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“Bedbugs” vs. “Bed Bugs,” and brother vs. brother

March 3, 2013

Alex Wild’s Myrmecos blog has a new post engaging with the age-old question: Is “Bedbugs” one word or two? and finds that internet searchers and printed matter — books, at least — don’t agree: According to Google’s ngram viewer, a measure of word frequency in scanned books, ‘bedbugs’ as a single word is used far more frequently…. […]

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Bed bugs do not need to stand on your skin in order to feed (photos)

February 25, 2013

Bed bugs don’t actually need to stand on your skin to feed. These images from entomologist Lou Sorkin (who feeds a colony of bed bugs kept for research purposes) show bed bugs can “reach out and bite someone,” so to speak. Lou Sorkin describes this photo as follows: 1. Cimex in a vial

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Patient residence in Ottawa refuses clothing donations due to bed bugs: why?

February 24, 2013

Nunatsiaq Online reports that a residence in Ottawa for Nunavut residents seeking medical treatment is infested with bed bugs thought to have come from clothing donations: Larga Baffin is making sure that the patient residence is clean, following the discovery of three bedbugs in a room. Bedbugs have been found at the Larga Baffin patient residence […]

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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.co.uk exports its hotel bed bug monitoring system to US (NY and NJ)

February 5, 2013

Here’s an interesting development: Bed-bugs.co.uk in the UK has now licensed its Hotel Monitoring System for bed bugs to New York-based company Dana K9 (which we understand from their website has, until this point, focused on canine scent detection). The system will likely make its way into New York and New Jersey hotels and hostels, […]

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Bed bug protestors at Market Street Travelodge in San Francisco

December 6, 2012

Yesterday, according to the San Francisco Examiner, about twenty people formed a “bed bug flash mob” protesting at the Travelodge at 1707 Market Street (at Valencia) in San Francisco. According to Poor Magazine, the protest was in honor of Kathy Galves, a 67-year old woman who unfortunately had her home foreclosed on by Wells Fargo […]

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Breaking Bio podcasters talk with bed bug “sexpert” Mike Siva-Jothy

December 4, 2012

In this podcast, Steven Hamblin and the rest of the lively Breaking Bio podcast crew chat with University of Sheffield Professor (and bed bug expert) Mike Siva-Jothy about bed bug sex, small glass models of insect genetalia, and some possible reasons why pubic lice are not as prevalent as in times past. Bed bugs’ traumatic […]

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Bed bugs to be discussed on ABC’s Nightline tonight (4/29)

April 29, 2010

ABC’s Nightline will feature a segment on bed bugs tonight (4/29, assuming no other breaking news stories take precedence) according to this press release from ThermaPure (who will be featured in the show). Meanwhile, nothing about this on the Nightline website at this time. Let’s set our DVRs and TiVOs and see what transpires! Update […]

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Bed bugs are back! / ¡Los Chinches Estan De Vuelta!

April 28, 2010

Dear Readers, We have some very creative and funny people in our forums.  When funny people get bed bugs, their humor serves as comic relief for all of us in the trenches. Below, a recent contribution from a reader going by the name of elchinche. It was originally posted on the forums. With elchinche’s permission, […]

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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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Let’s play “bed bugs/not bed bugs”

May 14, 2009

If the new “Bed Bugs” game for iPhone/iPod Touch actually had you blasting away graphics of bed bugs, instead of nebulous blobby creatures with one eye, it might be kind of cool. As is, it’s just more sad evidence that people do not know what bed bugs are. [Updated 3/27/2013]

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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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