dr. susan jones

Why are foggers and bombs still being sold to treat bed bugs?

June 4, 2012

Since this website was started in 2006, we’ve been told countless times that bug bombs (total release aerosol foggers) are not effective for dealing with bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) because they don’t penetrate into harborage areas. We are also told foggers and bombs may spread bed bugs, making problems worse.  It is well known to […]

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Bed bugs in the London Review of Books & Sunday Times Magazine

December 22, 2010

Hugh Pennington takes bed bugs as his subject in the January 6, 2011 edition of the London Review of Books. I was glad to see the story published, and it is interesting on some levels, but falls short on others. My main concern here is that Pennington reiterates several times that bed bugs “have only […]

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Why don’t I just use an all-natural bed bug spray? How about a bed bug repellent?

October 24, 2010

The Healthy Skeptic column in the Los Angeles Times today considers the value of “all-natural bed bug sprays” (such as Bed Bug Bully and Rest Easy) and over-the-counter remedies in general. The verdict? As most of us know, consumer products in general are not likely to be enough to help most people get rid of […]

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Bed bugs’ public health importance “as serious as sin,” says Dr. Susan Jones

September 3, 2010

The Toledo, Ohio Blade reported that Dr. Susan Jones, Ohio State University entomologist, gave a public talk about bed bugs Thursday, during which she told a crowd of around 100 people at the Toledo Botanical Garden that: “This is a pest of public health importance. Every public health department ought to be taking this as […]

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Ohio’s EPA emergency exemption request for Propoxur

January 13, 2010

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has asked the EPA for a public health exemption which would allow it to use the carbamate insecticide propoxur to treat bed bugs (with a 14-day retreatment period). (We mentioned this back in November. And New York vs. Bed Bugs discusses how Section 18 exemption requests work here.) Propoxur is […]

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Bed bugs in apartment complexes: bed bug “lotharios” and “Nintento Trojan horses”

September 21, 2009

Mark Sheperdigian has an excellent new article in Pest Management Professional about what apartment building managers need to be aware of when dealing with a bed bug infestation — the often unconsidered aspects of multi-unit dwelling life which help bed bugs to spread from unit to unit. We’re all familiar with the problem of a […]

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Room for Debate on bed bugs: a must-read!

August 24, 2009

Today’s Room for Debate, entitled Bedbugs (Itch, Itch, Scratch, Scratch)! (hosted by the New York Times) has an excellent virtual roundtable, including posts by fabulous entomologists Lou Sorkin, Michael Potter, and Susan C. Jones. Although Bonnie Friedman’s contribution waxes nostalgically for DDT (which isn’t going to happen, for all kinds of good reasons), we did […]

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Bed bugs in the media: David Cain on British radio, Dr. Susan Jones in the Plain Dealer

August 12, 2009

Bed bug specialists David Cain (of Bed-bugs.co.uk and active in our Bedbugger Forums) and Dr. Susan C. Jones (of Ohio State University) have been in the press this week, spreading good information about bed bugs. David Cain was interviewed by BBC Derby’s Aleena Naylor on her morning show today. The approximately ten-minute interview starts at […]

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We love Dr. Susan Jones, Entomologist

October 1, 2008

Why? Because she’s one of those entomologists who’s telling it like it is, to public officials who want to ignore the bed bug problem. The Columbus Dispatch quoted Jones Tuesday as saying, “If you bury your head in the sand, you’re going to get bitten, and it’s just going to get worse and worse,” said […]

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Last week’s Town Hall Meeting in Cincinnati

November 12, 2007

It’s a week later, but I did want to comment on the media’s follow-up from last week’s Town Hall Meeting in Cincinnati, about the bed bug problem. WCPO.com’s Lynn Groud reported on the event last Monday. Hundreds of bed bug sufferers turned out. One speaker said: “For many older adults, they are a 24-hour a […]

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