Did the Minneapolis VA ask volunteers to stop donating quilts due to fears of bed bugs?

April 21, 2011

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the city’s Department of Veterans Affairs announced this month that it cannot currently accept donations of homemade quilts for veterans from a group of quilting volunteers. According to representatives of the group, Quilts of Valor, this is due to fears that bed bugs may be spread through the quilts: […]

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Bed Bugs make one Alaska family homeless

April 29, 2010

For most people, a bout with bed bugs in a motel means dealing with bed bug bites, and the prospect of taking bugs home with them. But what if that motel is your temporary home?  And what if you just have enough money for your impending move?  Under such circumstances, an encounter with bed bugs […]

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Interview with Sam Bryks on Integrated Pest Management; also, we learn about the origins of Bug n’ Scrub

January 28, 2009

Here’s an excellent discussion between Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs and Sam Bryks, a pest management expert from Toronto (and one of the advisors of the Toronto Bed Bug Project. There’s so much that is wonderful here, including a thorough exploration of what Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is, and isn’t. I particularly enjoyed […]

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City of Berkeley spends $51K to “keep bed bugs under control” at one city-funded shelter

January 14, 2009

The City of Berkeley funds 1/3 of the $600K per year costs of the Men’s Overnight Shelter. And this article in InsideBayArea.com notes the city was to vote Monday night on whether to approve the $51K to “replace carpets with tile or linoleum, replace cloth chairs with plastic ones, encase beds in vinyl covers and […]

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Toronto Board of Health gearing up to fight bed bugs

March 10, 2008

A bit of background: Toronto has had a serious bed bug problem for some time, just like New York, London, San Francisco, Vancouver–I could go on and on, but you get the idea. The Toronto Star also has a journalist called Joe Fiorito who wrote extensively and repeatedly about how serious a problem bed bugs […]

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YMCA housing for men in need is called deplorable (yes, bed bugs are part of this)

March 6, 2008

Bed bugs are one of the problems  63 formerly homeless men in transitional housing in a Boston YMCA are having to put up with.  The building has apparently been so neglected so long that  program sponsors may begin witholding rent. Ironically, when these men have made the choice to leave homelessness behind, they’re made to […]

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Homeless people wandering streets, refusing to stay in infested homeless shelter

March 2, 2008

This story comes from Port-of-Spain, in Trinidad. Bed bugs may be responsible for a number of vagrants roaming the streets of Port-of-Spain because sleeping at their Riverside location has become unbearable. According to some homeless people, the bed bugs “are biting wind” and it is now more comfortable, but not particularly safer to rest under […]

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Toronto Community Housing does good; Orlando, Florida tenants and Billings, Montana shelter guest demonstrate why more bed bug education is needed

December 11, 2007

TheStar.com | Joe Fiorito updates us on prior bed bug story “… when bedbugs spread to her apartment, and when the Toronto Community Housing Corporation could not respond to her complaints…, she booked a fumigator on her own and paid… to take care of the problem. She has now been reimbursed by TCHC.” This public […]

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More on bed bugs at the Montana Rescue Mission in Billings

November 27, 2007

BillingsGazette.com: “Bedbugs give shelter a challenge” This article carries more details on the bed bug war going on in the Montana Rescue Mission men’s shelter than the one blogged last week. It is a harrowing reminder of how hard it is to get rid of bed bugs under certain circumstances. More than a year ago, […]

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bed bugs in Toronto; Vancouver; Billings, MT,

November 20, 2007

TheStar.com | Joe Fiorito | Bedbugs not a hazard? Try telling that to their tormented victims Mary smelled gasoline. “I called the security guard. We followed the smell. . . . . The guy who opened the door . . . . was getting bit. He was scratching. He said someone told him to douse […]

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Toronto Star: Within five years, bedbugs will be more common than mice, roaches, carpenter ants”

October 11, 2006

Now we’re getting somewhere. For years, when they mentioned bed bugs at all, which was rarely, the press was talking about people with bed bug infestations needing to do some laundry, throw out a mattress, maybe move. (All insufficient and/or not helpful, as we know.) Some news outlets are still at this level. Their refrain: […]

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