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Bed bugs feature in article

February 24, 2014 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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Don’t use gasoline products to treat bed bugs

March 15, 2011

The New York City Fire Department is again warning residents not to attempt to treat bed bugs with gasoline products. The Queens Gazette reported last week that Queens fire officials last month issued a warning to borough residents to steer clear of gasoline or gasoline products to fight bedbug infestation at home. FDNY officials said residents […]

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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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Holiday Inn’s new human bed warmer service: good for bed bugs

January 21, 2010

The Telegraph reports that Holiday Inn is piloting a new service where staff come into your room and lie in your bed to warm it up for you. I am not making this up. The Telegraph cites Dr Chris Idzikowski, director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, ”A warm bed – approximately 20 to 24 degrees […]

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Chicago’s 1909 “Crib Fire” which killed 50 men, may have been due to bed bugs

February 17, 2009

On January 20, 1909, fifty working men perished, after the structure they were living on caught fire. The “crib” was a wood-and-brick structure the men lived on for weeks at a time while building a brick-lined tunnel under the lake. They were paid $1-$2 a week and were mostly Irish immigrants. Historians think the fire […]

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Self-treatment for bed bugs probably caused Cincinnati fire

January 26, 2009

This article from Local 12 in Cincinnati, Ohio reports that a resident’s attempts to self-treat for bed bugs likely contributed to a fire last night in Scottwood Avenue in Bond Hill. Investigators believe the resident was treating a bedroom with a mixture of alcohol and bug killing solution. A cigarette may have ignited fumes generated […]

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“Bug Bombs” responsible for 465 injuries and a baby’s death (8 states covered, 5 years)

October 16, 2008

HealthDay News (part of U.S. News and Word Report) reports that Between 2001 and 2006, commercial “bug bomb” insect deterrents caused 466 cases of acute pesticide-related illness or injury in eight states, U.S. researchers reported Thursday. Presumably many more cases have happened in the other 42 US states and in other countries. We have been […]

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Take a Seat project: a really bad idea where bed bugs are concerned

October 9, 2008

When a representative from the New York City Housing and Preservation Department told attendees of a bed bug seminar last spring that five NYC subway stations had had bed bugs, Miss Heather blogged about it, and the story was picked up by the mainstream press as well as every blogger and her brother. (You can […]

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Jersey City legislators push to make landlords pay for some bed bug treatments

September 12, 2008

State Senators and Hudson County Democratic Assembly Members were already working on changing the laws in New Jersey so that landlords could not pass on bed bug extermination costs to tenants. Now Jersey City politicians are trying to make the same change on the city level, ASAP. The Jersey Journal reported Wednesday via The […]

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The bed bug times are a’ changin’, ever so slowly

May 22, 2008

Or so it would seem. Earlier this week, there was the bed bug bill in the U.S. Congress. And yesterday, an article in the Maine Switch (a website for those in Greater Portland) about the city’s yearly trash pick-up of bulky trash items. Not surprisingly, the day is a yearly impromptu festival for bargain hunters […]

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Last week’s Town Hall Meeting in Cincinnati

November 12, 2007

It’s a week later, but I did want to comment on the media’s follow-up from last week’s Town Hall Meeting in Cincinnati, about the bed bug problem.’s Lynn Groud reported on the event last Monday. Hundreds of bed bug sufferers turned out. One speaker said: “For many older adults, they are a 24-hour a […]

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Business Week: The Cost of Bed Bugs

November 9, 2007

Vacancy-bell-(3) Originally uploaded by sonicksjs Finally, someone in the business arena sees the light about bed bugs and the bottom line: and it’s not the flashing dollar signs of the over-the-counter bed bug spray industry, either. Kerry Miller published an article entitled “The Cost of Bed Bugs” yesterday in Business Week, about how business owners […]

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