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Officials say Detroit courtroom bed bug evacuation was “false alarm”

August 31, 2012

Last week, a bailiff in a Detroit courtroom believed he saw bed bugs crawling on a court visitor’s body, and the court was evacuated (see this story for more). That could have been a false alarm — there are all kinds of bugs that might be crawling on someone sitting in a courtroom, which could […]

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Did a NYC Urban Outfitters store ignore a bed bug problem?

August 1, 2012

It’s not really summer until a major chain store in Manhattan gets bed bugs. According to, the rumor is that Urban Outfitters on 6th Ave. in Manhattan has a bed bug issue — and that it has been taking the ostrich approach to dealing with it. Image credit: 14th Street Store by Eden Pictures, […]

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Bed bugs beware: NYC HPD acquires canine scent detection dogs

November 17, 2011

The Brooklyn Eagle reports that the New York City Housing and Preservation Department (the NYC agency that inspects private rental housing when bed bug complaints are filed with the city — for example, when tenants call 311 to report bed bugs) has acquired two bed bug sniffing beagles: The two male beagles, named Mickey and […]

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Bed bug shuts down Taylor Public Library in suburban Detroit

October 25, 2011

WXYZ reports that the Taylor Public Library (Taylor, Michigan) closed for part of Monday for bed bug treatment and canine inspection, after a single bed bug was found in the library’s computer room. (You can view the video on WXYZ if it does not appear above.) Another story by WDIV cited a library representative saying […]

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Bed bugs infest libraries in three cities: what can we learn from these cases?

September 30, 2011

The Mesa, Arizona Public Library and the Public Library in Norman, Oklahoma both became infested with bed bugs in the last ten days.  They recently troubled the Longmont, Colorado library. Are there any patterns here, and what can we learn from these cases? First, Mesa. reports, According to Mesa spokesman Steve Wright, bedbugs were […]

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Fume Cube offers low-cost on-site commodity fumigation, packaged with inspection and treatment

November 14, 2010

Traditionally, Vikane gas (sulfuryl fluoride) has been used in two ways in the war against bed bugs: to treat a full structure (from a single-family house to a massive hotel), or to treat belongings and furniture in an enclosed space, otherwise known as commodity fumigation. It can be used to treat all kinds of belongings […]

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Bed bugs detected in United Nations conference room chairs

October 27, 2010 Blogs reported Tuesday that the United Nations has been found to have bed bugs: Over the weekend, dogs detected bedbugs in conference room chairs. Infected chairs have now been replaced,’ said a verbal announcement from the the U.N. spokesman’s office. There have long been rumors of bed bugs at the UN, but this is […]

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Bed bugs in the Food Network Magazine offices in New York City?

September 15, 2010

The New York Post’s Media Ink column received a tip that the Food Network Magazine offices in New York City have bed bugs. Although Food Network Magazine is produced by Hearst, it does not reside inside the famous Hearst Tower but is situated a few blocks away, where bedbugs have also been found. The printing […]

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Bed Bugs at New York City’s Time Warner Center

August 13, 2010

Media Bistro’s TVNewser blog posted an internal email from Turner Broadcasting System (TBS, Inc.) today about a bed bug problem in the Time Warner Center. TVNewser writes: TVNewser has learned the human resources department of TBS Inc. has sent out an email this afternoon alerting staffers of a bed bug problem in their New York […]

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Bergdorf Goodman hires canine scent detection team to sniff out bed bugs

August 12, 2010

Shopping blog Refinery29 reports that New York City luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman has signed up for routine bed bug inspections by a canine scent detection unit: Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, and Victoria’s Secret have all had a bad case of the bed bugs here in NYC, but Bergdorf Goodman refuses to let their store […]

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Bed bug dogs: what you need to know

March 10, 2010

If you surfed in from the story in Thursday’s New York Times about bed bug dogs, then welcome! I exchanged some emails with Penelope Green when she was writing the story, and I think she did a good job overall.  I figured this was a good time to add a FAQ to our repertoire about […]

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Mary-Louise Parker talks to Letterman about her current bed bug scare

August 26, 2009

The big news today was that Mary-Louise Parker talked to David Letterman on his Late Show last night about her current bed bug scare. (You can scroll in to about 1:33 in the video window below to see the start of the bed bug conversation.) Apparently the star of “Weeds” suspected bed bugs and then […]

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