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RainCity Housing’s “bed bug sauna” now active in new Vancouver building

June 19, 2009

Remember when we reported back in June 2008 that a new RainCity Housing development in Vancouver was going to contain a “bed bug sauna” for treatment of infested items? The new building “The Lux”, at 65 Hastings Street, is in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, a highly infested neighborhood, and provides 25 transitional housing units, and 67 […]

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EPA makes available National Bed Bug Summit recommendations

April 21, 2009

Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs helpfully directs us to the materials which came out of the workgroups at the EPA National Bed Bug Summit: The Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs has posted the summary workgroup results and recommendations from the National Bed Bug Summit. [Click to download] the available materials so […]

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Soundbites from the EPA National Bed Bug Summit

April 16, 2009

We look forward to hearing more about what happened in Arlington, Virginia these last two days, at the EPA National Bed Bug Summit. This video from the Associated Press has some nice snippets from Dini Miller, Harold Harlan, and others, speaking at the conference. Pete Grasso of the PMP blog liveblogged the bed bug summit. […]

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Brown student wants to provide free bed bug treatment to those who can’t pay

February 27, 2008

This article from the Brown Daily Herald at Brown University describes what some in Providence are doing about bed bugs. And what one student would like to do to help those suffering from bed bugs. In the last few years, bed bugs have been making their way into Providence homes, with little official response. But […]

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New York Magazine on bed bugs

November 13, 2007

New York Magazine has a new bed bug story dated November 12th (print edition of 11/19), by Melissa Kirsch. It contains lots of solid advice about not picking up curbside furniture, being wary of Craigslist finds, and searching for fecal spots and blood stains. But it also contains some advice we don’t normally see. Especially […]

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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.’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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Bed bug news round-up: USA Today, Minnesota Star-Tribune, and the Astral in Greenpoint

November 8, 2007

There is so much bed bug news now, that blogging even half of the major articles that come across my web browser is too much. I offer a selection, as well as an interesting tidbit from a NYC blogger. More news forthcoming, including an update on Cincinnati, and some exciting developments in San Francisco. First, […]

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Curbed “outs” bedbugged condo development; gossip blogs, bed bugs, and denial

October 27, 2007, the real estate blog, claims that 30 Lincoln Plaza, currently being redeveloped into pricey condominiums (Curbed mentions a price of $1,185,000 for 647 sq/ft one bedrooms), is infested with bed bugs: UPPER WEST SIDE—It seems there is a little detail about the condo conversion at 30 Lincoln Plaza that may have been overlooked: “You […]

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More from Cincinnati: senior housing complex

October 5, 2007

According to Channel 12 WKRC in Cincinnati (doesn’t Howard Hesseman work there?), residents at the Hillrise Apartment building, which is owned by Cincinnati Business & Professional Women’s Retirement Living Incorporated, are suffering from various issues including bed bugs. Calvin Merritt’s problems at Hillrise Apartments are pretty simple. “Mostly bugs, roaches and all that…” The “all […]

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Cincinnati: “best weapon against bed bugs is … education”

October 2, 2007

Local News 12 in Cincinnati had a new segment on bed bugs on Monday. That city has declared their bed bug epidemic to be a huge problem, and started throwing energy, time, and resources into solving it as best they can. They appear to fully understand what a difficult task that is. But they’re starting […]

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More bed bug stories from Cincinnati; also, pig spotted in sky over New York City

September 8, 2007

Today, Cincinnati’s WKRC ( tells more local bed bug stories in an article and video. “Bed bugs,” said Diann Waters, bed bugs in home. “All over my baby.” Diann Waters may tell her son, “don’t let the bed bugs bite” before he goes to sleep, but it looks like they did anyways. “He done scratched […]

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Finally, somebody does something: Cincinnati’s new Bed Bug Remediation Commission

September 7, 2007

We’ve been following the bed bug situation in Cincinnati for a while. Yesterday, Joe Wessels of the Cincinnati Post reported that city officials were forming a commission to fight the problem: The Bedbug Remediation Commission, a five-member panel of local health, social service and elected leaders, is in the process of forming and will try […]

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