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Bed bugs found in several rooms at New Jersey psychiatric hospital

March 7, 2011

The Jersey Journal reported today that two rooms at the Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey have been vacant since bed bugs were found in them: A patient in Room 306 of the Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital reported a bite on Jan. 11 and subsequent testing revealed that there was a bedbug infestation in Room […]

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Regina Leader-Post warns about bed bugs in garage sale furniture

July 5, 2010

Garage sale season is at its peak, and I was glad to see the Regina Leader-Post reporting that Health Canada is warning consumers about unsafe garage sale items; the article includes a specific warning about bed bugs in secondhand furniture items.  As Pamela Cowan reports, Bedroom furniture can have more legs than buyers bargain for. […]

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Unlicensed exterminator charged with using banned pesticides to treat bed bugs

June 17, 2010

Boston.com reports that a Massachusetts man has been charged with using agricultural pesticides malathion and carbaryl (which are banned for use indoors) to treat bed bugs in Quincy, Somerville, Malden, and Everett, Massachusetts, and is also charged with running a pesticide application business without certification. Josimar Ferreira owned TVF Pest Control, on Main Street in […]

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Bed bugs in the news: Jacksonville, Florida

June 17, 2010

This is an interesting bed bug story from First Coast News in Jacksonville, Florida. First, it documents another case of someone being denied necessary medical treatment due to an acute bed bug infestation. Second, it represents a case where people obviously lived with bed bugs until they became unbearable, and only got treatment when forced […]

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Bed bugs infest Bronx Psychiatric Center

April 15, 2010

The New York Daily News reports that the Bronx Psychiatric Center, a 360-bed facility in Bronx’s Morris Park, has been battling bed bugs. Bed bugs may bite anyone — staff, clients, or visitors.  The bed bug problem at Bronx Psychiatric was reported by union members working at the facility. In October, members of the Civil […]

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Halifax tenants dealing with with bed bugs and unsympathetic health department

November 10, 2008

The Chronicle Herald in Halifax had more to say about bed bugs on Sunday, reminding readers that it can be hard to get a landlord to deal with bed bugs in private rentals, and pointing out exactly why the provincial government isn’t getting involved: Tenants who move into privately owned apartments already infested with bedbugs […]

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Bed bug bites make you itchy and scratchy? Anti-itch remedies

June 1, 2007

Updated 8/2015 We often hear people asking for remedies for the itching caused by bed bug bites. Here are some suggestions for dealing with the itch from bed bug bites: Keep your skin well-hydrated with a hypoallergenic, non-fragranced moisturizer applied twice a day (Aveeno and Cetaphil are great and among the reasonably-priced). Dry skin itches […]

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