bed bug infestation

Bed bug infestation in an Illinois school becomes lesson

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 their bed bug infestation into a “teachable moment” by building a model and teaching students what to look for. Good idea! […]

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Mostly, people just want to talk about bed bug sex. Discuss.

April 24, 2013

Bed bug sex, bed bug sex, bed bug sex.  People just cannot stop talking about bed bug sex. Occasionally, people write about bed bugs’ effect on human sex, for example, this article from GQ. But mostly, people just want to talk about traumatic insemination. How horrid  it is!  How inhuman! And the latest source of […]

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Word to the NYCDOE: if bed bugs enter schools, they can harbor in them and be taken home

February 19, 2013

PS 69 in Jackson Heights, Queens has had bed bugs in fifteen classrooms since September 2012, but the New York City Department of Education claims it isn’t infested. As I will explain in a moment, it all hinges on how the DOE defines the term “infested.” (Click here to view video if it doesn’t load.) […]

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Bed bugs infest penthouse of NYC coop; board sues owner/tenant to force treatment

February 7, 2013

A pricey Upper West Side apartment building at 39 W. 67th Street has a bed bug-infested penthouse, and the coop board is now suing the owner and her long-time tenant, for access to treat the room and “remove infested belongings,” according to the The New York Post: The board of 39 W. 67th Street is hauling […]

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Bed bugs in home for developmentally disabled in Ozone Park

April 30, 2010

The Queens Chronicle reports this week about a bed bug infestation affecting developmentally disabled residents and staff at a Center for Family Support home in Ozone Park, Queens.  The Chronicle tells the story of Kiasha Artis-Priester, who works in the residence, and says it has had bed bugs for six months. The direct care counselor […]

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Bed bugs in apartment complexes: bed bug “lotharios” and “Nintento Trojan horses”

September 21, 2009

Mark Sheperdigian has an excellent new article in Pest Management Professional about what apartment building managers need to be aware of when dealing with a bed bug infestation — the often unconsidered aspects of multi-unit dwelling life which help bed bugs to spread from unit to unit. We’re all familiar with the problem of a […]

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Kill bed bugs and eggs in your stuff using a Packtite

March 29, 2009

The FAQ below focuses on the original Packtite, which was subject to a voluntary recall by the manufacturer in December, 2013. More on the recall here — including what to do if you have a Packtite Original. To read about the newer, larger, more expensive and more powerful Packtite, available in the US and Canada, […]

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Fox NY claims it became infested with bed bugs “a few weeks ago”; tipster tells Gawker they fired employee who brought them in

March 18, 2008

Someone claimed there were bed bugs in the VIP couch at Fox News’s Manhattan studios in November of 2006. After we followed up, the source claimed she was told this by a Fox producer. That sounded plausible enough, but still, just a rumor. Then, a year later, in November 2007, someone else claimed there were […]

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Bed bugs infest Thai trains, Bangkok Post reports

March 14, 2008

The Bangkok Post reports today that Thai trains on the Ubon Ratchathani-Bangkok lines in the northeastern part of the country are being “cleaned” and “refurbished” after travelers complained of bed bugs. Train carriages on northeastern lines are being refurbished at a cost of 17.5 million baht after they were found infested with bed bugs. State […]

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More rumors of bed bugs at Fox News

November 19, 2007

It was just over a year ago when a journalist claimed a reliable source told her of bed bugs infesting the midtown Manhattan offices of Fox News. The allegation was that the infestation “originated on the VIP couch,” a tidbit which might be apocryphal, but is too good to pass up. Still, I was skeptical […]

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Vikane fumigation for bed bugs successful in New Jersey

May 21, 2007

Links and other minor updates 7/8/2013 Hopelessnomo was kind enough to point me to the article “Royal Fumigation Tackles Challenging Bed Bug Infestation” from Pest Control Technology online (8 May 2007), which highlights the successful sulfuryl fluoride fumigation of an apartment building in Northern New Jersey which was “highly infested” with bed bugs. This article […]

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FAQ: what is sulfuryl fluoride/Vikane gas fumigation?

April 6, 2007

Last updated 7/8/2013 Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation (often provided under Dow’s Vikane brand) is an option for treating an entire structure (free-standing house, entire building, etc.), a vehicle, or even a “pod” full of your furniture and belongings. Given that bed bugs are so hard to eradicate, and how long it can take to treat using […]

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