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How do I avoid bed bugs when buying used furniture?

November 21, 2015

An anonymous reader, let’s call her “Fiona,” asks via our contact form, “I’m trying to find reliable information about buying secondhand teak furniture [online] and how concerned I should be about bedbugs, which precautions should I take (if any), etc. I’m specifically thinking of a teak coffee table (not too many places to hide, etc., […]

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Before you tell people how to search a room for bed bugs…

November 27, 2012

…it’s best to learn what bed bugs look like. Sorry, Lifehacker. We love you, but you need to do a bit more research on bed bugs! They don’t look like the one pictured in your article today:   Lifehacker is part of Gawker media, which has unfortunately made similar mistakes with images before. Don’t worry, […]

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Heat treatment for bed bugs is not a Do It Yourself project

September 27, 2010

Although heat treatments can be effective for bed bugs, this is not a treatment method you can do yourself. A Lexington, Kentucky woman recently set her home on fire while trying to treat her home with heat to kill bed bugs. WKYT reports, Carol says they’ve called exterminators in before to no avail. So frustrated, […]

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Bed bugs teach unwanted lesson at 4-H science camp

August 4, 2010

It’s summer camp season, and parents should be aware that bed bugs may come home from camp, along with the macrame plant hangers and duffel bags of dirty socks and shorts. NBC reports today that a 4-H science camp ended when bed bugs when bed bugs were discovered in some of the camper’s dorm rooms: […]

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No bed bugs in Dubai? Or a Greenpoint stoop sale? Don’t be so sure.

June 25, 2008

A piece on Donald Trump’s new Trump International Hotel & Tower in Dubai brings us a bed bug sighting in the New York Observer’s Style section: Which brought us to the host, developer Donald Trump. “The building is going to be something the likes of which has never been done before,” he said of the […]

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Word about bed bugs getting around: how a set designer avoids bed bugs

June 8, 2008

This article from the New York Times is about New York set designer Michele Spadaro, and how she furnishes theater stages on a budget. What caught my eye were the designer’s comments about how she tries to avoid bed bugs in her search for salvageable items: . . . sometimes New York thrift stores are […]

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Hundreds participate in massive pillow fight, New York City, March 22, 2008

April 2, 2008

Pillow Fight New York City 2008 Photo uploaded to flickr.com by urbanblitz In the age of bed bugs, it does not seem that wise for people around the world, in cities like Vancover and New York (pictured here) to have large group pillow fights. Dave, a participant, is one who realized this after the fact. […]

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Bed bugs from Saskatoon to Salt Lake City

January 29, 2008

Today, bed bug news from Saskatoon and Salt Lake City. First, an entire apartment building is being treated for bed bugs in the Fairhaven area of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan after “a couple isolated incidents” of bed bugs. This appears to be a fairly proactive move, if it is true that the incidents were isolated and few […]

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Maclean’s on bed bugs

January 11, 2008

Canadian news weekly Maclean’s has a story on bed bugs dated January 3, 2008 by John Intini. The article conveys the scope of the problem and the speed at which it seems to be spreading: To get a full sense of the bedbug boom, ask any pest control expert. [Carlo] Panacci, for one, used to […]

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apartmentratings.com on bed bugs; realtor warns clients about bed bugs; tenant.net on bedbugs; more video from Cincinnati

December 12, 2007

Apartmentratings.com is a way to check what other tenants are saying about your building. It is not widely used, but like anything else, can be another tool, along with the bedbugregistry.com. Don’t forget to leave your review and warn others. There are 623 posts today featuring “bed bugs.” Don’t forget to search for “bedbugs” too! […]

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How to avoid bringing bed bugs home when you travel, kill bed bugs in luggage

August 5, 2007

If you think you have been exposed to bed bugs, don’t panic. What you do after discovering you and your luggage may have been exposed can make a big difference as to whether you take the bugs home. It’s worth proceeding carefully and cautiously since avoiding an infestation can save you thousands of dollars and […]

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Near-sighted paper celebrates dumpster diving outside NYU dorms. Oh, New York Times!

June 22, 2007

The New York Times is fickle. In the last year, they’ve scared the pants off of New Yorkers by publishing scary articles about how bed bugs were spreading around the city and what you need to do if you find them. So imagine my surprise to find that yesterday, Steven Kuritz published an article in […]

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