bed bugs in single family homes

Rockford, IL: half of Red Roof Inn shut down due to bed bugs

October 23, 2007

According to the Rockford Register Star, the Winnebago County Health Department in Rockford, Illinois shut down 56 of 108 rooms in a Red Roof Inn in Rockford, due to bed bugs. The Health Department came to inspect after a customer collected samples of bed bugs from the bed in a room he stayed in: Health […]

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More on flea market nightstand: new ozone treatment for bed bugs

August 1, 2007

This is interesting: the St. Charles woman whose flea market nightstand left her bedbugged? She did not use Vikane or thermal treatments to clear her bed bugs, as we’d speculated. The $3000 treatment was a new one: ozone, piped into her home. According to the Beacon News, a Chicago Suburban news source, she first tried […]

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Flea market nightstand: $10. Bed bug treatment: $3000. No more bed bugs: priceless.

August 1, 2007

CBS2 news in Chicago reports that a family in St. Charles, Illinois, believes they got bed bugs from a $10 flea market nightstand. First the little girl, then mom Amanda Thor and the baby were all bitten by bed bugs. (Click on the top right to view the video.) Less than a week after the […]

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Thermal treatment for bed bugs: bake the little B@#$%^&s!

July 29, 2007

Remember this Pest Control Technology Online article from January, which we blogged a few months ago? You may recall how Dr. Michael Potter comments on thermal treatments for bed bugs: STRUCTURAL HEATING. Elevating the temperature within buildings has been used to eradicate pests ranging from grain insects to termites. Structural and containerized heat treatments are […]

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Stephen L. Doggett’s A code of practice for the control of bed bug infestations in Australia (2nd Ed.)

July 19, 2007

Behold: new for July 2007, an updated draft of Australian bed bug researcher Stephen L. Doggett’s Bed Bug Code of Practice–click to load a PDF. You can also download a PDF of just the modifications to the new edition, which include the latest information on non-chemical uses of heat and cold, as well as a […]

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FAQ: Do I have to tell my landlord / co-op board / condo association / residents of attached house next door?

July 3, 2007

Often, people are embarrassed about dealing with bed bugs, and want to deal with their own infestation quietly and discreetly. Maybe they told the landlord before, and the problem was mishandled, eliminating the bed bugs for a short time, and the person wants to deal with things properly this time. Maybe they think they brought […]

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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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