When bed bugs bite in a NYC Coop

March 14, 2014

The New York Times offers advice today to a family dealing with a protracted battle with bed bugs, in a New York City cooperative apartment (“Ask Real Estate: When Bedbugs Bite”). The resident in this case has had a bed bug issue for a year, and reports that the problem started in a neighboring unit and […]

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“An Army of Bed Bugs”: Washington Post’s tale of bed bug woe

March 14, 2014

The Washington Post published Jessica Goldstein’s story of dealing with bed bugs yesterday. The article (“An army of bedbugs was partying in her mattress. What else could go wrong?”) does a good job of conveying what it’s like to deal with the hassle involved with having bed bugs, and reminds us how the stress of […]

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Forensic Entomology event Tuesday in NYC featuring Lou Sorkin

March 10, 2014

Sorry for the short notice, but regular readers will be familiar with the wonderful Lou Sorkin, of the American Museum of Natural History. We’re pleased to share an invitation to an exciting event this week: Forensic Entomology and Bed Bugs: Illustrated Lecture and Live Show and Tell with Louis Sorkin, Entomologist at the American Museum […]

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Cracked.com article on bed bugs

February 24, 2014

Cracked.com features a lively new story about dealing with bed bugs. The article “Six Horrific Realities of Living with a Bed Bug Infestation” includes some advice this site wouldn’t necessarily recommend (like isolating beds — or human bodies — using Vaseline). It also features an image of a woman being terrified by an enormous bug– […]

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Vermont foster family gets bed bugs & hazmat situation, flees home

January 16, 2014

The horrific story of a Rutland, Vermont foster family’s bout with bed bugs and subsequent failed treatment, followed by the alleged application of banned pesticides by a second pest control company, suggests some changes need to be made to how bed bugs are treated — and that education about how to deal with bed bugs […]

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Womb chairs seen as bed bug-friendly removed by University of Utah

January 14, 2014

The University of Utah has eliminated the much-loved “womb chairs” from its library, partly due to fear that bed bugs, now eliminated from the library, might appear in them in future. The photo above shows an Eero Saarinen-designed womb chair in a retail store window, though Ellen Forsyth’s image here of womb chairs in use […]

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More info on the Packtite recall, and a photo

December 14, 2013

I have updated Thursday’s post about the recall affecting two of the Packtite Original models, to add additional helpful videos about the recall process, links to FAQs, and a photo submitted by a site user: As I noted in the update, I do not have any information confirming this but I suspect Packtite users getting […]

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Important: manufacturer recalls heaters from some original Packtites

December 12, 2013

Two models of the original Packtite heating system are part of a voluntary recall initiated by the manufacturer, after three consumer complaints (of incidents where heaters overheated, malfunctioned, and in one case, singed some items being treated). Thankfully, no injuries have been reported. It’s essential that if you currently have a black Packtite original, that […]

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Bed bugs, genitalia, and sticky tape. WTF?!

November 27, 2013

Bed bugs, genitalia, and sticky tape. Are you squirming in your seat yet? Just wait, it gets worse… (If video does not work, you can watch it on WOIO’s site.) Arlene Sampson, a social worker, claims her boss ordered her to remove bed bugs from a sixty-something year old disabled man’s genitals using “highly adhesive” […]

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Orlando’s Fire Station 6 battles bed bugs in firefighters’ dorm

November 19, 2013

Firefighters at Fire Station 6 near Orlando Executive Airport are dealing with the red scourge: bed bugs. As WFTV notes, The Fire Department is taking aggressive action to keep the pests out of other stations and even homes. The first thing to do with a bed bug infestation is to throw away mattresses, which the […]

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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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