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Who are they gonna call!?! Bed bugs hit New York City’s 311 call center

September 3, 2010

You can’t make this stuff up. Presumably tired of being talked about behind their backs, bed bugs (or rather a bed bug) turned up in the 311 call center in lower Manhattan last Friday, NY1 reports. The facility was treated for bed bugs on Tuesday night. Ironically, 311 is the number New Yorkers can call […]

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Bed bugs in San Francisco SROs

March 19, 2010

“The biggest problem in the neighborhood, after crack, is bed bugs.” Those are the words of Joseph Jones, a 70-year old resident of a Single Room Occupancy apartment (SRO) in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district.  Jones is quoted this 2009 article from Race, Poverty and the Environment. This week, Mission Loc@l reports that while a horrifying […]

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NYC Department of Health revamps its bed bug information

February 9, 2010

The big news this week is that New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has now produced a new guide Preventing and Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Safely (PDF in English, Spanish, and Chinese). While not perfect, it is miles better than previous literature available from the city, and is presented much more […]

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WBAI’s Housing Notebook with advice for tenants living with bed bugs in New York

January 4, 2010

Tonight’s Housing Notebook on New York public radio station WBAI featured bed bugs. The program description reads: Vajra Kilgour interviewed American Museum of Natural History entomologist Lou Sorkin and tenant lawyer Catharine Grad in a discussion of New York City’s nightmare scourge – bedbugs – and what tenants can do to get rid of them. […]

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311 finally has bed bug category — New York vs Bed Bugs

April 26, 2009

Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs called to find out what it’s like to call the New York City 311 help line and report bed bugs, now that bed bugs are their own separate category in terms of 311 complaints.  Renee writes, I called 311 to see if anything was new in how the […]

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New York Daily News: NYC bed bug complaints up 34% in one year

February 17, 2009

The New York Daily News has a good article today on the 34% increase in bed bug complaints in the last fiscal year, compared with the previous one. The data for this came from the amazing Renee Corea, who filed a Freedom of Information Act request on behalf of New York vs. Bed Bugs. Adam […]

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Why bed bugs are taking over Chicagoland

December 26, 2008

Well, perhaps that’s not fair. I am sure there are loads of reasons why bed bugs are spreading around Chicago. The lack of assistance from city agencies is only one contributing factor. Jessica of Chicago vs. Bed Bugs has a disturbing post today about what happens when you call 311 to report bed bugs in […]

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New York City has a new bed bug bill!

December 8, 2008

Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs uncovered a surprise on the New York City Council website: a new bed bug bill, Int. no. 873, calls for the Department of Health to get involved in the bed bug fight in New York City, by training PCOs in proper bed bug treatment, providing a list of […]

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New York City bed bug numbers, Bedbugger-style

July 16, 2008

The official New York City data on how many people have bed bugs consists of two sets of numbers: calls to 311 (which are available to the public, sort of), and constituent complaint calls to city council members, which are currently shrouded in mystery. 311 posting NYC Originally uploaded by Beauty Playin ‘Eh According to […]

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Nashua, NH Health Officers on prowl for bed bugs

February 13, 2008

I am delighted to report this news item from Patrick Meighan of the Nashua Telegraph in Nashua, New Hampshire. It’s a story about how Nashua city Health Officer Nelson Ortega and Deputy Health Officer Heidi Peek spent 4 and a half hours inspecting all 117 rooms in a rooming house in Nashua, and found 16 […]

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New York City to get bed bug awareness campaign

January 15, 2008

Finally. The Daily News reports that New York City is going to get a bed bug education campaign. The article reports that there will be town hall meetings about bed bugs in Washington Heights (1/28), Astoria (2/5) and Bushwick (3/12). Housing officials will roll out the campaign with a town hall meeting Jan. 28 in […]

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NY Daily News: bed bug epidemic attacks New York City

December 30, 2007

The lead story in the “News” section of today’s New York Daily News is on bed bugs. That’s good: it’s always good to see bed bugs in the news. It’s not a particularly helpful story, however. For starters, there are inaccuracies. Let’s start with this caption below a photo of an adult bed bug: Unfed […]

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