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Don’t use gasoline products to treat bed bugs

March 15, 2011

The New York City Fire Department is again warning residents not to attempt to treat bed bugs with gasoline products. The Queens Gazette reported last week that Queens fire officials last month issued a warning to borough residents to steer clear of gasoline or gasoline products to fight bedbug infestation at home. FDNY officials said residents […]

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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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Chicago’s 1909 “Crib Fire” which killed 50 men, may have been due to bed bugs

February 17, 2009

On January 20, 1909, fifty working men perished, after the structure they were living on caught fire. The “crib” was a wood-and-brick structure the men lived on for weeks at a time while building a brick-lined tunnel under the lake. They were paid $1-$2 a week and were mostly Irish immigrants. Historians think the fire […]

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PCTOnline on its bed bug seminar last week

August 14, 2007

PCTOnline has an interesting article on the bed bug seminar it held in NYC last week. We previously posted about Sarah Ferguson’s take. But this article gives you the PCO’s angle, and more detail. For example, the warning from Dr. Michael Potter resounds even louder (and scarier) with more detail: “If there is a classic […]

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