bed bugs

Smoking bed bugs to get high? It’s a hoax, folks!

April 11, 2014

Are kids getting high from smoking bed bugs?!? The maker of this video would have you think so:   The video has gone viral in the last week or so.

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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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Forensic Entomology event Tuesday in NYC featuring Lou Sorkin

March 10, 2014

Sorry for the short notice, but regular readers will be familiar with the wonderful Lou Sorkin, of the American Museum of Natural History. We’re pleased to share an invitation to an exciting event this week: Forensic Entomology and Bed Bugs: Illustrated Lecture and Live Show and Tell with Louis Sorkin, Entomologist at the American Museum […]

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Bed bugs feature in Cracked.com article

February 24, 2014

Cracked.com features a lively new story about dealing with bed bugs. The article “Six Horrific Realities of Living with a Bed Bug Infestation” includes some advice this site wouldn’t necessarily recommend (like isolating beds — or human bodies — using Vaseline). It also features an image of a woman being terrified by an enormous bug– […]

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Womb chairs seen as bed bug-friendly removed by university

January 14, 2014

The University of Utah has eliminated the much-loved “womb chairs” from its library, partly due to fear that bed bugs, now eliminated from the library, might appear in them in future. The photo above shows an Eero Saarinen-designed womb chair in a retail store window, though Ellen Forsyth’s image here of womb chairs in use […]

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Packtite recall: more information and a photo

December 14, 2013

I have updated Thursday’s post about the recall affecting two of the Packtite Original models, to add additional helpful videos about the recall process, links to FAQs, and a photo submitted by a site user: As I noted in the update, I do not have any information confirming this but I suspect Packtite users getting […]

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Packtite recall affects some original Packtite models

December 12, 2013

Two models of the original Packtite heating system are part of a voluntary recall initiated by the manufacturer, after three consumer complaints (of incidents where heaters overheated, malfunctioned, and in one case, singed some items being treated). Thankfully, no injuries have been reported. It’s essential that if you currently have a black Packtite original, that […]

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Bed bugs infest Cuyahoga Co. adult centers; is response appropriate?

November 27, 2013

Bed bugs, genitalia, and sticky tape. WTF!?! Are you squirming in your seat yet? Just wait, it gets worse… (If video does not work, you can watch it on WOIO’s site.) Arlene Sampson, a social worker, claims her boss ordered her to remove bed bugs from a sixty-something year old disabled man’s genitals using “highly […]

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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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Fighting bed bugs for seven years

October 2, 2013

We’ve been fighting bed bugs for seven years.   The site turns seven today, October 2nd.  And we just passed the milestone of 20 million unique visitors last Friday. That’s a lot of people fighting bed bugs. The site was created on October 2, 2006, and this is what the crudely drawn site banner looked […]

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New Hampshire’s new bed bug law

August 26, 2013

Perhaps New Hampshire’s famous motto “Live Free or Die” will be slightly amended — the state just passed a new bed bug law which means tenants and landlords may have an easier time living bed bug free. Like other pieces of bed bug legislation we’re aware of, the new law, which we told you about […]

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Were bed bugs behind the NYC bug bomb fire and explosion?

July 13, 2013

On Thursday morning, a building in New York City’s Chinatown exploded and a fire was started after a resident set off many bug bombs (foggers) at once. The New York Times noted Thursday that the explosion “was powerful enough to blow out windows on the first three floors of the five-story tenement building at 17 Pike Street” […]

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