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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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Thermaspot: easily confirm heat treated items reach 120F

July 20, 2012

David James (inventor of the Packtite, Packtite Closet, Bed Bug Beacon, and Bed Bug Blue) has another new product which may improve the way many of us deal with bed bugs: the Thermaspot (TM) Temperature Sensor. Thermaspot is a small piece of adhesive paper (which can be kept attached to its backing or attached to […]

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Now available in Canada (and the US): the Packtite Closet

August 18, 2011

There are not a lot of reliable ways to kill bed bugs and eggs in your belongings. Heat is one of the best. And the launch of the Packtite back in 2008 was nothing less than revolutionary for a lot of bed bug sufferers, allowing them to reliably treat small items themselves. Old timers around […]

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Bed bugs hit The Onion again

June 19, 2011

The Onion’s slacker commentator Jim Anchower described his bout with bed bugs last week in I Had Bedbugs, But They’re All Cleared Up Now. Anchower claims he got bed bugs from a sofa he found on a curb.  He tosses out all his stuff, but finds the silver lining. The good thing is that I had […]

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Burlington, Vermont hospital focuses on bed bug prevention

January 17, 2011

Although they have not yet found bed bugs in any inpatient units, a Burlington, Vermont hospital is taking steps to prevent bed bugs and to help employees learn to detect them. According to this press release, Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington now has the following policies in place (bolded below): Bed Bug Prevention Policy: […]

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Bed bugs: epidemic or media hype?

November 5, 2010

The most original bed bug story a journalist can tell is that bed bugs aren’t really an epidemic after all. That was so in 2008, when Washington Post journalist David Segal wrote “Hmm. Tiny, Evil– and Everywhere?” Still, it’s two years later and we’re ripe for a new attempted debunking of the “bed bug epidemic”; […]

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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 Bug Summit in the news

September 21, 2010

Bed Bug Central’s North American Bed Bug Summit started today, and the news media has a new cimex-themed story to feed on. Here’s a segment from The Today Show: Note: from what I read and hear, people in “foreign countries” are as surprised by the return of bed bugs in their area as those of […]

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Bed bug etiquette, an encasement lawsuit, and the stock market

September 12, 2010

The latest bed bug news round-up, for your perusal: The New York Times continues its bed bug frenzy today with the Social Q’s answering this bed bug etiquette question from a reader: My husband and I have a friend who discovered bedbugs in his apartment. After repeated treatments, he still has live bugs — and […]

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Sen. Charles Schumer urges interagency bed bug task force

August 9, 2010

Pest Control Technology (PCT) reports that: U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently drafted a letter to heads of EPA, HUD and Health and Human Services (HHS) urging the groups to form an interagency task force to investigate and resolve bed bug infestations infesting properties. The letter was dated July 20th, and you can download it […]

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Is Mayor Bloomberg finally going to appoint a Bed Bug Czar?

July 27, 2010

New York City has a rat czar. Will we be getting a Bed Bug Czar any time soon? Mayor Bloomberg will be holding a press conference tomorrow (Wednesday 7/ 28) at 2 pm, to present the report of the Bed Bug Advisory Board (BBAB), which was given to the Mayor back in April.  The Mayor […]

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Did DIY pesticide treatment lead to death?

May 31, 2010

Bed bug treatment is expensive and many people feel forced by necessity to do their own bed bug treatments for this reason. We generally advise against DIY bed bug treatment because bed bugs are difficult to treat and because misapplying or overapplying pesticides can make bed bugs worse and/or cause health problems, and even death. […]

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