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Bed bug aggregation pheromone breakthrough

December 23, 2014

A new study by researchers at Simon Fraser University details the identification of all six components of bed bug aggregation pheromone. This is exciting news, as it may lead to the development of more effective active bed bug monitors. The study, led by Regine Gries, Gerhard J. Gries, and Robert Britton, is forthcoming in the […]

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Don’t use kerosene to kill bed bugs; be cautious with alcohol

June 18, 2014

A tenant in Augusta, Georgia was horrified to find that after her building’s maintenance department treated her home for bed bugs, it smelled like kerosene. She was right to be concerned, since applying kerosene is a dangerous and inappropriate method for treating bed bugs. WRDW reports, “They came in to spray for bed bugs, to […]

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“An Army of Bed Bugs”: Wash Post on how to kill bed bugs

March 14, 2014

You can kill bed bugs, but it is not a simple or overnight matter. 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 […]

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Bed bugs do not need to stand on your skin in order to feed (photos)

February 25, 2013

Bed bugs don’t actually need to stand on your skin to feed. These images from entomologist Lou Sorkin (who feeds a colony of bed bugs kept for research purposes) show bed bugs can “reach out and bite someone,” so to speak. Lou Sorkin describes this photo as follows: 1. Cimex in a vial

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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 should be considered public health threat, Canadian researchers claim

February 16, 2013

An article in the Winnipeg Free Press showcases a new study by seven Canadian public health experts and physicians, which suggests bed bugs can and should be considered a public health threat, even though they are not known to transmit disease. According to the Winnipeg Free Press: “Because bedbugs have not been proven to transmit disease […]

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Evanston, Illinois Condo Association sues owner, claiming he refused bed bug treatment

January 23, 2013

An Evanston, Illinois condo owner is being sued by the Maisonette Condominium Association.  The plaintiff claims the defendant refused to have his unit in a Sherman Avenue building treated for bed bugs, according to the Chicago Tribune. After bed bugs were discovered in September 2011, the building had treatment in each unit including that of the […]

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What do bed bug shed skins look like?

January 15, 2013

More helpful images from Lou Sorkin — in this case, images of bed bug shed skins. Bed bug shed skins are one of the visual signs we look for in order to confirm bed bugs: bed bugs, bed bug eggs, bed bug fecal stains and bed bug shed skins (which are also known as bed […]

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Bed bugs hit Wall Street Journal offices again

January 15, 2013

Bed bugs have hit the Wall Street Journal’s New York City headquarters – and the 1211 Avenue of the Americas building – once again, according to the Daily Intelligencer. This past Friday, a bed bugs was sighted by an employee in the office’s 6th floor video area, according to an employee memo published by Capital. […]

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Bed bug protestors at Market Street Travelodge in San Francisco

December 6, 2012

Yesterday, according to the San Francisco Examiner, about twenty people formed a “bed bug flash mob” protesting at the Travelodge at 1707 Market Street (at Valencia) in San Francisco. According to Poor Magazine, the protest was in honor of Kathy Galves, a 67-year old woman who unfortunately had her home foreclosed on by Wells Fargo […]

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New York Times story on how libraries and their patrons respond to bed bug risks

December 6, 2012

New York Times journalist Catherine Saint Louis has a new story today about bed bugs in libraries. The article describes ways various libraries in the US have responded to bed bug infestations or tried to prevent them, and how library patrons are themselves responding to the risk of bed bugs in libraries and library books. […]

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Breaking Bio podcasters talk with bed bug “sexpert” Mike Siva-Jothy

December 4, 2012

In this podcast, Steven Hamblin and the rest of the lively Breaking Bio podcast crew chat with University of Sheffield Professor (and bed bug expert) Mike Siva-Jothy about bed bug sex, small glass models of insect genetalia, and some possible reasons why pubic lice are not as prevalent as in times past. Bed bugs’ traumatic […]

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