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Portland State University students vs. bed bugs (and landlord)

January 14, 2010

Portland State students living (or recently living) in off-campus rentals at the Park Plaza are battling their landlord over bed bugs. Some have sought legal advice from Student Legal and Mediation Services. This article in the Daily Vanguard says tenants with bed bugs had their units treated individually on a case-by-case basis, and that the […]

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WBAI’s Housing Notebook with advice for tenants living with bed bugs in New York

January 4, 2010

Tonight’s Housing Notebook on New York public radio station WBAI featured bed bugs. The program description reads: Vajra Kilgour interviewed American Museum of Natural History entomologist Lou Sorkin and tenant lawyer Catharine Grad in a discussion of New York City’s nightmare scourge – bedbugs – and what tenants can do to get rid of them. […]

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Minneapolis Public Housing Authority is using thermal methods to kill bed bugs

January 2, 2010

The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority is using thermal methods to treat bed bugs in public housing, according to a new article in the Star-Tribune: “Hang tight, it’s gonna feel like Hawaii in there,” says Henry, assistant director of maintenance operations for the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA), as they lug four giant heaters into a […]

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Into every hotel, a little bed bug will creep

December 28, 2009

Bed bugs can be a problem in any hotel, regardless of quality. It’s almost inevitable that someone will bring a bed bug in eventually. Hotels can go to some lengths to train staff about signs and symptoms, and to implement a bed bug inspection program. But eventually into every hotel, a bed bug will creep. […]

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Lewiston Housing Authority: catch a bed bug and then we’ll help you

December 16, 2009

The Sun Journal reports that tenant Misti Oliviera had bed bugs, but the Lewiston, Maine Housing Authority would not help her until she showed them a bed bug body (dead or alive): “I was told there is nothing they can do until I physically catch one,” she said. “I can’t catch one. I’ve been looking […]

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Theresa Braine’s bed bug-induced trip down memory lane

October 17, 2009

Although options like the Packtite mean people don’t need to throw their potentially infested items away in order to get rid of bed bugs (and probably shouldn’t — at least not without rendering them bed bug-free), decluttering is often part of the bed bug experience or its aftermath. A bed bug infestation at home forces […]

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160-unit Richmond, California complex evacuated for tent fumigation of bed bugs

October 9, 2009

Remember the 160-unit Hacienda high rise in Richmond, California? We suggested last month that one bed bug spray treatment probably would not be enough to get rid of bed bugs in this affordable housing complex.  And sadly, we were right. The backstory on this is that tenants council complained to the city about bed bugs […]

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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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Langdon Mill Apartments: now 85% bed bug-free

September 14, 2009

Thank goodness the building is under the care of a community organization and landlord that is not willing to put up with this building being only 85% bed bug-free. Remember this campaign to free a 20-unit Manchester, New Hampshire building (Langdon Mill Apartments) of bed bugs? A group called NH Bed Bugs, spearheaded by members […]

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Bed bug “luau” on the Camino to Santiago

September 12, 2009

The bed bugs are still biting Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. We last posted about bed bugs on the popular Spanish pilgrimage route exactly a year ago.  There was so much bed bug trouble in various lodgings on the road to Santiago that the government was planning to close […]

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Saatchi and Saatchi New York offices infested with Bed Bugs

September 11, 2009

Another high profile Manhattan office is infested with bed bugs, this time the 17th floor of the Saatchi and Saatchi building, BNET.com reports, based on a post by AgencySpy, which leaked an employee’s memo about the evacuation of the building in preparation for a pesticide treatment tonight (to be followed up in two weeks). AgencySpy’s […]

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Entire Kansas City high-rise gets thermal treatment for bed bugs

September 9, 2009

All of the residents of Kansas City, Missouri’s Plaza Towers apartments are being evacuated for two nights so that the entire 81-unit high-rise can be treated using ThermaPureHeat’s thermal methods. Residents told KMBC reporters they had as little as six days’ notice before evacuating and they were understandably frustrated by this. On the other hand, […]

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