year-old FAQ on remedies for the itching caused by bed bug bites (“Bed bug bites make you itchy and scratchy? This may help…”) has just been updated to include David Cain’s recommendation of the following product for bed bug bite relief: David, of Bed Bugs Ltd. (UK) and our forums, now recommends Caribbean […]

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San Francisco’s Ask a Scientist will host lecture and Q&A on bed bugs July 23rd

July 5, 2013

San Francisco’s Ask a Scientist lecture series features expert speakers on various topics, Q&As with the speaker, good food, drinks and a casual atmosphere. We’re happy to share the news that the July 23rd Ask a Scientist will feature UC Berkeley Cooperative Extension Specialist Dr. Vernard Lewis talking about bed bugs and other home invaders: […]

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Overapplication of pesticides in bed bug treatment led to kidney injury

June 25, 2013

We often warn our readers that do it yourself (DIY) bed bug treatment is not the best option for most people, for a variety of reasons, and suggest people do a lot of reading from trusted sources first, if they decide they really must do their own treatment for bed bugs. The most important reading, […]

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Man trying to kill bed bugs sets home on fire in Gloucester County, NJ

June 12, 2013

I can’t emphasize it enough: heat treatment for bed bugs is not a do-it-yourself project. Not only is it dangerous, but it may not get rid of bed bugs, even if the DIY-er and the home survive intact.  (And that’s a big “if”!) And now it’s happened again: someone attempting a DIY heat treatment sets […]

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Maryland woman awarded $800K after landlord rented infested unit, refused to treat

June 1, 2013

Faika Shabaan, an Annapolis, Maryland woman who lived with bed bugs in a rental unit for more than eight months, has been awarded $800,000 in compensatory damages for loss and suffering. According to NBC News, the lawsuit argued that the landlord in this case knew about bed bugs in the unit when the lease was […]

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Bed bugs found in New Rochelle Public Library again

May 15, 2013

At the end of April, various sources reported that the New Rochelle, NY public library had closed for a day after bed bugs were found in the building.  The New Rochelle Daily Voice reported on May 1, “Pest management experts were immediately called in after one insect was found.  This was not an infestation.  There […]

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