Are they bed bug bites?

Bed bugs bite at the 78th Precinct in Brooklyn

June 1, 2012

It’s not the first time bed bugs have taken up residence in a New York City police precinct or lockup. Now the 78th Precinct in Brooklyn is “Bedbugged” according to the New York Post, which reports the facility serving Prospect Park and Park Slope is also normally used to test blood alcohol concentrations of DWI […]

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Bed bug bites may make hospital patients more vulnerable to MRSA

November 8, 2010

[This post refers to a Crain’s New York story which we now know contains inaccurate quotes. Please see corrections in the Update below.] This is scary not quite as scary as the article implies: Cornell entomologist Dr. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann believes that there’s notes there may be a link between patients experiencing bed bug bites in […]

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Bed bug bites: latest research says most do react

April 4, 2010

Bed bug bites are one of the murkiest areas when it comes to our knowledge of bed bugs: who reacts, when, and how? The latest research says most people do react to bed bug bites. The February 2010 issue of PCT Online reported the results of the latest study of bed bug bite reactions carried […]

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Pest Control Technology’s Aug. 2009 bed bug supplement

August 28, 2009

Check out the new “Bed Bug Supplement” in August’s PCT: Bed Bugs: A Market Opportunity, Pest Control Technology Magazine – August 2009. I know: the title grates on us. It’s hard to think of your itchy, costly nightmare with a blood-sucking parasite as someone else’s “market opportunity,” but it is to our advantage as bed […]

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New York City Housing Authority: “bed bugs = emergency” + “wait a month” do not compute

August 18, 2009

Eyewitness News (ABC 7) in New York reports that residents of the Walt Whitman Houses in Fort Greene, Brooklyn are suffering with bed bugs — and yet the New York City Housing Authority is giving them appointments for treatment up to a month after they complain.  And this is so even though the authority knows […]

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North Carolina shelter with bed bugs: outlook grim

May 23, 2009

Guests of a Salvation Army shelter in Wilmington, North Carolina, are suffering from bed bug bites.  And the shelter managers are having trouble getting rid of the problem. Eleven-year-old Edwin Benitez is covered with bites. Bed bug bites from staying at the Salvation Army. They first appeared a week ago. “It feels humiliating and frightening,” […]

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Harrisburg’s Channel 21 News: afraid to say “bed bugs”?

April 21, 2009

I was highly perplexed to watch this two-day report from CBS 21 News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Yesterday, Ewa Roman reported on a “Bug Infested Building” in a boardinghouse over the Tara Station bar on 4th St. in Harrisburg, near the Pennsylvania State Capital building: Bugs on the ceilings and walls. Insects are taking over the […]

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Man on #2 train with bed bugs: bed bug hysteria? Or fact?

March 23, 2009

Paolo Mastrangelo of NYC the Blog reported yesterday that his roommate Aaron had a close encounter of the bed bug kind on the #2 train in New York City: It seems the bedbug epidemic that has been building in nyc over the last few years has reached an apex. My roommate Aaron Howell explained he […]

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New York Mayor Bloomberg signs Bed Bug Advisory Board legislation

March 19, 2009

Excellent news! This is the New York City Council’s press release containing Mayor Bloomberg’s remarks on Int. 57a, which he signed yesterday: MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION TO ESTABLISH A BED BUG ADVISORY BOARD Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws “The third bill before me is Introductory Number 57-A, sponsored by […]

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Woman says she suffered bed bug bites at Bally’s in Atlantic City

January 16, 2009

Fox 29 Philadelphia reports Gail Edmond claims she suffered from bed bug bites on her arm, wrist, finger, and stomach, while staying at Bally’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Edmond says she isn’t seeking a payout: “Want money? I’m not hurting. I don’t want money from Bally’s. My main concern here was, […]

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Horrific story from Ottawa: bed bug sufferer overdoses

December 4, 2008

This story first made me want to cry. And then it made me want to smash my hand into the wall. The Ottawa Citizen reported today on the story of a local woman named Jadwiga Dziedziczak, aged 60. For ten years, she’s lived in an Ottawa public housing unit on Wurtemburg Street. She had bed […]

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Miranda’s story: a visit from the PCO for bed bugs, part 2

October 7, 2008

Editor’s note: Miranda sent us an update today. You can read the first part of her story here. When we last heard from Miranda, a PCO tech (called Ariel) had promised her a second, thorough, bed bug treatment from her original tech (Caliban) in her apartment in a multi-unit building. Rated PG [language] ————————– Miranda’s […]

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