Oregon bill under consideration allows for tracking bed bugs without identifying details

February 7, 2013

Oregon’s House Health Committee passed House Bill 2131 Wednesday which (if it becomes law) would help enable tracking bed bugs in the state, by permitting pest control operators to report cases without exposing clients to a “public backlash”. The bill is designed to keep the specific details of each case — who has bed bugs, […]

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Bed bugs hit Wall Street Journal offices again

January 15, 2013

Bed bugs have hit the Wall Street Journal’s New York City headquarters – and the 1211 Avenue of the Americas building – once again, according to the Daily Intelligencer. This past Friday, a bed bugs was sighted by an employee in the office’s 6th floor video area, according to an employee memo published by Capital. […]

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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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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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EPA’s new Controlling Bed Bugs page

May 17, 2010

The US Environmental Protection Agency has a brand new Controlling Bed Bugs page, with information on bed bug biology, prevention and identification and various forms of bed bug treatment (and Integrated Pest Management), choosing a pest management professional, as well as wonderful photos of bed bugs, cast skins, eggs, and other signs of bed bugs. […]

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NY Press spreads potentially bad ideas about bed bug treatment

February 17, 2010

A story in the New York Press yesterday tells the tale of a pest tech’s daily work.   He rides around in a car covered on the inside in Delta Dust: Plus, everything in Frank’s car, including us, is covered with a fine white powder. It’s called Delta Dust, and its active ingredient is the neurotoxin […]

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Astoria fires caused by attempts to treat bed bugs with gasoline

December 21, 2009

The Queens Gazette reports that the NYC Fire Department has seen multiple incidents (in Astoria alone) of fires started after residents poured gasoline on mattresses to kill bed bugs. Some people with bed bugs even applied gasoline to themselves and their children. FDNY officials said several Astoria residents called 911 over the past few months […]

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A reader’s bed bug story

September 26, 2008

stayoffmybaby writes, Here’s my success story. Unfortunately, it highlights the hopelessness of the situation if you can’t afford to move. We lived on the Upper West Side of New York on the 5th floor of an overcrowded, 15-unit, prewar, walk-up tenement for 2 years with no problems (other than the $1750 rent for a filthy […]

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