bed bugs and mental health

Bed bugs and mental health: depression, suicide, PTSD

July 12, 2013

The psychological effects of bed bugs have been the recent focus of a number of articles.  It’s pretty clear that there’s a link between bed bugs and mental health in many individuals.  And an article published at the end of May (“Suicide following an infestation of bed bugs”) suggests bed bugs can now be linked […]

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CDC-EPA Joint Statement on Bed Bug Control in the United States

August 7, 2010

A new development: the Joint Statement on Bed Bug Control in the United States from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). I was happy to see the new CDC-EPA joint statement stressing that “Bed bugs cause a variety of negative physical health, mental health and […]

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Bed bugs infest Bronx Psychiatric Center

April 15, 2010

The New York Daily News reports that the Bronx Psychiatric Center, a 360-bed facility in Bronx’s Morris Park, has been battling bed bugs. Bed bugs may bite anyone — staff, clients, or visitors.  The bed bug problem at Bronx Psychiatric was reported by union members working at the facility. In October, members of the Civil […]

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Bed bugs trouble addiction treatment center in Secaucus, NJ

December 21, 2009

The Straight & Narrow addiction treatment center, based at the Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey, is suffering from chronic bed bug problems.  The Jersey Journal tells the story today of one woman who fled the 28-day program on day 15, because she did not want to live with bed bugs. The resident called […]

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Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital vs. bed bugs

December 8, 2009

Greystone Park, a $200 million psychiatric hospital in Morris Plains, NJ, which opened last year (part of the NJ Division of Mental Health), is battling a bed bug infestation which is thought to be mostly in staff areas. The Star-Ledger reports, Exterminators have been called to the nearly 500-patient state facility in Parsippany which opened […]

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Tampa Bay mental health facility closed for bed bug treatment

July 2, 2008

According to this report from, Personal Enrichment for Mental Health Services, 11254 58th St. N, in Pinellas Park, Florida (near Tampa) was closed for bed bug treatment last week. Interestingly, The bed bug infestation came to light last week after the Pinellas County Health Department received an anonymous call about the problem. So do […]

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Curbed “outs” bedbugged condo development; gossip blogs, bed bugs, and denial

October 27, 2007, the real estate blog, claims that 30 Lincoln Plaza, currently being redeveloped into pricey condominiums (Curbed mentions a price of $1,185,000 for 647 sq/ft one bedrooms), is infested with bed bugs: UPPER WEST SIDE—It seems there is a little detail about the condo conversion at 30 Lincoln Plaza that may have been overlooked: “You […]

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Freehold, NJ Social Service agency asks county for money to treat bed bugs

July 14, 2007

Bed bug news, even the important stuff that can make a difference, is often considered unimportant, and squeezed into a paragraph under the bottom of an article on something else. reported Friday that in Freehold, NJ, Keith Hamilton said that bedbugs have returned to some local social-service facilities and asked if the county can […]

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Lingerie, remember lingerie?

April 17, 2007

Where do we begin to answer that frequently asked question? A friend from the blog whose bed bugs are hopefully gone for good called me today. She just bought a bunch of new lingerie. Woo hoo! For the gents who are blissfully unaware (if I have not already sent them running with my choice of […]

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bed bugs clear Port Jervis, NY Hospital’s mental health unit

March 22, 2007

This news story from the Times-Herald Record’s website reminds us, once again, that the most vulnerable people in our society may be suffering the most from bed bugs. Port Jervis – Patients in the mental health unit at Bon Secours Community Hospital were relocated last week amid a bedbug outbreak. Two patients complained to […]

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